Join us for the 9th Annual
Women Who Mean Business Summit
The Women Who Mean Business Summit is a one-day conference that brings together women professionals for a day of workshops, networking, advice, and opportunity. The Summit focuses on leadership and innovative thinking. Each session is anchored by thought-provoking, high-profile speakers that engage the audience in each topic. During the Summit, there are numerous opportunities for networking, and considering this is one of the largest gatherings of professional women in Virginia, the networking can mean new business opportunities.
The Future is Female
At historic rates, women are leading movements, inspiring future change agents and redesigning how we think about business and innovation. Women are creating business ecosystems that are more socially and culturally competent, inclusive and collaborative. How are women changing narratives, advocating for equity and innovating to disrupt antiquated business processes and ideals? The 2019 Women Who Mean Business Summit will bring together bold leaders who will answer these questions to inspire and educate women leaders.
9:00 a.m. Attendee Registration/Breakfast
Continental Breakfast ? Light Pastries, Coffee, Tea, Juice, Water
9:50 a.m. Remarks
Scottessa Hurte, Board Chair, Metropolitan Business League
10:00 a.m. Morning Session (Cheek Theater)
Moderator: Heather Sullivan, NBC-12 News
Summit Speaker I: Amber Manry, Founder, bitCubs
10:45 a.m. Opening Session (Cheek Theater)
Introduction: Janet N. Tope, Region Bank President, Wells Fargo
Summit Speaker II: Dawn Dickson , Founder & CEO of PopCom
12:00 p.m. Lunch (Marble Hall)
1:10 p.m. (Cheek Theater)
Intrapreneur - Level Up:
Rising Through the Corporate Ranks
Description: Being an entrepreneur isn?t for everyone, but that doesn?t mean that talented professionals aren?t making waves within corporate structures. Intrapreneurs, innovators who work for others, often think and act like business owners. They are the go-to people executives can?t live without. In this panel discussion, learn how women leaders have climbed up the ranks, foster innovation and are trusted thought leaders in their organizations.
Moderator: Connie Hom
Panelists: ● Rasheeda Creighton , Executive Director of 1717
● Rita McClenny , President & CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation
● Dominion Exec (TBD)
1:10 p.m. (Claiborne Room)
Entrepreneur - Writing Glowing Proposals
to Win Government Contracts
Description: Crack the code on securing government contracts through this working session with Corliss Udoema. Udoema is a seasoned, award-winning professional who will provide expert consulting and business development to help you win federal contract like a pro. Bring your questions!
Presenter: Corliss Udoema
2:10 p.m. (Cheek Theater)
Intrapreneur - Overcoming Impostor Syndrome and Silencing Doubt
Description: Companies are finally catching up to what we?ve known all along: Women can hold their own in the workplace and bring valuable perspectives. But, even the most high performing women professionals have experienced impostor syndrome -- questioning if they belong, are qualified or deserve to be in their roles. It happens to the best of us at some time or another. Learn tips on how to manage self-doubt so it doesn?t hold you back from your greatness.
Panelists: Kimberly Wilson , Deputy Director of Human Resources, VMFA,
Dr. Tiffany Jana , CEO, TMI, ● Morgan Cato, Senior Director, Business Operations, National Basketball Association
2:10 p.m. (Claiborne Theater)
Entrepreneur - Grow with Google
Description: Learn how to effectively use Google to grow your business, build your
online presence and find new customers. In this session, you will learn new skills to
succeed in an increasingly digital economy.
Presenter: Randi Penfil, Grow with Google
Closing Discussion (Cheek Theater)
Turning Passion into Profit Summit III (Fishbowl style)
Moderator - Bonnie Newman Davis
Panelists: ● Wendy Jiang , Co-Founder, Tablee, ● Gwen Hurt , Founder, Shoe Crazy Wine, ● Denita Turner , Founder, Image Build
Chocolate + Wine Reception (Claiborne Room)
Wine provided by Shoe Crazy Wine