Women Entrepreneurship Week 20201

Womens Entrepreneurship Week (2)

Marshall University celebrated Women Entrepreneurship Week 2021 from Monday, October 18 - Friday, October 22.

Women Entrepreneurship Week started eight years ago at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey and is now a global movement.

This year, Marshall celebrated the week with four different events. The week was kicked off by Unleashing Untapped Potential, a fireside chat with Lee Farabaugh, Co-Founder and President of Core10. On Wednesday, students and local business women enjoyed a fun evening of making connections at the Women’s Business Speed Networking Event. The next day, the iCenter hosted Start Something at Marshall, an open house where students were able to learn more about starting a business and try out podcasting equipment through fun prompts. The week wrapped up with an Intro to Design Thinking microcredential workshop. 

Unleashing Untapped Potential

On Tuesday, October 19, we hosted Unleashing Untapped Potential, virtual a fireside chat with Lee Farabaugh, Core10 Co-Founder and President. Core10 is a leading US-based provider of API Integration and SaaS implementation services to the fintech and finserve industries with locations in Huntington, WV and Nashville, TN.

Lee's fireside chat was moderated by iCenter Graduate Assistant and Core10 Marketing Intern, Kelly Leonard. During Lee's fireside chat she discussed her education and professional experiences that led her to launch Core10. As a female entrepreneur, Lee expressed the challenges but also the support she has received during her career journey.  Additionally, Lee provided insights about what makes a great entrepreneur and offered advice about starting a business.

Women's Speed Networking Event 4-1

On Wednesday, October 20, we facilitated a Women's Business Speed Networking Event to forge connections between students and local female entrepreneurs. Speed networking questions were prepared and asked to pairs of attendees, before branching out and asking questions to the entire group. The event was moderated by Tricia Ball, the Associate Director of the iCenter.

Start Something at Marshall3-2

On Thursday, October 21, The iCenter hosted an open house where students had the opportunity to stop by between their classes. Students learned about the iCenter and the studio's equipment and enjoyed pizza. Students drew fun debate prompts and battled each other in podcast debates. Additionally, students learned about entrepreneurship and the resources the iCenter provides students who are thinking about starting a business or who have an existing business.


Intro to Design ThinkingDesign_Thinking_Workshop

On Friday, October 22, iCenter Executive Director Dr. Ben Eng and iCenter Associate Director Tricia Ball led Marshall University’s first Intro to Design Thinking microcredential course. This 3.5-hour course helped participants to develop a common language and understand core concepts of this customer-centered, iterative process for solving complex problems.

The course was offered in-person at the Memorial Student Center and was capped at 20 participants. Attendees included business consultants, doctors, students, and professors. Several Marshall University staff departments also participated, including Alumni Affairs, Online Learning & Libraries, and Housing & Residence Life.

Following the course, participants had the option of taking a 20-question test to receive an Intro to Design Thinking microcredential certificate.

If you are interested in attending a future Intro to Design Thinking course or having a workshop conducted at your business, please contact Tricia Ball at ballt@marshall.edu.