The Women Business Owners Special Interest Group (WBO SIG) offers owners of technology-related companies a confidential environment for networking, learning, and discussing business trends, ideas and solutions, specifically related to growing their businesses. Our goal is to help established and new women business owners in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area increase their visibility through disruptive and innovative business strategies.

Our programs are designed to appeal to (but not limited to) the following technology-related fields: information technology, peripherals, software, hardware, trainers, programmers, consultants, authors, engineers, IT attorneys, intellectual property experts, project managers, health technology, devices, diagnostics, manufacturing, Six Sigma, business advisors, recruiting, counseling and coaching.

Our target audience is WIT members, DMV area women business owners, start-ups, and potential start-ups.

MISSION

The Women Business Owners Special Interest Group offers owners of technology-related companies a confidential environment for networking, learning, and discussing business trends, ideas and solutions specifically related to growing their businesses. Our programs are designed to appeal to WBO's whose businesses are in varied stages of development.

VISION

To serve as the leading organization for women business owners in the DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia).

CORE BELIEFS

  • We believe in a supportive and engaged network for every women business owner
  • We believe in fostering active connections
  • We believe in paying forward and giving back
  • We believe in finding ways to make the dream a reality

STEERING COMMITTEE

Steering Committee meetings are held one per month via teleconference or in-person. The Steering Committee works to implement the mission and vision of the WBO SIG through structured programming, networking, and other events. Steering committee members serve on one or more of the following sub-committees:

  • Marketing (including Branding, Social Media, Publishing), (Lead: Jenny Oh)
  • Events and Networking Committee (Lead: Robin McDougal)
  • Outreach and Membership (includes Strategic Partnerships) (Lead: Arti Varanasi)

If you are interested in serving on the Steering Committee or learning more, please contact Arti Varanasi, Chair or Robin McDougal, Vice Chair.

2019-2020 EVENTS

Creativity Rules
An event series designed to help entrepreneurs start and grow their business

Inspired by Tina Seelig’s book – Creativity Rules: Get Ideas out of Your Head and Into the World – the WBO SIG Creativity Rules Event Series is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs start and grow their business by taking ideas from the conceptual phase to a viable product or service.

Focusing on the 4 steps of the Invention Cycle—Imagination, Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship—the services provides an instructive and engaging set of events that assist entrepreneurs in envisioning new ideas, applying these ideas to a proof of concept, developing unique solutions, and bringing these solutions to market. Using a step-by-step approach, our events will walk entrepreneurs through the Invention Cycle, with each event providing an overview of the entire process and then delving deeply into one of the four steps.

2019-2020 PLANNED EVENTS

  • Imagination: Aligning Your Knowledge and Skills with Your Passion
  • Creativity: Unleash Your CreativitY
  • Innovation: Taking Technology into the Fu-ture with a Minimal Viable Prod-uct
  • Entrepreneurship: Getting Your Product to Market Getting Your Services to Market

 

Tina, a Stanford University Professor and Practice and Faculty Director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, is an internationally renowned author and speaker. Her management approach to creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship described in her book have been adopted by universities all over the world.

 

For more information please contact:

Kara Dickey, Chair
Owner, SmartCom Solutions
[email protected]