Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs


2019 Women Entrepreneurs Conference

Westin Detroit-Southfield

Southfield, MI

Saturday, November 23, 2019


About WEConference 2019

Held during Global Entrepreneurship Week, the 2019 Women Entrepreneurs Conference is a full-day business conference that brings together female entrepreneurs, business experts, media, and community and government leaders to support and celebrate women in business.

The 2019 Women Entrepreneurs Conference offers a unique opportunity to:

  • CONNECT with like-minded women entrepreneurs to share experiences and stories to help encourage and support other entrepreneurs!

  • CULTIVATE new business relationships with business experts and organizations dedicated to strengthening and advancing women's success in starting and scaling high-growth businesses in Michigan!

  • CELEBRATE the contributions and impact of women entrepreneurs to Michigan's economy!

During the event, attendees will be immersed in a high-impact program featuring informative keynote speakers who will share actionable strategies on how to build and grow a successful business!

The event will also feature an interactive panel discussion, the "Female Entrepreneur of the Year" award presentation, a vendor hall featuring products and services by women-owned businesses, and the opportunity to meet and network with inspiring women leaders and entrepreneurs from across the state.


The Speakers

  1. Tonya McNeal-Weary
    Tonya McNeal-Weary
  2. Erin Bemis
    Erin Bemis
  3. Gwendolyn Davis-Yancy
    Gwendolyn Davis-Yancy
  4. Stephanie Martin
    Stephanie Martin
  5. Kim Boudreau Smith
    Kim Boudreau Smith
  6. Vaneese Johnson
    Vaneese Johnson
  7. Kim Trathen
    Kim Trathen
  8. Tinesha Cherry
    Tinesha Cherry
  9. Zenell Brown
    Zenell Brown
  10. Rebecca Dray
    Rebecca Dray
  11. Anita Caprice
    Anita Caprice
  12. Talia LeRay
    Talia LeRay

This dynamic event is designed to unite women entrepreneurs in all stages of business development

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Who Should Attend
MAFE's annual Women Entrepreneurs Conference brings together diverse women entrepreneurs from across Michigan.

With a focus on celebrating women, our passion lies in networking and creating an environment that will make it conducive for women entrepreneurs to connect, network, share ideas, learn and inspire.

The conference is for women entrepreneurs and professionals, thinkers and dreamers - for those who love discussing ideas and networking with like-minded business professionals.


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Registration & Continental Breakfast | Vendor Hall Open

Welcome - Tonya McNeal-Weary, Founder, Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs

Opening Remarks - TBD

Keynote: Reach Customers Online with Google - Erin Bemis, Google

Networking Break: Connect with attendees and visit vendors

Power Talk: The Messy Middle - Stephanie Martin, Founder of Moved by Purpose

Panel Discussion: Women Empowered: Interactive Panel Discussion with Successful Women Entrepreneurs

Networking Lunch: Poetry by Spoken Word Artist Anita Caprice

Keynote: Creating Passive Income: From Dream To Reality - Kim Trathen, International Business and Marketing Coach

Power Talk: How To Build A BIG, BAD, BOLD Business Brand, Vaneese Johnson, Boldness Coach, The Boldness Company

Networking Break: Connect with attendees and visit vendors

Closing Keynote: Facebook

Award Presentation: Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award Honoree

Closing Remarks | Open Networking


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About Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a celebration of innovators who dream big and launch startups that bring ideas to life. Each November, GEW reaches millions of people of all ages and backgrounds and connects participants to a network that can help them take the next step no matter where they are on their entrepreneurial journey.