Radford University is hosting Women's Entrepreneurship Week

Norma Greene, of Latino's Taste, is on the Visionary Women panel.
Norma Greene, of Latino's Taste, is on the Visionary Women panel.

Radford University is hosting Women’s Entrepreneurship Week, an international event that involves more than 160 different universities around the globe.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Week brings attention to entrepreneurial pursuits of women around the world. Sarah Hastings, professor of psychology, said that it is important to highlight “strengths that women bring to the table that spur innovation and improve conditions around the world.”

The week honoring women entrepreneurs was brought to Radford by Jeanne Mekolichick, associate provost for Academic Programs, and Steve Childers, professor of management. Additionally, Ali-Sha Alleman, Alison Armstrong, Melissa Grim, Sarah Hastings, Jeanne Mekolichick, Danylle Kunkel, Hyajung Lee, Alicia Van Winkle, Chunlin Wang and Hui Wang assisted with the week-long programming.

Kathy Krendl, president emerita of Otterbein University, is serving as the moderator of the Visionary Women event. Krendl has significant experience building relationships within a town setting and has spent much of her professional life building opportunities for women.

“For a small city, Radford has a number of women who run businesses,” Hastings said. “We asked three of them, Dr. Emily Lawrence of West End Animal Clinic, Laura Lamoureaux of Lamour’s Boutique, and Norma Greene of Latino’s Taste to offer insights about how they started their businesses and how they have helped them thrive.”

One of the aspects of the week-long celebration is the concept of entrepreneurship including innovation at a variety of settings – more than just opening a business.

“We hope to highlight the fact that women create not only new businesses, but also new programs in nonprofits, schools and community service organizations,” Hastings said. “It is important to think about how society can support women in getting new projects off the ground that benefit their communities.”

The Women’s & Gender Studies program, the Center for Gender Studies, College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, Artis College of Science and Technology, Waldron College of Health and Human Services, Davis College of Business and Economics, the Women in Computing Club, R-SPaCE, High Impact Practices, the Department of Management and the Radford University Foundation are sponsoring the events.

List of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Week events:

  • Oct. 16 – Student side-gigs: Women share what went right and what didn’t, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Bonnie Auditorium
  • Oct. 17 – Film: “She Started It!” Panel Q&A, 5 p.m., Bonnie Auditorium
  • Oct. 18 – Meet a Social Entrepreneur: Brown bag discussion, 12:30-2 p.m., Heth Hall 022
  • Oct. 18 – Visionary Women: Area women share their stories, 5-6:30 p.m., Heth Hall 022
  • Oct. 18 – Film: “Hidden Figures” and Intrapreneurship discussion, 6:30 p.m., Center of the Sciences M73
  • Oct. 19 – Pilates Mat Class, 11:15 a.m., Peters Hall C019
  • Oct. 19 – Q&A with Jaclyn Forrester, Niche Fit Studio, 12-1 p.m., Peters Hall C117


Oct 16, 2018
Max Esterhuizen