Reimagining What’s Possible – Lunch and Learn with NAWBO SJ

Register:  Reimagining What’s Possible – Lunch and Learn with NAWBO SJ

Date: Tuesday, October 24th

Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Location: Rowan College of South Jersey Gloucester Main Campus, 1400 Tanyard Road, Sewell, NJ  08080, Rastelli Business and Corporate Center  502/503 

Additional:  $15 for NAWBO Members;  $25 for Non-Members

*In-person event. Lunch will be provided.

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) South Jersey Chapter is proud to present an insightful “Lunch and Learn” event aimed at empowering women in business.

Join us for lunch with renowned speaker Barbara Anne Gardenhire-Mills to hear about her life journey through seemingly insurmountable challenges into possibilities and her deep mission to encourage people to see others as human BE-ings at work and in life.

Guest Speaker: Barbara Anne Gardenhire – Mills

Barbara Anne is a “Solutions Navigator” and servant leader who has directly assisted over 2,000 businesses in the past two decades and provided training, coaching and technical assistance to countless more companies, teams, entrepreneurs, and individuals throughout her career. She is the founder and owner of Purpose-Filled Solutions and Evolutions LLC, a business consulting & leadership coaching company that partners with people, leaders, companies, and agencies to find their “why” (core purpose), identify resources, overcome challenges, change mindsets, and develop and implement plans to achieve their visions of success, with an emphasis on civility, inclusion, equity, and diversity (CIED), her unique alternative approach to current DEI strategies.

Barbara Anne also serves as Director of Compliance & Engagement for Cooperative Business Assistance Corporation (CBAC) in Camden, NJ, and hosts “What The Why?!? with Barbara Anne,” a weekly talk show on RVN Television, Roku, and more. Before her current roles, she served as the Management Analyst & Community Liaison for the U.S. White House Promise Zone Initiative in Camden, NJ, stationed at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), and as Supervisor of Lender Relations & Economic Development/Women’s Business Ownership Representative for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) New Jersey District Office. She has also served in other leadership roles, including Manager and Executive Director, in the corporate, non-profit, and municipal government arenas and served as a federal government training contractor.

Barbara Anne holds an M.S. in Executive Leadership from Champlain College, a B.A. in Political Science/ Honors with concentrations in Pre-Law and Women’s Studies from Rowan University, and an A.A. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Business Communications from Rowan College of South Jersey (RCSJ). She has completed multiple professional designations and adult continuing education certificates, including a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certification with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Certified Professional Coach in Executive Coaching from RCSJ, and certifications in talent optimization and implementing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the workplace.

Barbara Anne serves in volunteer leadership capacities with ICF’s NJ Charter Chapter and Braven, and she is a member of ICF Global, the Association of Talent Development (ATD), CDFI Women’s Network, and other professional and civic organizations. The National Association of Women’s Business Owners (NAWBO) – South Jersey Chapter honored her with their 2016 “Women’s Advocate of the Year” award. She is also a Second-Degree Black Belt and member of the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Kenshi-Kai Karate-Jutsu Kobu-Jutsu Association and trains in multiple other martial arts styles. She resides in Mount Laurel, NJ, with Joseph (husband), Colin (son), Ariel Rankin (daughter by choice), Remi Bruno (rescue furry baby), and other pets.

Event Highlights:

Networking: Connect with like-minded professionals and entrepreneurs from diverse industries, creating opportunities for collaboration and growth.

Advocacy Discussion: Engage in meaningful discussions about advocacy efforts for women in business, and discover how you can get involved.

Empowerment Strategies: Learn practical strategies and tactics for navigating the challenges faced by women in the business world, from negotiation to leadership.


This event is open to NAWBO South Jersey members and non-members alike. However, space is limited, so be sure to register early to secure your spot.

About NAWBO South Jersey:

NAWBO South Jersey is dedicated to empowering and supporting women entrepreneurs and business owners in Southern New Jersey. Our mission is to propel women business owners into economic, social, and political spheres of power worldwide.

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