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Fidelity On Call CEO Advocates for Women Business Owners

Fidelity On Call CEO, Pat Drake, attended the 2018 National Women’s Business Owners Conference for the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) in Spokane, Washington.

panel of women business owners at NAWBO 2018 conference
Moderator: Nina Roque, Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council. Panelists: Kathleen Diamond, Dr. Terry Neese, and Virginia Littlejohn

One of the highlights was the panel of women who talked about how they changed the plight of women business ownership within 1988. This was a challenge many women in business have faced, as less than 30 years ago, women who wanted a business loan in many U.S. states were required to provide a signature from a male relative. The “final straw” for these ladies was when a woman business owner had to take her 17 year old son out of school to co-sign her loan!

Fidelity On Call CEO Pat Drake and colleagues at NAWBO 2018 Conference
Vickie Clark, Waddell & Reed; Pat Drake, Fidelity On Call; Susie Platt, Spoon River Home Health Care

Pat has helped to pave the way for improvements for women in business to thrive. She continues to help empower and mentor women by supporting the local chapter of NAWBO through volunteer work and sponsorship of events.