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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

8:00-8:45 a.m. Networking and continental breakfast

8:45-9:00 a.m. Welcome remarks by Montclair State President Susan Cole and Vice Dean Kimberly Hollister

9:00-9:15 a.m. Mimi Feliciano‘s address “Facing Fear, Finding Grace”

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, founder and president, Runway of Dreams Foundation; Tracy Stern, owner, Salon Tea; Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, artist, designer and entrepreneur. Moderator: Tracy Day, co-founder and CEO, World Science Festival.

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; Leecia Eve, VP of Government Affairs for Tri-State Region, Verizon; Michele Siekerka, president, New Jersey Business & Industry Association; 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 “Building Her Brand and Network”
Sally Glick is one of the more well-known faces in New Jersey—a marketing guru who seems like she is at every business event. Yet few know the story of how Sally arrived here 15 years ago, knowing no one, and became one of the best-connected people in the Garden State. In this fireside chat, Sally will discuss not only her personal story but her top tips on branding, networking, mentorship and more. She will be interviewed by Linda Bowden, regional president of PNC Bank.

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. – 9:00 p.m.
Montclair State, University Hall Conference Center
This compelling event will feature a keynote address by Alfa Demmellash, and then a panel of social entrepreneurs:

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.

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.

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.

The moderator is Linda Lacina, managing editor of Entrepreneur Media.

Register for this free social entrepreneurs event.
Women Entrepreneurship Week 2017