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Montclair State University will be celebrating Women Entrepreneurship Week with a day-long conference on Wed. Oct. 18, and an evening panel discussion on Thurs. Oct. 19. See below for details of the events and how to register.

WEW Conference
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Montclair State, University Hall Conference Center

8:00-9:15 a.m. Networking and continental breakfast; welcome remarks

9:15-10:15 a.m. Montclair Film: An Artful Entrepreneurial Journey
A fireside chat with Evelyn McGee Colbert, about how she helped start the Montclair Film Festival and everything that it has become. She will be interviewed by Emily Lazar.

10:15-11:10 a.m. From Kitchen Table to CEO
Panel will feature women entrepreneurs who started a business from scratch, and then grew it beyond what she could have imagined at the beginning. Panelists: Logan Cohen, co-founder and co-CEO, KUDZOO; KJ Miller, co-founder, Mented Cosmetics; Mindy Scheier, president and founder, Runway of Dreams.

11:10-11:30 a.m. Networking break

11:30-12:25 p.m. Entrepreneurship in the C-Suite 
Women from the C-suite will tell how they are entrepreneurial within a large company/organization. Panelists: Michellene Davis, executive VP and chief corporate affairs officer, RWJBarnabas; Judy Spires, CEO, Kings Supermarkets. Moderator: Kimberly Weisul, editor-at-large, Inc.

12:25-12:45 p.m. Networking break

12:45-1:45 p.m. Lunch and keynote address – keynote speaker TBA

1:45-2:00 p.m. Closing remarks

Register for this free WEW Conference.

Social Entrepreneurs Changing the World
Thursday, Oct. 19, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Montclair State, University Hall Conference Center
This compelling event will feature a panel of social entrepreneurs:

When Denisse Rojas Marquez grew up as an undocumented immigrant, she and her family had limited health care options. This inspired Denisse not only to become a doctor–she became the first undocumented student to attend the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai–but also to create Pre-Health Dreamers, a national nonprofit that helps undocumented students pursue careers in health care.

Susan MacLaury, winner of an Emmy and nominated for an Academy Award, uses her film-making talent to produce inspiring films and compelling content about at-risk children. Her nonprofit media company, Shine Global, has taken action on child labor, child abuse, and child soldiering, shared moving stories about the effects of war, and highlighted the power of music, dance, and sports to overcome intolerance.

Alfa Demmellash grew up in Ethiopia on less than a dollar a day, before immigrating to the U.S. and landing at Harvard. She co-founded Rising Tide Capital to empower under-served urban entrepreneurs in northern New Jersey to start and grow successful businesses.

Laurel Dumont started her career as a fifth-grade teacher in Newark public schools. After obtaining her law degree, she devoted her skills and education to improving the community needs of Newark and beyond, currently through her work at Leadership for Educational Equity.

Register for this free social entrepreneurs event.

Women Entrepreneurship Week 2017