2017 Women's Summit On Entrepreneurship

Mark your calendars for September 15, 2017 8:30-2:30pm for our 2017 Women's Summit on Entrepreneurship. 

There will be two tracks of presentations:

Find the information, inspiration, mentors and tools you need to start, expand and lead entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial initiatives!

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Schedule of Events

8:30 - 9am Breakfast & Networking

9 - 9:45am Keynote – Kristal Bush, Bridging the Gap


10 - 10:45am Travel: the Key to Entrepreneurship - Samantha Ruiz, CEO Well Traveled

10:45 - 11:30am Mastering Your Marketing Message – Tina McGrath

11:30am - 12:15pm Branding for Your Business: What is a Starbuck and Does it Matter? – Lynda Barness

12:15 - 1:15pm lunch

1:15 - 2:00pm Women. Leadership and Your Inner Monologue – Mary Fran Bontempo

2:00 - 2:30pm Join Bucks IQ Virtual Incubator space and wrap up – Steve Boerner

Track Two

10 - 10:45am Think Outside the Box – Shannon Lelli

10:45 - 11:30am From Overwhelmed to Organized: A Digital Presence for Your Company – Jennifer Gardella

11:30am -12:15pm From Formation to Finance: Top Ten Tasks for Starting and Growing your Business – Elizabeth Sigety, Esquire

12:15 - 1:15pm Lunch

1:15-2:00pm Emotional Intelligence and the Importance of Trampolines – Kristen Nielsen Donnelly

2:00-2:30pm join Bucks IQ virtual incubator space and wrap up – Steve Boerner


About the Sessions

Travel: the Key to Entrepreneurship, Samantha Ruiz, CEO Well Traveled

I never thought I would be an entrepreneur. I grew up in a small town and, as-such, had small town goals - go to a local college, get a job, get married, climb the corporate ladder, have a family, retire. I never felt suffocated by these ideas, I just never knew there was anything else. It wasn't until I studied abroad and stepped out of my comfort zone that other opportunities even occurred to me. While I didn't start a business until a few years later, I've realized that traveling has taught me so much and equipped me with the knowledge and confidence to start a business. In both travel and entrepreneurship, you have to take a leap of faith, you're faced with countless unknowns, you have to be flexible and you cannot give up. Taking that leap is daunting and you often feel like there's a million things to do before you're "ready" to jump. I want to inspire other women to become entrepreneurs, show them that they have what it takes and help them find the courage to jump.

Mastering your Marketing Message, Tina McGrath, Publisher/Co-Founder Bucks Happening

Gain control of your marketing message, and understand how to master the many tools available for distribution. 

Branding for Your Business: What Is A Starbuck, and Does It Matter? Lynda Barness, President, I DO Wedding Consulting

Does "branding" sound like a full-time job? What exactly does it mean? And how can you handle this while being an entrepreneur with so much else to do?
This presentation will help answer the following:
What is branding, and what does it mean for your business?
What do you have to do to establish it?
What are the foundations and major elements of a brand?
What is the difference between branding strategy and branding tactics, and what does this mean for your business?
Once you have defined your brand, how do you share it?
What does it mean to have a long-term, comprehensive plan?

Women, Leadership, and Your Inner Monologue – Mary Fran Bontempo, Owner/Founder

A woman’s self-talk is her most powerful influence. It can lift her up or bring her to her knees, sometimes within minutes. Once women learn to master their self-talk, they become more productive, confident, motivated and happier—moving themselves towards personal and professional success.

This program teaches women to evaluate their internal language and its impact on their decision-making, attitude and success. The effect of our internal language, even of small words, can greatly influence our mindsets, which in turn influences our plans and their outcomes. Redefining our self-talk to reflect where we want to be is an essential component of entrepreneurial success.

By examining our internal monologues with intention, we can make small changes that yield lasting results, helping us to balance, let go, and conquer fear when necessary. Done with a healthy dose of humor and wisdom, this session will engage, entertain, and empower attendees!

Think Outside the Box – Shannon Lelli, Owner, Planet Smoothie

At 24 I chose a business loan over a college loan and many people thought I was crazy! Fifteen years later my little store has been one of the top 10 planet Smoothie's in the country for every year for 15 years. I get to be a stay at home mom and pursue other passions. Like traveling across the country in a camper with my family for 2 months and getting to write a book!! I know that each person is designed for a purpose and you won't find it doing "what everyone else is doing"! Bucks County Community College gave me the freedom to see what I enjoyed, what I was good at and not so good at, which enabled me to find a career I love!! I believe everyone, no matter your age should LOVE what you do but you need to think outside the box!

From Overwhelm to Organized: A digital Presence for your Company, Jennifer Gardella, Owner, Your Social Media Hour

Do you feel overwhelmed with how to handle a digital presence for your company? Jennifer will take you out of overwhelm by presenting a clear picture of what you need to do - explain how to build it for your particular business - and then share strategies with you to get it all done.

From Formation to Finance: Top Ten Tasks for Starting and Growing your Business - Elizabeth Sigety, Esquire

A survey of ten considerations for starting and growing your business, from formation to legal to employees to finance.  What do you need to put in place to take the next step in the life of your business?  Liz Sigety, an attorney (corporate partner in charge of the Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice and the Franchising practice at Fox Rothschild) and Managing Director of Delaware Crossing Investor Group (a regional angel investor network), will lead you through these tasks and considerations to help your business get off to a solid start.