WEO Meeting September 20, 2017
The Women Entrepreneurs Organization (WEO) of SW Washington presents the Fourth Annual Red Carpet Awards Dinner with special guest speaker Liz Forkin Bohannon of Sseko. Bohannon will share an inspirational story of entrepreneurship in her presentation "Using the Principles of Design Thinking to Create Social Impact."
Two awards will be presented at this meeting: The WEO President's Award, known as the "Ann Mason Award" in honor of its first recipient and longest serving president. The award is chosen by the current WEO president in recognition of exemplary service by a member to the Women Entrepreneurs Organization.
The second award is the WEO Spirit Award, a member-nominated award to recognize WEO women who embody, exemplify and model WEO values. The WEO Spirit nominees will be honored, and the winner announced at the meeting. WEO's many dedicated volunteers will also be recognized and honored at this meeting.
Also on the agenda are member spotlight presentations by up to three WEO members, WEO's Pot O'Gold philanthropy, and more.
WHO: Women Entrepreneurs Organization of SW Washington (WEO)
WHAT: 4th Annual Red Carpet Awards Dinner/September monthly meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at 5:30 PM
WHERE: The Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Drive, Vancouver, WA 98662
HOW MUCH: $44.50 advance for members/$49.50 visitors; includes buffet, dessert, coffee, tea, tax & tip
Liz Forkin Bohannon is the founder of Sseko Designs. Sseko is an ethical fashion brand that works to educate and empower women. By providing employment and educational opportunities, Sseko enables women to continue their education and become leaders in their country. In four years, Sseko has grown from three women making sandals together under a mango tree, to an international fashion brand that provides employment, educational opportunities and entrepreneurial training to women in East Africa.
Using her unlikely story of a journalist-gone-shoe-maker, Liz shares her passion for social enterprise, conscious consumerism, social justice, creative leadership, gender equity, risk-taking, and empowering women. She believes deeply that business is a powerful platform for social change and that girls are our future.
She now splits her time between Uganda and Portland, Oregon, where she and her husband Ben run Sseko Designs. www.ssekodesigns.com
Networking begins at 5:30
Dinner at 6
Spotlight speakers at 7
Awards Presentation at 7:15
Keynote Speaker at 7:30
Meeting ends at 8:30
Reservations are required; RSVP at http://weowa.org/Sept-20-2017
The Women Entrepreneurs Organization of Southwest Washington (WEO) is an association of women business owners and executives who meet the third Wednesday of each month to share knowledge, to network and to support one another in professional endeavors.