Abilene Chamber and McMurry University Celebrate National Women’s Entrepreneurship Week 2020

September 24, 2020Laurin Kocurek, Director of Communications

Sept. 24, 2020


For more information contact:
Laurin Kocurek, Director of Communications

Dr. Duncan Pelly, McMurry University
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

Abilene Chamber and McMurry University Celebrate National Women’s Entrepreneurship Week 2020
A partnership with McMurry University Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Abilene, Texas – In partnership with McMurry University, the Gaia Storytelling Lab (Berlin, Germany) and Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez (Juarez, Mexico), the Abilene Chamber of Commerce is pleased to celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Week with a virtual international video experience highlighting women entrepreneurs from across the world.

“Women’s Entrepreneurship Week was one of the first events I launched when I came to McMurry University,” said Dr. Duncan Pelly, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship for McMurry University. “Our hope is that through this virtual platform we are able to give women  entrepreneurs a platform to share their story, to hear from other women entrepreneurs from across the globe, and to empower more women to share their business story.”

The virtual event will be held from Sept. 21- Nov. 13 on YouTube, with two videos premiering per week, and featuring four women entrepreneurs from Abilene, Texas.

“We’re thrilled to have this partnership with our friends at McMurry University,” said Doug Peters, President and CEO of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. “According to Cornerstone Capital Group, women-owned businesses have grown at a rate of 21 percent since 2014. After the hit that the entire business community took due to COVID-19, it’s important that we lift up our women-owned businesses to showcase their impact on our business community.”

A tentative schedule for the virtual format includes:

Sept. 21 – Julia aka Princess Gaia (Berlin, Germany) – Therapist and Member of Gaia Storytelling
Sept. 25 – Tammy Reese (Abilene, TX) – Owner of the Flipping Egg and Serial Entrepreneur
Sept. 28 – Nuwella Love (Belin, Germany) – Founder of Ó Water
Oct. 2 – Claudine Desrosiers (Rimouski, Canada) – Internationally Recognized Artist and Art Entrepreneur
Oct. 5 – Mar Michelle Häusler (Lisboa, Portugal) – Founder of Give & Take Lab, aimed at exploring new interactions with money
Oct. 9 – Gitta Peyn (Lüchow, Germany) – Co-Inventor of Formwelt, a linguistic system that can be spoken by humans and machines
Oct. 12 – Missy Denard (Abilene, TX) – Social Entrepreneur and Founder of New Beginnings Big Country
Oct. 16 – Purvi Shah Paulini (Münster, Germany) – Owner of Living India – expert in intercultural communication
Oct. 19 – Yudith Terrazas (Juarez, Mexico) – Directora de Centro de Estimulación y Orientación para el Desarrollo Infantil- CEODI)
Oct. 26 – Karen and Christian Light (Abilene, TX) – Sole Proprietors of Canon Light Enterprises and Texas Roots Salon
Oct. 30 – Lisa Kollmannsberger (Lindkirchen, Germany) – Young, wild and diligent Entrepreneur and Tenant of the Hofcafé in Lindkirchen
Nov. 2 – Ese Dodokier (Lagos, Nigeria) – Founder of Peem Peace School in Lagos, Nigeria.
Nov. 6 – Alex Terrell Russell (Abilene, TX) – Co-Founder of JAR Lands & Investments
Nov. 9 – Ilona Ori (Chapel Hill, NC) – Social Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Ori Diagnostics
Nov. 13 – Simar Kohli (Bangalore, India) – Ecopreneur at ECOSTP
Nov. 16 – Sara Frasca (Ponote Vedra Beach, Florida) – Internationally Recognized Motivational Speaker and Tech Entrepreneur
Nov. 20 – Dr D. University and Princess Gaia – a summary

For more information on the Women’s Entrepreneurship Week or the view the videos, click here.

Since 1908, the Abilene Chamber has served as a catalyst for business growth, a convener of leaders and influencers, and a champion for developing and promoting the economy and quality of life. For more information on the Chamber and the 1,200 businesses it represents, visit www.abilenechamber.com



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