Texas ranks second in the United States for its number of women-owned businesses, boasting nearly 1 million entrepreneurs, according to comptroller statistics. Next week, a virtual event plans to celebrate that—and equip future women with the tools to succeed.
On Nov. 17 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute at The University of Texas at Austin will explore the topic of understanding how women can thrive in the business world.
The event aims to arm young female entrepreneurs with tools to combat financial, cultural, or personal barriers they may face in the world of business free of charge.
The Kendra Scott WEL Institute Women’s Summit dedicates the event to networking, while giving various speakers a platform to inspire attendees.
Panelist highlights include Sheinelle Jones, co-host of the Today Show, Nastia Liuken, former Olympic gymnast, and Emily Ramshaw, CEO of The 19th. Texan designer and CEO Kendra Scott will also speak at the event, which is named in her likeness.
One participant, Vanessa Ogle, the CEO and founder of Dallas-based Enseo, has specific expertise in leading the tech world. Enseo provides patented technology services for the hotel industry related to touchless technology for lodging.
She recently was one of two North Texans on Inc.’s third annual Female Founders 100, which is meant to celebrate the game-changing female entrepreneurs who improvised and adapted amidst the challenges of 2020.
One appeal the event advertises is the customizable nature of the audience’s experience.
Watchers can curate their own conference to fit the topics about which they are most interested. For instance, one panel centers on the fundamentals of kicking off a startup, featuring conversations on innovation within organizations and overcoming internal barriers to pursuing entrepreneurship. Or, attendees can hear featured female founder stories, attend a moderated female CEO panel, and learn more about the WEL Institute’s initiatives over the last year.
The Kendra Scott WEL Institute says the organization believes in empowering women to lead and encourages the world to follow.
Attendees of the Women’s Summit can expect to have access to mentor matching, curated content, and exclusive giveaways throughout the event, as well as expert panels of diverse perspectives from all over the U.S. offering wisdom and advice to young females. Registration can be completed on the Summit’s website.
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