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Over 100 women in the South Sound region have set aside the fourth Saturday of September as a day to re-energize themselves and their women-owned businesses as summer winds down and the holiday season approaches.

The Alliance of Women Owned Businesses (AWOB) is a 5-year old organization created to support women who own, or want to develop, businesses in the Thurston, Pierce, Mason and Kitsap county area.

The Power UP for IMPACT Conference and Showcase for Women in Business will present four dynamic women whose business and coaching experiences qualify them for headliner status on the speaker’s podium.

The day begins with Nancy Solomon, founder and president of Women Think, talks to women about how biases affect them and how their perceptions of themselvess may be holding them back.

“We spend our lives evaluating others, yet find it so difficult to objectively evaluate ourselves. When we learn what the biases are that may be affecting our road to success, and how to take charge of them, we can allow our leadership, career and personal empowerment to shine through!”

Nancy is the author of the acclaimed book, Impact! What Every Woman Needs to Know to Go From Invisible to Invincible.  She has a B.S. in Special Education from State University New York, Geneseo, and her Masters in Psychology from Antioch University, Seattle.

Next on the program is Executive Presentation Coach Kerstin O’Shields who is sharing her insights on “Body Language in Business: Gain Influence Without Saying A Word”.

“The Communication Medium is your body,” says O’Shields.  “You can learn how nonverbal communication drives who we decide to do business with, how posture communicates your confidence and knowledge, and how unspoken social cues will naturally attract people to you and your business.”

From the O’Shields Studio in the Seattle area, Kerstin brings her unique skills and talents, honed by years of performing on stage in opera and dramatic productions, to life.  Her  programs are designed to  develop an individual’s messages and to enhance their nonverbal communication through gesture, facial expressions and voice and her clients range from entrepreneurs to international speakers.

After a break for a luncheon buffet, the afternoon schedule begins with coach and consultant Lisa Markman presenting  an insightful  view of how to “Influence For Impact: The Power of Being Positively Influential”

“Influence is a mysterious force,” says Markman. ” We know it when we feel it, but how do we generate it?  For people who desire to have a true impact on their world, mastering the art of influence is a crucial skill set. You can learn to evaluate your levels of influence, let go of power-resistance, and learn how to engage in positive influence practices.”

Markman in the founder of Jigsaw Solutions, Coaching and Consulting andn is a co-founder and former president of AWOB.  With 20 years experience as a consultant and certified coach, she offers classes, workshops and coaching programs locally, globally and virtually and is currently writing a book entitled, Get Out of the Elevator: Ditch the Pitch and Connect Authentically.

The Conference winds up with international speaker and trainer Amber Thiel,  asking  “Are You Sacrificing Your Health for your Business?”

“Beyond the workout, what works?” poses Thiel. ” One of our most critical support platforms is our health, but is a workout enough to keep it running smoothly?  How do you avoid the health issues that trip up busy people…stress, fast food and fast meals, too little sleep and too much pressure?  There are ways to cope positively!”

Thiel is an International Speaker, Author, Trainer,  and is CEO and founder of The Healthy Edge, deemed the top provider of the nation’s most comprehensive and transformative lifestyle education program.  The Healthy Edge offers an intensive health coach certification program and currently has certified over 400 health coaches across the United States and throughout Canada.

Woven throughout the day are breaks to allow attendees to peruse the other aspect of th event, the SHOWCASE of Women Owned Businesses.  30 to 40 member businesses will display their products and services will be offering samples and drawings for valuable door prizes while attendees explore their offerings.

Tickets to the event are available on line at and on Eventbrite at www.  The cost to members is $69 and $89 for guests including lunch, and includes the full day of speakers whose coaching sessions could cost $200 apiece, according to AWOB President  Lynn Jabs.