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Summit Credit Union Announced as Presenting Sponsor for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Wisconsin Conference

September 11, 2018, Madison, Wisconsin – Summit Credit Union will be the Presenting Sponsor for the second annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Wisconsin (WEDWisconsin) on Monday, November 19, 2018. Women leaders in tech, business, science, non-profit, and education will come together to celebrate, empower and support each other at this full-day conference to be held at the Monona Terrace.

“Summit is proud to sponsor Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Wisconsin and to be a part of a global celebration of the powerful impact women make when we lead in business.” said Summit Credit Union CEO & President Kim Sponem. “We know that investing in women entrepreneurs is a win-win for our community and a powerful engine for growth, innovation, and social change both locally and globally. We embrace this opportunity to convene and empower women leaders and entrepreneurs from across Wisconsin and to support them in building viable, sustainable enterprises.”

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) ignites women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities worldwide. The flagship United Nations event is celebrated in 144 countries and by 165 universities/colleges internationally.

Women in the U.S. are now starting businesses at twice the rate of men. Between 2007 and 2016, the number of women-owned firms increased by 45%, compared to just a 9% increase among all businesses according to American Express Open’s research. Over the past nine years, the number of women-owned firms has grown at a rate five times faster than the national average.

“WEDWisconsin is privileged to be working with Summit Credit Union to again bring this preeminent event to women business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders in this region,” explained Laura Gallagher, Wisconsin’s Ambassador for WEDWisconsin and President of The Creative Company. “They are wisely investing in the future of Wisconsin by investing in the economic hope and future for women business owners and leaders. Summit Credit Union’s commitment to financial literacy, to financial inclusion and to community and economic development make them an ideal partner. We are thrilled to have them on board and leading the way!”

Tickets are on sale now at an Early Bird discount rate. For more information, visit the WEDWisconsin website.

About Summit Credit Union
Established in 1935, Summit Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative. Summit holds $3.1 billion in assets and has more than 180,000 members and 580 employees across 36 locations throughout south-central and southeastern Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.summitcreditunion.com or call 608-243-5000 or 800-236-5560. For additional media information, visit https://www.summitcreditunion.com/about-summit/press-room or follow Summit on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

About Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Wisconsin
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Wisconsin (WEDWisconsin) is the first-of-its-kind day meant to empower, celebrate, inspire, and support women in business and leadership by igniting women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion and advance communities. More at: WEDWisconsin.org.

About Laura Gallagher, Ambassador for WEDWisconsin
Laura Gallagher is a community, local and national business leader serving successful entrepreneurial companies and nonprofit organizations primarily in Wisconsin. In 2016, she was recognized by the Governor as a Trailblazer in Wisconsin. She is the founder and CEO of The Creative Company and is a 2017 Alumni of Babson College’s 10,000 Businesses Program with a Certificate of Entrepreneurship and a 2016 graduate of Harvard Professor Michael Porter’s Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. The Creative Company is certified by the State of Wisconsin as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise.

About Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is the world’s largest entrepreneurial and financial empowerment initiative dedicated to celebrating, supporting and empowering women worldwide. WED encourages four billion women worldwide to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, with the goal of bringing hope and alleviating poverty. More at: womenseday.org.

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