Photo of Monona Terrace in Downtown Madison WI, home of Wisconsin's premier entrepreneur conference WEDWisconsin.

Letter to WEDWisconsin Supporters and Attendees

Thank you for your support of the WEDWisconsin conference in 2017 and 2018. WEDWisconsin gave many women access to a tremendous network, valuable resources, and knowledge to move their ideas forward. Additionally, we received three proclamations. Through the public relations efforts of The Creative Company, news coverage about the vital role women have in shaping our economy went statewide. Post-conference survey results showed an approval rating in the high 90’s in every category both years. In the first year, we had three standing ovations. Both years, WEDWisconsin sold out.

I also volunteered as the National Regional Ambassador for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, helping other women around the country to get their events off the ground. With that, ours in Wisconsin was the largest in North America. We have much to be proud of and it wouldn’t have happened without you.

As some of you know, I experienced a significant loss after last year’s conference. My mom, who was one of the best, became very ill in December and passed away on January 4th. It was unexpected and heartbreaking. This year is not the year for me to produce a big conference or for my company to take this on. The volunteer hours are substantial. We have clients to take care of and need to focus on our core business.

Thank you very much for your support of this idea. It was the most courageous thing I’ve ever personally taken a risk on, and because of the broad support we received from the leaders in this State, particularly in this region, it happened.

However, I will not be producing WEDWisconsin this year.

I encourage you to watch the United Nations WED event live online on November 15th or attend in New York City. You can also put together a watch party, take an hour to mentor a woman in business who is at another stage, or take a class with one of the many tremendous partners we have here in Wisconsin, including WWBIC, the SBA, the UW School of Business, the SBDC and Starting Block. There are so many great ways to celebrate Women Entrepreneurs Day! The best way of all is to do business with them!

Thank you again for your support. Together, we made a real impact on many women in this region. I am forever grateful for your partnership and support!

Laura Gallagher
WEDWisconsin Ambassador
President of The Creative Company