There's an event that's been getting a lot of my volunteer time. And it's just three weeks away! Each year when it takes place I get to spend an entire day with ready-to-learn-more women business owners. It's a totally energizing and uplifting day that makes me feel like I could work another 30 years if surrounded everyday by such fun, talented and determined folks. I see passion and energy take over as speakers share information, new ideas pop into heads and pens scratch furiously at notepads. All the craziness I've endured in working too early and too late each day to provide donated services just floats away, and I end up smiling and saying, "It was worth it!"
The event is the Women Mean Business® Summit and it's March 3 in West Des Moines. We've scheduled a cast of Iowa all-stars to tell their "surviving to thriving" stories, including three keynote presenters. Clinton-based Emily Starr, CEO of StarrMatica Learning Systems, will share why she was "Terrorized in El Paso" during her entrepreneurial journey of marketing and building her white board software company. Attendees will hear why Connie Wimer, Business Publications Corporation, repurchased her company at a time in life when most women would be thinking of downsizing and checking out retirement facilities. Strategies for success in dealing with challenges on the road from surviving to thriving is the topic of Rowena Crosbie, CEO of research and training company Tero International. And those are just the keynoters!
A three-member WBO panel will share personal stories and surviving-to-thriving insights. They're Saley Nong, Divine Flowers by Saley; Lois Reichert, Reichert's Dairy Air and Michelle DeClerck, Conference Event Management. But wait, there's more! The day also includes 10 concurrent workshops to choose from, women in business awards and an optional 4 to 5 p.m. networking reception. Luncheon and light breakfast are included.
For members of the National Association of Women Business Owners it's a $99 day until Feb. 17 when rates increase; non-members have until that day to sign up for $129. I really don't have to wait until March 4 to say the WMB Summit was worth all those planning meetings and hours spent writing press releases, emails, web copy, etc. I already know it will be. Hope to see some of you there.