Woman Led Unconference


Woman Led Unconference (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference)

Saturday March 11, 2017 · 9:00am-4:00pm

NedSpace Broadway
707 SW Washington, Suite 1100 (in the Union Bank building)
4 levels of paid underground parking available in the building

WOMAN LED, INC. A 501 (c) (3) Organization is hosting Portland’s second women’s Unconference (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference) revolving around the theme of Women Entrepreneurship.

- Attendance is limited to the first 60 people, sorry
- Early bird ticket pricing is $25
- Ticket prices $40 effective Wednesday March 1st

What is Woman Led?

Our mission is to empower a community of women led companies to build profitable and sustainable businesses that will positively impact the economy. Our vision is to be a national organization that provides professional services to women who Dare, Dream and Do. We will become the most trusted community that supports women business owners in the United States. We will create a business world where women entrepreneurs have equitable opportunity, support and success.

For more info, find us at: http://womanled.org/

Why an Unconference (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference)?

Women in Portland are boldly pursuing their entrepreneurial dream. Yet they stall before they achieve scale. One in eight (12.5%) female owned businesses have successfully scaled. This is 2 times lower than male owned businesses. We have uncovered three key barriers to women achieving their entrepreneurial aspirations – Identifying Resources, Lack of Mentorship, and Less Funding / Sexist Culture. The women’s unconference (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference) will provide resources and networking to help overcome these barriers. The Facilitator Megan O'Leary the Director of Member Services from OEN is going to facilitate the whole unconference (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference) event. A great experienced facilitator makes the event, so prepare yourself for a wonderful time.

What will our Unconference (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference) look like:

9:00am-9.30am Coffee & networking[masked]am Keynote speaker
10:00-11:00am Overview and group agenda setting
11:00-11:45am Session 1

11:45am-12:30pm Session 2

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm-2:15pm Session 4

2:15pm-3:30pm Session 5

3:30pm-4:00pm Closing & Keynote

Lunch is included. So, what exactly is an ‘Unconference (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference)?’ Think of this as an open conference that is driven by its participants. Unlike traditional conferences, an unconference allows for flexibility, open discussion, and debate, all fueled by its attendees. Innovative conversations with some of the brightest people, important purposes and tasks discussed without any formal agenda, and unplanned dialogue led by ultimately what peaks your interest most.

Come to build a collaborative network, establish partnerships, and be in a close community of people that value the same or similar topics of discussion. The sessions will be broken up into 30-minute discussions and spaces are reserved for gatherings that happen throughout the day.

Who should attend? Whether you’re a CEO, a startup founder, stay-at-home mom with a new idea, allies, or simply just have interest in the topic of women entrepreneurs, we welcome you to join us. This event is open to all genders to attend and participate.

All NedSpace events have a Code of Conduct (http://nedspace.com/img/NedSpaceCodeofConductv1.4.pdf) which all participants, members, partners, visitors, vendors, guests must abide by.


Sara Batterby CEO & President of Hifi Farms
Sara is the President and CEO of Hifi Farms and Founding Chair of the Portland Chapter of Women Grow. She entered the cannabis industry in early 2015 after moving to Oregon from the Bay Area and has subsequently built, funded, and is now scaling one of Oregon’s leading cannabis brands. Founded on the principles of craft, quality, community and sustainability, Hifi is one of the nations most progressive cannabis companies. Sara registered Oregon’s first Employee Stock Option Plan and implemented a diversity hiring initiative. She speaks around the country on cannabis economics, risk and investment and works as an advisor to several, mostly women led, cannabis ventures and investment funds. She sits on the Board of the Resource Innovation Institute, the leading sustainability initiative in the cannabis industry and was recently named “Executive to Watch in 2017” by the Portland Business Journal. Under the banner of Women Grow, and while launching her company, Sara built the largest networking group in the country for professional women in, and seeking to enter, the cannabis industry. She is passionate about diversity, empowering female entrepreneurs and start-ups.

Jill Nelson, Founder & CEO, Ruby Receptionists
A driven entrepreneur passionate about building a one-of-kind company, Jill Nelson has grown Ruby Receptionists into a four-time winner of FORTUNE magazine’s top five Best Small Companies to Work for, and a Portland Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Companies in Oregon recipient for the past nine years. Since founding the company in 2003, Jill’s vision for Ruby includes a workplace in which people are excited to come to each day, and are inspired to learn, grow, and connect with others. Today, Ruby’s 370 employees provide live receptionist service to more than 6,000 small businesses throughout North America and relentlessly pursue Ruby’s mission of creating real, meaningful connections to deliver memorable customer and employee experiences.