SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 500 women will meet in San Juan, Puerto Rico, this Friday to participate in Animus, an innovation platform designed to maximize women's economic and personal development.
Inspired to search solutions to effect significant positive change— entrepreneurs Lucienne Gigante and Carlos Cobián have joined forces to launch Animus and its first summit this Friday, October 2, 2015, at the Caribe Hilton Hotel from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More than 30 speakers— world-class professionals and leaders— will share their stories, teachings and advice in three main areas: Mindset and Mindfulness, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.
Even though 46% of the workforce and more than 50% of college students are female, they represent only about 35% of startup business owners, according to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation study, Overcoming the Gender Gap: Women Entrepreneurs as Economic Drivers.
"The purpose of Animus is to inspire, educate and encourage people to take action to develop as entrepreneurs and reach their highest level of personal and professional growth," said Carlos Cobián, founder of Cobián Media and producer of Animus.
"Investing in women is a way to boost the economic development of any country," said Lucienne Gigante, co-producer of the event. "Providing resources, solutions and opportunities is critical to stimulate innovation," she added, noting that Animus is for every woman or man who wants to make a difference, learn, grow, build alliances, and challenge existing paradigms.
Animus is structured to be a dynamic event featuring various formats—from five minute-talks, 10-minutes storytelling, keynotes and panels. Animus will also feature the startup showcase where five entrepreneurs will pitch their business. Speakers include:
- Melissa L. Bradley: Director, Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Kogod School of Business; Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation Professor at Georgetown University School of Business
- Michelle Herrera-Mulligan: Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan for Latinas
- Lucy Crespo: CEO of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust.
For more information about the summit and to learn about our speakers please visit www.animussummit.com. To join the conversation online please use #Animus.
Carlos R. Cobián is a Puerto Rican serial entrepreneur known for his far-reaching business vision. He is the founder of Cobián Media, producer of special events and content marketing for companies seeking to expand and grow in today's hi-tech global marketplace. Carlos is the founder and current president of the Puerto Rico chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO).
Lucienne Gigante is a social innovator, public relations and communications leader with vast experience in crisis management and brand transformation. She is best known for creating assertive social responsibility programs, including "Women of Success," an accelerator that created more than 30 new women-owned businesses and 70-plus new jobs. These programs have garnered more than 50 awards, among them the American Banking Association "Social Impact Award" and the Sales Marketing Executive Association's "Top Management Award" in the communications category. PR News named Lucienne Puerto Rico's "Community Person of the Year."