“Renee Fraser is an influential businesswoman and compassionate civic leader who infuses an ethical mindset and commitment to quality into all of her endeavors,” said May Pon, 2011-12 NAWBO California President. “In growing her agency into one of the top independent advertising agencies in Los Angeles and one of the fast-growing woman-owned businesses in the United States, Renee daily demonstrates her astute business sense combined with creativity and bold vision. We are proud to name her the NAWBO California 2012 Business Woman of the Year.”
Fraser is a past president of NAWBO LA and a social psychologist whose company creates award-winning, integrated advertising and public relations campaigns for such clients as Toyota, BusinessWire, Metropolitan Water District, First 5 California and more. Fraser Communications’
Fraser also has a successful radio show on CBS Radio called Unfinished Business where she and co-host Betsy Berkhemer encourage and inspire entrepreneurship among listeners. She serves on the national board of Volunteers of America as well as the boards of United Way of Los Angeles and WISE and Healthy Aging. Fraser also co-chairs the Business Leaders Task Force to end homelessness in Los Angeles, a joint effort between United Way and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. She is currently President of the International Women’s Forum, Southern California.
The other highly accomplished California women business owners, each honored locally for their achievements and chosen by their own chapters, were recognized at the reception. Honorees were:
• Cynthia Fassler, NAWBO San Francisco, CEO, TSS Total Staffing Solutions, Inc., San Francisco
• Felena Hanson, NAWBO San Diego, Perspective Marketing, San Diego
• Donna Springer, NAWBO Sacramento Valley, Co-Owners, Go-Getters, Sacramento
• Linda Smith, MBA, BSN, RN, NAWBO Inland Empire, Founder and CEO, Four-D College, Colton
• Madelyn Alfano, NAWBO Los Angeles, Maria’s Italian Kitchen, Van Nuys
• Theresa Oatman, NAWBO Silicon Valley, CEP, Stock Connections Inc
• Karen Mora, NAWBO Santa Barbara, CEO, Accountability Plus, Inc., Santa Barbara
June 2012 marked the 15th annual California Public Policy Summit in the state capital hosted by NAWBO California, a federation of nine chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners. The two-day educational event, open to all business owners including non-NAWBO members, gives Californians direct access to their state legislators, provides current information about local, state and federal legislation that affects their industries, information about healthcare, HR, taxes and financing, leadership training and more.
About NAWBO California - NAWBO California represents the issues and interests of more than 1.3 million women business owners in the state. California ranks no. 1 nationally in the number of woman-owned firms, number of employees (1.9 million) and revenues generated ($318.2 billion annually). NAWBO California provides support to the nine California chapters and multiple satellite groups of the National Association of Women Business Owners, which are located in Sacramento, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Ventura County, Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Orange County and San Diego. For more information, visit http://www.nawbo-
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