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The Women's Center for Economic Opportunity 
Aspire Women's Business Conference 2024 
"Elevate In The New Era of Business Expansion"

You won't want to miss this special virtual experience.

COVID is behind us. Ohio's unprecedented economic growth is still in front of us.

Let's elevate to claim our share. 

You'll be inspired by our two renowned visionary keynote speakers. Kimberly Minor, MBA, President & CEO of the Women of Color Retail Alliance, will share how to build confidence that lasts and Chanel Norton Lee, MBA, Sr. Manager Supplier Diversity of Victoria’s Secret, will share her perspective and experience on what it truly takes to craft a memorable brand identity. 

Elevation through learning new skills, strategies and tools is the core of Aspire Women's Conference. Participate in four expert workshops: 
New Funding Strategies for The New Era
Learn & Leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) 

You Should be a Millionaire: Skills & Systems to Lead Your Business to 7-Figures

Marketing Mastery: Implement Digital Marketing Trends and Ride the New Algorithms

~  PLUS ~

Gain insights from two CEO panels on expanding your networks, contracting know how, where the business opportunities are, who are the best business advocates right now, where to find your next business mentor and your questions answered.

March 9th, 2024

8:30am to 12:30pm

Tickets: $197

Purchase Early Bird tickets for $99 by March 1st, 2024

Get Ready To Aspire
Get Ready To Elevate

A New Era of Business Expansion and Momentum

Why Attend Aspire?

Aspire is not just another conference. It's your gateway to unlocking your CEO transformation and increasing your business' momentum. through new skills development and strategies.  

> >Our conference features 15 speakers with a vast array of knowledge to help you grow your business in 2024

> Attendees will receive recordings of each session 

> Conference Workbook with Registration 

> "In the zoom room only" discounts and special offers 


> Fifteen Speakers (15x your wisdom)


> Four Expert Workshops


> Two Keynotes

> Two Panel Discussions

Our Featured Expert Speakers & Panelists

Chanel Norton Lee, Supplier Diversity, Victoria's Secret

Kimberly Minor, CEO, Women of Color Retail Alliance 

Whitney L. Barkley, MS, CEO, Speakerazzi

Cristina Avila, JP Morgan Chase 

Lisa Turner, CEO, LRT & Associates 

Asia Smith, CEO H&H Luxury Events

LaTanya Settles, CEO, Ohio Lifestyle Center 

Aretha Furr, CEO, A List Transportation 

Tracy Heard, CEO Millennium Consulting 

Ella Williams, CEO, Posh Tea Time & Co.

Kenda Alexander, CEO, Bickley Innovations

Dr. Erika Pryor, CEO, Epic Learning Today 

Dr. Pamela Ellis, CEO, Compass College Advisory

Shara Hutchinson, CEO, Xposeyour Solutions 

Keena M. Smith, MPA, Founder, WCEO 

Two Visionaries, Two Keynotes

Our conference offers  two inspirational keynote sessions. You'll benefit from gaining insights from two nationally renowned visionaries who have made their mark in the business world. They'll share their personal journeys, invaluable wisdom, and strategies for achieving unprecedented success.

These keynotes are not just about motivation; they're about equipping you with the skills and mindset to achieve your dreams and calling on your life. 

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Kimberly Minor, MBA,  President & CEO,  Women of Color Retail Alliance

Unstoppable CEO Confidence

Confidence. It’s the secret to unlocking your full potential.  Kimberly’s vast expertise, network and trajectory of national success is fueled by her remarkable confidence. She is an entrepreneur and previously rose through the ranks at iconic brands including Bath & Body Works, Nine West, Talbot’s, Ann Taylor and Footlocker. A trailblazing TedX speaker, Kimberly is breaking new ground as the CEO of a national not for profit for women of color. Confidence personified! In her opening keynote, she’ll share what works to move through successes, fears and failures to build confidence that makes your momentum unstoppable.

Chanel Norton Lee, MBA, Sr. Manager Supplier Diversity, Victoria’s Secret

Transforming Your Brand


Chanel is transforming supplier diversity one contract at a time. She is Known for her bold fashion style and even more bold and fierce commitment to helping women business owners break ground in new, high revenue spaces.  In our closing keynote, Chanel will share her perspective and experience on what it truly takes to craft a brand identity that sets you apart from the competition, aligns you to build relationships and positions you to contract with high level corporate decision-makers in this new era of business. Don’t miss her no-holds barred and down-to-earth lessons that will transform the way you do business.

Two Thought-Provoking Panels


Our expert panels of women CEOs bring together seasoned women business owners to discuss the most pressing topics in today's business landscape. Join these engaging sister circle discussions to:

Gain insights into overcoming challenges unique to women entrepreneurs.

Understand how to standout in a crowded market with your unique offers.

Take the steps you need to network and join communities.

Send your questions in advance to be answered the day of the events.

Expert Workshops
(4 Sessions)


Our workshops are the heart of the conference, providing you with actionable strategies and skills to implement immediately in your business. Here's a glimpse of what you'll learn.


New Funding Strategies for the New Era

Funding is the lifeblood of business expansion but just 25% of us request startup capital. And on average, our requests for financing is $35,000 lower than our male counterparts. At Aspire, you'll have the chance to explore new funding strategies and opportunities that are available to you in Ohio and beyond. Whether you're looking for investors, grants, or innovative financing options, our expert will guide you through the process of securing the financial resources you need to find, apply for and get approval so you can leverage other people’s money.


You Should Be A Millionaire: A Skills & Systems Roadmap to Lead Your Business to 7-Figures

Money is literally everywhere. But what does it really take to grow and scale a business to meet your 7-figure expectations. 88% of women entrepreneurs do not earn up to $100,000 as revenue yearly. And less than 2% of female entrepreneurs exceed a revenue base of $1 million yearly. You can elevate above the average crowd with the right strategies for launch and growth. Learn the must-make moves for women business owners who want to set themselves on a stable, proven path to high income and revenue.

Learning and Leveraging AI


Learning and Leveraging AI: You’ve heard of ChatGPT? Maybe you’ve heard that artificial intelligence or AI will soon replace us? But have you heard that AI can save you 100s of hours and thousands of dollars by helping you complete proposals and create content?  In this workshop learn how to harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to optimize your operations, automate tasks, and make data-driven decisions.


Mastering Digital Marketing

In today's digital age, mastering the art of digital marketing is essential. Our conference offers valuable insights into the latest algorithms, tools, and techniques that can take your online presence to the next level. From social media strategies, content marketing, email marketing and more, you'll leave with a toolkit to supercharge your digital marketing efforts.


Don't miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to network with like-minded women entrepreneurs, gain invaluable knowledge, and take your business to the next level.

Ask your bookkeeper, accountant or CPA if the conference admission fee is a deductible business expense on your 2025 taxes. 

The Aspire Women's Business Conference is not just a conference; it's a catalyst for your success. 


Elevate your business, empower yourself, and embrace this new era of business expansion and momentum.

See you at the conference!

Purchase Early Bird tickets for $99 by March 1st, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions


Who Should Attend?

The Aspire Women's Business Conference is designed for women entrepreneurs who want to position their businesses to scale. Whether you're a growth-focused business owner on the verge of scale or a start-up who aspires to grow a company, this conference is tailored to meet your needs.


Is the Conference Virtual?

Yes, Aspire Women's Business Conference is a virtual event, making it accessible to women entrepreneurs from all over the world. All you need is an internet connection to join us from the comfort of your home or office.


What if I Can't Attend Live?

We understand that schedules can be hectic. If you can't attend the live sessions, don't worry! Conference sessions will be recorded and made available to registered attendees, so you can catch up or replay at your convenience.


Will There Be Networking Opportunities?

Absolutely! Networking is a crucial part of the conference experience. You'll have the chance to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, speakers, and industry experts through our virtual networking session at the conference launch and conclusion and chat platforms. Build valuable relationships that can propel your business forward.

Purchase Early Bird tickets for $99 by March 1st, 2024

Elevate your business, elevate your success!   
See you at the conference! 💼🌟🚀

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