Women's Council Announces Stellar Program Line-up of Business Leaders for WILD Summit

The Women's Council at CU's Deming Center for Entrepreneurship announces Shelly Lazarus of Ogilvy & Mather as keynote; five panels of more than 20 women business entrepreneurs and leaders discussing today's most timely and provocative topics

Nov 08, 2012, 10:04 ET from The Women's Council

BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Women's Council, an outgrowth of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the CU's Leeds School of Business, today announced the program line-up for its inaugural (Women Inspiring Leadership Development) WILD Summit taking place on Feb. 1, 2013.

The Women's Council's WILD Summit will delve into the trends that are driving tomorrow's business opportunities. It provides a unique mix of entrepreneurially minded women, information and ideas. It will foster an environment of learning about today's realities for women leaders and allow participants to gain insights into key trends shaping the future of five rapidly evolving industries in which women are leading the charge for change.

Kicking off the one-day Summit will be Keynote Speaker Shelly Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus, Ogilvy & Mather (O&M). Lazarus rose through the ranks of Ogilvy & Mather assuming positions of increasing responsibility in the management of the company, including president of O&M Direct North America, Ogilvy & Mather New York and Ogilvy & Mather North America. She was named worldwide CEO of Ogilvy & Mather in 1996 and Chairman in 1997. She became Chairman Emeritus in July 2012.

Besides industry veteran Lazarus, WILD Summit attendees will be able to select between two of five panels comprised of more than 20 women industry leaders discussing some of today's most exciting, timely topics among today's growth industries, including:

Natural Foods:
The Growing Appetite for Real Food and Real Opportunity:
Natural Products Attracts, Mentors and Launches Women Leaders
Panelists include: Debbie Carosella, CEO at Madhava; Debra Jones, co-founder of Magnolia Trading; and, Carlotta Mast, New Hope Natural Media. Moderated by, Jane Miller, CEO of Charter Baking Company. Panel Producer, Jan West.

Health and Wellness:
Achieving reform's triple aim -- quality, cost and access -- starts with personal responsibility
Panelists include: Dr. Donna Lynne, Group President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado; Anne Warhover, President and CEO of Colorado Health Foundation; Nicole DeBoom, founder of Skirt Sports; and, Laura Coblentz, Vice President of Marketing and Innovation at Pharmaca. Panel Producer, Darla Scheuth.

Rethinking what we teach and how we teach it!
Panelists include: Ceal Barry, Assistant Athletic Director, University of Colorado; Dr. Linda Bunnell, Chancellor of The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; Tobey Bassoff, Principal, Ryan Elementary STEAM School, Boulder Valley School District; and, Dr. Jerry Lee Anderson, Principal of Monarch High School in Boulder Valley School District. Panel Producer, Fran Ryan.

Social Ventures and Sustainability:
The Girl Effect: Women Entrepreneurs Changing the World One Market at a Time
Panelists include: Erin Weed, Founder, Girls Fight Back; Stephanie Brady, Founder, LaunchUR; Stacey Edgar, Global Girlfriend; Saloni Doshi, Founder, Fresh Takes Kitchen; and, Cindy Lindsay, FLS Associates. Panel Producer, George Deriso.

Marketing and Communications:
Sharing Stories and Evaluating New Frontiers
Panelists include: Heather Dupre, founder of Egg Strategy; Lisa Haldeman, CEO of Leopard Communications; Kathy Van Buskirk, Managing Partner of Signal Rock Communications; Holly Hamann, Co-founder of BlogFrog. Moderated by Stephanie Copeland, Sr. VP Marketing, Zayo Group. Panel Producer, Sue Nagle.

"We are thrilled to have Shelly Lazarus and such an exciting line-up of today's most successful women business leaders share their knowledge and experiences with attendees at our WILD Summit event," said Cindy Carrillo, event chair for the WILD Summit and former chair of the Women's Council. "We want participants to view this event as one of the top learning, networking and growth experiences of the year, which is reflected by the caliber of women leaders we have participating in the program."

The WILD Summit will take place Feb. 1, 2013 at the Westin Hotel in Westminster. Registration is limited to 350 participants. Interested attendees are encouraged to sign up now at (http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1129021). More details on speakers and panels for the one-day program can be found at (http://cudemingcenterwomenscouncil.org/speakers--panelists.html#natural). For more information on the Women's Council and the WILD Summit, please visit (http://cudemingcenterwomenscouncil.org/index.html).

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About the Women's Council:
The Women's Council is a membership group of professional women who serve the efforts of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado (CU). It also is the sponsor of the WILD Summit.

The purpose of the Women's Council is to support the mission of CU's Deming Center for Entrepreneurship by providing access and connection for students to successful women business leaders who will provide their support and expertise and nourish both students and other women in our community to live up to their potential as entrepreneurs and leaders in business. For more information on the Women's Council, please visit (http://cudemingcenterwomenscouncil.org/wild-2013.html).

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