A new featured event has been added to the New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) calendar. Elevate – Empower – Engage: Women’s Business Summit will engage leading businesswomen from across the country on March 17 from 1:00 – 4:30pm at Manning’s on Fulton Street in downtown New Orleans.
The Idea Village has partnered with The Junior League of New Orleans, the Women’s Business Enterprise Council South, FestiGals, and the Tory Burch Foundation for this inaugural Summit.
The eight-day business festival dedicated to elevating innovation, entrepreneurship, and advanced thinking will run from March 11-18. The Summit during NOEW give New Orleans’ female business community the opportunity to convene and learn what it takes to be both locally significant and globally relevant, which is also a major theme for this year’s conference.
Attendees of this free event will hear from both local and national business experts, including: Ngozi Bell, Region III Advocate, Small Business Administration; Jenny Blake, Author, Career Speaker & Business Strategist; Caitlin Cain, Region VI Advocate for the Small Business Administration; Staacy Cannon, President & Founder, Grok+Banter; Andrea Chen, President, Propeller; Terri Coaxum, Region II Advocate, Small Business Administration; McKenzie Lovelace Coco, President & Founder, FSC Interactive; LaFawn Davis, Head of Diversity, PayPal; Deborah Elam, President, GE Foundation & Chief Diversity Officer, GE; Jennifer Holland, Program Manager, Google Apps for Education; Sandra Lindquist, VP of Operations & Membership Development at New Orleans Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Lan Chi Thi Lula” Lua, Founder, Fin Gourmet, LLC; Crystal McDonald, Co-Founder & CEO GoToInterview; Jennifer Medbery, Founder & CEO, Kickboard;Phala Mire, President & CEO of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council South; Lindsey Navarro, Director Business Support, Delta Region, LiftFund; Lauren Thom, Founder & CEO, Fleurty Girl; and Ann Tuennerman, Co-Founder, Tales of the Cocktail.
“There are more than 9.1 million women owned businesses generating over $1.4 trillion in revenue in the US alone, yet there are still significant challenges female founders face when trying to crack the proverbial glass ceiling” said Tara Allegra Adams, COO of ARB Meetings & Events and Producer of the Women’s Business Summit. “I hope this Summit inspires a new network of female business leaders and activists dedicated to identifying the root causes behind the internal and external factors that prevent women from achieving their full potential – and inspiring action to address them.”