Women Who Lead the Way: Panel + Brunch
Save the Date
Sunday, March 26th, 2023
Event begins at 9:30am
Making Dreams a Reality
In 1937, Rose Blumkin had a revolutionary idea: sell cheap and tell the truth. More than 80 years later, that’s still the guiding principle behind everything we do at NFM. And as we celebrate Women’s History Month, we want to showcase the impact Mrs. B had on business and on the world with events that recognize all the inspiring things women choose to “B” every day.Learn About Mrs. B
Mark Your Calendar
We're not holding back; check out what we have planned to celebrate this month!View All NFM Events
Tues. March 8th
International Women's Day
Stop by our stores for a free rose! (while supplies last)
Sat. March 11th
Women Owned Business Vendor Market
Location: Event Center in Appliance & Electronics Building
Sun. March 26th
Women Who Lead the Way Panel + Brunch
Location: Mrs. B's | Brunch is at 11am
$30.00 | Includes panel, brunch, 1 drink ticket & gift
2023 Panel Event
Women Who Lead the Way
In Partnership with Girls Inc
NFM is inviting female leaders from a wide variety of industries in the Omaha community for an insight into their current role. Highlighting and celebrating the achievements of incredible women who continue to educate, encourage, uplift, and empower those around them.Register Now
Amy Myers (Moderator)
Chief Marketing Officer, NFM
Vice President, Nebraska & Iowa | Cox Communications, Inc.
Attorney/Managing Partner, Berkshire & Burmeister
President, Omaha World-Herald West Region‑Lee Enterprises
President, Avant Solutions
Director of Color, Material & Finish Global Consumer Design, KitchenAid
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Rose Blumkin was born Rose Gorelick on December 15th, 1893 in Schedrin, Russia, into a one room house with 3 brothers and 4 sisters. Her 28-day journey to America to reunite with her husband took her through Siberia and Japan, with a stop at the Russia border where we learn about Rose's bravery and determination early on. When questioned by a Russian soldier, Rose claimed she was buying leather for the Russian army and promised a bottle of vodka for him upon her return. He let her pass and in 1917 she finally arrived in the US. She moved with her family to Omaha in 1919 and stayed there to raise her family but what she ended up doing over her 104-year life was so much more.
In articles written about Mrs. B later in life, people joked about her indefatigable work ethic and dismissal of ever retiring. At 13, she worked 16-hour days 6 days a week for only a single ruble. Her inherent responsibility started young and her drive to build her own successful business carried for decades after. Nebraska Furniture Mart began in basement of her husband's shop in 1937 built upon Mrs. B's mantra of "Sell cheap and tell the truth". Over its 85-year history, Nebraska Furniture Mart established itself as the single best source for furniture, flooring, appliances and electronics with a footprint in 4 different regions and no signs of slowing down.
The famous handshake deal between Rose Blumkin and Warren Buffet in 1983, adding NFM to the elite roster of Berkshire Hathaway companies, solidified the upward trajectory of success that Mrs. B had built. Their deal is the stuff of legends because Buffet didn't run an audit prior to purchase. He based his deal on the trust he had for Rose Blumkin as a businesswoman. Her word and reputation were enough to satisfy one of the most savvy and successful men in modern history.
People remember her honesty, dedication to service, and eagerness to always provide an incredible deal while zipping around the store on her scooter. Her vision serves as a foundation to the core values at NFM and she continues to be an inspiration to a new generation of intelligent businesswomen out to make their dreams a reality.