2017 AGENDA

SIXTH-ANNUAL FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR SUMMIT
Oct. 25, 2017 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Venue: 700 Beta Banquet & Conference Center

8:00 a.m. |  REGISTRATION, NETWORKING AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9-9:45 a.m.  |  WAKEUP SESSION: TOP WAYS  FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS CAN DRIVE BUSINESS GROWTH THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

  • Jacquie Chakirelis, Founder of Online Platform Institute, Market Manager of Aviatra Accelerators

Social media is helping to close the gap for women who want to start their own business. According to Hunter Hoffman, head of U.S. communications at Hiscox Small Business Insurance, women are taking advantage of the significantly lowered costs of starting businesses and setting up shop online, where they have the ability to expand easily. It doesn’t hurt that marketing via social media happens to play on traits often associated with women: cooperation, collaboration, and sharing. In this session, we’ll explore how female entrepreneurs can use social media channels to promote their personal brands and business, tapping into a rich and growing customer base.

10:00-10:45 a.m.  |  PIVOTS AND PATHWAYS

Panel discussion with successful NEO entrepreneurs. They will discuss different directions you can go with entrepreneurship and how to make that leap.

  • Facilitator: Maureen Kyle, WKYC Anchor

Panelists:

  • Heather Ettinger, Founder of Luma Wealth Advisors
  • Marianne Frantz, Advanced Sommelier of American Wine School
  • Tonya Kinlow, President of UGottaEat
  • Anjua Maximo, Co-founder, GrooveRyde and Pure Mvmnt

 11:00-11:45 a.m.  |  BREAKOUT SESSIONS

1.) A GUIDE TO CAPITAL: WHAT YOU NEED AND WHERE TO GO TO GET IT!

  • Anne Richie, Venture Partner of JumpStart, Inc.
  • Mary Wilson, Investment Analyst of JumpStart, Inc.

2.)  AN ENTREPRENEUR’S CHECKLIST FOR MITIGATING RISKS 

Three featured categories:  Financial, Legal and People Risks.

Panelists include:

  • James S. Simon, Partner, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC
  • Kristen M. Kraus, Partner of Dworken & Bernstein, Co. L.P.A.
  • Cynthia M. Kula, CPA/PFS, CFP®, Director of Tax of Walthall, CPA’s

12:00-1:00 p.m.  |  COOKING DEMONSTRATION

Exciting and prominent female chefs in Cleveland will join forces with four of the top male chefs in our great city for cooking and discussion on what it takes to be a female entrepreneur in the world of food.

They will prepare a dish of “Fall Harvest Favorites:  Meals the Busy Entrepreneur Can Prepare in 20 Minutes or Less”.   

Chefs include:

  • Dante Boccuzzi, Owner of Dante, Ginko, DC Pasta Company, DBA Akron, Dante Next Door, Coda, Dante’s Inferno and Northside Speakeasy
  • Britt-Marie Culey, Owner and Executive Pastry Chef of Coquette Patisserie
  • Lisa Pucci Delgado, Personal/Private Chef, Owner of What’s for Dinner by LPD and TV personality
  • Chris Hodgson, Partner/Chef of The Driftwood Group
  • Melissa Khoury, Co-Owner of Saucisson
  • Douglas Katz, Qwner and Executive Chef of Fire Food and Drink, CEO/Chef of Fire Spice Company, Chef and Partner of Provenance, Provenance Cafe, and Catering By Provenance 
  • Scott David Kuhn, Founder and CEO of The Driftwood Group
  • Bridget Thibeault, Owner/Chef of Luna Bakery & Cafe

1:15-2:15 p.m.  |  BREAKOUT SESSIONS

1.) INTENTIONAL NETWORKING – CONNECTING IN A MEANINGFUL WAY!

  • Patrice Blakemore, Business Advisor with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College

She will conduct an interactive networking session where you can walk away with referrals and leads to grow your business. Bring business cards.

2.) POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE – SUPPORTING OTHER WOMEN IN BUSINESS

Panel discussion designed to educate and inspire the female entrepreneur on the ways to grow, start or promote a culture  that supports women in their organization and in their community.

Facilitator:

  • Jessie Baginski, President and CEO of Leadership Lake County

Panelists:

  • Nancy Brown, Founder of Ladies and Gentlemen Salon and Spa
  • Lorraine Schuchart, Founder and CEO of Prosper for Purpose
  • Vanessa Tey Iosue, President of Burges & Burges Strategists

2:30 p.m.  |  SPONSOR SHOWCASE RECEPTION

Visit 20+ sponsor and resource tables, taste and vote for your favorite chef’s sample in the People’s Choice tasting contest. Chefs will compete for great prizes based on creativity, taste and ease of preparation.

3:00 p.m.  |  PITCH COMPETITION – Presented by Flashstarts

Judged by Renee DeLuca Dolan, President, Contempo Communications and FlashStarts execs – Charles Stack, CEO and Shannon Lyons, COO.

Watch 5 of Northeast Ohio’s most promising female entrepreneurs pitch their companies for a chance at the grand prize: Design Services from Contempo Communications ($5000 value), 1 Year Reserved Desk Membership at StartMart and $1,500. Listen to entrepreneurs pitch and meet the women whose innovative ideas are taking Cleveland by storm. Teams can apply through this link:  https://goo.gl/forms/zYH4WVShP6IbWJtB2

3:30 p.m.  |  CLOSING REMARKS, PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD PRESENTATION AND FABULOUS GIVEAWAYS!

You must be present to win.

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