Tippi Toe On Into Women in Business Summit. Women in Business, the women’s initiative of Williamson, Inc., offers a terrific summit on Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the Barn at Sycamore Farms. Open to members and non-chamber members, this is the fourth annual summit. The topic this year is “Elevate Your Success.” The keynote speaker is Sarah Nuse, owner and founder of Tippi Toes® a children’s dance company that works to enhance the lives of children through positive, energetic and fun dance classes. She has built a successful company that encourages others to own and operate their own business via franchising.

Tippi Toes Dance Company was listed in entrepreneur magazine as one of the top 500 franchises and featured on season two of ABC’s Shark Tank. Nuse will share her expertise of building a successful company and how other women can elevate their own success.

“It is an honor to speak to Williamson, Inc. Women in Business; I look forward to sharing my experience to help them take action to their dreams,” Nuse shares.

The summit will also offer three break-out ‘WIB Talks’ – modeled after TED Talks – including three topics designed to help female business leaders elevate their success.

“No matter where you are in your career, you can leave the summit with tools in your wheelhouse to help you lead,” explains Abby Bass, senior director of events with Williamson, Inc.

The first session will feature Kia Jarmon, agency director for MEPR, a boutique public relations and brand strategy firm. Her presentation is titled “Your Mission Within the Company’s Mission.” She brings a decade of experience in public relations, program development and production implementation.

Laura Reinbold, P.E., National Director of Terracon, will be the second speaker and will share how to “Position Yourself to Lead.”

Reinbold is director of client development for Terracon Consulting, Inc. which specializes in geotechnical and environmental engineering, facility assessment and asset management, construction monitoring, and materials testing.

Reinbold wants women who attend the summit to listen intently to the leadership stories she and the others share, “How we lead is unique to each of us. What is it about others’ journeys that empowers and uplifts you? Most importantly, why? Use this self-awareness to position yourself to strengthen and validate the leadership qualities you find important for your own journey,” she said.

The third speaker is Mila Grigg, CEO MODA Image and Brand Consulting, who will help the attendees “Overcome Fear.”

Grigg is a 15-year brand builder who coaches, teaches and speaks on individual and corporate brand management.

MODA Image and Brand Consulting is the only company in the United States that is able to integrate corporate brand, personal brand, leadership, marketing, sales, image, internal and external communication, non-verbal communication, emotional intelligence, brand storytelling, the ‘why’ exercises, professional etiquette, executive presence and fashion into training seminars and 1:1 coaching that benefit both the company and its employees. MODA serves Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, personal service firms, executives, universities and associations across the United States.

“Whether a company or an individual, the ‘why’ must be discerned, built upon and communicated. Once we know our ‘why,’ and build our personal brand, we are reminded in every action who we are and why we do what we do,” she said. “Once a company or an individual knows purpose, fear takes a backseat. Making decisions, stepping up to the plate as a leader, grabbing an opportunity and realizing our dreams becomes second nature.”

She goes on to explain “Only when people haven’t established their ‘why’ or built their personal brand, do they fear the future because they make decisions without a strong foundation. If you know who you are, hard decisions become simple. Company brand and individual personal brand is vital for any kind of success,” she says.

Leigh Bawcom, director of member engagement with Williamson, Inc., explains why the ‘sessions’ format works, “We stumbled upon the magic formula and attendance doubled last year. In this format attendees get to hear all the speakers,” she said.

To register, or learn more,

visit www.williamosnchamber.com

The cost for Williamson, Inc. members is $55 and non-members $75.

Women in Business is the women’s initiative of Williamson, Inc. and is a benefit of being a chamber member.

The next regularly scheduled lunch is October 23 and the Holiday Mixer will be on December 3.

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