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March 12, 2013

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:

  • 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.

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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