Agenda

Monday, Sept. 13 - Celebrate!
  • 5:30-7:30 PM - Kickoff Celebration - Join us for the Kickoff Celebration with over 50 vendors and 700 attendees. Grab a drink and snack and get to networking. The Kickoff will be hosted at 5100 W JB Hunt Drive, 2nd floor on the outdoor terrace. Each attendee will receive a bag they can fill during the vendor fair with promotional items from our sponsors.

Tuesday, Sept. 14 - Corporate Focus
  • 8:30-9:15 AM - Welcome/Opening Session - Join us for a message from our Presenting and Founding Sponsors and enjoy door prizes!

  • 9:15-9:35 AM - Motivational Speaker - Power Session - TBA

  • 9:45-10:25 AM - Mentorship, Power of Connection-Better Together! - Panelists: Catherine Gates, Marie Twaddle, Quinn Grovey, Sydney Emrich, and Tami Allensworth, Moderated by Robin Hampton - Learn from distinguished panelist's words of wisdom, successes, and failures and how they were motivated by someone special who encouraged and advised them along their journey and fueled their desire to give back.

  • 9:45-10:25 AM - How to Make a Successful Shift in Your Career - Angie Cooper & Prathibha Rajashekhar - Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a successful change in your career? Whether it's for personal or professional reasons, women often struggle to make a change even when they know it could lead to a better future. Learn from Angie and Prathibha as they walk through their career paths and how they overcame challenges to make a successful shift in their career paths.

  • 10:35-11:15 AM - Revolutionizing Work Culture w/ Male Allies- Dr. Adam Arroyos, Dr. Todd Kitchen, Mitch Bettis & Khalid Ahmadzai, Moderated by Candice Kozark - Join us for a panel discussion with Dr. Todd Kitchens, Mitch Bettis Khalid Ahmadzai, and Dr. Adam Arroyos on how men can champion women in the workplace and achieve common goals together.

  • 10:35-11:15 AM - Leveling the Field: Equity, Opportunity, and Career Mobility - Kirstie Sims & Kabir Kumar This fireside chat will be lead by Kirstie Sims and Kabir Kumar. They will walk us through what changes Walmart has implemented over the last few years and how other companies can follow suite in DEI efforts and solving systemic problems in the work force.

  • 11:25-12:05 PM - Keynote: Innovating and Succeeding in Challenging Times - Judith McKenna, Moderated by Blake Woolsey - Judith McKenna will discuss Leadership.

  • 12:05-1:00 PM - Lunch & Awards - Join us for lunch as we honor Catherine Grubbs, the 2021 Woman of the Year and Bianca Montoya, the 2021 Emerging Leader of the Year!

  • 1:00-2:00 PM - Panel Discussion - Mercy Hospital Leadership Team - Join us for a panel discussion with the Leadership of Mercy Hospital. They will walk us through how leadership is evolving in a post-pandemic world as we all get back to in person experiences.

  • 1:00-2:00 PM -Women Empowering Change- Carol Vella & Kimberly McGee - Please join this dynamic dialogue, “Women Empowering Change”, to become a change agent by using your voice, empowering other women to succeed and inspiring action to create an inclusive workplace.

Wednesday, Sept. 15 - Small Business/Entrepreneurship
  • 8:30-9:00 AM- Welcome/Opening Session - Opening message from our Presenting and Founding Sponsors.

  • 9:00- 9:40 AM - Overcoming Stigmas - Patty Nece - Patty will guide you through her journey with weight stigmas and how she was able to accept and overcome the trials she faced throughout her life.
  • 9:00- 9:40 AM - The Real Work is Messy- Monica Kumar & Robin Atkinson - Monica Kumar and Robin Atkinson will lead an intimate and transparent conversation about the stumbles and awkward missteps that inevitably come with advocacy work. Join us to hear about our nonlinear journeys to becoming community change-makers and why it's ok to start right where you are to get where you want to go.
                     9:40-9:55 AM - Break
                    10:35-10:45 AM - Break
  • 10:45 AM - When Passion Meets Purpose- Sandra Jo Rampy -  Jo will use her position and experience as the CEO of the Rampy MS Research Foundation to showcase how a passionate desire to complete a triathlon has turned into a mission to find the best research in the United States solving the mysteries of multiple sclerosis.
  • 10:45-11:25 AM - Small Business Leadership - Spanish Session - Sarinette Caraballo - This is the first Spanish session we have offered at the NWA BWC! 
                     11:25-11:35 AM - Break
  • 11:35-11:40 AM - Message from our Lunch Sponsor Ozark Dermatology

  • 11:40 AM-12:30 PM - Keynote with Claire Wasserman, Author & Founder of Ladies Get Paid! - This fireside chat with Claire will give you a new outlook on your finances. You will leave with the new-found power of taking control, knowing how to negotiate and feeling like you can take on your next big challenge.

  • 12:30-1:00 PM - Casual Lunch - make a new friend or rekindle an old friendship

  • 1:00-1:40 PM- Final Breakout Sessions - Mindfullness Session, Dr. Tracy Gaudet - Dr. Gaudet will lead us through a mindfulness session and you will leave feeling refreshed and have a guide for how to restore your mental state.

  • 1:00-1:40 PM- Final Breakout Sessions - The Importance of Women & Minority Owned Businesses - Esperanza Massana-Crane will walk us through how female owned businesses are changing the landscape of Entrepreneurship and our state's economy.