In this episode Angie Lion of Black River Performance Management and Diane Bevan of Diane Bevan Consulting share the challenges that many women face in the business world, including gender bias, stereotypes, and unequal opportunities. They explore their strategies for empowering women to take on leadership roles, build confidence, and overcome obstacles in their career path. They are both passionate about changing the narrative surrounding women in leadership roles across small business, non-profit organizations, and more. They both believe in creating environments where women are supported, encouraged, and empowered to reach their full potential. They both believe that by uplifting women, it changes workplaces, families, and entire communities (it’s the tide that raises all boats).
Diane Bevan, Founder and CEO of the National Women’s Business Community Network and NWBCN Foundation, is driven by her passion for empowering women in entrepreneurship. With a focus on bridging inequities, she champions women-owned businesses, women-led nonprofits, and the nation’s Women’s Business Centers. As former CEO of the Idaho Hispanic Chamber and Foundation, Diane recognized diverse communities’ barriers and founded the Idaho Women’s Business Center and Idaho Connect Programs. Her leadership secured nearly $10M in grants for Idaho, catalyzing change.
Diane’s commitment to community service is evident as an urban renewal commissioner and the Idaho Rural Success Summit co-chair. Her dedication shines through her involvement in creating nonprofits, notably Idaho Women for Education, her passion nonprofit focused on at-risk women and girls. She earned accolades like Idaho Business Review’s Top 50 Women of the Year, CEO of Influence in 2021, and a spot among Idaho’s Top 50 Most Influential Business Leaders in 2022. She received the prestigious 2022 Marsha Bailey Leadership Award from the Association of Women’s Business Centers. Diane loves it when her friends become friends and believes success is often just one connection away.