Yet another Milwaukee event that won't let the global pandemic shut it down. Instead, the Milwaukee Women’s Entrepreneurship Week (WEW) will virtually return November 11-20, 2020 after an extremely successful first event in 2019 that hosted nearly 3,000 women.
Women’s Entrepreneurship Week (WEW) offers female-led events, panels, discussions and virtual networking opportunities. The mission of the week is to help women business owners connect, learn and grow their initiatives.
“This year, Women's Entrepreneurship Week will give women every tool they need to start or grow a business and develop themselves professionally," said Jackie Hermes, co-founder of WEW.
The event also gives companies the opportunity to support women-owned business. "We think this event is spot on for this time and place in the continued evolution of our diverse workforce in Southeastern Wisconsin,” said Terry Rowinski, CEO of Health Payment Systems, one of the event sponsors. “Women’s Entrepreneurship Week aligns directly with our core values: taking care of our fellow humans and developing diverse talent to lead the next generation.”
WEW was originally scheduled as in-person sessions to take place in May of 2020. Covid, of course, changed the date and direction of the event.
"The pandemic made us rethink how we were doing everything," says Hermes. "But there have definitely been some silver linings. With no limits on the number of attendees, these events offer the support that small businesses need as they navigate this changing landscape. And I've met hundreds of women that I never would have met during this pandemic from all over the country. We have a larger reach and a growing national audience to spotlight the kick-ass women professionals from Milwaukee."
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.