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Conference Virtual Edition: Pivoting for Progress!

Thursday, September 17 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm • Organized By Women's Business Development Center
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Join a virtual gathering for the strongest engine of our nation’s economy – women entrepreneurs.

About this Event

Join hundreds of women and other diverse business owners - along with local and regional corporate, civic, and government leaders - on a dynamic virtual platform where you can learn, network, and explore business opportunities!


*Use discount code EARLYBIRD for 25% off your ticket price until Friday, September 4!

Conference Schedule

Keynote Interview

Pivoting for Power

Be invigorated! Keynote speaker Cheryl Mayberry McKissack, a heralded entrepreneur, business leader, board member, speaker, author, and educator, will share her insights on weathering economic cycles, innovating to thrive, and moving beyond diversity to inclusion and equity in a candid conversation with Emma Asante, Vice President of Special Projects and Community Relations, NBC 5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago.

Pivoting for Parity

Be inspired! Business leaders share their corporate visions for achieving economic justice and greater parity in the marketplace.


Panel Discussion

Pivoting for Resurgence

Be informed! Women business owners impart how they managed to recover and retool and discuss alternative growth strategies in these tumultuous times.


Shirley Marx Pitch Competition Regional Finale

Pivoting for Development

Be guided! Local market pitch competition finalists (from Chicago, Twin Cities, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Kansas City) vie for the $5,000 and $2,500 regional finale grand prizes.


1:1 Business Matchmaker (WBENC-Certified WBEs Only)

Pivoting for Growth

Be positioned! WBEs individually pitch for contracting opportunities to corporate and public sector representatives, pre-matched based on buyer procurement needs.

Keep an eye out for the launch of our official WBDC 2020 Chicago Conference, Virtual Edition: Pivoting for Progress platform, available online and via the App Store. You'll be able to plan out which sessions to attend, check out the 1:1 Business Matchmaker, and network with conference guests leading up to September 17!


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