Be the Link for Women Entrepreneurs
Women Entrepreneurs (WE) Mean Business brings together thought-leaders and change-makers to share their stories, strategies, and transformational wisdom with entrepreneurial women.
However, these women still find themselves in need of connections to resources, mentors, and opportunities.
Come join us and connect with these trailblazing ladies and learn how you can be the link for women entrepreneurs.
Join us for this conference filled with powerhouse speakers, tactical training, purposeful networking, mic drop moments, mentor power hours, delicious food and all the things you have come to know and love from WE Mean Business.
During Mainstage Talks, innovative business-minded speakers will share best practices for making ideas reality and take questions in an interactive setting. Get fired up to make things happen during talks from leading local and regional entrepreneurs.
Explore new ideas and methodologies around leadership, teamwork, funding, productivity, and more. Speakers offer practical, real-world insights on how you can put your ideas into action.
The networking mixer provides the opportunity for you to connect with local entrepreneurs, pick their brains, forge new partnerships, discover mentors, and expand your client base. The Networking Mixer is open to all participants and local entrepreneurs and business owners. This event is preceded by a crash course in speed networking—a whirlwind 3-minute opportunity to share your idea and forge connections.
Tools & Resources
Walk away with the knowledge, tools and resources that leverage strengths, magnify outcomes and grow your business.
Prior to joining WESST in 1991, Agnes served as a small business consultant in the United States Peace Corp in Costa Rica and as the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. She holds a BA in Political Science from Berea College and a MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University. She has received numerous honors: Top-Performing CEO (2009), Junior Achievement’s New Mexico Business Hall of Fame, (2005); Women of Influence (2005); and New Mexico’s Small Business Advocate of the Year, United States Small Business Administration, (1995). Agnes is particularly passionate about personal and business financial literacy. She loves to read and fantasizes about becoming a beach bum.
Andrea is the Vice President of the New Mexico Angels, where she works to source high growth investment opportunities, while performing due diligence and managing the investment portfolio after an equity deal has been made. Andrea works closely with entrepreneurs and companies seeking angel funding and mentors them through business development, marketing and the pitch presentation process. In addition, Andrea also oversees the company’s community outreach and educational initiatives.
Brittney created Studio One Six because of her love and admiration of the hair industry. She is a firm believer in the saying that “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” She also believes that your biggest competition is yourself. This is why she has ventured to learn, grow, and evolve as a stylist for the past ten years. She is always looking for ways to improve her artistry, which includes continuing education in customized color placement and precision hair cutting. She equally loves brow shaping, makeup application, and of course updo styles for special occasions.
Carrie Hamblen worked at KRWG Radio, the Las Cruces NPR affiliate, for 20 years. She was the local host of Morning Edition, Operations Manager, and has hosted her own public affairs program – Images. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Las Cruces chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and the Southern New Mexico PRIDE Board of Directors. She currently is the President of the Board of Directors for the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope and is a member of the J. Paul Taylor Academy Governing Council. She holds a Masters Degree in Communication Studies from NMSU and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. In her spare time, she likes to remodel the 1948 home she shares with her wife Char, make homemade candles and soap, and laugh around her firepit with friends and family.
Chancellor Dan Arvizu joined NMSU last summer, as the most recent step in his distinguished career. He brings to NMSU experience in advanced energy research and development, materials and process sciences, and technology commercialization. He has deep experience working in the public and private sectors. Dr. Arvizu served as the Chief Technology Officer for CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd. and was the 8th Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. He was also appointed by two separate presidents to serve on the National Science Board, and he chaired the board that oversees the National Science Foundation his last four years. Chancellor Arvizu is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Public Administration.
Debra P. Hicks, PE/LSI graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Debra started as a summer intern at Pettigrew & Associates in 1979. Upon graduation from NMSU in 1983, she joined the firm as an engineer intern. After several years of successful project completion, she purchased the firm in 1990 and is now President and CEO. Throughout her 30-plus-year career, her engineering experience has included mining, power plants, bio-diesel plants, multi-family housing projects, aquatic facilities, parks, education facilities, small and large-scale subdivisions, museums, hotels, racetrack/casino, roadways, infrastructure, trail systems, airports and numerous other commercial and industrial developments.
J.C Cervantes is the New York Times best-selling author of The Storm Runner, The Fire Keeper, The Shadow Crosser, and Tortilla Sun. Her books have appeared on national lists, including the American Booksellers Association New Voices, Barnes and Noble’s Best Young Reader Books, and Favorite MG Science Fiction/Fantasy Top Ten Books, as well as Amazon’s Best Books of the Month. She has earned multiple awards and recognitions, including the New Mexico Book Award, and the Zia Book Award.
John M. Garcia is the District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) New Mexico District Office. Garcia is responsible for the statewide delivery of SBA programs and services to the 33 counties in the state. He supports business owners in starting and growing their businesses, creating jobs and developing local economies throughout New Mexico.
Kathy serves as Director of Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and CEO of Arrowhead Center, Inc., a non-profit corporation created to support the mission of NMSU. She leads Arrowhead’s efforts in entrepreneurship and innovation, focused on technology commercialization, student entrepreneurship, starting and growing businesses and creating public-private partnerships. She provides direction for Arrowhead Center programs, initiatives, strategies, goals, and performance in support of the organization’s mission; leads development of public-private partnerships for economic development; champions new business development opportunities; provides management oversight of programs, products, and services; and develops and monitors operational and programmatic budgets.
Kimberly D. York, is an Independent Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 22 years of youth development and non-profit experience. She excels in nonprofit organizational and program development, strategic planning, and research. Her clinical competencies include prevention, resiliency, mental health assessments, developing treatment plans, and conducting individual and group therapy with children, youth and families.
Krista is an accomplished visionary executive leader with clear expertise in business intelligence, strategic direction, development, and implementation of operational and business initiatives. She is an empowering manager who develops clear processes, and then collaborates all stakeholders to create consensus and bring objectives to fruition. Proven track record of meeting and exceeding established goals, while maintaining the highest level of integrity, poise, and professionalism.
Marianne Blaue played a variety of leadership roles in technology companies in the Pacific Northwest before moving to Truth or Consequences, NM to start a brewery, where she now serves as chief executive and general manager. She holds a Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of Montana, and enjoys exploring New Mexico in trail running shoes.
With a social media reach of over 100k followers, Micaela Brown has created a national event marketing voice with an audience interested in event marketing, marketing, branding, and entrepreneurship. Micaela’s work has been featured by Forbes Travel, The New York Times, Travel Pulse, American Towns, New Mexico Entertainment Magazine, Albuquerque the Magazine, Albuquerque Business First, The Santafean, Santa Fe New Mexican, SantaFe.com, and NewsCastic.
Priscilla Archangel is a seasoned executive coach, leadership and organizational development consultant, author, speaker, and teacher.
Now, Priscilla’s focus is on developing successful leaders and partnering with them to grow their teams and organizations. She works with leaders in companies of all sizes, across a variety of industries. Her collaboration helps them to uncover and align their unique purpose with their professional roles; identify creative approaches to address organizational challenges; support them through leadership transitions, and leverages culture and employee engagement to improve business results.
Her newest book LeaderVantage: 7 Essential Steps to Peak Leadership will be released in April 2020. She is also the author of The Call to Faith Centered Leadership: Transformational Lessons for Leaders in Challenging Times.
Rachel Olney is a Stanford University Mechanical Engineering PhD candidate and the Founder and CEO of Geosite Inc. She has taught innovation frameworks and built standard operating procedures for the most elite US special operations teams. She also helped create and scale an international program in national security
innovation and conducted research for the US Air Force on the Strategic Implications of Commercialization of Space.
As the Founder and CEO of Geosite she leads a YCombinator backed startup disrupting the geospatial data industry, making it easier for logistically intensive industries, such as Oil and Gas and the Department of Defense and Intelligence Communities, to easily leverage spatial data (satellites, drones, IOT, and cloud-enabled SCADA) to increase operational efficiency.
My name is Sandra Espiritu, I am the Founder/Broker at Enchanted Sun Realty. Coming from a family in Real Estate sales, investing & development, I can truly say I’ve been in the Industry my entire life. But legally and “officially”, it’s been 13 years 🙂 I absolutely fell in love with the day to day interactions with our community and our clients who quickly become part of our Enchanted Sun family. The happiness in our clients’ faces, the tears of joy when they purchase their first home, the incredible feeling of accomplishment when a couple purchases their “forever” home, the excitement when an investor’s hard work will leave a legacy for their family …… we absolutely love it all. Being a part of our client’s lives and helping them throughout that special journey completely got us hooked, and this is why we love what we do.
Yun Li, PhD, Chief Executive Officer. Managing Director of VIC Technology Venture Development’s New Mexico Branch. Dr. Li’s multifaceted professional career spans from R&D and global program management in Fortune 500 companies to technology commercialization/startup and business consulting. In 2006, she started a consulting firm in business and professional development. In this capacity, she has assisted a wide range of companies in building commercialization strategies and capabilities, clarifying value propositions, defining applications/markets, building teams, and raising capital. She is a founding member of five technology startups. Dr. Li is an advocate for international collaboration in technology commercialization and is deeply immersed in the US-China collaboration ecosystem. She was a board member of Startup New Mexico, and serves on the board of advisors at Technology Venture Corporation. Dr. Li graduated from Tsinghua University, China, with a BS in Electrician Engineering and a MS in Nuclear Physics. She received her PhD in Materials Science from Arizona State University.
Women in the World: A Status Report
Finding Your Funding
Learn from women who have gone before you, on different funding options for business and how to make the right match for your business model. We will discuss crowd funding, small business loans, friends and family fundraising, and venture capital. Learn how to navigate these waters and make the best money move for your business.
Bestselling authors, social media influencers, graphic designers, photographers, marketers, consultants, coaches, coders, craftswomen, and other one-woman shows share what it takes to ‘succeed’.
We’ve assembled a team of experts in various areas – money, global, intellectual property, and scaling, among others – to offer personalized advice and answers to your most pressing business challenges. Visit the Zoom links to join each meeting.
Workshop 1: Business Breakthrough
A key lesson in business ownership is knowing where your business is in its lifecycle, whether it’s just starting to turn a great idea into a viable business, maintaining an edge as an established company or taking a mature business to the next level. This workshop will help you identify what steps to take and mistakes to avoid as you launch or grow your venture.
Workshop 2: Bossy Pants
Insights on how we communicate, the power of language, word choice, non-verbal communication, and how we can use communication to be better negotiators.
Workshop 3: Make a Splash
How to build a brand, market and create a culture that customers love.
Workshop 4: Land the Deal
Pitch for profit, raise capital, and secure deals.
Go Forth & Conquer
Rachel Olney outlines crucial steps and tools for navigating the entrepreneurial world.
Past Sponsors and Partners
Who should attend WE Mean Business?
WEMB is designed to educate and inspire women business owners in all industries who want to start or grow a bigger business, be more profitable, and have direct access to experienced women entrepreneurs who have been in their shoes and pushed beyond.
What if my business is still in the start-up phase?
First, congratulations for thinking BIG from the start! WEMB is for women who feel driven to grow a successful company and promises to serve golden nuggets to all attendees including start-ups, seasoned, and seven-figure entrepreneurs.
Are men welcome?
Men are welcome and encouraged to attend the entire event.
How about children?
Entrepreneurial-minded girls 13 years or older are welcome.
Can I register at the door?
Sorry, no. Registration must be placed in advance
so we can be ready for you!
If I can’t make it, is my registration transferable?
Yes, please just send us an email 48 prior to the event so we can note our records.
I am with the media and would like to do a story. Who should I contact?
Thanks in advance! Please contact our Media Director:
Amanda Bradford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get In Touch
NMSU is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, please contact Arrowhead Center, (575) 646-6120, email@example.com
This event is an initiative of, and funded in part by,
the Foster Innovation Exchange
Our sponsors make WE Mean Business Possible
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