Speakers Table

Interview with NADCO President & CEO, Beth Solomon

September 22, 2013

“Own your business and own your life.” That’s the message Beth Solomon hopes to send to the attendees of the 2013 National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Women’s Business Conference in Miami. As President and CEO of National Association of Development Companies (NADCO), she impacts the lives of thousands of small business owners, connecting them to the capital they need to grow their businesses. And while she advocates for everyone, ensuring that women business owners are equipped with not only the money, but also the financial education to support their financial decisions, is what led her to this year’s conference.
Beth says women have a different set of needs than men, and those needs aren’t being addressed at a granular level by other organizations. Women business owners need to be educated on the connection between their money and their life. It is her belief that building a solid financial foundation provides women with the opportunity to pursue their dreams.
In Miami, Beth hopes to challenge women to pursue financial independence, get educated on the types of debt (good vs. bad) and learn how to hedge the risks of financial pitfalls. She hopes to encourage women to be cognizant of what they spend money on and how their decisions today can impact tomorrow.
Her advice to women entrepreneurs is: “If you don’t establish the discipline to do effective things to fuel your business, it’s going to be very difficult to grow your business.” 
Beth Solomon was interviewed by Jacquie Hayes, Marketing Strategist and Content Writer at Crayons and Marketers in Nashville, Tennessee.
You can learn more about NADCO at www.nadco.org.

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Bling, Punk and Light: A New York Staycation

July 15, 2013

We decided to spend the July 4th holiday in my hometown of New York.

The heat was oppressive, and after a walk through Central Park and lunch in the Plaza Food Court, we headed for the Museum of Arts and Design to see Fashion Jewelry: the Collection of Barbara Berger. So extraordinary is this exhibition that Assouline has published a book on the subject - 450 pieces of vintage Chanel, YSL, Balenciaga, and Dior, among pieces from contemporary jewelry designers. My friend, David McFadden curated this exquisite collection from 4,000 bijoux de couture from 40 years of international flea market finds.

(Photo by: metmuseum.org)

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum is showing PUNK - Chaos to Couture, an exhibit  that mixes safety pins, bugle beads and strategically placed holes and tears. Featuring designs for men and women, iconic punk garments from the mid-1970s are juxtaposed with recent haute couture and ready-to-wear. Exploring the relationship between the punk concept of 'do-it-yourself' (DIY) and the couture concept of 'made-to-measure,' the show is organized around the materials, techniques, and embellishments associated with the anti-establishment style.

James Turrell’s Guggenheim exhibit, his first in a New York museum since 1980, explores light, color and space. Aten Reign, viewed from the museum's rotunda, is an ambitious project of shifting artificial and natural light. With its 60's love-in vibe and spiritual allure, it's the perfect antidote to PUNK. The crowds are literally lying on the floor staring up at the changing 'sky.'

From Jamees Turrell's (Photo by: Bonni Braverman) From Jamees Turrell's "Aten Reign"

The Spotted Pig in the West Village lives up to it's claim of having the best burgers in the city. Fatty Fish on the Upper East  serves wonderful Asian-style dishes including a sushi pizza .At Birdland Jazz Club in the West 40's, we listened to the American jazz guitarist, Dave Stryker and his amazing band.

In the rain, we walked the High Line at night, that verdant mile-long linear park built on a section of the former elevated New York Central Railroad. Then on to Hudson River Park in the morning, and to Battery Park by water taxi.

Loaded with great memories of seeing friends and enjoying the greatest city on earth, heading back now to Georgetown, my other hometown.

Written by Bonni Braverman of Bonni Braverman Interiors, LLC.

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My BRCA Story

May 16, 2013

I am writing this as a catharsis and to save lives. Since Angelina Jolie's brave admission, I wanted to tell my story.

I was tested positive for BRCA 2 and decided to undergo a prophylactic mastectomy. Like Ms Jolie, I was told I had an 87% chance of getting breast cancer.

The decision is very difficult for aesthetic reasons because breasts are so much a part of our femininity and sexuality. I too had a loving and supportive husband throughout this process even when I had nipple-less Barbie Doll breasts.

I have just finished my reconstruction, coincidentally on the morning Ms Jolie made her announcement. An amazing medical tattoo artist named Melany Whitney completed my transformation and I am whole again!

The reality is that I was whole the entire time. Breasts do not make us women, strength and compassion do. It was a hard lesson but one I needed to share.

Do not be afraid!


Written by Bonni Braverman of Bonni Braverman Interiors LLC, Georgetown-based interior designer

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