Training Events

The ATHENA Leadership Program is designed to create stronger female leaders. Join a dynamic cohort of women from across all industries as we study the 8 principles of ATHENA leadership.  This program is an inspiring and uplifting series that will motivate you to connect, share and grow.

8 Month Program, meets one time per month. 

2022-2023 dates: Sep. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, Dec. 13, Jan. 24, 2023, Feb. 28, 2023, Mar. 28, 2023, Apr. 25, 2023

All sessions are from 8:30am-10:00am.  The venue will be determined closer to the date. Breakfast and networking available at 8:00am. 

Interested in sponsorsing a woman through ATHENA, providing scholarship to enable women to participate or sponsoring the program?  Email krudloff@weVENTURE.fit.edu to discuss how your busienss can help bring this fantastic program to local women.  To request a scholarship, please email weventure@fit.edu  

 

More about the program: 
The ATHENA Leadership Model can help women transform their leadership skills and empower them to step up during these times of economic turmoil, a pandemic, and a worldwide movement for economic and racial justice to be the leaders we need them to be. 

Based on the eight ATHENA principles of enlightened leadership identified by ATHENA International, this course is designed to help emerging female leaders grow in confidence and clarity of purpose. Participants read and discuss the book, Becoming ATHENA by Martha Mertz, and each class session is a dedicated deep dive on one of the principles. They also have acces to all of ATHENA International's virtual programing and online resources for one year.  

This program aims to cultivate women on their personal growth journey while inspiring them to connect and share with others. Sessions are led by weVENTURE Executive Director, Kathryn Rudloff, and feature a diverse group of successful women business leaders from the Space and Treasure Coasts as guest speakers and panelists. Participants learn from these inspiring women as they share their own stories and leadership lessons. Women are encouraged to share their life experiences to learn from and support each other. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Small Businesses 

Now more than ever, businesses are looking for tangible ways to diversify their workforce and equip emerging leaders with the tools they need to rise into management roles. 

Sponsoring an emerging leader from your business is a great way to invest in her career development and connect her to the local weVENTURE WBC and global ATHENA network of women.   The program provides supplemental experiential learning and enrichment opportunities during and after the monthly meetings.  

In this series of webinars brought to you by the training team at Grow with Google, learn ways to strengthen your online presence, get more customers, and work more efficiently.

 

In this series of webinars brought to you by the training team at Grow with Google, learn ways to strengthen your online presence, get more customers, and work more efficiently.

Presented by Professional Trainer, Pamela Starr

weVENTURE Women's Business Center in the Florida Tech Bisk College of Business strives to be the leading resource for professional women on the Space and Treasure Coasts.  Each August, weVENTURE WBC hosts a leadership development conference, the IMPACT Summit, as an opportunity for professional women and entrepreneurs to invest some time in personal and professional development.

This will be an in-person conference, creating space for women to come together to network, to be inspired and to learn tangible techniques they can apply to their work and personal lives.  The opening session features a keynote address from Shari Elia, Head of Business Development, Amazon Web Services, talking about ways to foster a culture of innovation.  Participants can then pick which breakout sessions to attend, based on three tracts:  Personal Development, Communication or Business Strategy.  The morning will conclude with an intimate conversation with a local entrepreneur who dove into the Shark Tank, as seen on TV and emerged with a golden ticket!

Sponsors and their guests are invited to stay for a VIP lunch with the speakers.

Brought back by popular demand!  Kathy Emerson, CPA, CIA, CGMA, MBA, Kathy Emerson CPA will again be presenting three Financial Fundamentals webinars to help you with your accounting needs:  

August 9- Session 1 - Chart of Accounts and The Balance Sheet

August 16 - Session 2 - Profit & Loss Statements

August 23 - Session 3 - Statement of Cash Flows

Mentoring can open doors, inspire, support and encourage people to realize their potential and to achieve their dreams. Mentors can make a profound difference in the lives of their mentee – and in turn, strengthen our communities, economy, and drive social change.  Mentors can be someone who has come before you and someone who is coming after you.  We can all learn from each other.

Brought back by popular demand!  Kathy Emerson, CPA, CIA, CGMA, MBA, Kathy Emerson CPA will again be presenting three Financial Fundamentals webinars to help you with your accounting needs:  

August 9- Session 1 - Chart of Accounts and The Balance Sheet

August 16 - Session 2 - Profit & Loss Statements

August 23 - Session 3 - Statement of Cash Flows

Learn about the LinkedIn platform, how to get your personal and business profile set up, and how to use the platform for your business.  Jennifer Wiggins, CEO of Clear SEM Solutions, an award-winning web development and digital marketing agency in Port St. Lucie, will tell you how it works!

Brought back by popular demand!  Kathy Emerson, CPA, CIA, CGMA, MBA, Kathy Emerson CPA will again be presenting three Financial Fundamentals webinars to help you with your accounting needs:  

August 9- Session 1 - Chart of Accounts and The Balance Sheet

August 16 - Session 2 - Profit & Loss Statements

August 23 - Session 3 - Statement of Cash Flows

Learn to set up QuickBooks for your business.  You will how to sync bank accounts, record transactions, invoice customers, and generate financial reports.  Dawn Thompson, owner of Simply Blessed Books will show you how!

Learn to set up QuickBooks for your business.  You will how to sync bank accounts, record transactions, invoice customers, and generate financial reports.  Dawn Thompson, owner of Simply Blessed Books will show you how!

In this series of webinars brought to you by the training team at Grow with Google, learn ways to strengthen your online presence, get more customers, and work more efficiently.

Presented by Professional Trainer, Pamela Starr.

Learn the available free tools and resources provided by Meta for Business Accounts, such as the optimized scheduler, analytics, insights, interactive data reports, and more.  Jennifer Wiggins, CEO of Clear SEM Solutions, an award-winning web development and digital marketing agency in Port St. Lucie, will show you how!

This two-day immersive workshop is designed to transform your leadership capabilities from the inside out. An intimate cohort of women from the weVENTURE WBC network will work with Dr. Stephanie Lopez and learn how to identify behaviors that are creating the wrong results, vs those that help get the right results.  The objective is to build your communication skills and to transform your behaviors so you are able to lead others more effectively. 

The seminar will meet in one of the classrooms of the College of Business at Florida Tech.  Lunch will be provided.  

Dr. Stephnaie Lopez, Ph.D., is a former NASA Organizational Psychologist, Executive Coach, CEO of the Brave Method.  She specializes in helping high-achieving clients through self-discovery to get past negative patterns holding them back, including people-pleasing, anxiety, and impatience. Stephanie helps leaders to become more authentic and self-aware, which enables greater resilience, stamina, and flexibility in the face of demanding and difficult leadership challenges.  Stephanie was also one of the featured speakers at weVENTURE WBC's 2021 IMPACT Summit.  

This is the second time weVENTURE WBC and Dr. Lopez have partnered up to provide in-depth support to women leaders.  Don't miss this opportunity to invest in your continued growth so you can be the absolute best leaders that your team and family need you to be! 

 

Cost: $1,000 per person.   

This Spring, weVENTURE WBC is hosting an informative three part series on how you, as a small business, can leverage Government Funding Opportunities to build the business of your dreams.  The Federal Government is the largest purchaser of goods and services there is, and they have special programs to encourage woman-owned and minority-owned businesses to do business with the government. 

Our speaker will be Ron Brunner, a Business Opportunity Specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration, South Florida District Office.  Join this informative webinar to learn more about how government contracting can help businesses in a variety of industries grow and how YOU can become a federal government contractor. https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/grow-your-business/become-federal-contractor 

 

In this series of webinars brought to you by the training team at Grow with Google, learn ways to strengthen your online presence, get more customers, and work more efficiently.

Presented by Professional Trainer, Pamela Starr.

Even more great training in July, August and September.  Be on the lookout for more information to come.

Learn Meta's best practices for setting up your Facebook Business Account to manage your Facebook and Instagram.  Jennifer Wiggins, CEO of Clear SEM Solutions, an award-winning web development and digital marketing agency in Port St. Lucie, will go over Business Suite, Business Manager, and Business Pages/Profiles.

Learn how to protect your business accounts from Fraud- The Scams, Red Flags and Best Practices that you should be aware of.  Representatives from First Citizens Bank and Carr, Riggs & Ingram, CPAs and Advisors, will team up to talk about protecting your business.

Speaking will be Sarah Baker, Vice President and Financial Sales Manager II, First Citizens Bank and David Knowlton, CPA, CISA, CISSP, Senior Manager, Carr Riggs & Ingram.

This Spring, weVENTURE WBC is hosting an informative three part series on how you as a small business can leverage Government Funding Opportunities to build the business of your dreams.  In our second session, we will answer all your questions about lending programs from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Vince LoPresti, Senior Area Manager, SBA South Florida District Office, will help explain the different loan options that are available to small busineses.  SBA loans are often a grea option for entrepreneurs opening their first business.  They offer unique benefits, like lower down payments, flexible overhead requirements, and no collateral needed for some loans. learn more at: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans 

 

We will also be joined by weVENTURE clients who have used SBA loans to launch their dream, to talk about the experience.