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Journalist Lisa Ling to Headline One Woman National Business Conference

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HOUSTON, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Texas Business Alliance (TBA), a nonprofit, membership-driven leader of small business promotion, advocacy and development, announced journalist Lisa Ling will headline its One Woman National Business Conference® (One Woman® ) occurring August 19-20, 2011, at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, 16090 City Walk, Sugar Land, Texas 77479. One Woman® is a two-day business development conference for business owners and corporate personnel.  This year’s theme is “Back to Basics,” highlighting a step-by-step, consistent approach to sustainable business growth.

Ling will deliver the conference opening breakfast keynote on Friday, August 19, on the topic “The Importance of a Global Perspective.”  Ling will recount stories from her years of journalism that profoundly changed her life.  She will share how travel and going beyond one’s comfort zone is wholly transformative and makes one smarter, more well-rounded and more marketable.  A lively question and answer session will follow.

Ling has reported from dozens of countries covering stories that are too often ignored.  She is the co-executive producer and host of “Our America” on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and a field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is also a contributor to ABC News’ Nightline.  Ling was the first female host of National Geographic’s Explorer series.

She got her start in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News where she covered the civil war in Afghanistan at 21 years of age. She later went on to become a co-host of ABC Daytime’s hit show The View, which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show.  Ling was a special correspondent for CNN’s Planet in Peril series and is a contributing editor for USA Today’s USA Weekend magazine.  She is the co-author of “Mother, Sister. Daughter, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood,” and “Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and The Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home” that she penned with her sister Laura.  Ling is the co-founder of and

“We’re delighted to bring Lisa Ling to Texas for the One Woman National Business Conference,” said TBA Founder and CEO Jeffrey L. Boney.  “Lisa was a natural headliner speaker choice due to her global outlook and passion for women’s empowerment.”

Special early bird registration pricing is as follows: TBA Member: $179.00; TBA Partner: $199.00; Standard Registration: $259.00; and at the door: $300.00. Early bird registration ends for TBA members and partners on April 30, 2011. The One Woman® Web site ( will be available for registration during March, Women’s History Month. TBA Partners include organizations such as WBEA, NAWBO, Hispanic Business Network, Texas on the Go and many others. To become a TBA Partner or for more information, please contact Texas Business Alliance at 713.738.7578.

About Texas Business Alliance

TBA is a member-driven, solutions oriented, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization, with a mission to equip minority- and women-owned businesses to be qualified suppliers, ready to compete for public, private and international opportunities through progressive development, and specialized training. Its vision is to strengthen the Texas economy and spur job creation by expanding minority- and women-owned businesses, and encouraging youth entrepreneurship. Chapter organizations are being pursued in Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Austin and El Paso. Visit for more details or call 713.738.7578.


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