Join us March 31st

This one day, virtual summit is dedicated to creating opportunity and fostering connections for women founders. The day will feature keynote speeches, panel discussions, and startup pitches from a global network of women founders. If you're looking to celebrate and amplify women in entrepreneurship, this summit is not to be missed.

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Featured Speakers

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Mona Barca

Keynote - Adopting an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Mona is the founder of Startup Woman, a company born during the pandemic. The mission of Startup Woman is to help women entrepreneurs succeed. Startup Woman offers a Certificate Program in Entrepreneurship, a 12-week productivity bootcamp called Get It Done and coaching services.

Mona shares her passion for entrepreneurship and innovation since 2014. She is an active member and facilitator of Techstars Startup Weekend. In 2015 she launched the first Fintech Startup Weekend of Switzerland where she enabled 60 participants to create a Fintech business in 54 hours. She has taught Sustainable Entrepreneurship at the Henry George School of Social Sciences in NYC since 2018.

She started her career at a Swiss bank where she worked on digital transformation projects in both Zurich and New York. There, she launched a corporate innovation program called the Creative Lab and she headed the Innovation Committee for the ITWC internal network. Mona holds a Master’s degree from the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL) and has studied the Business Model Canvas at HEC Lausanne with its creator, Alexander Osterwalder. She is an alumni of the Swiss CTI Entrepreneurship Course “Venture Challenge”.

Wen Zhang

Workshop - How to Pitch to Get Sales

Wen is the Founder and CEO of INNW Institute, with a mission to empower and support founders to grow and scale their business via pitching.

Wen succeeds in both the startup and corporate world experiencing software, hardware, service-based business models. She has experience in launching a new business, expanding the market internationally, and scaling and managing global enterprise business. In a Fortune 500 company, she is leading a $320M yearly product portfolio while managing 400 sales teams across the North American region. She is passionate about supporting founders to grow and scale their ventures, working through their business model as well as the pitching process to connect and resonate with investors and customers via pitch deck.

Wen holds a Master's Degree in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Duke University.

Laura Bucio

Panelist - Being a Woman Entrepreneur in Latin America

Laura Bucio is a graduate of ITESO with a degree in Service Business Engineering.

She is Co-Founder of the startup Talent Prospect, has carried out projects in the IoT area, has participated in Talent Land Jalisco hackathons and has worked on projects for CISAI Jalisco, has had several courses in business model, leadership, information systems skills. She is passionate about technology and is a founder of the Mexican tech community.

Geórgia Barbosa

Panelist - Being a Woman Entrepreneur in Latin America

Georgia is a social entrepreneur with a background in Chemical Engineering. She focuses on promoting gender, racial, and income equity by democratizing access to opportunities for the economic development of minority groups. In 2019, Georgia co-founded AFRORICAS, an enterprise that foments the socio-economic mobility of Brazilian black women, the largest yet the most vulnerable population in the country.

AFRORICAS is a social enterprise that promotes the social mobility of Brazilian black women. For creating a world of abundance and protagonism for black females, we facilitate strategies of income generation and distribution through education. AFRORICAS is present at the main social media platforms, creating and distributing high-value content about finance management, entrepreneurship, career planning, and self-development. In partnership with national brands, we have been actively creating educational campaigns and supporting the companies on content strategies based on diversity and inclusion grounds.

Pilar Espinosa

Panelist - Being a Woman Entrepreneur in Latin America

Pilar Espinosa is a Mexican entrepreneur focused on technology and innovation implementation. She is an ITAM economist, in addition to having participated in the Data Future Lab at the “Tandon” School of Engineering at New York University (NYU) and is pursuing a master’s degree at the “Perelman” School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Innovation in health.

Pilar has implemented technology projects for more than 10 years in Artificial Intelligence, automation of statistical analysis, and data science. She also participated in ambitious projects as ALLVP, Descifra, and Klustera. She has been leading the conversation of technology adoption in developing countries, in international forums, and the challenges of AI in the medical industry.

She is currently co-founder of ASTRA VISION, an integrating AI in medical imaging company. She is part of “Radiografías por México” (X-rays for Mexico), a non-profit association that seeks to support rural patients with remote interpretation.

Akosua Acheamponmaa

Panelist - Designing for Belonging: Improving Diversity in Entrepreneurship Across the Lifespan

Akosua Acheamponmaa Nwala has helped entrepreneurs, innovators and support services including George Mason University, Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community College and Hampton University to establish their vision into tangible resources and platforms in Hampton Roads.

She got her start at Old Dominion University where she worked with its various entrepreneurial programs to help build and grow a community of high growth, high impact businesses. She loves helping entrepreneurs avoid wasting money and resources by making the right moves.

She's helped her clients save up to five to six figures in less than 30 days of training with her. Her passion is to help people turn their ideas and business models into solutions customers will pay for repeatedly.

Beth Goldstein

Panelist - Designing for Belonging: Improving Diversity in Entrepreneurship Across the Lifespan

Dr. Beth Goldstein holds an EdD from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from he Boston University Questrom School of Business. She has more than 30 years' of experience empowering educators, students, entrepreneurs, and executives. As Director of the Babson College Youth Impact Lab, Dr. Goldstein specializes in delivering experiential training programs that develop entrepreneurial thinkers with the confidence they need to lead courageously and build innovative and purpose-driven solutions. She has taught in the U.S., China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Goldstein has also written three books: Entrepreneurial Marketing: A Blueprint for Customer Engagement (2020), Lucky By Design (2011), and The Ultimate Small Business Marketing Toolkit (2007)

Racheal Inegbedion

Panelist - Designing for Belonging: Improving Diversity in Entrepreneurship Across the Lifespan

Racheal Inegbedion has over 8 years of experience in Disability Advocacy, Policy and Youth & Development issues. Currently, Racheal is the Founding Executive Director of the Special Needs Initiative For Growth (SNIG), a non-Governmental organisation focused on empowering persons with disabilities through the provision of resources and practical programs for living a meaningful life. She is a 2020/2021 Mandela Washington Fellow, a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by the International Research & Exchanges Board.

Racheal is a 2021 Global Exchange on Religion in Society Fellow by the European Union External Action. She was recognised by the United Nations Secretary-General Envoy on Youth as one of the 10 young leaders inspired to change the world during the COVID-19 crisis.

Racheal has been featured on the technology news of the Voice of America and Google Chrome as a “Google Leaptaker” for using STEM and Robotics to empower youths with disabilities in Africa.

Chastiny Brown

Panelist - Designing for Belonging: Improving Diversity in Entrepreneurship Across the Lifespan

Chastiny Brown serves as a Co-Founder and the Social Impact Director for Elevate Your Essence.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Brown continues to show love for children and youth in her community by reflecting her purpose with the passion that fuels the next generation in arts and community engagement. Her mission is to create and cultivate spaces for children and youth to thrive and unapologetically be themselves as well as connecting with youth to promote awareness in causes they care about.
Currently, Chastiny Brown is a creative and community leader based in Houston, Texas.

Catherine Ashton

Keynote - "I'm Not a Boss Babe": Creating an Authentic By-Women, For-Women Company and Culture

Catherine Ashton (she/her) is on a mission to change the way nonprofits raise money. As the founder of Giant Squid Group LLC, Catherine works with small and startup nonprofits through an intersectional feminist and anti-racist lens to land donors, win grants, and fund their works. She is a sought-after coach, speaker, and strategist locally and nationally, and specializes in helping organizations marry best practices and mission-aligned innovation to drive systems-level change.

Catherine is dedicated to promoting inclusivity and equity in the nonprofit sector, and has been a raging feminist from a young age. In her “outside of work” time she’s volunteering with the Austin Diaper Bank, doing a jigsaw puzzle and listening to true crime podcasts, or chasing her energetic daughter Rosalind, and even more energetic dog, Bruce Banner, down the nearest hiking trail.

Edwina Griffin

Founder/Presenter - Australian Women Founders' Initiative Demo Day

Company: Atone Australia PTY LTD
We target stress and build mind fitness using virtual reality meditation. Our multi-sensory approach takes people into a deeper state of relaxation, faster using sight, sound and smell. We measure and track 5 areas of mind fitness with weekly Mind Fitness Reports and online training to improve results.

Esther Oh

Panelist - Navigating Bias as a Woman in Business

Company: Agile 8
We empower frontline and remote workers to work Smarter. Faster. Safer using eXtended Reality and Artificial Intelligence (XRAI) vision.

Louise Asaye

Founder/Presenter - Australian Women Founders' Initiative Demo Day

Company: Olma the Label PTY LTD

Inspiring plus-sized women to feel confident & express themselves freely through modern, quality clothing.

Olivia Zeckovic

Founder/Presenter - Australian Women Founders' Initiative Demo Day

Company: Blynk

We make sorting large volumes of candidates less bias, fairer, and faster. We have launched and trialed Blynk's software within the hiring industry over the past few weeks, and have experienced significant growth within this space.

Phoebe Saintilan-Stocks

Founder/Presenter - Australian Women Founders' Initiative Demo Day

Company: Missing Perspectives

We are a global feminist newsroom dedicated to challenging the underrepresentation of young women in the news industry.

Rebecca McCormick

Founder/Presenter - Australian Women Founders' Initiative Demo Day

Company: Anura

A wearable device that monitors respiratory health of patients with chronic lung disease to reduce the risk of hospitalisation.

Courtney Zaugg

Panelist - Navigating Bias as a Woman in Business

Courtney is the Founder and President of Plaka + Associates, a woman-owned, innovation and impact consulting firm based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Courtney has over 14 years of experience and leads the firm’s work in impact analysis, real estate development, and ecosystem development. She specializes in connecting leaders in government, economic development, and entrepreneurship at the intersection of innovation, industry, and talent. She is a certified by the International Economic Development Council as an Entrepreneurship Development Professional.

Kelly Pratt

Panelist - Navigating Bias as a Woman in Business

Kelly Pratt is a high-energy and motivated professional with significant experience in the nonprofit sector and higher education industry. Skilled in program and project management, process improvement, strategic communication, and data and policy analysis. Kelly enjoys working to ensure tasks and people are organized harmoniously. She currently serves as an Operations and Data Analyst at Texas CASA.

Lesley Robinson

Panelist - Navigating Bias as a Woman in Business

Lesley Robinson empowers women to find the best path to their own destination. Robinson’s higher education experiences, nonprofit management, and corporate partnerships have supported early-stage entrepreneurs to be innovative and impact-focused. She has worked with the Chanel Foundation’s “PowHER in Tech” project and INCO’s Global Academy training program to support recruiting, retaining, and providing equitable access for women in the tech sector. Lesley is an active member of BEAM and Young Women’s Alliance and the proud mother of a dinosaur-loving 4-year-old girl.

Currently, Lesley is the inaugural Director for the newly launched Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (KS WELI) at The University of Texas at Austin. As the Director of KS WELI, Lesley supports curricular and co-curricular efforts to equip, build community, and empower women and creatives often underrepresented in entrepreneurship. In this position, Lesley actively works to confront the gaps and obstacles women face by creating a community focused on diversity, inclusivity, and empowerment. The goal of the KS WELI is to redefine leadership and entrepreneurship. She currently teaches the FA310 Entrepreneurial LeadHERship course focused on guiding student leaders on a journey to discover their values, strengths, and authentic leadership style through a gender-informed perspective. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University. Her dissertation is focused on gender-aware approaches to teaching entrepreneurship education.

Sheffie Robinson

Panelist - Navigating Bias as a Woman in Business

Sheffie Robinson is a serial entrepreneur, software engineer, and sociologist that specializes in solving racial and gender equity with technology. She is currently the CEO of Shamrck, an artificial intelligence platform designed to bring data mining and predictive analytics to career and technical education programs to increase the effectiveness of workforce development. She has over 20 years of experience in technology development and over 15 years of experience in retail sales and marketing.

She has spent significant time in her career working to impact gender and racial equity to enhance diversity and inclusion. She is a second time founder, her first company being a fintech product that brought banking services to virtual currencies. Sheffie is a graduate of Thomas Edison State University with a degree in Sociology and is currently pursuing her MBA at Georgia Southern University. Sheffie has been named the Top 10 under 40 and a Top CEO by the Mississippi Business Journal and the Cloud Solution of the Year by Women In Cloud.

Tolu Akindunni

Panelist - Navigating Bias as a Woman in Business

Tolu Akindunni is an energetic problem solver who has spent the last 17 years developing and delivering innovation strategies for organizations with B2C and B2B models. Having lived and worked globally (USA, UK, Middle East, and Africa), Tolu enjoys connecting with communities and uses her diverse background to create richer, more inclusive and insightful ecosystems for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Shayna Dunitz

Workshop - Managing your Calendar as a Business Leader

Shayna was born and raised in New York and moved to Texas after college to escape the winter weather. She’s a problem solver by nature and the title of her memoir will be, “There’s Gotta Be a Better Way To Do This.” She’s spent the last 10 years of her career working in the startup space and helping organizations scale to the next level. When she isn’t working, Shayna can be found running around Town Lake or curled up on the couch reading a book with her cat and dog. Giving back to the community is an important part of her life and she serves on the Board of Directors for 3 Day Startup and on the Austin Steering Committee for Annie’s List. Shayna is also the Austin Team Leader for the Texas Oiselle Volée.

Sara Gupta

Moderator - Leading with Trust and Transparency to Grow Your Business and Navigate Change

Sara is a 20 year technology veteran and leader in both Sales and Customer Success. Leveraging her leadership skills, Sara has helped a number of early stage and established technology companies grow rapidly over her 20 year career. Specializing in designing thoughtful GTM sales and customer success strategies & best in class processes for companies of varying sizes and maturity, she has a track record of delivering long-term value. She believes in developing strategies that address the needs of both the clients and the companies she serves, orchestrating a vision that drives durable results.

Sara now leads her own company, StartWise, offering executive coaching and consulting to companies and individuals. StartWise's mission is to unlock the full potential of individuals, teams, and companies through transformational coaching programs, sustainable change management frameworks and GTM strategy.

Luz Gonzalez

Panelist - Leading with Trust and Transparency to Grow Your Business and Navigate Change

Luz works as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant. She is a sought-after emotional intelligence expert, speaker and consultant. Through her business, EQ Refined, Luz offers businesses and organizations ways to increase their employees Awareness and Emotional Intelligence in the workplace by attaining self-directing tools, strategies, and training.

She uses her proprietary G.A.I.N methods to help clients, institutions and organizations
unlock the struggles to engage their employees as well as retain top talent and high
performers. The lack of communication and Emotional Intelligence within the workplace
leave a gap in, not just communication, but overall performance. By providing resources and
practical steps to enhance individuals' interpersonal and team dynamic skills, EQ Refined
raises a company’s competitive advantage, maintaining their overall goal of retention of top
talent and increased engagement, creativity, and momentum forward together.

Kinjal Shah

Panelist - Leading with Trust and Transparency to Grow Your Business and Navigate Change

Kinjal Shah is a co-founder of GlobalMavin LLC, where she aims to offer its embedded and software development services to the innovators and companies who wants to transform their innovative ideas into complete smart product development in fields of AI, IoT, Robotics and Data Analytics.

Before starting GlobalMavin in US and Canada, Kinjal has experience of working with a global marketing consultant and analytical agency. Along with it, she also has experience of working in Product Development and IT consultancy company in Indian market. Following her success and experience in the Indian market, she now provides her one stop services in US and Canada market, with the goal of realizing her dream of growing internationally through new solutions.

Kinjal works with companies in a variety of industries, including the maritime industry, motion control industry, medical industry, manufacturing sector, technology companies, and more. Kinjal enjoys painting and travelling to new places across the world. Also, She believes that Patience and belief are the key to success, and one needs to persevere in their pursuit of achievements and motives.

Emily DiGrazio

Panelist - Leading with Trust and Transparency to Grow Your Business and Navigate Change

Emily DiGrazio is a Brand Strategist & Designer based in Austin, TX. As the Founder of Indiegogh Creative, she empowers women-owned small businesses and start-ups to launch, grow, and pivot with intention. She wholeheartedly believes in supporting women’s economic growth, fighting for equal representation in business ownership, and investing in the next generation of empowered leaders.

Dr. Mary Spaeth

Keynote - Opportunities and Strategies for Women Who Want to Go Global

Dr. Mary Spaeth is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout where she leads the university’s emerging entrepreneurship program. Prior to UW-Stout, she taught at Texas State University, Royal Institute of Technology and Linkoping University in Sweden, University of the West of Scotland, Tec de Monterrey in Mexico, Southern Methodist University and Loyola University Chicago. In 2021 she was awarded reviewer of the year by the Academy of Management with Women and Gender Studies.

In her early career, Mary co-founded Communication Resource Group, a print-collateral firm responsible for accounts such McDonalds, Federal Reserve Bank, Bally Manufacturing, Nalco Chemicals. Today, she is economic development specialist in business incubation and science park development and conducts research in women’s entrepreneurship and employability. In the last 25 years she has held executive roles at Northwestern University/Evanston Research Park, ANGLE Technology, East Sweden Development Agency, and her own firm, Transmera AB.
As mentor and advisory board member for Entrepreneurship Futures Network based in the Silicon Valley, Mary mentors teams competing at the Rice Business Plan Competition and other US and International competitions. She is currently engaged with a new program funded by the United States called Empower Queensland mentoring Australian women starting new companies. Mary has two grown children, both successful entrepreneurs. She and her husband, Peter, are dual US/Swedish citizens and live in Wisconsin and in Sweden.

Ekaterina Matveeva

Keynote - Lessons From a Woman Entrepreneur

Ekaterina is an award-winning entrepreneur, multilingual linguist, Amazon bestselling author, founder of Amolingua - an ed:tech focused on training languages, cultures and soft skills. Leader of Lingo+, an Erasmus+ funded project aimed at training educators on how to teach in multilingual multicultural environments.

She has been running remote teams of 60+ people, travelling and teaching 100,000+ people with Amolingua, Lingo+, Universidad de Palermo, Listenable and Platzi. She’s a contributor at Forbes & Brainz Magazine, host of the TV show “Lingua Break”, a TEDx speaker with 100,000+ views, and “Go-To” person for public speaking training in foreign languages.

Her motto is 3D: Dream, Decide, Do.

2022 Summit Schedule

This exciting event will feature keynote speeches from accomplished business women and thought leaders, as well as panel discussions and workshops.

Get Your Ticket

3DS is proud of our world-wide programming and impact. Considering the time difference between the USA and our Eastern Hemisphere audience, we have extended our programming into two parts to allow for more accessible viewing and participation. We encourage all global participants to join at a time that is suitable for them. We can’t wait to see you there!

Virtual Sessions (Part 1)

11:30 - 11:45 AM (CDT)
Welcome and Overview
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM (CDT)
Adopting an Entrepreneurial Mindset
12:15 - 1:00 PM (CDT)
3DS Women's Accelerator Preview
1:00 - 2:00 PM (CDT)
How to Pitch to Get Sales
2:00 - 3:00 PM (CDT)
Make new connections and expand your global network!
3:00 - 4:00 PM (CDT)
Panel w/ Q&A
Designing for Belonging: Improving Diversity in Entrepreneurship Across the Lifespan
3:00 - 4:00 PM (CDT)
Roundtable Discussion
Women Entrepreneurs in Latin America
4:00 - 4:30 PM (CDT)
"I'm Not a Boss Babe": Creating an Authentic By-Women, For-Women Company and Culture

Virtual Sessions (Part 2)

6:30 - 6:45 PM (CDT)
Welcome and Overview
6:45 - 7:45 PM (CDT)
Live Pitches
Australian Women Founders' Initiative Demo Day
7:45 - 8:30 PM (CDT)
Navigating Bias as a Woman in Business
8:30 - 9:30 PM (CDT)
Managing Your Calendar as a Business Leader
9:45 - 10:45 PM (CDT)
Panel w/ Q&A
Leading with Trust and Transparency to Grow Your Business and Navigate Change
9:45 - 10:45 PM (CDT)
Keynote w/ Q&A
Opportunities and Strategies for Women Who Want to Go Global
10:45 - 11:15 PM (CDT)
Lessons From a Woman Entrepreneur
11:15 PM - 12:30 AM +1 (CDT)
Make new connections and expand your global network!

Accelerate Women Entrepreneurs

Support 3 Day Startup

3 Day Startup is a nonprofit 501c3 organization and all proceeds from the Women's Entrepreneurship Summit will go directly to support our nonprofit's mission - to empower youth and women entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups and underresourced communities and ensure their success building successful businesses through education, mentorship, and social capital.


The impact of your partnership will go far beyond this virtual event. Our sponsorship packages include a mix of content partnership, cross-promotional, and brand visibility opportunities that will let your organization stand out, tell your impact story, and connect with a powerful, global audience. Learn more and create opportunity for women founders today! Please contact Erika Haskins if you have any questions or would like any additional information.