Madison, WI – Summit Credit Union will be the Presenting Sponsor for the inaugural observance of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Wisconsin (WEDWisconsin) on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Women leaders in tech, business, science, non-profit, and education will come together to celebrate, empower and support each other at this full day conference to be held at Monona Terrace. The event is part of a weeklong celebration culminating in the global recognition of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day on November 19th.
“Summit is proud to sponsor the first ever Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Wisconsin and to be a part of a global celebration of the powerful impact women make when we lead in business.” said Kim Sponem, CEO/President Summit Credit Union. “We know that investing in women entrepreneurs is a win-win for our community and a powerful engine for growth, innovation, and social change both locally and globally. We embrace this opportunity to convene and empower women entrepreneurs from across Wisconsin and to support them in building viable, sustainable enterprises.”
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) ignites women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities worldwide. The flagship United Nations event is celebrated in 144 countries and by 110 universities/colleges internationally. This is the first time the event will be hosted in Wisconsin.
Women in the U.S. are now starting businesses at twice the rate of men. Between 2007 and 2016, the number of women-owned firms increased by 45%, compared to just a 9% increase among all businesses according to American Express Open’s research. Over the past nine years, the number of women-owned firms has grown at a rate five times faster than the national average.
“WEDWisconsin is privileged to be working with Summit Credit Union to bring this preeminent event to women business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders in this region,” explained Laura Gallagher, Chairman of the Board for WEDWisconsin. “They are wisely investing in the future of Wisconsin by investing in the economic hope and future for women business owners and leaders. Summit Credit Union’s commitment to financial literacy, to financial inclusion and to community and economic development make them an ideal partner. We are thrilled to have them on board and leading the way!”
At the WEDWisconsin conference, attendees will:
- Learn from entrepreneurial greats about the triumphs and trials of being a business owner.
- Enjoy high-value content and unique social experiences, with a focus on authentic relationship building.
- Participate in a live “think tank” where entrepreneurs are pulled from the crowd to share a challenge they are facing that is then turned over to the tables to solve.
- Hear real stories about funding.
- Connect with other business owners and those who support them.
- Grow as a leader.
- Be inspired.
- Be a part of making history here in Wisconsin
The WEDWisconsin Advisory board includes women in various fields with diverse backgrounds and experiences. From technology to the sciences, education to social good initiatives and start-ups to businesses that are expanding, the board is made up of leaders who are familiar with entrepreneurship eco-systems, education and policy creation that will help women in business to thrive.
For more information please visit WEDWisconsin.
About Summit Credit Union
Established in 1935, Summit Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative open to anyone in Wisconsin. Summit holds $2.8 billion in assets and has more than 168,000 members and 510 employees across 33 locations throughout south-central and southeastern Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.summitcreditunion.com or call 608-243-5000 or 800-236-5560.
About Laura Gallagher, Ambassador and Chairman of the Board for WEDWisconsin
Laura Gallagher is a community, local and national business leader serving successful entrepreneurial companies and nonprofit organizations primarily in Wisconsin. In 2016, she was recognized by the Governor as a Trailblazer in Wisconsin. She is the founder and CEO of The Creative Company and is a 2017 Alumni of Babson College’s 10,000 Businesses Program with a Certificate of Entrepreneurship and a 2016 graduate of Harvard Professor Michael Porter’s Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. The Creative Company is certified by the State of Wisconsin as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise.
About Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is the world’s largest entrepreneurial and financial empowerment initiative dedicated to celebrating, supporting and empowering women worldwide. WED encourages four billion women worldwide to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, with the goal of bringing hope and alleviating poverty.