Organized by the Holmes Center and led by a committed group of women entrepreneurs and investors, WE* is focused on supporting scalable, women-led startups in Minnesota through a series of conferences and events.
WE* has developed annual conferences targeting startups and corporate/academic innovators, in addition to informal events throughout the year that highlight leading women entrepreneurs and bring the community together. We are seeking to highlight resources to support scalable women-led startups in Minnesota, with a goal of encouraging more women to develop big ideas, gain access to the incredible resources right here in Minnesota, and ultimately raise capital to grow their businesses.
FeMNist Days 2021
Monday, March 8 from 3 - 4pm
Slay imposter syndrome to build a high growth company
Presented by Liz Giorgi
Thursday, March 11 from 11 – 12:30pm
From Feminism to Womanism: Intersectional Identity & Showing Up as Your Authentic Self
Presented by Erin Horne McKinney & Leah Castleberry
Monday, March 15 from Noon - 1pm
Financial Management for Female-Identifying Entrepreneurs
Presented by Cammy Smith & Danica Goshert
Monday, March 22 from Noon - 1pm
Building an Entrepreneurial Mindset - Practical tools you can use anywhere
Presented by Jen Alstad
Women Innovators Conference
November TBD, 2021
Fifth annual fall conference to inspire, inform, and connect leading STEM researchers in industry and academia, seeking to engage them with University and professional community.
Upcoming Fall 2021
Quarterly meetups featuring talks by inspiring entrepreneurs that connect undergraduate students, MBA students, and recent graduates with leading women entrepreneurs. In-person events to resume in Fall 2021.
While local in-person events are on hold, we invite you to view nationally prominent women speakers through Stanford's Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series:
Online Speaker Michelle Zatlyn
April 14, 2021
Co-Founder, President & COO, Cloudflare
Online Speaker Miriam Rivera
April 21, 2021
Managing Director, Ulu Ventures
Online Speaker Maëlle Gavet
May 5, 2021
Online Speaker Nicole Diaz
May 26, 2021
Global Head Integrity & Compliance Legal, Snap Inc.
MN Cup participants with woman cofounder
Rave Reviews: Jennifer Melin Miller Applied her Carlson MBA to Make Broadway History
Jennifer Melin Miller, ’08 MBA, may not have her name in the bright lights atop a Broadway marquee, but she is a force in the theater business. She has invested in some of the hottest shows on Broadway, including the new musical Hadestown. The show, based on Greek mythology, centers on the myth of Orpheus heading to the underworld to rescue Eurydice.
As a co-producer of Hadestown, Miller became a Tony-Award winner for Best Musical, one of eight awards the production took home this year. Growing up, her mother and grandmother loved the theater and they’d make frequent trips to the Ordway to see the latest productions, but never in her wildest dreams did she think she would win a Tony Award.
“It’s very surreal,” she says. “It takes a huge village of people to make a Broadway production happen, and I’m just happy to be a small part of it.”