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Dell Brings Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Home to Austin for Fifth Anniversary
|By Business Wire
|May 6, 2014 09:11 AM EDT
Dell today announced the preliminary speaker line-up for its fifth
Women’s Entrepreneur Network event, convening June 1-3 in Dell’s
hometown, Austin, Texas.
The Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network global event, co-sponsored by
Intel, is an exclusive, invitation-only conference that will connect
more than 200 of the world’s top female entrepreneurs, business leaders
and media to share insights and best practices as part of a vibrant
Previously hosted in emerging entrepreneurial hotbeds Shanghai, Rio de
Janeiro, New Delhi, and Istanbul, Dell is bringing this year’s event to
Austin where Dell
began in a University of Texas dorm room 30 years ago. Programming
will be centered around the impact that women-owned businesses are
having on the global economy and unite around this year’s theme “Bold
Beginnings, Brave Futures,” showcasing the stories and technologies
inspiring global entrepreneurs today.
The United States is the world’s largest economy and was named the best
place to be a female entrepreneur out of 17 countries surveyed in the
2013 rankings for its good institutional foundations and strong
entrepreneurial environment. Austin recently was named the fastest
growing U.S. city by Forbes, making it a prime location to host this
year’s event, providing attending women entrepreneurs with access to
networks, technology, capital and the knowledge needed to grow their
“Dell began 30 years ago with a belief that putting technology in the
hands of people everywhere could change the world," said Karen Quintos,
senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Dell. “The fifth
annual Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network in Dell’s hometown will bring
together top women entrepreneurs from around the world to celebrate that
same entrepreneurial spirit, the potential of female entrepreneurship to
affect the global economy and the bright future ahead.”
Speakers at this year’s event will include leading female CEOs, founders
and thought leaders:
Dr. Brené Brown, Researcher at The University of Houston and
Bestselling Author, Daring Greatly, How the Courage to Be
Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Anasuya Gupta, Chairperson & Managing Director, CICO
Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Founders, Gilt
Jane Wurwand, Founder, Dermalogica
Eileen Gittins, Founder and CEO, Blurb
Linda Rottenberg, CEO and Co-founder, Endeavor Global
Nina Vaca, Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship,
Founder, Pinnacle Technology
Jane Poytner, CEO, Worldview Experience
Pamela Prince Eason, President, WBENC
Genevieve Bell, Director of User Experience Research, Intel Labs
Michael Dell, Founder and CEO, Dell Inc.
Karen Quintos, Chief Marketing Officer, Dell Inc.
Andi Karaboutis, CIO, Dell Inc.
Ingrid Vanderveldt, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Dell Inc.
The agenda will focus on how women can grow and scale their businesses
with technology, and will include keynotes, panel discussions, workshops
designed to address top business issues, facilitate introductions to the
right business connections, and share lessons learned.
Michael and Susan Dell on the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
seeks to transform the lives of children living in urban poverty through
better health, education and family economic stability. It applies
metrics-based methodologies and analysis to identify where resources can
be effectively applied to produce both immediate results and long-term
systemic changes that can be expanded and sustained. Michael and Susan
Dell will join MSNBC’s Alex Witt to discuss the mission of the
Foundation, and how insights and lessons learned from partnerships,
collaboration and a data-driven approach have shaped their path forward
- inspiring them to push for even greater impact and improvements in the
education, health and well-being of children today and for generations
Follow the event
Women entrepreneurs and business leaders are invited to join in the
conversation through the Women
Powering Business group on LinkedIn or on Twitter via @DellBizWomen
At the event, Dell will announce the findings of its second annual
Gender-GEDI Index, the only global index to measure high-potential
female entrepreneurship based on individual aspirations, business
environments and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Created with the Global
Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GEDI), the 2014 research
will expand the index from 17 to 30 countries and is designed as a
diagnostic tool for countries to expand opportunities for women
To provide tangible examples on how women entrepreneurs can overcome
challenges and maximize opportunities flagged in the study, Dell has
commissioned an e-book, Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build Your Business
Without One, featuring case studies of ten women entrepreneurs. For
more information on the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network and stories of
how female entrepreneurs are driving forward the global economy,
subscribe to receive the DWEN Quarterly newsletter here.
Dell Inc. listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and
services that give them the power to do more. As the visionary outcome
of a true entrepreneur, Dell is committed to help power the success of
entrepreneurs by developing technology solutions that help their
businesses increase productivity and grow. Through the Dell Women’s
Entrepreneur Network, Dell supports and nurtures a community of female
entrepreneurs by providing access to knowledge, networks, and capital.
Learn more at www.dell.com/women.
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