CWB Annual Summit: Leading Women in Free Enterprise

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 8:05am
Center for Women in Business

CWB’s third annual summit will celebrate the successes of businesswomen around the country while also discussing their unique challenges.  We will address the importance of finding supportive and reliable networks necessary for success, as well the common roadblocks that women face in accessing and using capital—one of the most common reasons why women’s business dreams lag in comparison to men’s. Sponsorship opportunities are available, email Stacey Lukens to learn more.

Agenda

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m Registration and Cinnabons
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Professional Development Breakout Sessions
Track One:  Succeeding in the Global Marketplace
This session will give U.S.-based women business owners an overview of selling goods and services in non-U.S. markets and introduce them to resources that can support them.  WEConnect International will share best practices on market opportunities, certification as a marketing tool, pitching large procurement organizations, winning responses to commercial opportunities, and resources for growth.
 
Discussion Leaders:
  • Jean Rogers, Chief Operating Officer, WEConnect, International
  • Liz Whitehead, Director of Women’s Business Development, WEConnect, International
 
Track Two: New, Better, Different: Presenting Your Business
Learn the why and how to design, pitch and present your business and yourself as new, better, or different. Help potential buyers, customers and contractors appreciate that you are selling something that they can't live without and can only get from your business. 

Discussion Leader:

 

Track Three: Financing Options for Your Business
Most small businesses that are getting started are funded with debt financing via financial institutions but what are other options for starting or growing your business? An entrepreneur herself, Elle Kaplan strives to empower people through finance and will her share tips. 

Discussion Leader:

  • Elle Kaplan, CEO and Founder, LexION Capital Management
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
CPA Library

Transition to Hall of Flags

VIP Reception (invite only)

11:30 a.m. – Noon
Hall of Flags
Welcoming Remarks and Luncheon
  • Tamara Lundgren, Vice Chair, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and President and CEO, Schnitzer Steel Inc.

Introduced by:  Gov. John R. "Jock" McKernan Jr., President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Noon – 12:30 p.m.
Hall of Flags
Opening Keynote Address
  • Debora L. Spar, President of Barnard College and Author of Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection
Introduced and moderated by: Tamara Lundgren, Vice Chair, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and President and CEO, Schnitzer Steel Inc.
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hall of Flags
Inspiring Women and Girls in STEM
Introduced and moderated by: Tamara Lundgren, Vice Chair, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and President and CEO, Schnitzer Steel Inc.
1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Hall of Flags
Pickle Break

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Hall of Flags

How Women Are Reshaping the Entrepreneurial Landscape in America
  • Mark Schill, Vice President, Praxis Strategy Group and Managing Editor of NewGeography.com
  • Alana Muller, President, Kauffman FastTrac and Author of Coffee Lunch Coffee: A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking 
  • Lucy Sanders, Co-Founder and CEO, National Center for Women and Information Technology
Introduced and moderated by:  Gov. John R. “Jock” McKernan Jr., President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
 
1:45 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
Hall of Flags
 
How She Built It 
Interview:
Panel:
Introduced and moderated by:  Colleen DeBaiseDirector of Digital Media, The Story Exchange 
2:55 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Hall of Flags
Building and Growing Your Network
Introduced and moderated by: Alana Muller, President, Kauffman FastTrac and Author of Coffee Lunch Coffee: A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking
3:40 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.
Hall of Flags
International Enterprising Women
Introduced and moderated by: Marc DeCourcey, Executive Director, Corporate Citizenship Center
3:40 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.
Hall of Flags
Closing Keynote Speaker
  • Kat Cole, President, Cinnabon, and Co-Founder, Changes of Commerce
Introduced and moderated by: Amanda Eversole, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
4:25 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.
Hall of Flags
Closing Comments
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Briefing Center
Cake & Whiskey Reception