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Tammy Butler Robinson

2017-18 President

NAWBO-Indianapolis Board President


There are women who make things better, there are women who change things, there are women who make things happen, who make a difference. I want to be one of those women.                       – Vera Farmiga, Academy Award-nominated actress


In 1997, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 7,000 points for the first time, Madeleine Albright became the first female Secretary of State in U.S. History and the world mourned the shocking death of Princess Diana following a car accident.

Locally that same year, a small group of local female entrepreneurs, focused on driving business forward to an unprecedented level, established the Indianapolis Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). This newly formed Indianapolis Chapter offered women throughout the Circle City and the state of Indiana a leadership platform to connect, engage, influence, and advance positive growth in the business community. More importantly, NAWBO propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power.

Twenty years later, NAWBO-Indianapolis remains true to our original vision, and has evolved to become far more. We are committed to providing timely and relevant educational programming for our members, we care deeply about the political environment influencing small business, we established the Visionary Awards ceremony to publicly recognize the achievements of female business leaders — an event now replicated by other NAWBO chapters in the US, and we have become the second largest NAWBO chapter in the nation.

None of the accomplishments that have occurred during the past two decades would be possible without the vision and leadership of our founding members. These milestones would also not be possible without the engaged support of our membership today, and the support of our corporate partners.

Each has been instrumental in helping us make tremendous strides during the past 20 years, in making things better, positively changing our business environment, making things happen and making a difference.

As we look to the future, this chapter remains dedicated to helping our members thrive and achieve their greatest potential, both personally and professionally. We also look forward to continuing to grow our network of dynamic, accomplished women interested in driving business and positive change for business in our city, together. The possibilities of what we can achieve in the next twenty years are limitless…and ours to create. We invite you to THINK NAWBO FIRST as you consider partners who can support you and your business.


Tammy Butler Robinson,




Tammy Butler Robinson is in her sixth year as a NAWBO-Indy board member and serves as Board President for NAWBO-Indianapolis 2017-18. Read more about Tammy here.