2020 Own It! Welcomes Carly-Ann Fergus, Fashion Innovation Ecosystem Builder as Keynote Speaker

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2020 Own It! Welcomes Carly-Ann Fergus, Fashion Innovation Ecosystem Builder as Keynote Speaker

Own It! Entrepreneurial Women' Conference at SUNY Ulster announces its keynote speaker for the all day conference on June 4th, 2020 as Carly-Ann Fergus.

2020 Own It! Entrepreneurial Women's Conference at SUNY Ulster Welcomes Carly-Ann Fergus, Fashion Innovation Ecosystem Builder as Keynote Speaker

Early Bird Registration Open for Sixth Annual Own It! Scheduled for June 4, 2020

March 4, 2020  Stone Ridge, NY – Own It! Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference at SUNY Ulster announces its keynote speaker for the all day conference on June 4th, 2020 as Carly-Ann Fergus. The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Stone Ridge campus of SUNY Ulster. Early Bird registration at $48 is now open and includes workshops, continental breakfast, lunch, and networking.

Ms. Fergus is an innovation ecosystem builder who served as the Director of XRC Labs, a retail fashion accelerator launched in partnership with Parsons School of Design at The New School. The companies she helped select within the accelerator assist traditional retail and fashion companies rethink the way they manufacture, distribute, and sell products to consumers. In her multifaceted career in the fashion industry she has worked with established companies such as Tommy Hilfiger to startup brands such as Nahm.

Her keynote talk, ‘The Transformative Power of Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ will highlight her career journey in fashion and how she found her purpose in the industry. Sitting at the intersection of fashion, technology, and retail, Ms. Fergus will offer attendees tips based on lessons learned about entrepreneurship from her experience running the startup accelerator program.

The Theme for this year’s Own It! Entrepreneurial Conference is 2020 Foresight. The conference runs two tracks of workshops: one for small business owners ready to grow their enterprises and one for those in the startup stage. The day is packed with 15 workshops, as well as a conversation with Darlene L. Pfeiffer, first female KFC franchise owner in the U.S., moderated by Lauree Ostrofsky from Hudson Valley Women in Business.  Workshops include topics such as Pathway to Entrepreneurship, Marketing to Diverse Populations, Cold Calling for the Terrified, Building Your Support Network, and Selling on Amazon.

The complete conference schedule and a link to register can be found at www.sunyulster.edu/ownit. Last year, just under 200 women business owners attended with more expected this year.

The sixth annual Own It! Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference is presented by the Darlene L. Pfeiffer Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at SUNY Ulster, the Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc., and the NYS Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center.

For more information about Own It! Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference, contact Mindy Kole, Director of the Darlene L. Pfeiffer Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at SUNY Ulster at 845-688-6041 or kolem@SUNYUlster.edu.

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