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Women Entrepreneurship Week

Women Entrepreneurship Week

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Ohio University proudly participates in Women Entrepreneurship Week, October 18 - 22, 2021, along with more than 242 universities and colleges in 32 countries, in this global movement to celebrate and inspire female founders.

Join us virtually for a week of events featuring women entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators, co-hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship and TechGROWTH Ohio, supported by Ohio University's Women's Center.

Schedule of Events

Stay Out of Your Own Way: How Gendered Language Threatens Your Success

Tuesday, October 19
4:00 p.m.
Virtual event via Teams

This workshop hosted by the Women's Center's Dr. M. Geneva Murray and MaryKatherine Tran will help participants examine the language which they use to communicate their confidence level. They will highlight the ways in which women have traditionally undersold their skills and develop new ways of speaking about ourselves. While the focus of the workshop is on empowering women, the skills discussed are applicable to everyone regardless of gender identity.


Young Athens Professionals Happy Hour

Thursday, October 21
5:00 p.m.
Networking event

Join fellow young professionals in the Athens area for a casual networking event to connect with other career minded young adults and local business leaders and entrepreneurs. Hosted by the Athens County Economic Development Council, the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and Career Connections, sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship and TechGROWTH Ohio.

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Athens Area Women's Summit

Friday, October 22
8:00 a.m.
Hybrid event

This interactive all-day conference is designed to inspire and empower attendees from all career fields and levels. Inspirational speakers and community exemplars will take attendees through a journey of personal and professional development through both academic approaches and real-life experiences. Can't attend the event in-person at Stuart's Opera House? Join us at CoLab in Alden Library throughout the day for our watch party! 

Stuart's Opera House Registration

Co-Lab Watch Party Registration 


Conference Agenda

8:15am – 8:45 – Registration and Breakfast
8:45am – 9:00am – Welcome
9:15am – 10:15am – Session 1
10:15am – 10:30am – Break
10:30am – 11:30pm – Session 2
11:45pm – 1:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm – Session 3
2:00pm – 2:30pm – Networking
2:30pm – 3:30pm – Keynote

Session Options

Session 1:
From Negative Net Worth to My First 100k, presented by Dr. Kay-Anne Darlington
Generating Energy, presented by Layla Sweet
The Deaf Community, presented by Cheryl Prusinski

Session 2:
A Unicorn’s Journey: Navigating Professional Choices in Search of the Perfect Job, presented by LeeAnn Helber
Align Your Money With Your Values, presented by Michelle Wilson
Recalculating: Course Correcting Allyship to Realign Intent and Impact, presented by Cat Russell

Session 3:
The Power of ‘ISMS’, presented by Janice M. Wright
I Am Worth Defending!, presented by Rebekah Mendez
Healthcare Panel

Grounded and Centered Leadership, presented by Michelle Greenfield

Career Exploration Opportunities

Apply to job shadow a local female entrepreneur for a day! This is your chance to spend time with a professional working in your field of interest and dive into the day-to-day activities in this industry. 

Apply today


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