Women-Owned Business Pitch Competition Call for Entries

Do you or someone you know run a women-owned business founded in November 2019 or later? All eligible individuals are invited to enter our third annual Women-Owned Business Pitch Competition. This is an opportunity for female founders to advertise their business, improve their communication and presentation skills, network with like-minded attendees, and compete for a cash prize.

Interested applicants may enter by submitting an application by the October 3 entry deadline. There is no fee to enter. The competition will take place during the 2022 Women|Future Conference on Wednesday, November 9.

Women Owned Business Pitch Competition

If you are a female founder navigating the startup phase of your business, looking for funding, or simply seeking exposure presenting in front of hundreds of women professionals around the world, consider entering the competition.

Pitch competition finalists will have opportunities to:

  • Learn how to craft the perfect pitch to investors and concisely and eloquently present their business model
  • Receive one-on-one mentoring about how to present their best pitch prior to the competition
  • Network with judges and fellow pitch competition competitors
  • Receive written and real-time feedback from judges and attendees
  • Attend the 2022 Women|Future Conference

Attendees who watch the competition will learn how to pitch their own business, gain insight into the organizational structure of other women-owned businesses, vote for their favorite pitch, and connect with competitors and judges.

Enter the Pitch Competition

Pitch Competition Format

The initial pitch applications will be reviewed by the Women|Future Conference leadership team. Five finalists will be selected in mid-October and invited to participate in the virtual competition during the conference on November 9. The competition will be judged by a live panel of successful and established women entrepreneurs, business owners, and investors.

The format of the competition is similar to ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ reality TV show where finalists present a timed virtual pitch about their product/service, business model, and target market before the judges and conference attendees. There will be one winner who will receive a monetary prize. The amount of prize money will be announced in October.

Sign up for our conference updates to get notified about the latest pitch competition announcements and other conference news such as new speaker and session additions, keynote, etc.

Sponsor the Pitch Competition

We love working with organizations that are aligned with our mission of supporting women in business. The Pitch Competition is funded entirely through the generosity of our sponsors. Sponsorship offers visibility among a demographic of women business owners, executives, and professionals.

Request information about available sponsorship packages by visiting our Sponsorship and Advertising Page.

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What to Expect at the 2022 Women|Future Conference 

Hundreds of driven women business leaders, entrepreneurs, and executives from around the world will virtually attend the fifth annual Women|Future Conference from November 8-10, 2022.

The mission of the conference is to help women share insights about changes that will impact their businesses, their industries, their careers, and their lives. Attendees gain practical takeaways through panels and workshops in seven tracks that are useful for every industry:

  1. Entrepreneurship
  2. Future of Work
  3. Leadership
  4. Marketing
  5. Personal Development
  6. Technology
  7. Workplace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The conference agenda features over 20 sessions hosted by diverse speakers from small businesses and global organizations such as Accenture, Cisco, Goldman Sachs, Hilton, IBM, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Nestle, SAP, T-Mobile, Wolters Kluwer, and others.

Women Future Conference

The sessions cover everything from how to gain traction through public relations, overcome the imposter syndrome, and think like an investor. Below is a partial list of sessions:

  • Building Your Community of Mentors​​​​​​​​
  • Cultivating an Inclusive Workplace: How Diversity Creates Opportunity​​​​​​​​
  • FearLESS: Facing Adversity ​​​​​​​​
  • Find Your Voice: Insider Secrets from Seasoned Speakers
  • Legal Tips For Your Trade
  • Generational Work Styles: Understanding the Old and the New​​​​​​​​
  • Silencing Self Doubt: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome​​​​​​​​
  • Strategic Storytelling: Advertising and PR Tactics for Your Business​​​​​​​​
  • The Next Generation of Tech​​​​​​​​
  • The Ever-changing World of Social Media
  • The Evolution of Connection: In-person vs Virtual Networking
  • The Snowball Effect: How Women-Led Businesses Create an Impact
  • Think Like an Investor: How to Get the Funding You Deserve​​​​​​​​
  • Turning Passion into Profit
  • …and more
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Conference Registration

 

Registration for the 2022 Women|Future Conference is open. Take advantage of these savings and reserve your virtual seat:

  • Bring the whole team to #WomenFuture22! Groups of three (3) or more who register together get 10% savings with our group discount
  • Student tickets are $39 with proof of a valid student ID

About the 2022 Women|Future Conference

The Women|Future Conference is a professional and personal development, learning, and networking conference hosted by The Stevie® Awards, the world’s premier business awards. Driven women worldwide attend the conference year after year to be inspired, build resilience, and share insights into changes that impact their industries, their careers, and their lives.

The 5th annual Women|Future Conference is a three-day virtual event happening November 8-10 for women in business and entrepreneurs. The conference encourages connections, professional and personal development, and mental health and wellness through motivational keynotes, educational sessions, and networking. From aspiring business professionals to inspiring entrepreneurs to executives, there are sessions for women in all stages of life that open your mind and inspire action.

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Women Entrepreneurs Inc.

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March8

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Enterprising Women

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Luxurious Web Design

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Lindsey Brill
Marketing & Event Coordinator

Lindsey assists in the coordination and marketing efforts that surround the Women|Future Conference. She is passionate about the conference's mission to connect and empower women in business from all walks of life. Lindsey began her event planning career at Clemson University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Over the past five years, her love for event marketing and coordination has blossomed as she has gained valuable experience in the hotel, hospitality and corporate industry. In her free time, she enjoys photography, relaxing on the water and playing with her puppy, Sonny!

Alissa Soriano
Digital Marketing & Design Specialist

Alissa is responsible for creating graphics and visual elements for the Stevie Awards and the Women|Future Conference, as well as managing digital marketing efforts. From brochures and social media images to advertising campaigns, Alissa prioritizes professionalism and clarity. Previously, Alissa spent time as a Design Manager and Marketing Coordinator in the hospitality and nonprofit industries. Alissa is certified in Social Marketing and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.

Michael Gallagher
Executive Chairman

Michael Gallagher’s career reflects his passion for recognizing achievement across the diverse spectrum of business. To honor the millions of business executives and workers worldwide who quietly accomplish innovative and extraordinary things in the workplace every day, Michael founded the Stevie® Awards in 2002. In 2018, he started the Women|Future Conference in conjunction with the already successful Stevie Awards for Women in Business program to give high achieving women a place to come together, share ideas, and network. Michael’s commitment to honoring excellence was sparked during his tenure as Vice President of The New York Festivals, organizer of the some of the world’s largest international awards competitions for film, television, advertising, and other media. Under his leadership from 1982 to 1988, The New York Festivals significantly expanded its global influence by adding new awards competitions in fields such as radio and print advertising. Michael holds a bachelor of arts from Fordham University in New York City and a master of business administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Maggie Gallagher Miller
President

Maggie has been with the Stevie Awards organization for eight years and is thrilled with how much the Women|Future Conference has grown, even through the hardships of COVID-19. She is passionate about equal opportunities for women and encouraging change and diversity in all industries, especially those that have been male-dominated. At the Stevie Awards Maggie oversees all marketing, event, and HR efforts. Though the Stevie Awards is approaching it’s 20 year anniversary, the creation of the Women|Future Conference has led to increased collaboration and learning opportunities that were untapped in prior years. Maggie received her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Political Communications from James Madison University and received her Master of Business Administration from George Mason University. In her free time she enjoys running, playing with her dog Samoa, comedy, bargain shopping, keeping up with politics, and trying new restaurants.

Nina Moore
Director of Marketing & Communications

Nina is responsible for creating and implementing marketing strategies that set the vision and evolution of the Women|Future Conference and Stevie Awards programs. Her expertise in content writing, event planning, campaign management, and social media has positioned her as the full-stack Marketer for the Women|Future Conference. Her insight has influenced the growth of the Women|Future Conference over the past year and its transition from in-person to virtual. Before the Stevie Awards, Nina spent five years in the technology services industry in various marketing and event management roles- helping to scale a global IT partner. Nina is passionate about the conference mission of women helping other women succeed in all areas of life. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, tennis, golf, and spending quality time with her husband and dog. Nina graduated from Muhlenberg College with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Marketing.

Ruslana Milikhiker
Senior Manager, Events

Ruslana manages the Women|Future Conference from planning to execution. From agenda framework and speaker management, to sponsorship sales and live-streaming the virtual event, there is no task Ruslana can’t handle. Bringing over six years of event planning expertise to the Stevie Awards, Ruslana is dedicated to producing a memorable experience, every time. Transitioning the Women|Future Conference from in-person to virtual has been a fun challenge for Ruslana and her team, and has set the precedent for future successful events. Ruslana has produced events in all industries, and is particularly passionate about this conference as it helps women progress in both their personal and professional lives, while connecting them with an international community. As a first generation American, Ruslana is empowered by the connections that are made across borders. In her free time, Ruslana enjoys traveling, exploring the foodie scene, reading mysteries and thrillers, and spending time with her family and friends (especially at a winery!). Ruslana is Certified in Exhibition Management, holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, Global Campus.