Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Wisconsin

Thank you for your interest in empowering, celebrating and supporting women in business in Wisconsin and worldwide!

On November 14, 2017, you’re invited to attend the first ever Women’s Entrepreneurship Day event in Madison, Wisconsin. On this day, you will be inspired, equipped and changed. And you’ll be in good company.

WED ignites women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities worldwide. The flagship United Nations event is live-streamed and celebrated in 144 countries and by 110 universities/colleges internationally, reaching over 1.4 million people already!


“IF YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL, IT IS BECAUSE SOMEWHERE, SOMETIME, SOMEONE GAVE YOU A LIFE OR AN IDEA THAT STARTED YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. ” MELINDA GATES

At the Conference you will

  • Learn from entrepreneurial greats about the triumphs and trials of being a business owner.
  • Enjoy high-value content and unique social experiences, with a focus on authentic relationship building.
  • Participate in a live “think tank” where entrepreneurs are pulled from the crowd to share a challenge they are facing that is then turned over to the tables to solve.
  • Hear from venture capitalists, angel investors and traditional bankers about what they are looking for in both start-ups and growing businesses and how you can be prepared to succeed.
  • Connect with countless other business owners and those who support them.
  • Grow as a leader.
  • Be inspired.
  • Be a part of making history here in Wisconsin.

Our Mission

WEDWisconsin’s mission is to empower, celebrate, inspire and support women in business and technology. We are committed to gathering a think tank of inspiring women leaders who can amplify our message of expanding businesses with social-good initiatives in communities in Wisconsin and around the world.

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“IF YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL, IT IS BECAUSE SOMEWHERE, SOMETIME, SOMEONE GAVE YOU A LIFE OR AN IDEA THAT STARTED YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. ” MELINDA GATES

2017 WEDWisconsin Advisory Board

Group photo of WED Wisconsin Advisory Board at the WI Capitol building
The WEDWisconsin Advisory board includes women in various fields with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

From technology to the sciences, education to social good initiatives, from start-ups to businesses that are expanding, the board is made up of leaders who are familiar with entrepreneurship eco-systems, education and policy creation that will help women in business to thrive.

  • Representative Terese Berceau
    Wisconsin Assembly District 77
  • Deborah Biddle
    Founder/Consultant
    High Performance Development Solutions
  • Lisa Peyton-Caire
    Founder & President
    The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness & Black Women’s Wellness Day
    Assistant Vice President, Life, Learning & Events
    Summit Credit Union
  • Jessica Cavazo
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County
  • Barbara DeMain
    Consultant
    Insight Connections Inc.
  • Diane Dillett
    President and Founder
    The Dillett Company, Inc.
  • Betsy Ezell
    Senior Account Executive
    The Creative Company Inc.
  • Pam Gabris
    Director of Business Operations
    Covance, Inc
  • Laura Gallagher
    Chairman of the Board 
    President
    The Creative Company
  • Carol Goedken
    Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director
    Families and Schools Together, Inc.
  • Joan Gillman
    Director of Special Industry Programs, Executive Education, Emeritus
    University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business
  • Lara Hart
    Director of Technology
    Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce

  • Holly Heuer
    VP Marketing and Human Resouces
    McFarland State Bank
  • Cynthia Kaump
    Founder/Director of Marketing Communications and Media Relations
    Forsythia Group
  • Kirsten Houghton
    Principal
    SVA Certified Public Accountants
  • Christine Lidbury
    Executive Director
    Wisconsin Women’s Counsel
    Coordinator
    Governor’s Trailblazer Awards for Women in Business
  • Ngoc Nhi Le
    Director
    gBETA Madison
  • Eugenia Podesta
    Director, Economic Empowerment & Entrepreneurship
    Vital Voices Global Partnership
    Co-Founder
    Synergy Coworking
  • Rachel Rasmussen
    Owner/Founder
    Rescue Desk, LLC
  • Anne Sayers
    Owner and Operator
    Oh Hello! LLC
  • Crystal Urlacher
    Co-Founder
    Urlacher Real Estate
  • Heather Wentler
    Executive Director & Co-Founder
    Doyenne Group