Innovate Raleigh + e51 Happy Hour Panel
310 Harrington Street
Come mix and mingle with some of our brightest upcoming women entrepreneurs at this FREE networking event that serves as a follow up to Innovate Raleigh Women in Business Meet-Up + e51's Fellowship week.“Been there. Done that.”: The Wisdom of Successful EntrepreneursModerator & Facilitator: Susan(Sue) WeemsSuccessful entrepreneurs who have “Been there. Done that” share their stories. Hear about how they resolved common business challenges from startup through rapid growth. What are the similarities to each other? To your situation? What happens to the entrepreneur when their daily job shifts from making a product or service to becoming the Boss?We’ll go there with our panel as they remember key experiences during the ups and downs of growing their businesses. Take this opportunity to learn from their experience-based wisdom in this interactive panel.Facilitator: Susan (Sue) T. Weems, Director Venture Management, Inc.Experienced entrepreneur and trusted business advisor, Sue enables business leaders to achieve strong market presence and sustained profitability for their rapid growth businesses. Director of Venture Management Inc. since its inception in 1996, Sue hosts monthly advisory board meetings for non-competing CEOs, one on one sessions with business owners (often also with their team members) and business skills workshops.BA degree Agnes Scott College, post graduate studies American University, professional and technical training, volunteer for church, service and professional organizations.Panelists:Karen Albright, Founder, President & Owner Bodylase Skin SpaKaren Albright, J.D. is the president and owner of BodyLase Skin Spa, a medical spa with multiple locations offering the latest innovations in laser hair removal, skin and body rejuvenation, and anti-aging treatments. Karen opened the business in 2002 with her husband, board-certified surgeon and medical physician Daniel Albright, M.D. A graduate of Dartmouth College and University of Connecticut School of Law, Karen served as a White House intern and practiced law with a large firm in Connecticut for several years before moving to Raleigh in 1994 with her husband and children. Soon after coming to Raleigh, she taught legal writing at the University of North Carolina School of Law and Duke University School of Law.Karen has grown BodyLase from a one service, single laser, one room operation into a multi-million dollar business with multiple locations and a wide range of aesthetic services. In 2009, she received the Women in Business Award from the Triangle Business Journal. She was honored as Business Woman of the Year in 2010 by the National Association of Women Business Owners Greater Raleigh Chapter. In 2011, she received the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Steady Growth & Profitability and, in addition, was named “Woman Extraordinaire” by Business Leader Magazine. Courtney Tellefsen, Founder and Owner of The Produce BoxCourtney was a stay-at-home mom in Raleigh, NC, with two children under five; she thought:
Where is my food coming from?
Am I supporting farmers in NC when I buy from the local grocery store or online?
I can’t get to the Farmers Market every week to buy produce (I wanted to - but you can imagine how that went with my 2- and 4-year old in tow!!)
If it were easy and convenient, more families would be able to support these hard-working NC farmers. So I sent an e-mail and made a few phone calls. Soon my kids and I were delivering produce boxes to my friends and neighbors!In just a few short years TPB has grown to support more than 40 farmers and 60 artisan food businesses across the state. And (thank goodness!) our staff has grown too - from one stay-at-home mom in her garage to 200 moms and dads helping their neighbors in the Triangle, Wilmington, Charlotte and the Triad eat healthier. Wow! About Innovate RaleighInnovate Raleigh is a 501c3 based in Raleigh. We foster an ecosystem that allows leading edge ideas and businesses to flourish throughout the Triangle via year-round events and theme-driven summits. Innovate Raleigh events’ attendance annually exceeds 3,500 and is made up of established business executives, seasoned entrepreneurs, start-up founders and students. The organization is supported by Wells Fargo, City of Raleigh, Rex Healthcare, RTI International, NC State, Red Hat, Centerline Digital, Citrix, Wake County Economic Development, MOO, Lonerider Beer, Duke Energy and more. Innovate Raleigh was founded by Mary-Ann Baldwin, Raleigh City Councilor at Large and Terri Lomax, VP of Discovery-Science-Technology at RTI International in 2011.About e51e51 is building a robust, visible ecosystem that cultivates high-impact women entrepreneurs by: Connecting: peer advising & Coffee Connection networking
Training: bootcamps, classes, & accelerators
Catalyzing: students, early stage & seasoned entrepreneurs
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