Women Mean Business Meeting
NFIB  & the Importance of Public Policy
Thursday, September 22, 2016
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Petroleum Club

Impacting Public Policy is one of the most important missions of NAWBO:
Come learn all about:

- Legislative Day next February in Austin. 

- NAWBO's Public Policy mission 

- Our partnership with NFIB 

Will and Annie will summarize some of the accomplishments NFIB observed in last session and introduce issues that will be on the agenda for next session.  

About the Speakers :

ANNIE SPILMAN LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS/TEXAS Annie Spilman joined the Texas office of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in July 2014 and heads up the organization’s public policy and political programs throughout the state. Spilman has 15 years of legislative experience, both inside and outside the Texas Capitol. She brings valuable experience in government relations, grassroots organizing, fundraising and direct lobbying to the NFIB/Texas team. Previously, she worked at IIAT as the governmental affairs manager, where she ran the IIAT political action committee, IMPACT, and shared responsibility in lobbying the Texas Legislature on issues important to independent agents in Texas. Spilman began her political career in 2000 as a legislative staffer in the Texas House of Representatives and left in 2006 to begin her lobbying career with attorney Steve Bresnen. Throughout the years, she has also found time to work on political campaigns in the state. She’s a proud Texas woman who has a passion for helping others find a voice and protecting small business in Texas. Spilman is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University.

WILL NEWTON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS/TEXAS Will Newton joined the Texas office of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in January 2005. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the NFIB/Texas office with 30 years of experience in Texas government and business association work. Prior to joining NFIB, Newton served as legislative liaison for the Texas Comptroller’s office. Previously, he was the director of Governmental and Member Relations for the Texas Restaurant Association, where he was responsible for the group's public affairs activities, policy formulation, issue advocacy, fundraising and membership development. Newton’s work experience includes stints in the Texas House of Representatives working for three state representatives and one state senator. His experience also includes work as a clerk for two committees in the Texas House. A former member of the Texas Comptroller of Public Account’s Property Tax Advisory Council, Newton currently serves on the Comptroller’s Business Advisory Group and as Chairman of the Office of Small Business Assistance Advisory Task Force. Newton earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from St. Edwards University. He resides in Austin with his wife Beth, an elementary school principal, and their four children.

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