A month of honoring great women wouldn’t be complete without an event hosted by the Association of Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs (AOWIE). The group strives to assist female – and male – entrepreneurs in their pursuit of success. Men and women with big dreams traveled from various parts of the country to be a part of the popular event.
AOWIE was founded by Lisa Ascolese, A.K.A. “The Inventress,” who had once struggled through the complex and unforgiving world of business development and marketing before becoming an immensely successful and knowledgeable inventor, entrepreneur and businesswoman.
Women Helping Women
This year’s event – held at The Grand in Lakewood on Saturday, March 18 – marked the association’s third annual conference, though, as Ascolese explained, “It feels like much, much longer.”
Reflecting on the last two conferences, this year featured a number of distinguished and inspirational speakers. Among the famed guest speakers were Ralph McDaniels, co-creator and co-host of Video Music Box; Dolores Catania of The Real Housewives of New Jersey; Cindy Russo of QVC; Carla Hall, renowned chef and co-host of ABC’s The Chew; and singer Alyson Williams, who also sang a moving rendition of her hit “Just Call My Name” at the event.
The event also welcomed a number of specialty vendors who put their products and services on display for attendees. Products included clothing lines, baked goods, car products, personal hygiene essentials, thought-provoking novels, and other household goodies.
AOWIE Is More Than Just a Conference
AOWIE works to aid budding entrepreneurs in achieving their dreams; and conferences like this one are just a fraction of the ways in which the association goes above and beyond. With informative panels, educational lessons and first-hand accounts and tips from professionals, the AOWIE event proved a major success; helping each and every person who visited The Grand. Beyond that, Ascolese encourages her fellow entrepreneurs to motivate and assist each other in every one of their endeavors.
“I’m here to connect each and every one of you to another person in this room who can lift and elevate you to our divine commitments,” she said, as she reiterated that AOWIE does not belong to her but to everyone associated with the organization.
The Association of Women Inventors & Entrepreneurs is a tremendous non-profit organization that has helped countless individuals accomplish their goals and continue to grow in their respective fields, while encouraging others to persevere and achieve their dreams as well. In that regard, they more than live up to their motto: “Lifting each other up, Two hands at a time.”
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