Broward College Hosts Women’s Business Economic Empowerment Summit: Breaking Barriers

November 18, 2015 | More Events

Breaking BarriersTo help women-owned businesses break down the many barriers they continue to face and to provide an opportunity for the public to address these issues, Broward College is hosting its first-ever Women’s Business Economic Empowerment Summit: Breaking Barriers. The College will lead a discussion on the obstacles women face in business, including unequal pay, work-life balance, contract negotiation, access to capital and implicit bias, among other topics. This event is free and open to the public, and will take place on Wednesday, December 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Broward College’s North Campus, 1000 Coconut Creek Blvd., Omni Auditorium.

“According to data from the Economic Policy Institute, in some industries, women-owned businesses make only 25 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn, so we are excited to organize an event that shines a light on these important hurdles experienced by women in business,” said Dicky Sykes, Broward College’s district director of supplier relations and diversity, who planned the women’s business summit.

Nancy Allen, president and CEO of Her Company, Inc. will serve as moderator. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will deliver a powerful video message on the impact of women-owned businesses. Panelists include Andrea Bowden, senior vice president of commercial banking, Comerica; Rosa Costanzo, vice president of strategic sourcing and supply chain management and chief procurement officer, Jackson Health System; Annette Gray, founder and president of Global Business Development Center; Maria Elena Ibanez, president of Intermark Foods, Inc.,  Tonya Davis Johnson, director, Palm Beach County Office of Small Business; Sonya Miller, Broward College deputy general counsel; Kathey Porter, director of small business and vendor diversity relations, University of Florida; Avis Proctor, North Campus president, Broward College; Susana Robledo, founder and CEO of Cube Care Company; and Margaret Simone, project executive, Turner Construction.

Following the summit, a business card drawing will take place, and each panelist has agreed to provide 12 hours of free coaching to one woman business owner. Coaching sessions will begin January 2016. The woman-owned business owner must be present to win. Only women business owners are eligible for the free coaching sessions.

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