The Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno has attracted some of the brightest business minds for its next International Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium: Creating Value out of Chaos. The event, set for March 9 and 10, 2020, will feature a keynote by Kara Goldin, Founder & CEO of Hint, Inc. Goldin has received numerous accolades, including being named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. In another keynote, Laura Jackson, music director and conductor of the Reno Philharmonic, will lead a dynamic and interactive workshop with musicians to share her leadership insights, exploring management and communication issues common to every business.
In addition, other speakers and panelists include:
- Amy Berry, chief executive officer, Tahoe Fund
- Siri Chilazi, research fellow, Harvard University
- Carolyne Ekyarisiima, founder of Apps & Girls in Africa
- Kristy Muir, founder & chief executive officer of FuzePlay.io
- Deepa Prasad, managing director of West River Group
- Myrton Running Wolf, actor, writer, director and producer
- Molly Troupe, master distiller, Freeland Spirits
“We are extremely fortunate and excited for the lineup of presenters this year,” Jeanie Reeth, the event’s director said. “These remarkable women who founded their own companies know how challenging it is to be a female entrepreneur. Their participation in this event is one way they are paying it forward to ensure other women have the opportunity to move the needle in the entrepreneurship space.”
In addition to quality speaker sessions and breakout groups, the event promises attendees the chance to network not only with the speakers and other attendees, but also with venture capitalists and angel investors.
Statistics recently compiled and released by Fundera revealed that there are 12.3 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. Those businesses generate $1.8 trillion a year, making up only 4.3% of total private sector annual income. Women businesses receive approximately $5,000 less than male-owned businesses on the average loan and female entrepreneurs ask for roughly $35,000 less in business financing than men.
At this event, women will have the opportunity to actively discuss gender equality in venture capital and to hear from leaders in female entrepreneurship on the topic of funding.
Registration for the event is open and spots are limited. Cost is $295 and includes the two full days of the event, breakfast, snacks and lunch. Attendees also have the opportunity to participate in a “Dine-around Dinner” at an additional cost. With only 225 registration spots available, organizers imagine this conference will sell out and they encourage those interested to reserve their spot at the conference. Package room rates are available at the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel.
“While this event’s specific focus is on female entrepreneurship, it’s designed to be inclusive to anyone who would like to attend,” Reeth said. “I think a number of people will find value in this event including startup founders and business owners, as well as those interested in supporting founders through investment, support or research.”