Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business

April 9, 2020

9:00am – 5:00pm 

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Women Entrepreneurs (WE) Mean Business 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 Mean Business. 

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.



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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2019 Speakers

Noramay Cadena 

Noramay Cadena is an engineer, investor, and the former head of a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering underrepresented youth to pursue careers in tech. Her professional career has spanned a diverse range of operating and investing environments, from early-stage startups to Fortune 50 companies. She’s currently a founding partner at MiLA Capital, an early stage venture fund in Los Angeles investing in hard tech. Over the last three years, she has built a portfolio of that spans space tech, health tech, industrial IoT and food tech. Her three degrees from MIT and personal journey as a teen mom turned first generation Ivy League college graduate have earned her recognition as a trailblazer and inspirational leader by Forbes, Mashable and CNET. 

Bailey K Hoffmon

In February of 2015 Old Barrel Tea Company opened in the small mountain town of Ruidoso, NM.  The following year, owners opened additional locations in Cloudcroft, NM and in the Old Town Plaza of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Today there are three additional locations (Mesilla, Durango, and Golden) and the bulk of the company’s production has been brought in house at the Old Barrel Tea Company warehouse facility in Albuquerque, NM.  Old Barrel Tea Company is a retail business that sells loose leaf tea, raw honey, herbs and spices, accessories, decor, and other wellness products.  OBTC is a family owned and female run business.

Unleash Your Inner Warrior and Boost Your Leadership Capacity!

Join us April 3rd for a half-day seminar to build your leadership skills!

April 4

9:30 AM to 4:00 PM + Reception to Follow
Registration opens at 9:00 AM

Mainstage Talks

Firestarter: Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship & Unraveling Diversity

Hadiyah Mujhid, Founder and CEO of HBCUvc

We are entrepreneurs, technologists, and leaders. We are women. Historically, our identity as women has been used to limit and restrict our potential. This talk will focus on leveraging the power of our identity to propel our success in business and technology.

The Conscience Company

Cynthia de Lorenzi I Kyla Nicole Donner I Janean Mann I Jessi Loyd

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

Sandra Espiritu I Silvia Terrazas I Bailey K’ Huffmon I Michelle Savage

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

Micaela Brown, Founder & CEO of Inspire People Media

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.


Noramay Cadena, Co-founder & Managing Director of Make in LA

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

The Dell PolicyHack™

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

The Dell PolicyHack™ is a hack-a-thon that tasks teams of policymakers, entrepreneurs and funders to design solutions to policy challenges faced by women entrepreneurs running and growing businesses and pitch their ideas to a diverse panel of expert judges.

Watch an overview of this year’s Dell Policy Hack

NM SBDC Sponsored Keynote: How Women Can Foster Inclusion By Changing The Way We Talk About It

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

Extra Perks

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.

Portrait Stories

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. Kristen Pallares, a photographer based in El Paso, TX will depict the conference through a unique lens. Using conversation and photography, Kristen will capture authentic stories of attendees. Portraits will be made available to after the event. 

Messages That Matter: BossLady Podcast Studio 

Arrowhead center will sponsor BossLady Film & Radio Podcast booth, where the day’s speakers and attendees will be interviewed. 


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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

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 Foster Innovation Exchange

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