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Women Investing in Women Summit Hits Downtown Phoenix

By Ilana Lowery
The third annual Phoenix Women Investing in Women Summit will be held Friday and Saturday at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In partnership with the Phoenix Business Journal and Seed Spot, the summit will focus on providing financial and other business information to entrepreneurs, business professionals and student.

Anu Bhardwaj, founder of Women Investing in Women Digital, said the Phoenix summit will be the largest to date since expanding the program across North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa during the past 12 months.
Bhardwaj said a large portion of revenue from the Phoenix summit will help support the official launch of the The State of Women Radio Network, Women Investing in Women & Girls Radio Show, and the Girls Rule Foundation.The radio show is produced and hosted by teenage girls across the Valley discussing global women’s issues, entrepreneurship and investing. It is produced locally by the Kidstar Corp. for Voice America Kids with an estimated reach of 5.6 million worldwide, Bhardwaj said.
“Women Investing in Women is a revolution of passionate individuals around the globe united for creating broader access to capital and supporting economic empowerment for women and girls. We accomplish this through public-private partnerships, education and information-sharing on social media, and collaborations to promote financial literacy” Bhardwaj said. “WIIW’s activities range from advocacy for global women’s issues and seminars for women entrepreneurs to a broader dialogue toward increasing the number of women on corporate boards and in the global private equity industry.”

Summit highlights include:
A private equity roundtable focused on helping women investors in the Valley understand due diligence as it pertains to making angel, venture capital and private equity investments.
A panel discussion with representatives from ASU and Duke University on moving more young women into STEM fields and careers.
Keynote on “Crowdfunding & Women” by Douglas Ellenoff from Ellenoff, Grossman, and Schole, one of the chief architects of the federal Jobs Act legislation.
Breakout sessions focused on access to capital, driving sales, small business finances, monetizing social media and more.
Three-minute rapid-fire pitches from female entrepreneurs from Seed Spot’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Program.
A launch party for the international best-selling book “Success in Beauty” to benefit the Girls Rule Foundation.

Special guests include:

Lisa Stone, SheKnows Media’s chief community officer and co-founder of BlogHer.
Barbara McAllister, director of global strategic initiatives for Intel Corp.
Courtney Klein, Co-Founder, Seed Spot
Kate Darling, senior digital advertising manager, the Business Journals
Gloria Feldt, founder, Take the Lead
Heidi Jannenga, co-Founder, WebPT
Aly Saxe, founder and CEO, IRIS Software
Ann-Christine Langselius, founder, Maya Global Invest
Candace Klein, chief strategy officer, Dealstruck
Cindy Christi, founder and CEO, CXI Media
Jennifer Mannino, executive vice president and director of investigations at Subrosa Investigations LLC
Poonam Ahluwalia, founder, Youth, Entrepreneurship & Sustainability
Anila Arthanari, director of development, Infusionsoft
Angela Hughey, founder, ONE Community
Kathy Sacks, founder, Fearless Ventures
Kathy Bass, founder, Ladies Who Brand
To register for the summit or for more information, visit

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