Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business

April 3 & 4, 2019

Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum |  Las Cruces, NM

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Claim your Seat at the Table

Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business (WE) brings together thought-leaders and change-makers to share their stories, strategies and transformational wisdom with entrepreneurial women. But, even as trailblazers, these women still find themselves without an invitation to participate in an industry sector, venture funding, or the space where decisions are made. Come hear tips from these trailblazing ladies about how to claim your spot at the table–or better yet, help to reset it! 



Join us for a two-day 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. 

Mainstage Talks

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.

Breakout Sessions

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.

Network Mixer

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.

2019 Firestarter


Hadiyah Mujhid is the Founder and CEO of HBCUvc, a nonprofit organization that educates and trains black and Latinx populations in technology entrepreneurship and venture capital to create racially equitable economies. Previously, Hadiyah co-founded nonprofit Black Founders where she created the first hackathon program for black colleges and led a national conference tour for black tech entrepreneurs.

Hadiyah is a strong advocate for leveraging technology and entrepreneurship to address economic inequality. With 15 years of software engineering experience, Hadiyah has developed flight system software for satellites and communication tools for naval ships. 

Her work has been recognized in Forbes, Blavity, TechCrunch, Business Insider, Black Enterprise, and Handelsblatt. She is a 2018 SOCAP Scholar and 2018 Essence Magazine 100 Most Woke Women. Hadiyah received her MBA with from Drexel University and a BS in Computer Science from University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a historically black university.

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April 3

Registration opens at 12:45 PM
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Leadership Training

More than intelligence, diligence, knowledge, and experiences, a great leader fights for the cause and vision of a better future. A great leader inspires.

Are you interested in:

  • Growing from an overachiever frequently paralyzed by self-doubts to a high performer who delivers real tangible impacts in an uncertain world?
  • Breaking free from disempowering power dynamics to productive relationships at work?
  • Building a thriving inclusive organizational culture as intentional leaders?

Join this training, to explore your inner warrior and boost your leadership capacity!

The workshop interweaves evidence-based leadership development and wellbeing models with real-world challenges typically experienced by women leaders who strive to make impact while juggling with family duties.

Women leaders will see how they can continue to harness their feminine strengths as change agents, whileexploring the common challenges in a community of motivated women leaders.

Participants will walk away with practical tools to:

  • Discern the vicious cycle of fear and unproductive reactions.
  • Understand the power dynamics involved in tensions/conflicts/dramas at work. Explore the distinction of “Power Over” vs. “Power Within” / “Power With” / “Power to”.
  • Break free from disempowering power dynamics and create productive relationship within oneself andwith others.
  • Sustain empowerment as leaders/managers in developing employees, peers/partners in co-creating solutions, and individual contributors in managing up and around.
  • Manage negative self-doubts and foster courage and confidence to navigate in the increasingly uncertain and complex business setting.

The workshop is great for any women interested in taking their leadership skills to the next level!

All professional levels are welcome, especially welcome early-to-mid career female professionals and female entrepreneurs.

April 4

Registration opens at 9:00 AM
Reception following immediately

Mainstage Talks

Firestarter: Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship & Unraveling Diversity

Hadiyah Mujhid, Founder and CEO of HBCUvc

The Conscience Company

We’ll hear from heroic business leaders who have built companies that make the world a better place – all the while, balancing both profit and purpose. We’ll examine what has made them successful, how purpose drives their performance, and what key challenges they’ve faced that have held them back on their journeys.

We hope that their examples help give you a new model of what changemakers in business can and do look like.

Turning Point: Scaling the Homegrown Business

Starting a business is tricky, scaling it is even more so.

Scaling your business is one of your most important responsibilities as a business owner and entrepreneur. One of the best ways to steel yourself against the hard times and tough decisions is to look at successful entrepreneurs who have already blazed those trails. They’ve learned the hard lessons and are willing to share knowledge that you can apply to fuel sustainable growth. 


Grab a meal and enjoy a recess with your fellow conference attendees. Exchange contact information and sharp observations as you discuss what it means to start, run, or grow a business.

Surpassing Barriers and Stereotypes

Monica Jojola, President of Montech Inc.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

I have an Idea Track

Find your brand and style

Whether you’re a team or organization tackling an intractable issue or a solo entrepreneur creating a new product or service, Design Thinking provides a toolbox for identifying the true issues/ opportunities and creating solutions that succeed.

Learn to identify the right problem, understand user needs, and create successful solutions.


Learn strategies that help you identify the right timing and the right sources of capital to fund your business growth. Take away practical advice on raising the right capital at the right time and overcoming fundraising obstacles with a successful game plan.

II’m in Business Track

Dell Policy Hack 

In partnership with the Dell Global Government Affairs Team, the Dell Policy Hack is an interactive hackathon where teams design solutions to policy challenges faced by women entrepreneurs and pitch their ideas to a diverse panel of expert judges.


How Women Can Foster Inclusion By Changing The Way We Talk About It

Christopher “Cris” Turner, Vice President and Head of Office, Americas Government Affairs at Dell

Extra Perks

Inc. Office Hours in the Consulting Corner

We’ve assembled a team of experts in various areas – money, global, intellectual property, and scaling, among others – to offer one-on-one advice and answers to your most pressing business challenges. Visit the registration desk to see each consultant’s specific area of expertise and availability.

Sponsors and Allies

Questions? Answers!

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 ambradfo@ad.nmsu.edu. 

Get In Touch

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NMSU is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, please contact Arrowhead Center, (575) 646-6120, arrowheadcenter@nmsu.edu

This event is an initiative of, and funded in part by,
the U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center for Regional Commercialization

Our sponsors make WE Mean Business Possible

Interested in becoming a sponsor?