Dubbed a day of “EmpowHERment,” Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s N.E.W. Women’s Business Summit returns for a second year of providing women a day devoted to personal and professional development.
The March 8 event, which coincides with International Women’s Day, kicks off with networking and a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. The day includes a keynote speech, three personal/professional development sessions with three tracks each, lunch, a panel discussion and a networking and exhibitor showcase.
Vicki Updike, founder of New Sage Strategies, will deliver the day’s keynote address, entitled “Unique Mistakes Women Make at Work and How to Fix Them.” Michelle Madl-Soehren, the event’s founder and coordinator of the Small Business Initiative at NWTC, says Updike’s talk will help create an awareness among women about what they’re saying and
how they’re projecting that message in the workplace.
The event is designed to help women discover tools for success, make strategic business connections and leave feeling empowered and ready to make positive changes in their personal and professional lives. Madl-Soehren says it offers something for everyone, from executives and business professionals to entrepreneurs and salespeople.
The day’s three one-hour personal and professional development sessions include tracks on such varied topics as professional speaking, achieving greater life balance, search engine optimization, marketing, positive nutrition and leadership.
Attendees are encouraged to bring professional and business casual clothing items to donate to benefit the NWTC Career Closet and Sunrise on Main Boutique’s Reset. Life, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women get their lives back on track.
New for this year, the event will include a networking and exhibitor showcase in which exhibitors can showcase merchandise and promote services. The time also provides attendees an opportunity to make new connections and grow their professional circle.
Madl-Soehren says she hopes each attendee will find connection and inspiration through meeting other like-minded women. “What I hope that every woman walks away with is the opportunity to network with someone they’ve never met before,” she says.
Tickets cost $69 and are available through the day of the event. Visit newwomensbizsummit.com to register or learn more.