- Entrepreneurs 2012: The Millennial Money Makers
- Jun. 20, 2012
- The Retreat at Perimeter Summit - Atlanta
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Womenetics and SunTrust
Entrepreneurs 2012: The Millennial Money Makers
Fabulous and Flourishing
Symposium for Female Entrepreneurs in 2012
Provide the Edge for the Next Generation of Successful Businesses
7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
The Retreat at Perimeter Summit
Meet some of these rising stars of the next generation.
Womenetics will uncover essential characteristics of remarkable young talents who use their passion, creativity, technology, and knowledge of social environment to create markets, products, and services for the current times while they impact bottom lines. Hear from young women entrepreneurs who have found the keys to success, and role models who share the secrets for sustaining it.
Two panels will bring together bold young for-profit and non-profit business owners, and those who know from firsthand experience the resources and attributes necessary to succeed today and tomorrow. A Resource Fair of youth entrepreneurs and relevant organizations that support women-owned businesses will be available throughout the morning.
Womenetics' comprehensive program is aimed at giving women entrepreneurs, of any age, the recognition and resources needed to increase female business ownership and to lead their organizations to long-term success.
Julie Smolyansky, President, CEO, Director at Lifeway Foods, Inc.
Julie Smolyansky has been president, CEO and director of Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ: LWAY) and the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm in history since June 2002. She has vivid memories of being an early “guinea pig” for the kefir business founded by her father in 1986, whether sampling new flavors and formulations, or traveling to food shows to help her father build Lifeway into the only U.S. company ever taken public by a Russian immigrant.
Since taking the helm, Julie has continued that growth trajectory with creative product development and marketing, bringing a Russian product into the U.S. mainstream and boosting annual company revenues to $80 million by 2011. Those achievements have led to her recognition as one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ 40 under 40 in 2005, a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010, and a Crain’s feature story as the driving force behind one of Chicago’s fastest growing companies.
Julie serves on the board of directors for the Anti-Defamation League, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (a division of Jewish United Fund), and the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. She is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, The Chicago Club, Young Presidents Organization, The Committee of 200, The Chicago Network and TED, and serves on the board for the International Probiotics Association. Check out these YouTube videos about Julie: http://youtu.be/RLsdR8dFmwU and http://youtu.be/ukrdFGVOWOA.
Panel 1 Discussion: Emerging Entrepreneurs
Michelle Morgan - Founder, Hub Atlanta
Michelle is the founder of Hub Atlanta, a workspace for social visionaries and a nexus point for entrepreneurial collaboration, incubating new businesses by providing mentorship, training programs, seed funding and professional services. A professional architect for over 15 years, she has built unique programs and partnerships for Hub Atlanta ranging from business support services for people from disadvantaged backgrounds to social business models for Habitat for Humanity in developing countries. She is on the board of Enterprise2 Empower, a student incubator at GATech.
|Felecia Hatcher - Founder, Feverish Ice Cream|
Felecia Hatcher launched a business that is inspiring new generations of leaders, melding art, music and social commentary into eco-friendly, small-footprint ice cream trucks. Her gourmet frozen confections have been served at celebrity events. A TedX presenter, Felicia has been honored by the White House as among the ‘Top 100 Entrepreneurs under 30,’ a guest on NBC’s ‘Today Show,’ and featured as ‘one to watch’ in INC Magazine. She has appeared on the Cooking Channel, in The Wall Street Journal Japan, in Essence and Black Enterprise Magazine.
|Stephanie Jolluck - Founder & Owner, Coleccion Luna|
Stephanie Jolluck started Coleccion Luna, a for-profit business at age 26, focusing on empowering women, alleviating poverty, preserving tradition, sustainability, and promoting cultural diversity. Owner, designer, anthropologist, social entrepreneur and humanitarian, Stephanie travels to Guatemala to work directly with Mayan Indians, helping them set up home-based businesses and import handmade products such as handbags, pillows, wood carvings and vibrant, rich fabrics. She enables them to earn fair wages from their traditional skills and to support and educate their families.
|Ashley Logsdon - CEO & Founder, Dolma Jewelry|
On a college trip China, Ashley Logsdon met a pearl vendor and became fascinated by the myriad of colors and shapes of the world’s most ancient gemstone. Before graduating, her business plan was in the works. With expertise in the Mandarin language, she handpicks the unique fresh and saltwater pearls that are incorporated into her contemporary collection. Dolma Jewelry is carried in 40 U.S. boutiques, and is growing rapidly via a strategic network of independent distributors. Logsden was featured on CNN as an exemplary entrepreneur who has flourished despite the recent recession.
|Jessica Rose - Chief Navigator, Incite Sustainability|
Jessica blends her passions for ecology and the built environment as a green communications consultant. Earning certifications in building analysis, green building operations and basic building engineering, she founded her environmental consulting company with a networks of engineers, contractors, energy managers and others who help commercial and multi-family dwelling owners retrofit for sustainability, maximize ROI, and market the improvements. Jessica has conceptualized and executed programs for such companies as HGTV, Mercedes-Benz, Royal Cup Coffee and Moet-Hennessy.
Panel II Discussion: How to Start, Sustain, and Succeed
Claudia Patton - Chief Talent Officer, Edelman
Claudia Patton founded The Headline Group in 1982, growing it into the Southeast’s top-ranking independent public relations firm before negotiating an acquisition in 2002 with Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm. Under her leadership as President of the Southeast Division, Edelman escalated to become the #1 ranked PR firm in the market in both 2009 and 2010. Patton’s launch of Edelman’s Orlando office is the #6 ranked PR firm in central Florida. Today Claudia is Edelman’s Chief Talent Officer, working with its leaders and HR on employee global mobility, training and development, performance management, senior recruitment, and career pathing.
|Ansley Colby - CEO, GivingPoint|
Ansley Colby helps youth figure out how they can make a difference, give back and earn money in the process. She runs GivingPoint, a nationwide community-based development organization for young people age 13-24. Utilizing innovative technology, social networking, and immersion training programs, GivingPoint helps youth discover unique passions, elevates ideas and share stories to create a connected, socially responsible world. Previously, as vice president for culture & ChoicePoint Care at ChoicePoint, Inc., Ansley developed programs for the protection of children.
|Caroline Gallrein - VP Market Intelligence, Venadar|
As VP of Market Intelligence, Caroline identifies billion-dollar ideas with the potential to become billion-dollar brands, and connects them to the corporate world. Venadar works with entrepreneurs in the U.S., Europe and developing countries. Their global corporate clients contract with Venadar to evaluate, vet and structure successful relationships with proven companies, services and products with potential to grow exponentially. Previously, she was Senior Director, Research & Development at Playboy Enterprises and Research Project Manager at Turner Broadcasting Entertainment Group.
|Maribeth Gandy - Co-Founder, Aura Interactive|
In 2009, Maribeth founded Aura Interactive, specializing in the design of interactive augmented and mixed reality experiences, from games and toys to tours of historic sites and advertising applications, and experimental designs using head-worn displays. Aura also develops handheld augmented reality games on Android and iOS devices. Additionally, Maribeth is a research scientist at GATech where her lab generates intellectual property, transfers it to outside organizations, works with small companies and spins off businesses from technology intellectual property the lab develops.
|Andrea Arena, President and CEO, 2 Places at 1 Time|
From a $5,000 investment in 1991, Andrea founded a firm that is now the leading employer-subsidized corporate concierge service in the U.S. and Canada. In 2011, she sold the company to global competitor, LesConcierges, and is now an integral part of their leadership team. Andrea was a Catalyst Magazine’s Top 50 Entrepreneur in 2002, regional finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year competition and her company has twice been named to Inc. Magazine’s 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S.
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