The National Association of Women Business Owners of Indianapolis has named Shannon Morris executive director. She owned Freedom Staffing, a work force consulting business. June 19, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS – June 19, 2014 – The Board of Directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners of Indianapolis is pleased to announce that Shannon Morris has been named Executive Director. Ms. Morris will lead the #1 NAWBO chapter in the nation in its effort to propel Indiana to be a leading state for women-owned businesses.

Board President Deborah Oatts said, “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Shannon to our organization. She is a talented woman with a deep passion for women-owned businesses. The board of directors looks forward to working with her to take NAWBO-Indy to higher levels of impact and influence.”

Shannon Morris comes to NAWBO uniquely qualified to be the executive director of NAWBO as she has owned her own business, Freedom Staffing, consulted young businesses and worked within the Government, Healthcare and Enterprise environments providing technology business solutions. She has worked with women to help them transition back into the workforce, advance their business, or start up an enterprise.

She has spent the past few years building portals and technology strategies in education and healthcare focused on what a mother needs in order to be effective at home and at work. Prior to this, she worked on strategic Information Technology Solutions and developing custom solutions. She has helped improve communications among individuals and business units and has helped to build partnerships, supporting her belief that we are “more” working together than as individuals.

“We conducted an extensive search for this position, and it was Shannon's vision and passion that really set her apart. Her passion for connecting and building partnerships and her desire to see women drive our city forward make her an ideal fit for this role,” said Oatts.

“I'm excited about this opportunity, and thrilled to begin working with the Board of Directors and meeting our corporate partners. I see immense possibilities for women business owners to grow and be at the forefront of greater economic impact and influence our city and state,” Morris said.

Over the years, Morris has strived to connect and build public and private partnerships as evident in her philanthropic involvement which has included the Indianapolis Chamber's IPS Evaluation teams, Riley Children's Foundation, Women's Fund, Indiana University Women's Philanthropy, The Children's Museum, Stanley K. Lacy Leadership, CYO Coaching, Broad Ripple Village Association and other organizations.

“As a student of Servant leadership and Value Based Leadership practices, Morris is poised to help NAWBO-Indy achieve great things,” said Oatts.

About NAWBO

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. The Indianapolis chapter, established in 1997, is the largest chapter in the country with over 200 members. NAWBO remains the only organization that solely represents the interest of women entrepreneurs in all industries. NAWBO's mission is to strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of its members and promote economic development; create innovative and effective change in the business culture; build strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and transform public policy and influence opinion makers. NAWBO-Indy's vision is to impact, influence and propel Indiana to be a leading state for women-owned businesses by its advocacy efforts, economic impact, diversity, influence, membership size and power.

NAWBO is a registered trademark of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Source: The National Association of Women Business Owners of Indianapolis

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