For the first time, Women Entrepreneurship Week became international in scope this year, with events held on nearly 40 college campuses – from Australia to India, from Chile to Nigeria and from New Jersey to Texas. In addition, the State of New Jersey declared October 15–22, 2016, as Women Entrepreneurship Week in honor of the movement that was created and organized by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at Montclair State in 2014.
“Events were held this year on every continent except Antarctica, but Women Entrepreneurship Week will always have Jersey roots,” says Sharon Waters, program manager for the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship. Montclair State celebrated the week with free events, including “Power Play: What Makes Great Women Leaders,” an evening panel discussion that focused on power and leadership.
The panel featured Community Food Bank of New Jersey CEO Debra Vizzi; Adenah Bayoh and Companies CEO Adenah Bayoh; Zinn Graves & Field President Ruthi Byrne; and Wyndham Destination Network President and CEO Gail Mandel.
At WEW’s signature daylong conference, entrepreneurs and executives received tips for succeeding in their personal and professional lives, including advice on juggling it all and taking risks. Motivational speaker (and actual juggler) Jen Slaw was joined by New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno; Debbie Dyson, corporate vice president of Client Experience at ADP; Laura Overdeck, founder and president of Bedtime Math Foundation; and Jayne Millard, CEO of Turtle & Hughes Inc.