Concurrent Breakouts – One and Two

Sessions repeat from the 9:40 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Sessions in the same locations.

MONEY George Washington Room (Lower Level)

Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs – Jennell Lynch
Are you a woman and an entrepreneur trying to grow a business? Do you have an idea of how much capital it will take to launch? Well, what are you waiting for? More than likely, the answer is ACCESS – access to the money!

Raising capital remains one of the greatest barriers for women trying to launch, scale, or grow their businesses. Before you raise capital, you must know how and where to find it. Participate in this interactive session to learn about each stage of growth for a small company – from seed capital to growth capital and everything in between, plus learn the proper tools that will position you to attract capital and establish sustainable business models.

This session will reveal the anatomy of the business development process and how capital interacts with its various parts. You will walk away empowered and clear about what it takes to create the winning formula to acquire the capital needed for your small business.

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Women and Investing: Steering Toward Retirement – Karen Kuhlman
Montdomaine Room

There is no denying the facts: Women tend to earn less than men and live longer than men. If you are a woman who would like to retire one day, you may need to save more and invest more than men. Do you want to become a successful lifelong investor? This seminar helps women learn to be competent long-term investors and plan for successful retirements.

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HEALTH Gallery Room A/B

How Full is Your Cup? The Importance of Self-Care for Women  – Dr. Tamara Wilkerson Dias

Self-care is the complete process that we take to nurture ourselves. However, in the hustle and bustle of life, women are likely to put their own needs on the back-burner to support others. It’s so easy to find ourselves in the constant position of encouraging the well-being of those closest to us, while ignoring the essential components of self-care that we need to keep our cups full.

How many times have you found yourself at the end of a work week, feeling empty and drained? Do your friends and family always reach out to you to be the “problem solver”? Do you often feel overwhelmed by all of the tasks you have on your to-do lists? If you answered “yes!” to any of these questions, this workshop is for you. Together, we will explore the tenants of self-care and the steps to creating a plan for self-care. Participants will leave with the foundational tools to begin to make self-care a priority in their everyday lives.

Why Mental Health is Everyone’s Business – Ginger Germani
Gallery Room C

One in four adults suffer from some form of a mental health disorder. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death of persons age 15-24. Human life expectancy is declining. Mental health is just as important as physical health, yet there is still a stigma attached to it. Last year, suicide claimed more lives than breast cancer. Yet the federal budget allocated $35 million for suicide research and $690 million to breast cancer research. There was once a time when we didn’t talk about breast cancer and that the research funding wasn’t as great as it has been for the last 10 years. We are just starting to see a decline in the number of deaths from breast cancer. As the suicide rate continues to increase, we cannot afford to wait 10 plus years to increase education and funding.

During this session, Ginger will discuss the key areas of life that are impacted by mental healthcare. Using her lived experience and work within the industry, she will highlight what everyone needs to understand about mental health and how it impacts adults, children, our workplaces and schools, touching on all four pillars of Quadruplicity. Education and inclusion are at the center of how we make changes to the stigma and lack of communication and treatment of mental health disorders.

You will leave this session with a greater understanding of the barriers to mental health treatment. Most importantly, you will leave with the knowledge of how you can be part of the solution, from the simplest actions to the ability to advocate for yourself, for your children and how to impact the change we need to spread good mental health practices for our communities.

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LIFE Promenade Ballroom

Master Building in Ambiguity: The Power of Leadership, Life and Rocking Your Wisdom – Joyce Ivory

As we transition in our lives, in organizations and our careers. People often tell us what to expect, but don’t prepare to how to act and how our whole selves fit in with this change. As leaders we need to understand the kind of power we possess in leading our respective groups and empower them to move forward. Additionally, leverage the shared power in our groups to bring people through periods of ambiguity and change. Through that there will be tips in self-care, sharing of my own experience in non-profit start up work in the Charlottesville Community and my PhD. work in Organizational Leadership.

CAREER Thomas Jefferson Room (Lower Level)

Practical Strategies for Telling Your Story Without Fear, Stress or Angst – Lorraine Sanders

Do you have a unique story to tell, an amazing product or valuable service that you want more people to know about? Have you daydreamed about features and placement in magazines, newspapers and online media, as well as on podcasts, radio or television and just aren’t sure where to start? Hiring a public relations agency or PR pro to contact the media for you is certainly one tried-and-true way to begin scoring press coverage that attracts new audiences. But with monthly retainers typically starting in the thousands of dollars, many small business owners and independent entrepreneurs are hesitant to sink such a significant chunk of their total marketing budget into getting press. At the same time, earned media coverage results in valuable credibility and social proof that is impossible to achieve through paid ads. So what’s an entrepreneur to do?

Here’s the good news: DIY PR and media outreach is not only possible, it’s becoming the norm for many businesses and entrepreneurs. Led by a longtime journalist who’s written for national publications, this workshop will introduce you to DIY PR and media strategy and offer practical ways to prepare for reaching out to the media, integrate your public relations initiatives with your regular business operations, choose the right news to promote and build lasting relationships with journalists, writers, editors, content producers and other members of the media.