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Monday, March 22 • 7:15pm - 8:15pm
The Future is Female

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Today, the United States has 12.3 million women-owned businesses that accounts for 40% of businesses nationwide. To put it plainly, women are starting businesses in droves and remain a driving force in the nation’s economy. However, those feel good numbers do little to tell the larger story of the hurdles faced by women who have embraced entrepreneurship, especially in comparison to their male counterparts.

Join us for a panel discussion featuring successful female entrepreneurs with differing backgrounds and varied expertise. These women know what it takes to blaze a trail and have a track record of success that speaks for itself. In the wise words of Queen Bey, “Who run the world? Girls,” and they’re not stopping anytime soon.

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Lee Erickson '13

Chief Amplifier, Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank
Lee spends her days downtown at the LaunchBox providing business advice and connecting startups to the resources, experts, and support they need to de-risk their business and accelerate their entry to market. As a serial entrepreneur in a previous life, Lee has worked with 100’s... Read More →

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Beverley East

President and Founder, Strokes & Slants
Beverly is a leading expert in the field of handwriting analysis, a court-qualified forensic document examiner, and the author of three best selling books. She has worked on many high-profile cases, testified in cases in 6 different countries, and was recently the lead expert in a... Read More →
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Jess Weiner '95

Cultural Expert + Educator + Speaker + CEO, Talk To Jess
Jess Weiner is a cultural expert focusing on the intersection of business, social change and inclusivity. She’s the CEO of Talk to Jess, a consultancy that works with Fortune 500 companies to help them better reflect people in their media, marketing, and advertising, and workforce... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Schipke Marzano '09

Melissa Schipke Marzano '09

Founder, Tassl
Melissa Schipke is founder and chief executive officer of Tassl, a Philadelphia company dedicated to building technologies that strengthen alumni networks and recognize graduates for contributions to their alma mater.Schipke began her career at Altria Group, holding multiple positions... Read More →
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Kathryn Dougherty '09

Founder, Spritz Beverages Co.
Kathryn Dougherty, MBA, is the founder of Spritz Beverages Co, a start-up that develops and markets a line of softly sparkling, boldly flavored, craft tea infusions. Recognizing a gap in the market for non-alcoholic drink alternatives, especially those that appeal to women and female... Read More →

Monday March 22, 2021 7:15pm - 8:15pm EDT