Legacy Makers, Belmont University host second Women Entrepreneurs Luncheon


By SOTG News Service


More than 150 women entrepreneurs and women in business are expected to attend the second “Power of WE: Women Entrepreneurs” Luncheon, scheduled March 9 at Belmont University’s Inman Conference Center and hosted by Nashville nonprofit organization Legacy Makers.

This year, hosts for the WE Luncheon welcomes business leaders Dr. Katherine Y. Brown, Marcela Gomez and Kim Sasser Hayden for a keynote panel discussion moderated by event decorator Krystal Bonner of Phoenix Forrester Events.

Sponsors for the 11 a.m. gathering include Belmont University, Advance Financial, Comcast Nashville, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP., The Maynard Group, duGard Communications, STAYONTHEGO Magazine and Foundation Nashville.

“We are ecstatic to make this year’s luncheon even better than last year’s inaugural WE Luncheon!” beamed Shawntaz Crawford, executive director for Legacy Makers. “We decided that a more intimate space and a panel style discussion for our keynote address would not only enhance the experience for our guests as well as ensure a much more organic networking experience to be enjoyed by all who attend, including Belmont President Robert Fisher!”

A little more about the event’s panelists:

• For more than 10 years, Dr. Katherine Brown has led her company Learn CPR America, LLC., in providing CPR training to more than 200,000 people from its roots on the southside of Chicago to Israel and now, here in Nashville.

Marcela Gomez serves as the president of Hispanic Marketing Group, a company that provides marketing and public relations strategies that relate appropriate and compelling messages to Hispanic consumer markets. Additionally, Gomez serves as chairman of the board and president of the Tennessee Latin America Chamber of Commerce (TLACC).

Kim Sasser-Hayden serves as senior manager of external affairs for Nashville’s Comcast corporate headquarters. The veteran strategist and thought leader has nearly 10 years of experience in project management and executing marketing efforts for corporate clients, non-profit organizations, governmental entities, and political campaigns.

In alignment with Women’s History Month celebrated nationally each March, the “Power of WE: Women Entrepreneurs” Luncheon puts Nashville-area women entrepreneurs in front of distinguished industry leaders who share their stories and, in turn, their keys to successfully navigate and rebound from challenges that may cause others to throw in the towel.

“This event strikes a personal chord with our team because it celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary women in business right here in Nashville,”  Crawford explained. “Collectively representing more than 45 years of combined experience in business and entrepreneurship, I encourage everyone to join these inspiring women who will be speaking during lunch.”

The inaugural “Power of WE: Women Entrepreneurs” Luncheon in 2016 was presented by the Metro Nashville Airport Authority and Belmont University. With more than 200 attendees, the event featured greetings from newly elected Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and an address given by former LetterLogic CEO Sherry Deutschmann.

Legacy Makers is a non-profit organization created to support and provide resources to small businesses and underserved communities. For the last two years, the organization has hosted a series of events targeted to activate entrepreneurship among Nashville’s most vulnerable, including the annual Nashville Small Business EXPO at the Music City Center each September, now in its third year.

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