Terry Neese is a third generation Oklahoman, conservative Republican, successful entrepreneur, an international executive, and award-winning small business advocate. Raised on a farm in Southwest Oklahoma, Neese went on to found Terry Neese Personnel Services (TNPS), National Grassroots Network, and the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW). Terry has found and created thousands of jobs for men and women in Oklahoma and across the nation.
Neese is the former president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Under her leadership, the organization led the successful passage of H.R. 5050, which President Ronald Reagan signed into law. This historic legislation made it possible for women business owners to obtain a small business loan or credit card without a male signature.
Throughout her 31-year career, Neese has been a leading advocate for the advancement of opportunities for women, men, and families here in America and across the globe. Most notably, Neese is the co-founder for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), an organization comprised of over a half-million women entrepreneurs and executives committed to strengthening their overall impact on public policy and on our nation’s economy. Neese was also a Distinguished Fellow for the National Center for Policy Analysis. During her tenure, Neese led the organization’s Family Policy Center and developed policies to help women, families, and small business owners save more money and make better financial decisions.