In celebration of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) presents the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Conference on Friday, November 16 to be held at Rosewood Tucker’s Point. Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is officially celebrated worldwide every November 19. WED is an international campaign that intends to educate the world on the importance of empowering women in business globally.
The day-long event, sponsored by Butterfield Bank, will feature international guest speakers Stacey Ferreira, CEO of Forge, and Shelly Bell, founder of Black Girl Ventures Foundation, along with a panel of seven inspiring local speakers.
Along with a continental breakfast and buffet lunch, attendees will spend the day learning about topics such as Alternative Ways of Funding and Navigating in a Male Dominated Industry. Breakout sessions will include topics such as Managing Work Life Balance and Level Up: Moving to the Next Level.
The event will also feature two international speakers, both of whom have their own impressive stories behind becoming entrepreneurs. Stacey Ferreira is the CEO of Forge, an enterprise workforce management software company that empowers hourly employees to work on-demand while providing retailers the tools needed to source, hire, manage and retain their workforces. She started out as an entrepreneur at a very young age, when she helped found the company MySocialCloud with her brother after she graduated high school.
She said: “Life is about exploring the ideas you're passionate about and finding a way to contribute to causes that personally tug at your heart. For some people, entrepreneurship and starting your own business is the answer. Starting a business allows you to bring your own ideas to the world and make an unimaginable impact in the world. During my time in Bermuda, I hope to share my own story and show women and girls that anything you set your mind to is possible. All you need is an idea, a network of supportive people and a lot of grit.”
Two years ago, Shelly Bell founded Black Girl Ventures, which helps women entrepreneurs of colour gain access to capital. She has also founded two successful apparel printing businesses – MsPrint USA and Made By A Black Woman. Her mission is to empower women, and especially women of colour through the projects she creates.
She said: “I believe that the future of work is entrepreneurship for those who don't feel included in their current workspaces. I also believe that entrepreneurship is a vital part of building generational wealth, therefore access to capital for all could be considered a new move toward economic revolution.”
Local speakers will include Gaynete Jones of G.A.M.E Changing Industries, Kidist “Pinky” Emery of Salon Pink, Pamela Barit Nolan of Transform Bda, Trina Roberts, HSBC Bermuda Head of Business Banking, Kristin White owner of The Book Cellar, Nishanthi Bailey, actress, teacher and host, and Tania Kowalski, Health and Happiness Coach.
The Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Conference is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) celebrations. GEW is celebrated worldwide from November 12 -16, but as always, Bermuda has a calendar chock-full of exciting and inspiring events.
Colina Outerbridge, Business Data and Policy Analyst at the BEDC, and organizer of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Conference, said: “This year, one of the themes of Global Entrepreneurship Week is #GEWwomen, and the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Conference is an important event that will inspire, empower and elevate women to take the next step in their lives and Upgrade to SheEO. Along with listening to topics that will take them to the next level, they can also relax in a fantastic setting at Rosewood Tuckers Point and enjoy networking with other aspiring women entrepreneurs.”
The Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Conference will take place on Friday, November 16 from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. at Rosewood Tuckers Point. Tickets are available to purchase online at ptix.bm or bedc.bm. The ticket price is $50 early bird price until Friday, November 9 and then will cost $75 after. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 292-5570.
Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is Bermuda’s premier source of free confidential business advice for entrepreneurs. The mission is to serve Bermuda’s local business community with the highest degree of professionalism by providing, authoritative business advice; counsel and loan guarantee support. Bermuda Business Starts Here! For more information visit www.bedc.bm.
During one week in November the world spotlights how young people's ideas can contribute to global economic development. GEW Global, which started in 2008 with the Kauffman Foundation and the UK’s Make your Mark organization, has grown to include Host Committees in over 150 countries. With the help of governments and non-government organizations, Host Countries coordinate events ranging from invention competitions to local entrepreneurship summits designed to stimulate creative solutions, jumpstart innovation and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit, especially among young people.
Formed in 2008 the Bermuda Host Committee is made up of the BEDC, Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative of Bermuda (registered charity no. 616) and the Department of ICT Policy & Innovation. The Committee acts with the common goal of inspiring the new generation of entrepreneurs and creative thinkers