AEO President & CEO Welcome Reception




Thursday, May 2, 2024
JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004

AEO’s board of directors, team members, and industry and ecosystem leaders came together for a reception welcoming AEO’s new president and CEO, Natalie Madeira Cofield.

AEO is proud to have Natalie at the helm of AEO, bringing with her a wealth of experience and a compelling vision that promises to propel AEO to a bright future. We are honored to welcome her into the AEO family and are eager to embark on this exciting new journey together.

This reception provided an opportunity for the small business ecosystem to extend a warm welcome to Natalie Madeira Cofield, to get acquainted, and share in the enthusiasm for the future of AEO. A chance to celebrate not just a new chapter, but a promising era of innovation, ideation, and inspiration.

Thank you to all who Joined us for an evening of networking, camaraderie, and anticipation as we marked this significant moment in AEO’s 32-year history.


Let’s raise our glasses to AEO’s bright future under the inspiring leadership of our new president and CEO, Natalie Madeira Cofield.


Welcome Remarks

Natalie Madeira Cofield Pic

Natalie Madeira Cofield

President & CEO, AEO

Additional Remarks

Theresa Bedeau

Theresa Bedeau

Consultant, Solaria Strategies LLC, AEO Board Member

Joshua Brackett

Chief Financial Officer, Ascendus, Inc., AEO Board Treasurer

Senator Ben Cardin

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)

Sentor Chris Van Hollen

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

Corinne Goble

Corinne Goble

CEO, Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC)