Atlanta Women’s Economic Summit
Date & Time
June 24, 2015 from 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. [See registration below.]
Driving Opportunities and Influence
The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce looks forward to working with the women of Atlanta to advance our economic opportunities and influence. Working together, we will gain a good understanding of our current economic position, centers of influence within the region and steps we will take together to drive progress. Please join us and be part of a strong economic future for women in Atlanta — and across the U.S.
USWCC CEO Margot Dorfman and Co-Founder Terry Williams will lead the Atlanta Women’s Economic Summit. We extend our thanks to Contracting Education Academy at Georgia Tech for hosting this meeting.
|7:30 am||Registration & Networking|
|8:00||Welcome & Introduction: Women's Economic Priorities
Bukie Opanuga, President/CEO - Modavate, Inc. - USWCC Regional Ambassador
Margot Dorfman, CEO - U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce
|8:45||State of the State of Georgia Women in Business
Terry L. Williams, Co-Founder - U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce
|9:00||Finding Centers of Influence for Economic Development|
|9:30||Tapping In to Secure Business Opportunities
Chuck Schadl, Group Manager, Government Contracting Services, Contracting Education Academy at Georgia Tech
Karen Fite, Director, Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership
|10:00||Leverage the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce to Drive Opportunities and Influence|
|10:45||Success Stories: Let's Talk About How to Build Success
Special Guest: Sarah S. Lattimer, President, Lattimer Communications
|11:25||Cornerstones for the Future – Taking the Lead|
|Noon||Lunch on Your Own|
|1 - 2:30 pm||Opportunities and strategic planning session for those interested in leadership|
Speakers & Guests
Margot Dorfman, Co-Founder and CEO, is a visionary leader who has dedicated herself to promoting the economic and leadership interest of women. Her extensive background in business, business ownership, publishing and nonprofit leadership has prepared Ms. Dorfman to set the vision for the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce (uswcc.org). Read more about Margot.
Karen Fite, Director – Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership
As the director of the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Karen Fite oversees the statewide outreach for service delivery to manufacturers and entrepreneurs. She is responsible for connecting businesses, manufacturers, and communities to Georgia Tech’s wealth of innovation and technology services, which is designed to elevate their competitive position and economic impact. Previously Fite was the state regional network manager for the GaMEP, leading the team of nine regional managers in their outreach efforts.
Sarah S. Lattimer, President & CEO – Lattimer Communications
Sarah is President and CEO of Lattimer Communications, a full-service, multicultural, advertising and public relations agency with a focus on the African-American, particularly female, and Latino segments. Throughout her illustrious 25-year career as a marketing, advertising and sales professional, Sarah has spearheaded highly successful, integrated, multicultural marketing campaigns. Under her guidance, Lattimer Communications recently completed a national, groundbreaking study, “A Profile of Today’s Black Woman” that received national attention from The Wall Street Journal, Target Market News and Yahoo Finance, among others, because it was the first study of its kind to identify six unique personas of African-American women. Read more about Sarah.
Bukie Opanuga, President/CEO – Modavate, Inc.
Along with her dynamic team at Modavate, Bukie specializes in helping clients harness the power of technology & the Internet — to better engage their stakeholders, and increase profits. She has over 10 years web strategy & development experience, serving clients from nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies. As a Women-Owned, SBA 8(a) certified firm, Modavate’s services have recently expanded to include cutting-edge mobile, cyber security & document management solutions. Bukie is passionate about helping women discover their true potential, as well as explore the opportunities new media has to offer.
Chuck Schadl, Group Manager, Government Contracting Services, Contracting Education Academy at Georgia Tech
Chuck Schadl has been a procurement counselor with the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center since 2003, and served as the program director from 2009 to 2012. He has 40 years of experience in program management, marketing and government contracting. He began his government career as a federal contracting officer and went on to senior leadership positions at Atlanta transit system. He oversaw $2 billion in contracting and later headed the marketing and communications department for MARTA, including responsibility for the public transportation communications plan during the 1996 Olympics. Read more about Chuck.
Terry L. Williams, Co-Founder – U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce
Terry Williams is a Co-Founder of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Her work with the USWCC has included strategic visioning, operations and communications, technology and research. Terry has a long history in publishing, business / entrepreneurship and association leadership. Previously she served as the editor of Arizona Women’s News, Hispana News and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Business Connection. Ms. Williams is a successful entrepreneur who has successfully founded, managed and sold multiple firms over the last 25 years. She built and sold strong successful firms in retail, government contracting and business consulting. Prior to her work as an entrepreneur, Ms. Williams was an award winning orchestra conductor serving with the Orquesta Mexicana de la Juventud in Mexico City prior to founding the Nouveau West Chamber Orchestra in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Location & Host
This summit is hosted by the Contracting Education Academy at Georgia Tech. Hodges Room, 3rd Floor, Centergy Building, 75 Fifth St, NW, Atlanta, GA 30308. Please find directions at the bottom of this page.
Sponsorship provides extra visibility and summit registration. Purchase your sponsorship below:
- Gold Sponsorship: $400 Includes — 1/2 Page Ad in summit program, 2 summit attendees
- Silver Sponsorship: $250 Includes — 1/4 Page Ad in summit program, 2 summit attendees
- Current Members: If you are already a member/registrant with the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce, please login below. Once you have logged-in, your registration link will be exposed for you. Click on the link and complete your registration.
- New to USWCC: If you are not a member (or have never registered for a USWCC meeting), the first time you register for a USWCC meeting, please go here to register and pay for this meeting. [$40]
Note: Registration fees are based on membership level. Members and non-members are welcome. Fees for this meeting are as follows: $20 – Business & Supplier Members | $40 – Individual, Advocate and Non-Members | Complimentary – Government Agency and Large Prime Contractor Representatives (as approved by USWCC). If you are not currently a Supplier or Business Member, consider joining here and then returning to this page to purchase your discounted registration.
Member Log In for Registration
Member Log In[MM_Member_Decision isMember='true']Hi [MM_Member_Data name='firstName'] [MM_Member_Data name='lastName']![/MM_Member_Decision] [lwa remember="0"][MM_Member_Decision isMember='false']
Driving South: From I-85 … Take the 17th Street exit (Exit 84). At the traffic light, turn left. Go over the Downtown Connector and turn right onto Spring Street. Traffic is one-way on Spring Street heading south. Stay in right lane. Just past the second traffic light, turn right onto Abercromie Street. Then turn right into the Centergy parking deck. Parking there is about $2 an hour. Take the parking deck elevator to the 5th level and then use the covered pedestrian walkway to the building courtyard. The Centergy building (75 – 5th St.) will be on your left. Enter the revolving doors and walk right to the elevators. Take an elevator to the third floor. The Hodges Room is on the main corridor and is clearly marked.
Driving South: From I-75 … Exit at 14th Street and continue south to 10th Street. At the traffic light on 10th Street, turn left and proceed until you cross over the Downtown Connector. Turn right at the second traffic signal onto Spring Street. Traffic is one-way on Spring heading south. Stay in right lane. Just past the second traffic light, turn right onto Abercromie Street. Then turn right into the Centergy parking deck. Parking there is about $2 an hour. Take the parking deck elevator to the 5th level and then use the covered pedestrian walkway to the building courtyard. The Centergy building (75 – 5th St.) will be on your left. Enter the revolving doors and walk right to the elevators. Take an elevator to the third floor. The Hodges Room is on the main corridor and is clearly marked.
Driving North on the I-85/75 Downtown Connector … Exit at 10th Street (Exit 250), and get in the right hand lane. At the traffic signal at the end of the ramp, turn right. Proceed one block and turn right at the first traffic signal onto Spring Street. Traffic is one-way on Spring Street heading south. Stay in right lane. Just past the second traffic light, turn right onto Abercromie Street. Then turn right into the Centergy parking deck. Parking there is about $2 an hour. Take the parking deck elevator to the 5th level and then use the covered pedestrian walkway to the building courtyard. The Centergy building (75 – 5th St.) will be on your left. Enter the revolving doors and walk right to the elevators. Take an elevator to the third floor. The Hodges Room is on the main corridor and is clearly marked.
MARTA rapid transit directions to Centergy Building at 75 – 5th Street … Exit the train at the Midtown Station located near the corner of 10th Street and West Peachtree Street. Exit on the south side of the station which is on Peachtree Place. The Georgia Tech Trolley makes regular stops there (every 6-8 minutes) and provides free transportation to the campus. The trolley is bright Georgia Tech yellow — you can’t miss it. After boarding at the rail station, the first trolley stop is immediately in front of the Centergy Building location at 75 – 5th Street. When you exit the trolley, walk into the courtyard and proceed about 75 feet to the Centergy Building revolving door entrance straight ahead. Enter there, bear to the right and take the elevator to the third floor. The Hodges Room is on the main corridor to your left and is clearly marked. Return transportation to the Midtown Station via the Trolley is free and available immediately across the street from the Centergy courtyard. The MARTA fare is $2.50 each way. For MARTA information, visit www.itsmarta.com.