Women in Entrepreneurship 1st Annual Conference - A world of opportunity

Connect with like-minded women entrepreneurs at this one-day empowering conference.

You'll get inspired, build momentum, and expand your networks.


Date: April 24, 2019

8:00 am - registration and light refreshments
8:30 am - 3:15 pm - program

Location: Virginia Tech Southwest Center - Abingdon, 1 Partnership Circle, P.O. Box 1987, Abingdon, Virginia 24212 - Map

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Keynote: Beth Nielsen Chapman

Twice Grammy-nominated Nashville based, Beth Nielsen Chapman has released thirteen solo albums and written seven #1 hits. Her songs have been featured in film and TV and as an artist Beth’s work has been diverse, from singing in nine different languages in addition to her deeply moving body of work as a singer-songwriter.

Recently inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, Beth is also a breast cancer survivor and environmentalist and considers herself a creativity midwife, passionate about inspiring others to fully blossom into their creative life.

Throughout her career, Beth has been in demand as a keynote speaker and teacher of workshops on creativity, songwriting, grief, and healing through art, using a unique inspiring approach to tapping into the creative process. She has also taught at Universities internationally including the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, and the Berklee School of Music among others.

Program includes:

Morning Keynote:
Wynonna Dove Bush - Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Afternoon Keynote:
Martha McGlothlin Bowman - Owner, House Dressing, Bristol, Virginia

Breakout Sessions:
Successful regional business women share their dreams, their start-ups, potholes and successes.

  • Tracy Fletcher McGlothlin - Highland Farms and Interior Design
  • Sandy Ratliff - Works with new and expanding businesses to offer startup consulting, entrepreneurial growth mentoring, identify sources of capital, etc.
  • Julie Walters Steele - "Art Builds Business Builds Art" Growing Your Local Creative Economy

For More Information Contact:
Penny McCallum
Virginia Tech Southwest Center
Email: pmccal5@vt.edu

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