(Ita Ekopoudom '03 is a featured panelist)
A day of inspiration and motivation for female founders, aspiring entrepreneurs, corporate women, millennials, students and anyone who wants to take a risk and launch a new venture. Conference will feature short TEDx-style talks from the Garden State’s top women entrepreneurs from a variety of industries. A corporate panel will include execs from Google, WeWork, PSE&G and more. A panel of funders will offer advice and tips about how to raise capital. Last year, more than 400 people (mostly women) attended the conference, and the event offers some of the best networking in New Jersey!
Event is free and open to the public. Men are welcome, and encouraged to attend.
8:00-8:45 a.m. – Networking and continental breakfast
8:45-9:15 a.m. – Welcome remarks
9:15-10:15 a.m. – "Being Innovative in the Corporate World"
Panelists include: Emma Aer, former CEO of Finlandia Cheese; Maria Comella, global head of regional public affairs and policy for WeWork; Carley Graham Garcia, Head of External Affairs for Google; Kim Hanemann, Senior VP of Delivery Projects and Construction at PSE&G. Moderator: Kelley Holland, business journalist and coach.
10:15-11:10 a.m. – "Inspiration from Female Founders" (Part I)
Short TEDx style talks about the founder's entrepreneurial journey. Speakers include: Michelle Bajwa, co-founder, Domain Computer Services (Starting a business in college); Liz Vilchis, CEO, latinoTech (Validating customer needs); Nicki Radzely, co-founder, Doodle & Co. (Product design); Hakika DuBose, founder, Kika Stretch Studios (Expanding your business)
11:10-11:30 a.m. – Networking break
11:30-12:25 p.m. – "Show Me the Money: Tips from Funders"
Panelists include: Ita Ekpoudom, partner at GingerBread Capital; Kelly Ford, partner at Edison Partners. Moderator: Kathleen Coviello, VP at New Jersey Economic Development Authority
12:25-12:45 p.m. – Casual lunch is served; networking break
12:45-1:45 p.m. – "Inspiration from Female Founders" (Part II)
Short TEDx style talks about the founder's entrepreneurial journey. Speakers include: Sejal Lakhani, CEO, TechWerxe (Leaving corporate to start a business); Ozi Okaro, founder, Ikuzi Dolls (Solving a problem); Kristine-Ellis Petrik, owner and head roaster, Java Love Coffee Roasting Co. (Taking on the competition); Sarah Hill, former co-founder and CEO, Bookstr (Selling your business)
1:45-2:00 p.m. – Closing remarks
Join the conversation on social media with #WEW2018
This event is free and open to the public because of the generous support of our WEW sponsors. We especially recognize Diamond Sponsors PSE&G and Wells Fargo.
Directions and parking info:
Park in the Red Hawk Deck on campus, exit the deck on Level 5 and proceed straight up the walkway (soccer field will be on your left). At the Feliciano School of Business building, go up the outdoor staircase. University Hall will be straight ahead once you reach the top of the steps. Once inside University Hall, head to the elevator bank at the end of the first-floor hallway, and take elevator to 7th floor. https://www.montclair.edu/conferencecenter/directions-and-parking/