Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs


2018 Women Entrepreneurs Conference

Detroit Marriott Southfield

Southfield, MI

Saturday, November 17, 2018


About WEConference 2018

Held during Global Entrepreneurship Week and honoring Women's Entrepreneurship Day, the 2018 Women Entrepreneurs Conference is a full-day business conference that brings together female entrepreneurs, business experts, media, and community and government leaders to support and celebrate women in business.

The 2018 Women Entrepreneurs Conference offers a unique opportunity to:

  • CONNECT with like-minded women entrepreneurs to share experiences and stories to help encourage and support other entrepreneurs!

  • CULTIVATE new business relationships with business experts and organizations dedicated to strengthening and advancing women's success in starting and scaling high-growth businesses in Michigan!

  • CELEBRATE the contributions and impact of women entrepreneurs to Michigan's economy!

During the event, attendees will be immersed in a high-impact program featuring informative keynote speakers who will share actionable strategies on how to build and grow a successful business!

The event will also feature an interactive panel discussion, the "Female Entrepreneur of the Year" award presentation, and the opportunity to meet and network with inspiring women leaders and entrepreneurs from across the state.


The Speakers

  1. Dr. Regina Banks-Hall
    Dr. Regina Banks-Hall
  2. Mary Cravets
    Mary Cravets
  3. Tinesha Cherry
    Tinesha Cherry
  4. Cynthia Khan
    Cynthia Khan
  5. Erin Bemis
    Erin Bemis
  6. Dr. Nicole Farmer
    Dr. Nicole Farmer
  7. Tonya McNeal-Weary
    Tonya McNeal-Weary
  8. Dr. Sherri Henderson
    Dr. Sherri Henderson
  9. Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence
    Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence
  10. Dr. Geneva Williams
    Dr. Geneva Williams
  11. Sanya Weston
    Sanya Weston

This dynamic event is designed to unite women entrepreneurs in all stages of business development

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Who Should Attend
MAFE's annual Women Entrepreneurs Conference brings together diverse women entrepreneurs from across Michigan.

With a focus on celebrating women, our passion lies in networking and creating an environment that will make it conducive for women entrepreneurs to connect, share ideas, inspire and educate.

The conference is for women entrepreneurs and professionals, thinkers and dreamers - for those who love discussing ideas and networking with like-minded business professionals.


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Registration & Continental Breakfast | Vendor Hall Open

Welcome - Tonya McNeal-Weary, Founder & Executive Director, Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs

Opening Remarks - Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Keynote: Sharing Your Story Through Online Video - Erin Bemis, Google

Networking Break: Connect with attendees and visit vendors

Power Talk: Soaring to New Heights - Dr. Regina Banks-Hall, President of RBH Professional Development Institute

Panel Discussion: Women Empowered: Interactive Panel Discussion with Successful Women Entrepreneurs

Networking Lunch

Keynote: More Clients, Less Marketing: How to Create More Leads and Income by Doing Less - Mary Cravets, Business Development Expert & International Speaker

Power Talk: How to Stop Self-Sabotage and Get Ahead in Your Business, Dr. Nicole Farmer, CEO, LifeLine Business Consulting Services

Networking Break: Connect with attendees and visit vendors

Award Presentation: Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award Honoree

Closing Remarks


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About Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a celebration of innovators who dream big and launch startups that bring ideas to life. Each November, GEW reaches millions of people of all ages and backgrounds and connects participants to a network that can help them take the next step no matter where they are on their entrepreneurial journey.

About Women's Entrepreneurship Day

Women's Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is a worldwide movement with the goal of empowering 4 billion women and their businesses and bringing hope to 250 million girls living in poverty. WED is the world's largest celebration of successful women entrepreneurs, innovators and job creators around the world who are taking the lead and making a difference.

Founded by Wendy Diamond, WED is dedicated to celebrating, supporting and empowering women worldwide. Through the movement, WED has grown to be celebrated in 144 countries and 110 universities. WED gathers women leaders and entrepreneurs to ultimately create a think tank and expand businesses with socially good initiatives around the world. Join our mission in alleviating poverty by empowering, celebrating and supporting women entrepreneurs in Michigan and worldwide!