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)

Nola Miyasaki, JD MBA

Executive Director, Entrepreneurial Outreach
352-273-0336  |  Email (nola.miyasaki at warrington.ufl.edu)

Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium 2018

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April 18, 2018, 9am - 1pm
Emerson Alumni Hall (across Ben Hill Griffin Stadium)
1938 W University Avenue

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

The UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center and the Collaboratory for Women Innovators proudly invite students, staff, faculty, and members of the community to attend the 2018 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium. The half day program includes inspirational stories and lessons learned from successful women entrepreneurs. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served, with a sampling of Gig’s cupcakes. Special gift for all attendees from Chloe’s Fruit at the morning keynote!

  1. Morning Keynote: “Entrepreneurship as a Life Journey”, Chloe Epstein, Co-founder, Chloe’s Fruit
  2. Stephanie Hollis, Co-founder, Solar Stik
  3. Annette Cornwell Bauer, founder, Blakeland Construction Services
  4. Brianna Bean, founder, The Job Scouts
  5. Dr. Anita Anantharam, founder, LeaderLync and Associate Professor, UF Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies
  6. Dani McVety, Co-founder, Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice
  7. Luncheon Keynote: “Sweet Dreams Die Hard”, Gina Butler, founder of Gigi’s Cupcakes (Introduction by Maureen Tartaglione, Cox Communications)

Presented by:

  • Cox
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, Warrington College of Business
  • Collaboratory for Women Innovators


  • UF Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • City of Gainesville: Office of Equal Opportunity

Entrepreneurial Champions:

  • BBVA Compass
  • Celebrations Catering
  • Town of Tioga

Make a Difference Sponsors:

  • Edward Jones: Kathryn Lancaste, Financial Advisor
  • Front Street: Brokerage, Property Management, Insurance
  • Gray & Robinson: Attorneys at Law
  • Pepine Realty

Entrepreneurial Supporters:

  • Connor & Gaskins Unlimited LLC
  • Gertner Grind
  • The Plant Shoppe

Media Sponsors:

  • Advantage Publishing

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

Half day program includes amazing speakers, networking, continental breakfast and lunch:
Admission is free with UFID (advance registration required)
General Public Admission: $25

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

Make a Difference Sponsorships

Sponsor scholarships for deserving women who could not otherwise attend. Contact Nola Miyasaki (nola.miyasaki at warrington.ufl.edu).

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2017 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium


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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