CLEVELAND — Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Ohio returns for the third year for a virtual conference from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday.
The theme this year is "Resilient Leadership" and hopes to rally the local community together to ignite a network of female leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to strategically scaled and deepened their impact.
The event is intended for businesses and nonprofit leaders and entrepreneurs.
Ambassador Lorraine Schuchart, founder of Prosper for Purpose, said women will be able to learn, do one-on-one networking and connect with other entrepreneurs during the virtual conference. She said the day has been catered to focus on what people have been struggling with this year and starting a business.
"It's a 2020 version of the event we have done in the past couple of years," Schuchart said.
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is celebrated globally each year on Nov. 19 in more than 140 countries and at 110 universities with a mission to celebrate, support and empower women worldwide.
Social entrepreneur and Cleveland-native Wendy Diamond launched the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization in 2014.
Diamond wanted to bring more support and awareness to the global impact of women in business and recognized that women in business are a force for good by financially elevating their families, neighborhoods, communities and countries.
“It’s inspiring to see women across the globe unite for a single cause,” Diamond said. “By donating their time, effort and resources to Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, they are not only celebrating, supporting and empowering women in business in over 100 countries but also contributing to global unification.”
Keynote speakers include Captain Courtney Schoch, airline captain, author, philanthropist and leadership consultant; Chris Kenny, business leverage expert; and Jeni Britton Bauer, founder and chief creative officer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.
Breakout sessions will discuss business design, creating balance, cognitive flexibility, side hustles, diversity and inclusion, and the benefits of a multi-generational workforce.
“The overarching goal of WED Ohio is to help women entrepreneurs build successful businesses that also positively impact their communities, distinguishing [the day] from other entrepreneurial and leadership seminars,” Schuchart said.