On February 26, 2019 at Barnes & Noble in The Woodlands Mall, Woodlands WCE held its first Q&A Mentor Panel during its Brain Brew. Previously, the Brain Brew was a networking and business problem solving gathering; however, it became apparent that many of the attendees had the same business questions but did not have clear direction on solutions to offer each other.
Woodlands WCE addressed this issue by compiling a panel of business women who are experts in their field to mentor other business women and answer their questions.
The panel consisted of the following mentors:
- Jennifer Kelley Bruse, award-winning videographer and photographer, marketing expert and coach, speaker, and CEO & President of Hello Woodlands as well as the Editor-in-Chief of HelloWoodlands.com.
- Meredith Spychai, the founder/co-founder of three successful businesses Mail & More LLC, MNS LLC, and cofounder of Squash Blossom Catering.
- Prolene Quirit, an Independent Consultant with Rodan+Fields, life coach, and business development coach. Her passion is growing confidence in women so they can create the personal and professional lives of their dreams. With a background in finance, sales, and personal styling, she teaches people in every phase of life and business, the importance of branding and how to build community by making genuine connections.
Each entrepreneur was selected based on field of expertise. There was variety of businesses types represented; from online only, to brick & mortar, to Multi-Level Marketing.
Check-in started at 11:30 a.m. Guests networked until 11:45 a.m. and the event started with the announcement of upcoming events. Then the Woodlands WCE founders Tiffany Marascio, Melissa Rouswell, and Ali Everhard were introduced.
Next, all attendees were invited to introduce themselves and briefly talk about their business. This information helped attendees effectively network at the end of the event and discuss possible collaborations.
The panel was then introduced and the Q&A portion of the event began. The Q&A was moderated to ensure the event ended on time, that all attendees were able to ask questions, and that a broad selection of questions could be addressed.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., the panel was adjourned and the event officially ended, but the mentors generously stayed after to answer more questions individually. During this time, attendees were able to network.
One of the goals of Woodlands WCE is to create a forum for women entrepreneurs to help each other in their business journey and this event embodied that goal. Guests reported they received the answers they were looking for in addition to a networking opportunity with like-minded business women.
“WCE went beyond a networking event…It was a gathering where like-minded women were all hungry to learn how to grow their business, while encouraging others to do the same,” said Rachel Dawsey, Account Executive at Goosehead Insurance, about attending her first Woodlands WCE event. “Only positive vibes and smiles all around, and I felt welcomed right away.”
By far, the most asked questions were about Social Media. Woodlands WCE’s Lunch & Learn March 20 at Pinot’s Palette, “Social Media: Etiquette, Myths, & Digital Marketing” will be aimed at answering the many Social Media questions business owners have. To learn more and to register, click here.