Speakers and Panels for Women’s Business Weekend 2013 Announced

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Women's Business Weekend 2013 to feature Kimberly Hunter, Peter Krull, Desiree Adaway, and more.

Women's Business Weekend 2013 in Asheville, NC

Women are still underserved in the business community. Women's Business Weekend is an event that is not only important to Asheville, but everywhere.

Women’s Business Weekend 2013 will include local and regional leaders such as Kimberly Hunter of APARIA (Apparel Production Atelier and Retail Incubators of America), Peter Krull of Krull and Company, and Desiree Adaway of the Adaway Group. Women’s Business Weekend takes place November 9th and 10th at Mojo Coworking, 60 North Market Street Asheville, NC. For tickets and more information, visit: http://www.womensbusinessweekend.com.

The event includes seven discussion panels, live music, breakout sessions, a light breakfast, juice bar, cocktail hour, networking opportunities, and more.

The theme for Women's Business Weekend 2013 is Embracing a Relationship-Driven Economy, with panels and presenters on the following topics:

The Future of Non-Profits

  • Desiree Adaway of The Adaway Group; Missy Sherburne of Donors Choose; Kendra Turner of KP Turner Consulting

New Frontiers in Social Investing

  • Jane Hatley of Self Help Credit Union; Peter Krull of Krull & Company, Socially Responsible Financial Services

Changing the Face of Fashion

  • Kimberly Hunter of Prolific Consulting and APARIA (Apparel Production Atelier and Retail Incubators of America); Bethany Adams of the Rhetorical Factory; Grace Gouin, Creative Director at Appalatch Apparel

Inner Cultivation - Outer Mastery

  • Dr. Saraswati, Owner of Nourishing Life Center for Health: Integrative Medicine for Women; Dr. Brian Lumb, co-owner of Nourish and Flourish

Engaging in Empowered and Reciprocal Relationships

  • Maureen K. McCarthy and Zelle Nelson, co-creators of the Blueprint of WE Collaboration Process

Dancing with Your Shadow: Moving Beyond Self to Find Your Audience

  • Cassandra Barrett IV, Community Leader; Noreen Sullivan, Partner at Socialoriate

Autonomy, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship

  • Kara Errickson, SkinFare CEO; Christina Apodaca, Owner and Founder of C and Co. Naturals; Keri Evjy of Healing Roots Design; Julie Wishart, Owner of Green Bamboo Cleaning Supplies

Sharon Oxendine, Director of Entrepreneurship at Mountain BizWorks, will provide the closing ceremony. Shamanic healers Nicole Gamblin and Deborah Gorham, bodyworker Julia Davidowitz, and NIA instructor Jenny Lumb are also participating in the weekend.

Changing the Game in Asheville

When Women's Business Weekend organizers Daniele Martin and Nicole Gianturco say their upcoming weekend event is a game-changer, they mean it.

“Ultimately, the goal of this year's Women's Business Weekend is to strike a balance between what is going on at a national and global level, and what is going on at the grassroots level,” said Martin.

“To that end, we're thrilled to offer seven dynamic panels with some of the most brilliant, innovative thinkers in town,” added Gianturco.

Building Off an Explosive Debut

Women's Business Weekend debuted to a packed house last year at Mojo Coworking downtown, and the same is expected for this year's event. With only 55 spaces available and tickets moving quickly, Women's Business Weekend is a rare opportunity for participants to connect with featured presenters and network with other participants, in an intimate setting.

Rosetta Starr, owner of the landmark Rosetta's Kitchen in downtown was a presenter at last year's Women's Business Weekend and said it offered “deep connections on a soul level.” Starr appeared on a panel with Liz Button, General Manager and co-owner of Cúrate, and Katie Button, the celebrated Executive Chef and co-owner of Cúrate.

“Being a mother-daughter team as owners of a popular business, we felt we could share some insight about our starting this business,” said Liz Button about her participation in last year's event.

Christina Apodaca, Owner and Founder of C and Co. Naturals, and a panelist at this year's Women's Business Weekend echoed Button's sentiment. “I am excited to share with the audience the exact moment that I let down my guard and gained the courage I needed to find my true happiness. That being said, I am eager to share the low points as well, because, if it wasn't hard, everyone would do it,” she said.

Organizers on a Mission

At the heart of Women's Business Weekend are the impassioned organizers, Daniele Martin, and Nicole Gianturco.

“I honestly believe that these two women are a force to be reckoned with, and their love for this city, and their desire to motivate others, propels them to "asset" status,” said Apodaca.

Martin is the Visionary and Founder of Women's Business Weekend and works in Business Development at JB Media Group, Asheville's premiere Internet Marketing agency. Martin is a passionate New Yorker with an ability to recognize burgeoning cultural shifts. She is driven by the desire to create win-win partnerships to further individual, business, and global advancement.

Nicole Gianturco is the Co-Producer of Women's Business Weekend 2013, and brings her expertise in event planning. She has over seven years' experience as a Production Consultant in Washington, DC, with six Inaugural balls, two sessions of the US-China Trade Negotiations, White House events, and numerous conferences for non-profits and NGOs under her belt.

Together with Mandy Gardner, Sustainable Fashion Producer for Women's Business Weekend 2013, and Director of SEO at JB Media Group, and Emily Nichols, Photographer and Assistant Editor of Media Content, Martin and Gianturco are gearing up to provide a transformative experience for all the participants at this year's conference.

Women's Business Weekend 2013: A Call to Action

"Women are still underserved in the business community. Nationally, women make up a very small percentage of corporate boards, and most C-level executives are men. Women's Business Weekend is an event that is not only important to Asheville, but everywhere,” said Peter Krull, President & Founder of Krull & Company, Socially Responsible Financial Services. “Anyone who cares about making the world a better place through entrepreneurship, empowering women, and working together, should be at this year's Women's Business Weekend,” he added.

“We call out to all women with a desire to step more fully into themselves and into their businesses. This conference promotes women grounding in the strength of who they are, to move forward in life, and in business, with clarity, courage and vitality,” said Martin.

Sponsors for Women's Business Weekend 2013 include JB Media Group, Mountain BizWorks, Short Street Cakes, Mojo Coworking, Prestige Subaru, and The Market Place.

About Women’s Business Weekend

For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and additional information, visit: http://www.womensbusinessweekend.com.

To join the Women's Business Weekend community, visit: http://www.facebook.com/womensbusinessweekend.

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