Julie Moore (Jeweler & Owner of Cale & Cole) along with Leo Prevan (Owner of A Ray of Hope)
“Listen to the Universe”
Leo Provan was born in Canada, raised in Chile and is the parent of a 20-year-old son with autism and cerebral palsy. Leo has a BA in English and taught for many years. The birth of her son took her on a different path to find ways to help in his healing process. Leo became a Craniosacral Practitioner and Reiki Master to help her son in his healing process.
She became Lawrence’s lead therapist and guided a team of therapists in the work with Lawrence on an intensive home program for six years; building skills that would allow Lawrence to someday participate in school. Lawrence stood up and took his first steps at the age of 6. He joined the school system in 2005. Leo offers Cranialsacral and Reiki therapies at her private practice, A Ray of Hope in Louisville, KY.
Julie MacKenzie Moore, originally from Los Altos, California, is happiest expressing her creativity through jewelry. After experiencing great success from selling her own handmade jewelry at local boutiques, Julie’s passion for jewelry came to fruition in 2012 with a storefront at Norton Commons in Louisville KY. She lovingly named it Cale & Cole, as a twist on her two children’s names. Her family has served as an inspiration to her in more ways than one. Crafted in honor of her father, her Wallace gold collection includes meaningful words, such as ‘courage,’ beautifully written in a whimsical, gold or silver.
Lesa Seibert, founder & CEO of Mightily and Xstreme Media
Building Brand and Digital Domination
Lesa Seibert is the founder and CEO of Mightily and Xstreme Media, two Louisville based international branding and multi-media firms she founded in 2000 and 2013 respectively. Mightily is a brand first digital marketing agency providing customized design and marketing strategies where Xstreme Media’s focus is template driven web design, social media and internet marketing. They serve over 200 clients coast to coast. Lesa has 15+ years in the web/internet industry, overseeing all facets ofthe company from design to operations. She is a featured speaker around the region and hosts seminars on web design, social media and internet marketing for groups and companies. She is also a Google and Constant Contact Certified Expert. Lesa is very involved in the community, serving on the Louisville Arena Authority Board, Louisville Regional Airport Authority Board, Enterprise Corp Board, Women 4 Women Board, Citizens Union Bank Advisory Board, IdeaFestival Planning & Taste ofInnovation Committees. In her spare time, Lesa likes to sing, play golf and travel.
Top 5 Things You Need to Know about Government Contracting
Marisa Midkiff Neal will address some common myths and a few facts that women should know about government contracting. Marisa will give you several strategies to grow your business with government contracts. For women entrepreneurs, winning government contracts is a way to create a high-growth business. According to research by American ExpressOPEN, 42% of women-owned small business with government contracts generate annual revenues greater than $1 million.
Marisa is the founder and president of MMN Consulting, LCC, a boutique firm specializing in services for companies currently selling to or that wish to sell to local, state and federal government agencies. She launched her company in July 2012, after leaving Kentucky state government where she managed purchasing policies that govern state agencies and vendors, promulgated procurement regulations, and managed a statewide program that assisted small businesses with all aspects government contracting.
Marisa was named SBA’s 2014 Kentucky Women Small Business Advocate of the Year, in part for her efforts to help women across the Commonwealth understand public procurement and compete for government contracts. Marisa is a member of NEW’s core team and NAWBO Louisville’s board as the Public Policy Committee chair; she is a past board member of the Junior League of Louisville and the Golden Retriever Rescue & Adoption of Needy Dogs (GRRAND).
Your Book is Not Your Baby…It is Your Business
Peggy DeKay is an award winning, author, speaker and book coach. She has won multiple awards for non-fiction and is published in anthologies, newspapers, literary journals, and business books. Her mission is to help business professionals tell their stories and share their expertise by writing and publishing a book; so they can leave a legacy, have greater impact, and thrive financially. As a book coach she has published over 75 books and e-books for her clients and helped hundreds of other authors self-publish through her podcast, live seminars. DeKay is a former newspaper columnist and the executive director of the National Literary Habitat, an organization formed to help writers and authors “Learn, Write, and Connect.”
DeKay has appeared on Fox News and is a keynote speaker and seminar leader at writer’s conferences, book fairs, associations, and government organizations. She is a contributing writer in the 2014 and the 2015Guide to Self-Publishing (F&W Media which is the publisher of Writer’s Digest magazine).
She is a former newspaper columnist and a past director of Women Who Write, Inc.
Colleen Clines – Co-founder and CEO of Anchal Project
Her unique social entrepreneurial story
Colleen Clines is a Louisville native and Co-Founder and CEO of Anchal Project. Anchal Project merges design, business and education to empower marginalized and exploited women living in India. To date, Anchal Project has created new economic realities for over 100 commercial sex workers as the company provides training that leads these women to develop alternative careers in textile design. Anchal’s products include beautiful scarves, quilts, and pillows in various sizes and textiles.
All profits from the donations received at this event will go to support an Anchal Artisan. Colleen will have a selection of products available for purchase at this event.
Sandra Perry– owner of Honest Home
My Entrepreneurial Journey to Honest Home
Sandra Perry is an experienced innovator, with over ten years of experience in management and overseas manufacturing. What distinguishes her from other entrepreneurs is her depth of experience taking startup brands to the next level. Sandra treats each business like a machine that needs to be designed better and more efficiently, while providing synergy to all involved. After graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BA in Fashion and Art Direction, she moved to New York City and found her niche in international production and development management for boutique brands like Mara Hoffman, Chado Ralph Rucci, and others. Sandra is now the Proprietor of Honest Home, a sustainable and socially conscious building supply and home retail store located in Downtown Louisville’s Nulu area. She is determined to bring innovation, smart products and processes to mid America.
Emily Lang Cottingham – owner of Lang Adventures + Travel
The Wild Adventures of Entrepreneurship
Emily Lang Cottingham is the owner of Lang Adventures + Travel, a full service travel company, specializing in unforgettable journeys to Africa. Shortly after her first visit to Tanzania, Emily’s love affair with Africa was sealed. After co-founding an NGO, she made the move to East Africa in order to pioneer a 400-mile cross-country mountain bike ride for the charity. Emily then became GeneralManager for a high-end safari and outfitting company, spending her days on the slopes of Kilimanjaro or exploring the African bush. With more than 10 years experience working and living in Africa, Emily’s passion and experience give Lang Adventures + Travel the distinct advantage of pairing clients with personal contacts and service providers.
Stephanie Ringer – Co-owner of the WorkShop
The Path – Choose One or Make One!
Stephanie will talk about her own personal journey and how she made her own path when there was not a good one to follow. After retiring from a male dominated criminal justice career and being successful against all odds in the corporate world, Stephanie then became an entrepreneur. She will share the most important lesson she has learned as a woman business owner.
Stephanie is the co-owner of WorkShop, the creative workplace in Louisville, Kentucky. She was a NAWBO Louisville EPIC Awards finalist in 2011 and 2013 for Woman Business Owner of the Year, and was honored as the 2011 Woman of Distinction by NAWBO Louisville.
Mary Ellen Wiederwohl – Chief of Louisville Forward
Louisville Metro’s Role in Entrepreneurship
Mary Ellen will speak about the important work going on at Louisville Forward, Metro government’s assistance for women entrepreneurs, and her path to leadership as the Chief of Louisville Forward. NEW is pleased to kick-off 2015 with a truly exceptional guest speaker who is a visionary and “one of the 50 most powerful people in town,” according to Louisville Magazine.
Mary Ellen has a deep understanding of the interplay between government and the private sector from her background advising business and non-profit entities on strategic planning, public affairs, grassroots organization, communications and other aspects of public policy. A graduate of the University of Louisville, she serves on the Louisville Orchestra Board of Directors, the Louisville Downtown Development Corporation Board of Directors, is a past president of the Junior League of Louisville, and is a Leadership Louisville Center Bingham Fellow.
NEW is also honored to welcome Mayor Greg Fischer who will be on hand to introduce Mary Ellen