Wednesday October 15, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM EDT
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University Hall, Conference Center, 7th Floor
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ  07043

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Sharon Waters 
Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at Montclair State University 

Women Entrepreneurship Conference 

JUST ANNOUNCED: New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will speak to attendees at 5:15 p.m.

Are you looking to grow your business, or start a new venture? Are you an executive who wants to be more entrepreneurial in your company? On Oct. 15, Montclair State will be the site for a daylong conference of high-energy inspiration and practical tips for entrepreneurial people, including students. Confirmed speakers include: Tracye McDaniel, Michelle Lee, Caren Franzini, Marjorie Perry, Sally Glick, Golden Seeds' Joan Zief, Catalyst's Ilene H. Lang, NASDAQ OMX's Ellyn McColgan, venture capitalist and former Time Inc. exec Fran Hauser, plus executives at companies ranging from startups to giants like Prudential and Horizon BCBSNJ. The conference is part of Women Entrepreneurship Week, .


This event is day two of Women Entrepreneurship Week in New Jersey. Visit WomenEntrepreneurshipWeek.com for full agenda and speaker bios.

11:00-11:45 pm   Registration and networking

11:45-12:30 pm   Lunch

12:30-12:45 pm   Welcome remarks by Mimi Feliciano, founder of the Feliciano Center for 
                               Entrepreneurship, and Susan Cole, Montclair State University president

12:45-1:30 pm     "Being a Woman Entrepreneur in a Man's World."  Panelists include:
                             Cheryl Biron, president and CEO, One Horn Transportation;  Lisa Hirsh, president and
                             CEO, Accurate Box; Marjorie Perry, president and CEO, MZM Construction &
                             Management Co.; Rachel Braun Scherl, principal of SPARK Solutions for Growth,
                             a division of The Jannick Group.  Moderator: Liz Hogan, managing director,
                             International Solutions Network.                            

1:30-2:15 pm      "Notes from the Field: Common Sense Lessons." A discussion between Ellyn
                              McColgan, NASDAQ OMX board member, and Ilene H. Lang, senior adviser and
                              former president & CEO of Catalyst

2:15-2:45 pm      Networking break

2:45-4:00 pm      Workshop-select from multiple options

4:00-5:15 pm      "Show Me the Money: Financing to Start/Grow Your Business.” What do investors
                             want? This panel will cover a wide range of financing options and offer an insider’s
                             view of what investors expect to see—and not see—when assessing a prospect.
                             Panelists include: Amanda Barbara, vice president and co-founder, Pubslush;
, director – Technology & Life Sciences, New Jersey Economic Development
Fran Hauser, partner, Rothenberg Ventures; Joan Zief, managing director,
                            Golden Seeds. 
Moderator: Caren Franzini, former CEO of New Jersey Economic
                            Development Authority.

5:15-5:30 pm      New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will speak to attendees

5:30-6:30 pm      "How to Be Entrepreneurial while Leading a Large Organization."  Panelists
                              include Michele Ansbacher, VP, Eastern Territory, Agency Distribution, Prudential: Caren
, president, Franzini Consulting; Michelle Lee, Northeast
                              Community Bank regional president, Wells Fargo; Tracye McDaniel, president and
                              CEO, Choose New Jersey, Inc.; Ilene Wachs, president, Horizon Casualty Services,
                              Inc. Moderator: Ilene H. Lang, senior adviser and former president & CEO of Catalyst

6:30-7:00 p.m.      Networking with hor d'oeuvres

7:00-8:00 p.m.      "Personal Brand." Keynote address by Mikki Taylor, editor-at-large, Essence Magazine
                             and author of "Commander in Chic" about personal branding, from an entrepreneurial aspect
                             as well as what it means to be a "brand within a brand" as it pertains to executive women.
                             Her talk will also help students understand how to develop a personal brand with vision and

Event is supported by Children's Specialized Hospital, EisnerAmper, Horizon BCBSNJ, and WithumSmith+Brown. NJBIZ is the media sponsor.