Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

This annual event, hosted by the UF Warrington College of Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, offers inspirational stories and lessons learned from successful women entrepreneurs. The event provides opportunities for women to connect with peers and other successful female business leaders to foster a community of women in entrepreneurship where they benefit through mentoring, network building, start-up and career advice, internships and role models.

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!

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

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    Chloe Epstein

    Co-founder, Chloe’s Fruit

    Morning Keynote: “Entrepreneurship as a Life Journey”

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    Stephanie Hollis

    Co-founder, Solar Stik

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    Annette Cornwell Bauer

    Founder, Blakeland Construction Services

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    Brianna Bean

    Founder, The Job Scouts

  • Anita Anantharam
    Dr. Anita Anantharam

    Founder, LeaderLync and Associate Professor, UF Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies

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    Dani McVety

    Co-founder, Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice

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    Gina Butler

    Founder of Gigi’s Cupcakes

    Luncheon Keynote: “Sweet Dreams Die Hard” (Introduction by Maureen Tartaglione, Cox Communications)

Presented by:

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


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

Entrepreneurial Champions:

  • BBVA Compass: Creating Opportunities
  • Celebrations Catering
  • Town of Tioga

Make a Difference Sponsors:

  • Edward Jones: Kathryn Lancaster, Financial Advisor
  • Front Street: Brokerage, Property Management, Insurance
  • Gray | Robinson: Attorneys at Law
  • Pepine Realty: Professional Real Estate Services

Entrepreneurial Supporters:

  • Connor & Gaskins Unlimited LLC: 239-260-5068, General Contractor, CGC1514049
  • Gertner Grind
  • The Plant Shoppe

Media Sponsors:

  • Advantage Publishing
  • Florida 89.1 WUFT-FM

Past Speakers

  • Barbara Baekgaard
    Barbara Baekgaard

    Keynote Speaker
    Co-founder, Chief Creative Officer, Director
    Vera Bradley
    Vera Bradley

  • Naomi Whittel
    Naomi Whittel

    Reserveage Nutrition

  • Kim Wilson
    Kim Wilson

    Social News Desk

  • Nicole Irving
    Nicole Irving

    Irving Publications

  • Michele Brewer
    Michele Brewer

    Adams Ribs

  • Anita Anantharam
    Dr. Anita Anantharam
  • Jennifer Ransaw Smith
    Jennifer Ransaw Smith

    Brand ID

  • Leah Lytle
    Leah Lytle

    Artsy Abode