Women Who Launch Symposium

Fri, 15 Feb 2019

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

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Blau Colloquium

701 Tappan Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, United States

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The half-day WWL symposium will provide UofM students with an opportunity to learn from inspiring entrepreneurial women through panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and networking. Topics will focus on leadership development, career pathing, and gender inclusion in the start-up space.

8:30AM: Breakfast
9:30AM: Keynote & interactive workshop, Haley Hoffman Smith
10:40AM: Women in VC panel
11:35AM: Women founders panel
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Blau Colloquium

701 Tappan Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, United States


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Haley Hoffman Smith


Her Big Idea


Haley Hoffman Smith is the author of Her Big Idea, a book on creativity, ideation, and women's empowerment which debuted as a Top 3 Bestseller in Women & Business. She has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, and the Washington Examiner. A recent Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University, she wrote her honors thesis on how women develop their sense of self agency in entrepreneurship and venture capital. She is the founder of the Her Big Idea Fund in partnership with Brown University's Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, which awards grants to women who apply with BIG ideas. Having founded an international nonprofit for girls’ literacy and empowerment at age 18, she has harnessed her own self agency to surpass doubt surrounding her age and gender. 

At Brown, she was the President of Women’s Entrepreneurship and started the first-ever women’s entrepreneurship incubator. She is the Director of Community for Next Gen Summit, the premier entrepreneurship community of 2,000+ members. The Her Big Idea Speaking Tour aims to inspire 1,000 new BIG ideas in the 2018-2019 school year. Haley recently spoke at Microsoft and Harvard and will be speaking at  Yale, Columbia, Penn, Brown, Stanford, CU Boulder, and John Carroll University this year.

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