VIRTUAL BUSINESS + CAREER CONFERENCE SEEKS TO EMPOWER UTAH'S WORKING WOMEN
To help empower and support working women in the Mountain States Region, Aspire Her is holding an interactive online conference June 12-13 for women currently in, or reentering, the workforce. The conference will feature 48 celebrated leaders in business who have, between them, founded more than 35 successful companies, earned dozens of industry awards and advanced degrees and garnered more than 600,000 social media followers. These speakers will cover a vast range of topics including negotiation, entrepreneurship, leadership and career development.
CEO Erin Weist founded Aspire Her after meeting so many women struggling to succeed in the workforce. She decided to find a way to help overcome the hurdles unique to working women.
“As I looked at the job market and what to do with my own life, I found so many talented women around me struggling to find a healthy work-life balance, advocate for themselves and find mentors. My heart went out to them,” Weist said. “I love supporting other women. I founded Aspire Her because I saw a need, and I was driven to fill that need.”
Common barriers working women face include difficulty finding affordable childcare, unbalanced responsibilities at home and difficulty being heard in the workplace, as revealed in recent findings from Brigham Young University’s Gender and Civic Engagement Lab. A 2017 report published by the U.S. Senate Commission on Small Business and Entrepreneurship noted that female entrepreneurs also face unique challenges, including a more limited number of role models, unequal access to financial capital and a lack of awareness of business resources.
At the conference, Weist plans to address these challenges in speaker sessions, provide access to business resources and offer opportunities for Aspire Her attendees to build a stronger network of working women.
“You can’t really find anything else like Aspire Her in Utah. There are events for professional women and events for entrepreneurs but there’s not really anything for women returning to the workforce after a break or pivoting their careers. Fortunately, we have resources for all three! It’s really unique, and we’re the only ones doing it.” Weist said.
Tickets for the event are still available and include full access to two days of virtual learning and networking. Attendees will also have access to recordings of every session after the conference ends to ensure they can see it in its entirety.
ABOUT ASPIRE HER
One of the few remaining large-scale events for working women in 2020, Aspire Her is an interactive online conference where female professionals, entrepreneurs and women returning to the workforce can learn and connect with a vibrant community and find the resources they need to advance their business or career.