ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship hosts events to celebrate women entrepreneurs

Ames, IA—Iowa State University will join more than 150 universities and colleges
in celebration of Women Entrepreneurship Week happening October 19 to 26. Institutions on six
continents have joined the WEW movement, and the list continues to grow. A special series of stories
will be released showcasing how women create as part of the week.

Diana Wright, marketing and program coordinator at the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship,
shares why it’s important to support women entrepreneurs and women who aspire to start something:

It’s important for women to start businesses in Iowa, as they have many ways to
solve problems and improve our quality of life. It’s our desire at the ISU Pappajohn
Center for Entrepreneurship to build the blueprint for supporting women
entrepreneurs in Iowa and beyond. We want to be the catalyst for women who
aspire to start, grow, scale, or sell businesses.

Events happening throughout Women Entrepreneurship Week at Iowa State include:

  • Monday, October 21—Start Something While at Iowa State
    The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship staff will be on campus to meet with students
    pursuing ideas on next steps and to provide guidance with resources on and off campus. The
    entrepreneur help booth will be located ISU Library, outside the main entrance from 12-2pm.
  • Tuesday, October 22—Women Who Create™ student panel
    As women entrepreneurs create in Iowa, it’s vital to gather and celebrate those who are proving they can start something, take the lead, and be successful. Join us for a panel discussion with female student entrepreneurs on why they create. The event is open to the public and hosted by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship.
  • Thursday, October 24—Women Who Create™ Conference
    The Women Who Create™ Conference brings together women entrepreneurs, women business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and individuals of all genders who support women entrepreneurs for a full day of workshops and speakers aimed at growing their business. The Women Who Create™ Conference takes place at ISU Research Park, hosted by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. Registration is $59 for the conference, limited to the first 50 people.
  • Thursday, October 24—SheTalks
    Following the Women Who Create™ Conference, a community cocktail reception will kick-off showcasing six SheTalks presentations. What’s a SheTalk? Taken from the Japanese inspired PechaKucha, it is a presentation style where each presenter shows 20 slides, each for 20 seconds. What makes it a SheTalk? All of the six speakers are women, and will be speaking around the theme ‘Women Who Create’. The event is hosted by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and sponsored by the ISU Debbie & Jerry Ivy College of Business.

A full list of event details can be found at For any questions or opportunities about the Women Entrepreneurship Week, please reach out to Diana Wright at

Contact: Diana Wright; 515-296-8246