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FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2024
Convene DC: 600 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005)

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The Enterprising Women of Color DMV Business (EWOC) Center at WACIF proudly presents our second annual Cultivate Women’s Summit. This year’s theme, Leading with Intention, underscores our deep commitment to fostering a supportive environment where women founders can invest in their personal and professional growth and development. Through the Cultivate Summit, we aim to empower women entrepreneurs to transition from the day-to-day operations of their businesses to strategic and intentional leadership roles. This exclusive event caters specifically to women entrepreneurs in the DMV Region, offering a platform for cross-sector collaboration, educational opportunities, networking, and individualized technical assistance.  
 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees.The day will culminate with a Networking Happy Hour.  

AGENDA
AGENDA
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9:00AM
9:30AM
11:15AM - 2:15PM
11:30AM
12:20PM
1:00PM
Registration Open & Light Breakfast
Welcome Remarks
​Welcome from EWOC/WACIF Team
Opening Plenary
WACIF CEO
Keynote Speaker
​Terrand Smith, 37 Oaks
Grounding & Goal Setting for the Day
Mindfulness Moment with Jas VanStory of Saving Space
Technical Assistance Expert Hours
Learn More & Register to Connect with our Experts!
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
 
  • Preparing to Shift 
      Terrand Smith, 37 Oaks
 
  • How to Harness Your Personal Brand
    Power to Boost Your Business
      Madia Brown, Brandire
 
  • Taking Leadership to Protect Your Business From Fraud
       Emmyrich Vicente, PNC BANK
Networking Lunch & DJ Party
 
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
 
  • Certified Up: Demystifying and Leveraging Certification for Contracting and Procurement
     
  • Leveraging Entrepreneurship Centers to Grow Your Business: Accelerators and Incubators
2:00PM
Fireside Chat Keynote Interview
Charis Jones, Sassy Jones Brand
Closing Remarks
3:15 - 4:15PM

The Enterprising Women of Color DMV Business (EWOC) Center powered by WACIF and funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), fosters and supports a small business ecosystem for women entrepreneurs in the DC Metro Region. The Center’s robust business services—including financial capital, business advisory services, and networking support—are dedicated to supporting the growth and resiliency of women entrepreneurs.

 

Visit https://ewoc.wacif.org for more information.

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Charis Jones
Founder & CEO of Sassy Jones Brand
Terrand Smith
Founder & CEO of 37 Oaks Consulting
Shannan Herbert
Chief Executive Officer, The Washington Area Community Investment Fund's (WACIF)
Rosemary Suggs-Evans
Acting Director, D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development
SPEAKERS
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Shannan Herbert

CEO, WACIF

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Rosemary 

Suggs-Evans

Director, DSLBD

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Terrand Smith

Founder & CEO, 37 Oak

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Charis Jones

CEO & Chief Designer,
Sassy Jones

Featured Vendors

JASMINE VANSTORY
SAVING SPACE

DJ TY
ALEXANDER

SPARKLE
ECLECTIC DESIGNZ

TA HOURS

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE HOURS

WACIF & EWOC are partnering with D.C. Area Expert Advisors to provide technical assistance and one-on-one services during Expert Open Hours at the Summit.

Expert Open Hours will take place from 11:15 am through 2:00 pm. During this time, experts will be available to meet one-on-one to provide support and technical assistance on a variety of topics such as accounting, legal matters, Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) certification, Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) certification, Capital readiness and business financing, and credit building. 

2024 Sponsors & Partners

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