It’s Never Too Late to Start!


Entrepreneurship is a viable career path for women of all ages and at any stage of their career journey. In order to successfully launch and scale a company, it is critical for women to have access to the right tools, expertise and resources.

Whatever stage you are in your life, it's never too late to become an entrepreneur!

Join us at our half day conference for another great opportunity to hear inspiring and motivating speakers as well as a chance to network with experts and fellow entrepreneurs. Learn and ask questions about how to take the steps necessary to fulfill your dream business and how to navigate any obstacles that arise.

The four sponsors – Freedom Start Foundation, 30 Second Pitch, Joe ProBono, and George Mason University School of Business want to build upon the success of the first conference and provide an environment to nurture, enhance and support women entrepreneurs of any age at any stage. We strongly believe that it is never too late to start and are devoted to supporting entrepreneurs regardless of age, education or demographic. As WEC18 was so well received last November, this conference will continue to carry out our mission.

Looking forward to greeting you at #WEC19!


B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Business)

We have the total package for you! Learn and earn your cocktails, following our stellar program where you will learn from our renowned speakers and panelists. You will be guests at our complimentary two-hour cocktail party where you will have earned unlimited access to local and national leaders in various fields including:

Law | Accounting | Financing | Investment Banking |
Branding |  Marketing | Being a Boss| Social Media | Technology | Well-being


We were recently featured on WJLA ABC Channel 7’s morning segment: LET’S TALK LIVE. Join guest speaker Anjali Varma as she gives the run down of our conference and get excited to meet her this June 12th as she speaks on marketing with a shoestring budget!

Conference Schedule

We'll keep this page regularly updated with all new speakers and sessions, so be sure to keep checking in!

1:30-2:00 PM



2:10-2:20 PM

Opening Remarks

Diane Lempert - VP of 30 Second Pitch

Richard Fink - Freedom Start Foundation

David Miller - Executive Director, George Mason University - School of Business

2:25-3:00 PM

Marketing on A Shoestring Budget

Anjali Varma

You do not have to spend a ton of money to drive awareness and sales to your business! Anjali will share several low-cost and even some free marketing strategies to market your business, drive awareness, increase sales, and drive new customers to your business. Followed by 10 minute Q&A.

3:05-3:40 PM

Testing the Waters Before You Dive In: Using the Minimum Viable Product Concept to Test Your Product

Gisèle Stolz

Learn from the Director of the Mason Enterprise Business Incubator about using this learn methodology to introduce a new product or service. Followed by 10 minute Q&A.

3:40-3:55 PM


15 minute coffee & snack break

4:00-4:35 PM

How to Create Financial Security in Your Life

Michelle P. Cooper

Learn tips on how to be on top of your financial health, discover how a woman’s financial journey is unique, and leave feeling empowered to take the action steps necessary for your own financial independence no matter what stage of life you are in! Followed by 10 minute Q&A.

4:40-5:25 PM

Panel – Financing Your Business or Idea

Moderator: Karen Bate


Joseph B. Sprung

Dr. David Miller

Karlene Sinclair-Robinson

Karen Rosales

5:30-7:30 PM

Cocktail Party & Networking

2 hour complimentary cocktail party and networking session


Following the conference will be a 2 hour, complimentary cocktail party! Come “Link up and Drink up” as you network among fellow attendees. Gain exclusive access to industry-leading experts available during the party who are eager to answer all your business questions. Have a drink or two, you’ve earned it!


Yvonne Quek – Hillary Rodham Clinton-McLarty Research Fellow

Felicia Kestenberg – Kesten Financial Group;
Financial Services & Planning

Michelle P. Cooper – XML-W; Managing Finances & Business Structure

Anjali Varma – Marketing, Branding, & Social Media

Karen Bate – KB Concepts and A.W.E; Public Relations

Janetta Brewer – Blue Alchemy Consulting; Law & Business Implications

Hannah Dannenfelser – Arlington Community Federal Credit Union

Joe ProBono & 30 Second Pitch – Gain financing and
pro bono professional help

Felicia Brown – AARP; 10 Steps to Starting Your Business

Kathryn Walker – Women’s Business Center at Community Business Partnership; Business Counseling

Virginia Dinzey-Taveraz – Adaptive Bookkeeping & Consulting, LLC

Monica Quintero – Wexler; Branding & Design Strategy

Rachel Brumberger – Third Space Wellness; Health & Well Being

Nikki Yoshimura – Span 39; International Marketing and Consulting

Talmar Anderson – Talmar it Up & Boss Actions; Being a Boss

Kathryn Walker – Business Consulting

Donna Wilkerson – Certified Public Accountant

MeiLani Hock – Real Estate Investments


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Participating Partners

Freedom Start Foundation
George Mason University
30 Second Pitch

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