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Poly event spotlights women in business

Seminar aims to motivate and empower young female professionals

jlynem@thetribunenews.comFebruary 11, 2013 

With the goal of motivating, educating and empowering local young women, Cal Poly is hosting an all-day event focused on the many challenges facing professional women.

The event, “Women Who Inspire Us: Featuring Successful Women in High Growth Companies,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Advanced Technologies Lab in Building 007 on the Cal Poly campus.

More than 20 professional women will discuss such topics as leadership, work/life balance, management styles and confidence with aspiring female professionals and entrepreneurs.

Jessie Becker, innovation coordinator with Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, said the event was the brainchild of Cal Poly students Megan Bauer and Jessica Riconscente. About 175 people are expected to attend.

“They (Bauer and Riconscente) had been talking about doing something like this for a long time,” Becker said. “They wanted to focus on finding women who have been successful in the community to mentor Cal Poly students as they’re going into technical fields or alternative paths for women. They came to the center, and we thought it was a good idea.”

The free event includes interactive workshops, one-on-one mentorship opportunities, and conversations with women representing female advocate groups such as Astia and Kauffman Foundation. A panel discussion will include Alicia Robb, author of “A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Firms,” Lynn Metcalf, a Cal Poly professor, and Anita Robinson, president of Coast National Bank. Lisa Hufford, a Cal Poly graduate and founder and CEO of Simplicity Consulting Inc. based near Seattle, will give the keynote address.

The morning workshops and discussions are geared toward Cal Poly students, while the evening program is open to the community.

To register for the event, visit the center’s web site at

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