Born to be WILD
The WILD Summit was born out of the Women's Council, at the Leeds School of Business, in the University of Colorado, in early 2012 as a way to further increase the visibility and accessibility of successful business women in the community, to students...and to each other.
With more than 125 members connecting with students through Mentoring, Internships, Speaking in Business Classes, and Judging Business Plan Competitions, we felt it was time to broaden our focus to the greater community of successful women and harness our contacts, expertise and drive to get things done...by creating a new type of conference focusing on women in business.
At first, we had no idea what that would look like, but we had about 60 women volunteering to figure it out!
Within months, we had four strategic committees created (Program, Logistics, Marketing/Communication and Underwriting) and four fantastic Chairs to lead each along the path of creating this event from the ground up.
The Program Committee took the lead in identifying potential topics, themes and interests of both students and our members. Then the Marketing/Communication Committee set about the arduous task of trying to name/brand the event, along with all of the support technology and materials to help us communicate about the Summit along the way. Concurrently, the Logistics Committee set out to find the perfect location (to allow for attendance up and down the front range), and negotiate all of the details for the day to make it all come together. Finally, our stellar Underwriting Committee set out to find the financial support to underwrite this inaugural event.
After months of planning, strategizing, and energizing all of the volunteers who worked on the event...we launched the first ever WILD Summit! An event to bring together inspiring women at all stages of their professional careers, who together shared their experiences, knowledge and passions to each other and students, who we guided and inspired to become the successful businesswomen of our future.
We are now about to launch WILD V 2017 on Friday, February 24 with another amazing program, speakers, and incredible opportunities to connect and engage together and with students.
The WILD journey continues!