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Women’s network to hold next seminar at SIUE


From Illinois Business Journal news services

EDWARDSVILLE — The “W” Network, an organization of women dedicated to empowering one another, is holding the second in a series of professional seminars.

The event will be held from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Morris Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The schedule is:
– 2 p.m.: afternoon tea, networking and introductions
– 3 p.m., presentations
– 5 p.m., networking

Speakers include:

– Dr. Agnes Scoville M.D., an inventor, entrepreneur and co-founder of Scoville & Company, the winner of the 2015 Arch Grants Global Startup Competition, the 2015 Metro East Startup Challenge, and second-round finalist of the 2016 Small Business Administration’s InnovateHER Business Challenge, a nationwide business competition for cutting-edge female entrepreneurs, to be held in Washington, D.C., next month

– Kerry Smith, journalist, entrepreneur and founder of the Illinois Business Journal. In 2000, after living in the Metro East region only 15 months, she saw the need for a B2B journal that connected Madison, St. Clair and Monroe counties to unite business leaders in one voice in favor of business and economic development. Thirteen years later, Kerry sold the publication and pursued other experiences in support of business. She is also pursuing graduate education.

– Cheryl Eichar Jett, historian, blogger and author of the “Route 66” book series, including “Route 66 in Madison County” and “Route 66 in Springfield.” She also writes on Route 66 for several magazines. Cheryl was one of the founding board members in 2004 of the Illinois Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and now serves on the Edwardsville Historic Preservation Commission.

– Laura Roodman-Ray, speaker, author, co-producer/co-director of the “Listen To Your Mother-St. Louis” Show Series. Laura is the author of the “Brain Dead in the Burbs” cooking series, and co-star of the new YouTube Cooking Show, “Brain Dead & Cooking with Friends,” which mixes funny and emotional stories with recipes and full-colored illustrations). She also has a stand-up comedy show, “Funny Girls … The Experiment,” on her You Tube channel.

The session will also play host to U.S. Air Force Major Karen A. Mock, director of public affairs, 18th Air Force, and founder of Scott Airmen Lean-In Circle.

Admission is complimentary. Registration is required. RSVP to or call (618) 650-3851. Dress code is business casual.

The event is sponsored by International Trade Center at SIUE and Brianza Sales & Marketing/Brianza Bella, LLC.

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