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Women of Inspiration Summit & Expo

June 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


The CYP Club will host the first-ever Women of Inspiration Summit & Expo (WISE) in partnership with Barnes & Thornburg, TogetherDigital, and the Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio.

Join us on Wednesday, June 19 at the Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris with the following theme: “Finding Your Inner Strength (Through Storytelling).”

WISE will welcome a diverse group of women (as well as women’s leadership programs and organizations) for an uplifting and inspirational conference for CYP Club members to connect and grow while hearing from local speakers and thought-leaders.

The full-day event will run 8:00am-5:00pm, with an after-hours networking event powered by BBB of Central Ohio. Here is our agenda:

8:00am – Arrival, Continental Breakfast, Coffee, Networking, and Expo tables

9:00am – Welcome

9:10am – Keynote Speaker
• To Be Announced!


10:00am – Inspiration Chats
We will host four powerful, back-to-back speakers in a “TedTalk” presentation style which we call “Inspiration Chats.” Each presentation will last for 20 minutes and will tell a story focused on:

• WISDOM: Santoria Sawyer, Author of “The Broken Crayon That Colored Still”
• INSPIRATION: To be announced
• SPIRITUALITY: Amy Avery – Endurance Coach, Pure Bravery Multisport
• EMPOWERMENT: Alaina Shearer – Fearless Leader + Digital Nerd + Speaker

Noon – Lunch & Lunch Panel
• Our Lunch Panel [12:30pm-1:30pm] powered by TogetherDigital will be moderated by Alaina Shearer


2:00pm – Afternoon Breakouts, powered by Barnes & Thornburg
• Breakout Session I – 2:00-2:40pm
Choose from Story Telling, Education, or Meditation
• Breakout Session II – 2:45-3:25pm
Choose from Story Telling, Education, or Meditation
• Breakout III – 3:35-4:15pm
Choose from Story Telling, Education, or Meditation
• Breakout IV – 4:20-5:00pm
Choose from Story Telling, Education, or Meditation

Afternoon Breakout Speakers & Presenters include:
• Kelly Atkinson, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator at Barnes & Thornburg LLP
• Allison Green, CEO of BrewDog USA
• Kelley Griesmer, President and CEO at The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio
• Lisa Hinson, Owner of Hinson Ltd Public Relations
• Mihaela Jekic, Owner of Money for Meaning
• Jesse Jones, Actor and Comedian
• Amara Leggett, Author of “The Strategic Mind of a Young Legend: A College Graduate at 16 Changes the World One Word at a Time”
• Bill Nolan, Office Managing Partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP
• Michelle Williams, Owner of Fitness for a Purpose


5:30-7:30pm – After-Hours Networking Event, powered by BBB of Central Ohio
• Keynote speaker: Mikaela Hunt, Brand Journalist + Host of Cbuzz + Co-Host of What Matters with Mindy & Mikaela + Social Media Storyteller
• Appetizers are complimentary
• Social networking and cash bar

COST TO ATTEND: An “early bird” summit pass is $35. On June 1st the price will increase to $45. Tickets include a full day of speakers & presentations, continental breakfast, coffee, lunch, a WISE event tote bag, appetizers and social networking during the after-party, and free parking all day. Water, coffee, tea, and snacks will also be available throughout the duration of the summit.


Columbus Young Professionals Club
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Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris
409 Altair Pkwy
Westerville, OH 43082 United States
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