Women & Business: An Atlantic Exchange

March 17, 2016
Washington, D.C.

The Atlantic convened a group of entrepreneurs, advocates and innovators to discuss the perennial issues women face in starting and growing businesses. In association with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2016 InnovateHER initiative, The Atlantic sought to identify the keys to promoting entrepreneurship and preparing women-led businesses for success.

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Atlantic Live



Note: All times are ET

1:45 p.m.  Opening Remarks / InnovateHER Pitch Session

  • Erin Andrew, Associate Administrator, Office of Women’s Business Ownership, U.S. Small Business Administration

    1:55 p.m.  Presentations: InnovateHER Business Challenge Finalists

      3:20 p.m.  InnovateHER Pitch Session Conclusion

      4:10 p.m.  Opening Remarks / Women & Business: An Atlantic Exchange

      • Emily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director, AtlanticLIVE
      • The Honorable Maria Contreras-Sweet

      4:15 p.m.  Accessing Capital

      • Erin Glenn, Chief Executive Officer, Quire
      • Deborah Jackson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Plum Alley Investments
      • Ashley Larson, Vice President, Revolution
      • Amanda Brown, Executive Director, National Women’s Business Council
      • With Gillian White, Senior Associate Editor, The Atlantic

      4:50 p.m.  Scaling with Soul

      • Melanie Whelan, Chief Executive Officer, SoulCycle
      • With Megan Garber, Staff Writer, The Atlantic

      5:25 p.m.  InnovateHER Pitch Competition Winners

      Presented by:

      • Melanie Gass, Senior Partner, Channel Marketing Manager, Microsoft
      • The Honorable Maria Contreras-Sweet

      5:35 p.m.  Closing Remarks

      • Emily Akhtarzandi

      5:40 p.m.  Cocktail Reception


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