Last week, through funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, IWF members and Leadership Foundation Fellows Program alumnae joined the management team in Miami, FL to deliver a powerful Executive Development Roundtable (EDR) focused on accelerating the possibilities for 75 rising women entrepreneurs.
The EDR, one of IWF’s signature programs, aims to build the skills of leadership and influence, business acumen and goal setting through a two-day intensive training. Sessions focused on personal-branding, resiliency, funding, procurement and mentoring, among others. The emphasis of this EDR was to build new skills, develop new tools and to create bridges across one’s community that help to increase professional access and opportunity.
IWF management developed and customized all curriculum and drew upon the expertise, learnings and commitment of IWF members and important external partners to serve as the training faculty.
For the Knight Foundation supported EDR, IWF faculty included:
Dr. Susan Amat, Founder, Venture Hive, Founder, Launch Pad
Denise Brosseau, CEO, Well-Connected Leader and Co-Founder of Springboard Enterprises
Trish Costello, CEO and Founder, Portfolia
Karyl Innis, Chairman & CEO, The Innis Company, successful entrepreneur, career expert
Marilyn Johnson, CEO International Women’s Forum
Kay Koplovitz, Founder of USA Networks, the SyFy Channel and game changing entrepreneur
Ann Medina, Emmy-Award winning Broadcaster, Journalist & President, Medina Productions Inc.
Janice McDonald, Co-Founder, This Space Works, Co-Founder, iStyle Originals, an award-winning serial entrepreneur
Kim Sanchez Rael, Founder and President, Arrah Ventures
Gayle Tauber, CEO, Seedling Fund, serial entrepreneur, co-Creator and co-Founder of Kashi Cereal Company
Kah Walla, Founder and CEO, STRATEGIES!, Board Member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, Cameroonian political leader and 2011 presidential candidate
Teresa V-F Weintraub, President and CEO, Fiduciary Trust International of the South and Board Member, International Women’s Forum
Partner Faculty included:
Yolanda Ortiz-Parker, Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity, Macy’s
Michael K. Robinson, Transformation and Operations, Global Procurement, Program Director, Supplier Diversity and Supplier Connection Leader, IBM
This session was supported and developed in conjunction with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as a part of their strategic focus on building communities through advancing innovation and entrepreneurship.
To read IWF and LF CEO Marilyn Johnson’s Blog Post click here.
To read the blog post from Knight Foundation intern Sophia Braga de Barros click here.
To read the feature story on this EDR in the Miami Herald click here.