I highly recommend that all women small business owners check out American Express Open Forum. According to American Express, Open Forum “helps entrepreneurs share ideas, get and give advice, and discuss experiences leading to small business success”. Not only is it a forum where you can ask for advice and get advice from fellow entrepreneurs, but you can also read great tips and articles from experts on a range of topics including marketing, leadership, customers, and money. There is also a robust section of the site devoted to women in business. It was in this section that I found information about the amazing, inspiring American Express OPEN event that I attended on Friday: CEO Bootcamp.
CEO Bootcamp was an all day event that featured speeches, advice, words of inspiration from successful, women entrepreneurs/moguls including Tory Burch (CEO & Designer, Tory Burch), Robin Chase (founder and former CEO of Zipcar), Angie Hicks (founder of Angie’s List), Melinda Emerson (The Small Biz Lady) and Gina Bianchini (founder and CEO, Mightybell). These women and several other successful women entrepreneurs shared their advice related to 3 pillars of success 1.) Confidence 2.) Competence 3.) Connections. I will be sharing lessons learned from these successful leaders in an upcoming post.
At this event, I also had the privilege of interviewing Angie Hicks (that’s us below!) and Robin Chase – how exciting is that! They both shared their secrets of success and their tips for fellow mompreneurs – stay tuned for more on both of these interviews coming soon!
I cannot reiterate enough how inspiring, energizing, and educational the CEO Bootcamp was for all female entrepreneurs who attended. Check out the CEO Bootcamp – they are taking it on the road so it may be coming to a city near you.
Full Disclosure – I worked at American Express for 8 years, many of those years in the OPEN Small Business Group. As a marketer for OPEN I understood the presumed value that this group brings to small businesses. Now that I am on the other side and an entrepreneur I am able to take advantage of these great services and understand the value that much more!