HERstory in the Making - Virtual International Summit | NAWBO

HERstory in the Making - Virtual International Summit

A Free Virtual International Summit Held Via Zoom

Wednesday, March 29, 2023
8-10 a.m. Los Angeles Time | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Chicago Time | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. New York City Time


Joining With Our International Sisters to Impact the Circular Economy

In our current economy, we take materials from Earth, make products and eventually throw them away as waste—the process is linear. In a circular economy, we stop waste from being produced in the first place through a transition to renewable energy and materials. NAWBO is bringing women business owners from the four corners of the globe together for the HERstory in the Making free virtual summit during Women’s History Month. We'll explore how to be part of this important transition with global opportunities and impacts. This event is part of NAWBO’s international work with FCEM focusing on the circular economy. Please note that we are pleased to provide both Spanish and French translation services.




March 29, 2023
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    • Welcome (10 mins.)

    • Panel Discussion (50 mins.)

    • Roundtable Discussions & Speed Networking (45 mins.)

    • Closing (15 mins.)

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Gina Wu Lee

Founder, Circular CoLab & The Upcyclers Network

Gina is an advocate for sustainability and believes in the power of collaboration to create change. She founded the Upcyclers Network to promote demand for recovered, recycled and discarded material by amplifying the impact of businesses that transform “waste” into value and published the first United States-focused landscape study on the Circular Economy. Gina has 15-plus years of experience working in CSR and Social Impact in the U.S., China and Germany. Her writing has been featured in Sustainable Brands and GreenBiz and she has been a featured speaker for CalRecycle and the EPA.

Sandy Heard

President, Prime Waste Solutions LLC

Sandy is president of Prime Waste Solutions LLC, a waste and recycling consulting company.  She has over 25 years of experience in the solid waste and recycling industries. Sandy formed Prime Waste Solutions in 2011 to focus on reducing business’ overall spend and providing a positive impact to the environment and community through recycling. Prime Waste Solutions is a certified Minority Women-Owned Business. Sandy is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Entrepreneurship program and is a member of the NAWBO Houston board. More speakers to come!

Almut Bühling

Founder, BSB Intellectual Property Law

Almut is founder of the Germany-based intellectual property law firm BSB Intellectual Property Law. The firm specializes in protecting trademarks, designs and patents, enforcing IP rights against infringers worldwide, providing legal consultation in all fields of the industry and more. Almut represents major IP portfolios of leading companies in the field of sustainability in Germany as well as worldwide and supports start-ups and scale-ups in protecting their intellectual property. She is co-chair of the Board of VdU (German Association of Women Entrepreneurs) International Commission, VdU representative for Germany in FCEM and delegate in the Conference of INGOs at the Council of Europe.

Joelle Flynn

Founder and Co-CEO, FunkkOFF!® Inc

Joelle is founder and co-CEO of FunkkOFF!â Inc, a lifestyle brand of TeethRefreshersâ (which she invented) and natural toothpaste that uses only ingredients and methods that are good for the earth and all living creatures. A serial entrepreneur from the age of 14-and-a-half, Joelle was the youngest stockbroker hired at just 22 at Bank of America (now Merrill). She co-founded, built and sold a FinTech and co-founded and served as executive director of a non-profit empowering young girls.

Sonia Hounsell

Co-founder and Co-CEO, FunkkOFF® Inc

Sonia is co-founder and co-CEO of FunkkOFF!â Inc, a lifestyle brand of TeethRefreshersâ and natural toothpaste that uses only ingredients and methods that are good for the earth and all living creatures. A 30-plus-year brand marketing and entrepreneurship professional, Sonia previous served as CEO of Acorn, a venture capital-funded Edu-tech company. She was also founder and CEO of SLH Marketing Consultants, director at Mondelez International and brand strategy expert at McKinsey & Co.

Mary-Ann Ooi Suan Kim

Author and Principal, O S Kim & Associates, and UK-Malaysia Barrister, Lincoln's Inn

Mary-Ann is a dual qualified UK-Malaysia barrister of Lincoln’s Inn and advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. She is the principal of O S Kim & Associates, representing clients at all levels in the courts of Malaysia for litigation matters and alternative dispute resolution. Kim has resolved some of the most complex cross-border and contentious disputes over her years of active legal practice. She is also the author of the LexisNexis practical guidance in corporate law.