This year, WED will be offering a selection of custom sessions to allow attendees to personalize their event experience with workshops, panels and speakers most applicable to their entrepreneurship journey. For more information, see below and check back as sessions & speakers are announced.
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:25 a.m. Breakfast & Networking
8:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks
8:55 a.m. Guided Meditation
9:00 a.m. Morning Keynote: Confessions of a Wayward Entrepreneur by Rachel Downey
9:40 a.m. Panel 1: "The Business of Creativity: Turning Passion Into a Purpose"
10:15 a.m. Morning Breakout Discussions
11:00 a.m. Panel 2: "Blockchain for the Everyday Entrepreneur: Incorporating Blockchain & AI Into Your Work"
11:45 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Afternoon Keynote: 5 for 5
1:00-1:50 p.m. Workshop Sessions - "Cultivating Communities: Finding Connections for Professional & Personal Growth"
2:00-2:50 p.m. Workshop Sessions - "Scaling on Purpose: Why Purpose-Driven Brands Are Winning & 7 Secrets to Market Yours" OR "Accessing Capital: Why Women Don't Get Financing & How You Can"
3:00-3:50 p.m. Workshop Sessions - "Positive Risk Management: Leveraging Emerging Trends & Tech as an Opportunity for Business Excellence" OR "Goal Setting: How to Get What You Really Want"
4:00 p.m. WED Cleveland Pioneer Award Presentation
4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
Confessions of a Wayward Entrepreneur
Rachel Downey | Founder & Owner, Guide Studio
Rachel Downey has had the entrepreneur bug for as long as she can remember. She started her first company, Guide Studio (formerly Studio Graphique), at age 25, growing it into a million dollar+ success of her own design. This experience, filled with twists and turns, allowed her to hone her business survival skills with a sharp focus on intentional growth and an ability to define creative, visionary solutions to business and personal challenges.
5 for 5
Five innovators and change-makers will present five mini keynotes on their entrepreneurship journey.
Erin Huber Rosen | Founder & Director, Drink Local. Drink Tap
Paula Hershman | Founder & Owner, Storehouse Tea Company
Xyla Foxlin | Executive Director, Beauty and the Bolt
Angela Flowers | Co-Owner, Making A Difference Consulting, LLC
Lauren Steiner | President & Founder, Grants Plus
The Business of Creativity: Turning Passion Into a Purpose
Moderated by Lisa Sands, Edible Cleveland Publisher & WED Cleveland co-chair.
Blockchain for the Everyday Entrepreneur: Incorporating Blockchain & AI Into Your Work
Moderated by Heidi Murphy, Principal & VP of Finance, Warwick Inc.
- Nina Kilbride: Founder & Principal, Corpening Labs
- Denise Williams: Founder & CEO, Tech Diva Consulting
- Lyn Maples: Director of Compliance & Implementation, Rymedi LLC
Goal Setting: How to Get What You Really Want
Presented by Stacie Riffert
We hear about and talk about setting goals all the time, but did you know that the simple act of writing down your goals increases the likelihood that you will achieve them by as much as 1,000 percent? Only three percent of adults have written goals. The other 97 percent have wishes, hopes and fantasies. Clear goals increase your confidence, develop your competence and boost your level of motivation. In this workshop, we will work together to help you gain clarity on your key goals, understand the personal and professional impact those goals, and create the first action steps moving you closer to successful achievement of your goals.
Cultivating Communities: Finding Connections for Professional & Personal Growth
Presented by Shana Black, Ashley Basile Oeken & Katie Kurtz
Join us for a session hosted by leaders of 4 of Cleveland’s biggest and most popular community organizations: Engage! Cleveland, Black Girl in the CLE and Her Turn Co. We’ll try to answer some of your most pressing (and awkward) questions about finding the right community for you while giving you strategies to make the most of every networking opportunity.
Scaling on Purpose: Why Purpose-Driven Brands Are Winning & 7 Secrets to Market Yours
Presented by Lorraine Schuchart & Maggie Isley
Learn why purpose-driven brands are gaining influence, from conscious capitalism to the B Corp movement and how you can leverage purpose for your business with seven marketing secrets from Prosper for Purpose.
Positive Risk Management: Leveraging Emerging Trends & Tech as an Opportunity for Business Excellence
Presented by Chelsea Treboniak
Emerging trends, technological advancements, and workforce dynamics impact our businesses daily. You can mitigate risks created by such changes by leveraging positive risk management as a strategic approach to business development. Join us to gain a deeper understanding of positive risk management, how to measure success, and implement tools within your company.
Accessing Capital: Why Women Don't Get Financing & How You Can
Presented by Patrice Blakemore
Approximately 40% of entrepreneurs in this country are women. However, only 25% of women are likely to seek financing. Find out the real reason why women don’t receive financing and how you can. Attendees will learn financing trends and what they can do to position themselves to become bankable.