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Innovative Women’s Conference

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October 20, 2017 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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The NC State Jenkins MBA Women’s Club is hosting the fourth annual Innovative Women’s Conference. The theme this year is “Women and Power.”

This event brings together women from throughout the Triangle – graduate students, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, others — to encourage discussion and hands-on learning in the areas of business innovation, science, technology, career progression, networking and entrepreneurship. While focused on women, men are welcome. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Women for Success.

Kickoff Networking Reception: Thursday, Oct. 19, 6:00 PM at HQ Raleigh.

Innovative Women’s Conference: Friday, Oct. 20, 8:30 AM – 4 PM, NC State McKimmon Center.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Networking Event Keynote Speaker: Shay Mustafa, vice president, consumer marketing, R.J. Reynolds
  • IWC Keynote Speaker: Gina Poole, chief marketing officer, Game Developers, Amazon (NC State Poole College alumna, BA, Business Management, 1981).

Conference presenters

  • Dr. Leigh Shamblin, professor of the practice, NC State Poole College of Management; program director, NC State Executive Education, and director, NC State Jenkins MBA McLauchlan Leadership Series
  • Dr. Fay Cobb Payton, professor of information systems/technology, NC State Poole College of Management and founding director, myhealthimpactnetwork.org
  • Megha Mehta, product marketing manager, security, Cisco
  • Dr. Kelly Smith, director of microbials development, AgBiome
  • Dorothy Hurt, senior buyer, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
  • Jessica Maloney, senior buyer, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
  • Dr. Rosanna Garcia, associate professor, Innovation + Design, NC State University
  • Amanda Keister, associate, Smith Anderson
  • Dr. Nichole Schwerbrock, director, SBTDC Technology Development and Commercialization
  • Awamary Lowe-Khan, executive vice president, chief financial and operating officer, Carolina Small Business Development Fund
  • Betty Minton, executive practicum advisor, Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, NC State Poole College of Management and partner, Minton & Reid LLC
  • Meg Schneider, global category leader, BD Medical Devices
  • Modupe’ Rouse Congleton, head, global logistics marketing and communications, Cisco
  • Dr. Annette L. Ranft, dean and Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. Chair, NC State Poole College of Management
  • Kelli Halloway, manager, member education and outreach, NC State Employees Credit Union
  • Shana Overdorf, executive director, Partnership to End Homelessness
  • Natalie Bullock-Brown, assistant professor, Saint Augustine’s University

View the full schedule and register here.

This event is hosted by the NC State Jenkins MBA Women’s Club and is paid for in part by funds through the NC State Foundation.


Carolina Small Business Development, R.J. Reynolds, Cisco Systems, HQ Raleigh, the NC State Jenkins MBA Student Association, and Jenkins MBA Women’s Club



NC State McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman Street
Raleigh, NC 27606 United States

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