Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative offers support for women at UF through activities designed to empower and equip them to develop effective leadership skills and become successful entrepreneurs. In the U.S., women are starting businesses at twice the rate of men, and at the Entrepreneurship Center we provide additional female-focused support for increased success in those efforts. The Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative connects the students with their peers and successful female leaders to foster a community of women in entrepreneurship where they benefit through mentoring, network building, start-up and career advice, internships, and lots of inspiration!


Dr. Susana Santos

Post Doctoral Associate
352.273.0328  |  Email (susana.santos at warrington.ufl.edu)

Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Reitz Union Grand Ballroom

“Women changing the world one venture at a time”

Come learn about, share & celebrate the empowering potential of women’s entrepreneurship.

The UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center at UF proudly invites students, staff, faculty, and member of the community to attend the 2017 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium.

The Symposium takes place on Thursday, March 30, 2017 in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom.


  1. 8:30 am -
    9:00 am
    Check-in and Continental Breakfast
  2. 9:00 am -
    9:20 am
    Welcome by emcees Victoria Turbyfill and Kimberlee Campbell-Smith and Opening Remarks by Nola Miyasaki and Susana Santos
  3. 9:20 am -
    10:00 am
    “Joie De Vivre: The Entrepreneurial Life”, Naomi Whittel, founder Reserveage Nutrition
  4. 10:00 am -
    10:50 am
    Panel “Thinking and Acting as an Entrepreneur: Three Stories”
    • Kim Wilson, founder, Social News Desk
    • Nicole Irving, founder, Irving Publications
    • Michelle Brewer, co-founder, Adams Rib
    • Moderator, Dr. Anita Anantharam
  5. 10:50 am -
    11:10 am
  6. 11:10 am -
    11:45 am
    “An Entrepreneur’s Journey,” Jennifer Ransaw Smith, founder, Brand ID
  7. 11:50 am -
    12:50 pm
    Lunch and a Conversation with Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, co-founder of Vera Bradley (moderated by Leah Lytle, founder, Artsy Abode)
  8. 12:50 pm -
    1:10 pm
    Presentation of Woman Entrepreneur of Year Award and Wrap Up

2017 Speakers

  • Keynote Speaker:

    Barbara Baekgaard

    Co-founder, Chief Creative Officer, Director
    Vera Bradley
  • Naomi Whittel

    Founder, Reserveage Nutrition
  • Kim Wilson

    Founder, Social News Desk
  • Nicole Irving

    Founder, Irving Publications
  • Michele Brewer

    Co-Founder, Adams Ribs
  • Dr. Anita Anantharam

  • Jennifer Ransaw Smith

    Founder, Brand ID
  • Leah Lytle

    Founder, Artsy Abode

Make a Difference Challenge:

Admission is free with UF ID
Non-UF $75 (Early Bird $55)

For more information contact Susana Santos:
(352) 273-0328 | Email (susana.santos at warrington.ufl.edu)

Special gift from Vera Bradley for lunch attendees.


Photo Album:

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WES Sponsors

  • COX
  • Business Report North Central Florida

Media Partners

  • Advanced Publishing
  • Business Report North Central Florida


College Info

Warrington College of Business
BRY 100
PO Box 117150
Gainesville, FL 32611-7150
Phone: 352.392.2397
Fax: 352.392.2086

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