Walsh College

Entrepreneur-YOU: The Conference

Fourth Annual 

2015 Conference

Friday, March 20, 2015
Walsh College Troy Campus
Registration is now open. Tickets are $45.

A day of education and resources for Women Entrepreneurs, brought to you through a collaboration of Walsh College, Michigan Women's Foundation, Inforum Michigan; with sponsorship support from Fifth Third Bank. Exhibitors welcome! Tables are $200, contact jhubbard@walshcollege.edu

 Come back soon for details on speakers and agenda!

Thanks for joining us!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014     

Channel 7's JoAnne Purtan will Emcee Event

JoAnne Purtan will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for this year's Entrepreneur-YOU conference. She is an Emmy Award winning anchor & reporter who co-anchors Action News at Noon and 5 pm. She's also the "Don't Waste Your Money" Consumer Reporter. JoAnne joined WXYZ in 1998... a dream come true for her because she grew up watching Bill Bonds & Diana Lewis. In fact when her dad, radio personality Dick Purtan, worked at WXYZ Radio, JoAnne would go to work with him on Saturday mornings and run downstairs to the newsroom where she would pretend she was doing the news. Before returning to Detroit, JoAnne spent 7 years as an anchor/reporter at WRGB-TV in Albany, New York. JoAnne regularly volunteers her time helping a number of local charities with their events. In addition, she and her family aim to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. It’s her own mother’s battle that has JoAnne passionate about helping that cause. Her parents set up The Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Research Fund after her mom was diagnosed in January of 1997. JoAnne has received three Emmy Awards for her work, including Best News Anchor, and has been nominated for more than a dozen others. JoAnne is a graduate of Michigan State University.


Keynote Speaker Announced

Alyssa R. Martina has agreed to be the keynote speaker for Entrepreneur-YOU3. She is a former adjunct professor at Walsh College and a former member of the board of directors for Michigan Women's Foundation.  Alyssa is passionate about serial entrepreneurship, having launched multiple ventures in the media space. After serving for five years as legal counsel to one of the nation’s largest state judicial circuits, Alyssa launched Metro Parent Magazine in 1986 to fill what she perceived as a void for parents in southeast Michigan. She was clearly onto something: The publication has grown into a “parenting bible” for more than 250,000 readers. Alyssa has since brought three other magazines into existence: two other parenting magazines and a resource for African American families that developed into a publication called B.L.A.C. (Black Life Arts and Culture). Meanwhile, the online version of Metro Parent has won three national awards for best parenting web site. Her newest venture  is a social-networking site and app called memloom which is receiving much attention from the tech world. Alyssa earned an MBA with the highest distinction from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a JD from Wayne State University. 

Entrepreneur-YOU - motivates and assists women starting and growing a business. 2014 will mark the third annual conference. In each of the first two years, more than 200 women participated, standing room only for the Walsh College Troy Campus venue.

Panel Moderators

 Rachelle Smith  Carol Glynn  Carolyn Cassin
2013 Pitch
Competition Winners
Identifying Your Customer
For Long-Term Success
 Financing Your Venture
Ruby N. Ghosh,
     Opti O2, LLC
Shell Jones,
     Play-Place for Autistic Children
Andrea Roumell Dickson,
   ENT Biotech Solutions, LLC
Katherine Kirsch,
Kim Ingram,
Molly McFarland,
Carlotta Tutt Holloway,
     True Root Marketing
Elizabeth Garlow,
     Kiva, Microfinancing
Kim Cross,
     Michigan Women’s Foundation;
     Angel Microloan Fund
Juliana Perry,
     Fifth Third Bank
     Traditional Lending
Nancy Philippart,
     Belle Michigan, VC Funding




   Contact us:

   Tara Miceli

   Jan Hubbard

   Cindy Rush