Jonel Turner of Epicenter Memphis

Over the last decade, Memphis has experienced exponential growth. A number of factors have contributed to that growth, but most notable among them is the people that make our community go. The women of Memphis are no exception, and making sure that they are included in that progress is the mission of the ninth annual RISE 2018 Women’s Success Summit, coming to the Bluff City on Wednesday, May 16.

A decade of Memphis growth

Memphis’s status as one of the elite metropolitan cities in the United States is quickly gaining momentum, and yet it is still one the most affordable places to live. Programs like the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW) have been working to get the next generation ready to join the workforce, and Memphis’ location and logistical advantages have led a number of the nation’s best companies to put down roots here. A nationally recognized municipal parks system featuring 165 green spaces hasn’t hurt either.

One of the main reasons that Memphis finds itself being mentioned among the elite cities in America over the last decade is an increased awareness of the need to create opportunities for women and minorities. As recently as 2015, Forbes magazine named Tennessee the top state for female entrepreneurs, and Memphis alone saw a 116 percent increase in female-owned businesses from 2007 to 2012. That trend has continued recently, with the American Express State of Women-Owned Business Report showing women in Memphis are starting their own businesses at five times the national rate.

The emphasis Memphis has placed on creating opportunities for female entrepreneurs has clearly proven beneficial, and the ninth annual RISE 2018 Women’s Success Summit is part of that push.

Charting a path to success

This year’s event will be facilitated by Melissa Kaye, managing director of the Memphis chapter of the eWomen Network. The summit will focus on helping female entrepreneurs discover the key to unleashing their abilities to found and grow successful businesses. Attendees will learn immediate and tangible breakthrough strategies that will change not only their approach to business, but their approach to life.

The Memphis chapter of the eWomen Network is one of 118 across America, empowering over 500,000 women nationally to reach their fullest potential. Every year, the eWomen Network conducts more than 2,000 events that are routinely recognized as some of the top conferences of their kind.

RISE 2018 Women’s Success Summit will welcome guest speaker Sandra Yancey, a best-selling author and award-winning international entrepreneur who has been inspiring women to reach their fullest potential for over 20 years. Her crusade to help 1 million women entrepreneurs each achieve $1 million in annual revenue will be on full display when she takes the stage this spring.

The event will be held at the Racquet Club of Memphis on Wednesday, May 16, and will begin with an informal networking session at 10:15 a.m. You can find complete registration information for exhibitors and attendees on the eWomen Network Memphis chapter website.

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