Westerville News & Public Opinion

WSBA event to feature Lean In researcher

The Women's Small Business Accelerator (WSBA) in Westerville has announced it will host the second annual "Starting the Conversation" gala event on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at The Boat House at Confluence Park, 679 W. Spring St., Columbus.

The event will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Marianne Cooper, the lead researcher for Sheryl Sandberg's bestselling book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead and author of the book Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times. Tracy Townsend of WBNS 10TV will serve as master of ceremonies.

Cooper will offer a behind-the-scenes view into the issues and research discussed in Lean In, including the barriers women face in trying to reach the top, the challenges women entrepreneurs experience and how to better support girls and women in achieving their goals. A podcast of a recent interview on WOSU-AM is at wosu.org/2012/allsides/cut-adrift-families-cope-insecure-times.

The evening will include dinner, networking and a recognition ceremony for the latest graduates of The Inspired Education Track, WSBA's intensive entry-level program that gives entrepreneurs a solid foundation to create a successful enterprise. Program graduate Chef Sadaya Lewis, who recently was featured on and won the Food Network's Food Court Wars, also will be a presenter.

Tickets are $90 per person. They may be purchased at wsbaohio.org/event/29-starting-the-conversation-an-evening-with-the-wsba-and-marianne-cooper. Companies interested in sponsoring tables for the event may contact Caroline Worley at info@wsbaohio.org