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2013 Nominee: Kathie Nelson, ConnectWorks

Company: ConnectWorks

Years In Business: 15+   

Brief Description of Nominee's Achievements:

Kathie Nelson is a serial entrepreneur. She is a published author, contributing author, successful consultant, relevant speaker, mentor, tireless volunteer in her efforts to help women achieve their brilliance.

Nominee's Achievements In Sales Lead Management:

  • Published Author

“Kathie has a simple wisdom that comes through in all she does…and has a dynamite brain for business. What a combination!”
~Diana Knoles, Creative Management Solutions

  • Successful Consultant

As founder of Portland, Ore.-based Connectworks, Kathie and her team offer clients executive-level consulting and training in strategic business development. Her ability to deliver a clear and compelling message, combined with savvy business strategies, have made her a renowned expert in helping clients tap their passions, increase profits, and have more fun!

  • Relevant Speaker

Kathie’s authenticity and vivid speaking style captivates and engages listeners. With personal stories that describe her as a single mother at 22, injured in a life-threatening auto accident at 23, and coping with a failed business venture at age 30, her philosophy and life strategies create in her listeners a motivation to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

  • History of Results

Kathie’s insight and influence contributed to the following organizations:
*IKEA Portland
*Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon
*Women’s Council of Realtors in Portland and Medford
*Oregon State Chamber Conference 2007
*Women’s Council of Realtors State Conference 2006
*National Association of Professional Organizers
*Institute of Management Consultants.

Learn more here:
http://www.kathienelson.com/about-us/kathie-nelson/

  • Kathie helps, encourages, mentors and models ways to succeed in business while helping people, but especially women monetize their talents.

Professional Boards:

On and off on Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon Board, Advisory Board and other local boards.

Charitable Boards:

She is wrapping up her term as President of the IMC www.imcusa.org. She serves on a national awards and recognition committee for the IMC that meets monthly. Kathie contributes to the Christian Chamber marketing and annual marketplace summit. She has recently made a return to the WEO Advisory Board, and she also contributes to Dress for Success.

Authorship (articles or books):

Her latest book, released mid-September 2010, is co-authored with her mother Bette James Laughrun.  “I Want What She’s Got! The Secrets of Creating an Outrageous Life” is available through her website or at her events.
http://www.iwantwhatshesgotsecrets.com/

Her first book “The Busy People’s Guide to Getting Unstuck” is available electronically from our site.  http://www.kathienelson.com/store/e-products/busy-people-guide-to-getting-unstuck/

She is a contributing author in the international bestseller, “Build it Big – 101 Insider Secrets from Top Direct Selling Experts” and packaged her success techniques and philosophy in the “Busy People” business growth series.

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