About the National Association of Minority Women Entrepreneurs
Our belief at NAMWE is that community is strength.
Although minority women entrepreneurs are starting businesses at 5x the rate of any other group, there hasn’t yet been a defining national association that addresses the unique needs of MWEs.
For example, how do we balance feminine strengths having to do with motherhood, sisterhood, courage, self-expression, and abundance with masculine-defined success (bottom line, execution, strategy implementation, etc.) in the business world? How do we deal with blatant and hidden issues with sexism and racism?
How do we deal with other people putting us into categories that they are comfortable with and make snap, overriding stereotypes that have nothing to do with us?
There is a solution and the solution is by first owning our identities, redefining success as we see it, and building a community of like-minded, confident women working toward success.
It doesn’t matter if your company serves individuals, small businesses, corporations, or government agencies, we all are working toward success.
To learn more about the benefits of membership, please click here.
About Janet Johnson, NAMWE Founder and President
You can’t put Janet in a box because she has done everything and been everything!
Whether Janet is helping her international corporate customer plan their production schedule…
or teaching a small business client how to read their financial statement…
or giving a Reiki session to an individual in pain,
…you’re dealing with the same person. For seventeen years, Janet has given her all to each one of her customers and clients equally – regardless of company size, sales, so-called status, etc. Janet is Janet.
Meet Janet Johnson, 33 year old first generation Filipina American, parent leader, and president and founder of the National Association of Minority Women Entrepreneurs. She is a learning addict, oftentimes taking classes in anything from Dale Carnegie Human Relations courses to becoming certified in Reiki. From a young age, it was clear that Janet was a hard worker. She started working for her parents at 12 years old when her parents started their manufacturing company serving the most prominent cosmetic companies – Avon, MAC, and Mary Kay to name a few. With a skeleton crew of only fourteen employees shipping millions of lipstick tube parts to four different countries each week, Janet learned how to be a resourceful, efficient, and agile entrepreneur.
In 2009, Janet launched her first business, Quail Run Ventures, LLC and soon became known as the financial management and lean office expert serving specifically minority-owned, woman-owned, and veteran-owned businesses. It became very evident that Janet and her minority women clients bonded instantly. While their paths were not exactly the same, their paths definitely ran parallel – tackling the same challenges, discriminations, assumptions, etc. Janet took notice of this in 2012 when she thought about whom she enjoys working with the best. Janet launched NAMWE in an effort to meet more MWEs, to spotlight them and their accomplishments, and to serve as a safe place to discuss issues unique to minority women entrepreneurs.
On a personal note, Janet is big into rescuing and giving gently-used books to children in need to the tune (so far) of 12,000 pounds of shipments to three different continents. Empowering other women, community outreach, and family are Janet’s three main passions in life.