Lakeland-area women who are thinking of starting their own business or perhaps already own one, are invited to Southeastern University on January 31st for a free two-hour session that could help set them on a track toward success.
The session, called a Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium, will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in Room A121 of the Business & Education Building. The university is located at 1000 Longfellow Boulevard, east of U.S. Highway 98 South and north of North Crystal Lake Drive.
Presenters will be business women Tamara Mattison, Charity Dixon, and Judy Coyle. Among the topics they will discuss individually and in a panel setting: key things to think about when starting a business; research; first steps; mission statement; set up; working with others; talking to people; and evaluation. The session will be informal, and audience participation will be encouraged.
After the symposium, the presenters will be available to answer additional questions from participants who elect to buy lunch and join them in Southeastern’s campus restaurant.
Ms. Mattison has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a Masters of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management, and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. She was in public accounting for more than four years; worked one year at a technology firm in Plano, Texas, where she spearheaded their initial public offering; and practiced corporate and securities law at leading law firms in California and Texas, with a focus on small start-up companies.
Ms. Dixon, a Southeastern University graduate, describes herself as a hopeful philanthropist and incurable optimist. She is the Director of Operations for Greater Works, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring literal salvation to people around the world. Literal Salvation is the act of saving people from harm, destruction, obscurity, or failure.
Ms. Coyle has a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Oglethorpe University. At Emory University, she earned a Master’s degree in Library Science and a law degree. She practiced Environmental and Real Property law for four years at the Department of Interior, and worked 15 years at Fannie Mae – three years in the legal department, then in management. She served almost 10 years as Senior Vice President of the Southwestern Regional office in Dallas, overseeing 250 employees and more than 300 lenders in a 10-state region.
For more information about the Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium, call Southeastern University at (863) 667-5000 and ask for faculty members Carolyn Holton or Beth Leslie. Pre-registration is not required.
Southeastern University is a 75-year-old private, liberal arts school with more than 2,800 students. Its website is www.seu.edu.