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The Power of WE (Women Entrepreneurs) In-Person Conference

Mon 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Topic: Women's Conference

After April 29th, Registration will increase to $90. Team discounts and scholarships are available. Contact Miranda Grant at for details.

The Power of WE (Women Entrepreneurs) will offer thought provoking content, resources and tools to inspire women’s leadership development, creativity, and innovation. It will also share the many Federal, State and local funding opportunities that are available to women owned businesses and share tools and resources to access them. WE will encourage and support local women owned businesses and entrepreneurs by setting alight self-awareness tools and practices and creating an environment to ignite positive change in women’s professional and personal development WE will discuss the community scale challenges facing our rural area (i.e. housing, childcare, social inequities, environmental concerns etc.) and collaborate on methodologies to tap into entrepreneurial energy to address them. WE will create opportunities at this conference to enable ongoing women inspired meetups, forums and other connectivity opportunities. View details and updates at

Speaker(s): May 16, 2022 AGENDA: We are thrilled to bring you a diverse lineup of keynotes, guest speakers and panelists for this year’s Conference. Visit us often for additions and updates! 8:00am Check In/Registration 8:30am Welcome Show Jamie Billesbach, Center Director, Central Mountain SBDC “Rise Up Share YOUR Story and Lean Into Your Purpose and Strengths” 8:50am Heather Barron, Founder of Luminous Life and Transformational Life Coach “Opening Grounding Practice” 8:55am Jen Visitación, Founder and CEO of Moonstone Ventures and WE Emcee 9:00am Holly Woods, PhD, WE Keynote Speaker, Founder of the Emergence Institute “Create a Purpose-Driven Business for More Meaning, Impact and Profit” 10:00am Break with Little Red Hen Bakery and Kalamatapit Catering Offerings 10:15am Jodi McPherson, CEO/Co-Founder UPSKLS “Leveraging One’s Emotional Intelligence As a Women Entrepreneur to Bring Together Purpose and Profit” 11:00am Movement and Process Exercise 11:15am Panel Discussion: A Rising Trend of Women Owned Purpose Focused Entrepreneurs in Colorado Maria Uspenski, Founder and CEO of The Tea Spot Georgia Grace Edwards, Co-Founder and CEO of SheFly Apparel Robin Hall, Co-Founder and CEO of Town Hall Outdoor Company Sarah Gartzman, Founder, Sweetie’s Sandwich Shop + The Biker & The Baker 12:15pm Lunch by Kalamatapit Catering 1:15pm Raising Your Vibration Celebration 1:30pm Panel Discussion: Rise UP to Ones’ Calling–Wisdom and Shared Stories Whitney Conner Clapper, Senior Global Environmental Manager Patagonia Janessa Gans Wilder, Founder of Euphrates Institute Heather Barron, Founder of Luminous Life and Transformational Life Coach Heather Kuhnheim, A Project Called Life and Creativity Coach 2:30pm Break 2:30pm Kate Reinhardt, Vice President, Treasury Management at TBK Bank and “WE” Platinum Sponsor. “Methodologies to Help Small Businesses Grow and Prosper.” 2:50pm Sholeh Mirzai, Chief Merchandising Officer/ Inclusive Design Change Agent and Co-Founder of The Honeybee Collective “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion What does it Really Mean and What Can WE do?” 3:15pm Breakout Sessions–Interactive Workshops. Choose from 3 offerings. Session 1: “The Work Smart Way: How to Thrive With Less Time, Energy & Effort” Discover how energy management is the key to eliminating the self-sacrifice & self-abandonment that often leads to burnout along with a simple process for identifying & plugging the energy drains that wear you out. You’ll also learn the secret to energy management & 5 ways to better leverage your time, energy & effort so you can live, love, lead & work from a place of happiness, health, wealth & wholeness! Offered by Jess Bonasso, Brave Life Catalyst and Self-Rescue Mentor, Author and Speaker at Brave Life Consulting Session 2: “Brick Through: An Exploration of Purpose in 3D and Introduction to LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®” Offered by Becca Williams, Founder of Thought Distillery and Like Hearts Lab Session 3: “Funding Programs & Options for Women Owned Businesses” Offered by OEDIT – MBO – StartUp Colorado – CHFA 4:30pm Closing Comments and Idea Sharing between presenters and attendees 5:15pm to 6:30pm Evening Reception Celebration Featuring “Big Meadow” based in Salida, Colorado, blends mountain-town Americana with a global collection of instruments and sounds. WE Continues…. Attendees can join us for second and third day workshops. More information to come!

Co-Sponsor(s): Presented by Central Mountain SBDC. Sponsored by: Colorado SBDC Network, StartUp Colorado, Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, Colorado Minority Business Office, The Lobby at the Palace Hotel, Thought Distillery, and more coming soon!

Fee: $ 90.00

Phone: 719-221-0374


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