Three-Day Virtual Event Schedule

Our 2020 event went virtual, yet still featured more networking, more connection, more interactivity, more learning, and more takeaways!

You can still register for on-demand access to the event, as well as the private community. Below is a breakdown of the three event days, which you will gain recording access to.

The event is designed for female entrepreneurs, by female entrepreneurs and mentors.

Get ready to tackle your biggest challenges.

Get Together Over Coffee on

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Our first event day we will start the day together. The theme is Support, experienced by an interactive session with Katie McDonald that will help us thrive, guidance from Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea in tools available to us to help us succeed, and closing out with an opportunity to meet, connect, and build relationships together.

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8:30am – 8:55am

How to Survive and Thrive

By Katie McDonald

Self Care Strategist, CEO of bnourished, Keynote Speaker

Katie McDonald, CEO of bnourished & Keynoter, is a Self Care Strategist who disrupts habits and challenges the archaic notion that self care is selfish. An authoritative speaker and recognized thought leader, Katie provides tangible and tested tools for transformation, especially for women who are taking care of business at the expense of taking care of themselves.

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8:55am – 9:10am

Exercise: Leveraging Self-Awareness As A Superpower

By Katie McDonald

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9:10am – 9:30am

Breakout Networking

Moderated in small, private groups through Zoom

Networking can and must continue, even in a virtual world

You’re joining us to talk, not only listen. Our events provide actionable insight and education, but true connection is more important than ever. In breakout rooms, you will join a select few other female entrepreneurs to meet and build relationships from.

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9:30am – 10:00am

Charting the Course for Small Business in Rhode Island

By Nellie Gorbea

Secretary of State of Rhode Island

For Nellie, it was a milestone in her career to launch an online Business Portal for the State of Rhode Island’s entrepreneurs that would make it easier to start and manage a business in the state. But her mission doesn’t end there. Join Nellie as she discusses current challenges and opportunities ahead for our local business owners.

Get Together Over Lunch on

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Our second event day is timed for a power lunch. The theme is Inspire, and ever more important that becomes each day. A panel discussion drives our afternoon with select female entrepreneurs sharing stories of struggles and breakthroughs, as well as taking time to have honest discussions. We again will close with time dedicated to new connections.

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12:00pm – 12:30pm

Panel: Authentic Conversations with Movers & Shakers

Moderated by Diane Wilbur, Founder and CEO of Soft Skills Training Group
BJ Murray

BJ is the Principal Partner and COO for Business Focus, Inc., an IT consulting and staffing firm, and She also owns the Brooklyn Coffee Tea & Guest House in Smith Hill, Providence, a hub for community and civic-minded activities. With more than 39 years of experience and a Six Sigma Black Belt certification, BJ leads implementations of large-scale enterprise IT applications and helps clients streamline business processes to manage risk and achieve greater returns. She also owns the Brooklyn Coffee Tea & Guest House in Smith Hill, Providence, a hub for community and civic-minded activities. Her latest venture is partnering with Blaze Eastside’s Executive Chef, Phyllis Arffa, to open a new upscale bistro at the Brooklyn called Blaze Smith Hill. An active member of the RI community through her board service and grassroots initiatives, BJ is an outspoken advocate for creating inclusive work environments and works to provide entrepreneurial opportunities to women of color.

Kim Anderson

Kim is the co-founder of Plant City, a plant-based food hall and marketplace in Providence that focuses on sustainability and reduced climate impact. Her prior company, Teapots & Tassels, Co., earned her SBA’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 1991 and “Citizen of the Year” in 2005. In 2009, with her 15-year-old daughter, Kim co-founded Ava Anderson Non Toxic, the safest full line of personal care and home cleaning products. A longtime advocate and investor for social impact and environmental stewardship, Kim is a board member of Lincoln School and Social Enterprise Greenhouse, a judge for Rhode Island Business Competition, and mentors many socially responsible entrepreneurs. She is also the fifth Rhode Islander to be inducted into the RI Entrepreneur Hall of Fame by the Met Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

 

Kaitlyn Szczupak

Kaitlyn Szczupak is the owner of S&S Transmissions and Auto Repair in Tiverton, and was named this year’s Rhode Island Young Entrepreneur of the Year by SBA! Growing up in the business, Kaitlyn was in awe of her father’s technical abilities and fell in love with the automotive industry. After graduating high school, she knew she wanted to take over the family business one day. She decided to obtain a degree in business management, and continued to spend hours outside of school at her father’s shop, gaining insight into operating an automotive facility. Then, in 2016, Kaitlyn’s father unexpectedly passed away. That’s when 20-year-old Kaitlyn stepped up and took over ownership of S&S—increasing its success even while finishing her degree. Today, Kaitlyn continues to expand the business while giving back to the community.

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12:30pm – 1:00pm

Panel-Audience Q&A Session

Get involved. Ask questions. Start discussion.
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1:00pm – 1:30pm

Breakout Networking

Moderated in small, private groups through Zoom

Networking can and must continue, even in a virtual world

You’re joining us to talk, not only listen. Our events provide actionable insight and education, but true connection is more important than ever. In breakout rooms, you will join a select few other female entrepreneurs to meet and build relationships from.

Get Together Over Wine & Cheese on

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Our third and final day together is a happy hour. The theme is Succeed, where you can “choose your own journey” by moving through huddle groups that fit your needs most. Each huddle will have experts on-demand to answer your questions and help you make meaningful decisions to start, finance, and grow your business.

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4:30pm – 6:00pm

Breakout Huddle 1: Start Your Business

Resource partners, support vehicles, and open advisory
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4:30pm – 6:00pm

Breakout Huddle 2: Finance Your Business

Funding partners, proper preparation, and next steps
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4:30pm – 6:00pm

Breakout Huddle 3: Grow Your Business through Marketing

Marketing tips, experts available, and resources to help you grow
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4:30pm – 6:00pm

Breakout Huddle 4: Grow Your Business through Networking

Meeting new people, making connections count, and effective use of your time

Note: All event days will be recorded and provided exclusively to paid registrants after the sessions complete.

Get On-Demand Access

The 2020 Summit went virtual, allowing us to more easily record the programming and adapt it to a useful form to revisit, or access if you missed the actual days!

It was our mission to make this the must-attend event of the year for aspiring, new and veteran female business owners. Based on attendee feedback, we did well!

It's not too late. You don't have to miss out. The recording access gives you the vital content you'd receive during the events, and the private community gives you the connection to a private network of peers.

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