Women Entrepreneurship Week 2017 - Montclair State University | Montclair NJ

A few years ago, it started as an idea in an office on the Montclair State University campus. Now in its fourth iteration, Women Entrepreneurship Week - the only week-long celebration six continents.

The first year (when Women Entrepreneurship launched in October of 2014), there were multiple events at Montclair State and at three other universities in New Jersey under the direction of Sharon Waters, the program manager of MSU's Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, which hosts the week each year. Driven by Sharon’s passion, they quickly expanded globally.

Continuing this growing tradition, Women Entrepreneurship Week 2017 will again be celebrated in more than a dozen countries, and in several states in the U.S., and all over New Jersey.

At Montclair State University, two events will be held that are free and open to the public. Here is a peak at the agenda – and a list of the many prestigious women leaders who will be appearing on Wednesday, October 18.

Montclair Film: An Artful Entrepreneurial Journey will feature a fireside chat with Evelyn McGee Colbert, about how she helped start the Montclair Film Festival and everything that it has become. She will be interviewed by Emily Lazar.

A terrific panel comprised of Logan Cohen, co-founder and co-CEO, KUDZOO; KJ Miller, co-founder, Mented Cosmetics; Mindy Scheier, founder and president, Runway of Dreams Foundation; Tracy Stern, owner, Salon Tea; Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, artist, designer and entrepreneur. Moderator: Lili Gil Valletta, co-founder and CEO, CIEN+ will tackle the tough topic of “From Kitchen Table to CEO” as they share how they started a successful business from scratch, and then grew it beyond what she could have imagined at the beginning.

A second panel, Entrepreneurship in the C-Suite, will bring together well known leaders including Michellene Davis, executive VP and chief corporate affairs officer, RWJBarnabas; Michele Siekerka, president, New Jersey Business & Industry Association; Judy Spires, CEO, Kings Supermarkets. Moderator: Kimberly Weisul, editor-at-large, Inc.

I will have the honor of closing the conference in a fireside chat/interview with Linda Bowden, Regional President of PNC where I will be able to share my journey since I arrived in NJ in 2002 while most importantly discussing my top tips on branding, networking, mentorship and more.