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EmpowHER: A Celebration of Female Entrepreneurship

March 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT


“Companies with more than 30% female executives are more likely to outperform companies that don’t”
– Luisa Zhou

Women-led companies accomplish tremendous work to create lasting, positive change. Let’s keep the movement going by exploring ways to continue to remove barriers and increase opportunities. Join an insightful morning of empowering female leaders in entrepreneurship, with an inspiring panel of female founders, industry expert insights, and resource sharing for your success. Discover and sample woman-owned brands and network with peers during this exciting session.


Welcome and Opening Remarks
Natalie Shmulik, Chief Strategy and Incubation Officer at ICNC | Make City + The Hatchery, will share valuable insights on why celebrating and supporting female entrepreneurship is crucial for fostering diversity and inclusivity.

Session 1: Fireside Chat Discussion on Sustaining Profitable Growth
Learn from female founders on how they have experienced sustainable growth through strategic use of data, analysis, and impactful partnerships with a focus on the bottom line.

Session 2: Workshop – Creating a Supportive Network for Women in Business
Learn why it’s important to keep existing clients happy rather than finding new ones and use happy clients to generate more business through referrals. We’ll also cover relationships with banks and other financial institutions, keeping a strong position in negotiations, and how to best leverage community partners for lasting relationships that maximize their resources.

Session 3: Let’s Talk Womxn Panel – Pushing the Frontiers of Innovation
Let’s Talk Womxn panelists share their expertise about their culinary innovation, new service models, evolving formats, experiences, and myriad innovations to stay cutting edge and grow.

Networking, product sampling, and refreshments throughout.



March 28
9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
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Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago
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The Hatchery
135 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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