Registration & Breakfast available
|James Laughlin Music Center, Chatham University
The Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series features prominent regional women business leaders speaking on a variety of progressive business topics. Casual networking and a continental breakfast precede engaging and interactive presentations on topics essential for women in business such as innovative entrepreneurship, strategic business growth, unique marketing strategies, and logistical business planning.
Upcoming Dates & Speakers
Friday, November 09
From Starbucks to Startup- Applying Corporate Skills to Entrepreneurship
Sandra E. Taylor, CEO of Sustainable Business International LLC and Falk Professor of Socially Responsible Business at Chatham University, will discuss how corporate experience can be a tremendous asset when launching a new business – deep expertise in a specific field, knowing how to manage teams, good presentation skills and familiarity with strategic planning -- long and short-term—and knowing how to drive change as an "intrapreneur" in a large organization. However, making the transition from corporate executive to entrepreneur also requires very different competences to survive and prosper in a small start-up where you don't have the resources available in a corporate environment. The entrepreneur must learn new skills – and quickly -- to be successful. She will share her own story -- mistakes to avoid, advice for marketing and client development, as well as the importance of building a brand or re-branding yourself in this new role.
Sandra E. Taylor
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Sandra Taylor is an internationally recognized expert with credentials in environmental and corporate responsibility, supply chain management, international trade, communications and public relations. She has experience with varied global organizations and business sectors. Currently she is Falk Professor of Socially Responsible Business at Chatham University and she maintains the consulting business she founded in 2008, Sustainable Business International LLC, that assists companies at various stages of environmental and corporate responsibility practice. Previously she was senior vice president for Corporate Responsibility with Starbucks Coffee; and Eastman Kodak Company where she led global public affairs and corporate citizenship. She has held other senior leadership positions, including government service. Sandra has had a lifelong passion for winemaking and published her first book, The Business World of Sustainable Wine – How to Build Brand Equity in a 21st Century Wine Industry, in 2017. She received a BA from Colorado Women’s College in French; a JD degree from Boston University School of Law; and a MBA from the Bordeaux School of Management in France.
Friday, December 14
The New Retail: Experience is Everything
Lisa Slesinger, Owner of Larrimor's, will discuss the customer experience! Whether you are in a service or product business, your customer’s experience is everything and it is the only thing that sets you apart! Takeaways will include why the customer is still “always right,” how every touchpoint enhances or detracts from your customer’s experience, and why consistency must be part of your organization’s values.