Northeast Ohio’s 2019 Female Entrepreneur Summit Announces List of 25 Noteworthy Speakers for October 23 Event

Intentional Networking, FES 2018

Nathalie Molina Nino, Investor, Author, Serial Entrepreneur, Morning Keynote

Claire Coder, Founder of Aunt Flow, Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Eighth annual summit brings together seasoned entrepreneurs, business leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs for a leadership conference to network, learn and grow

When we first created FES it was designed to give female entrepreneurs their own space to interact with other successful women – and clearly it’s still our mission with FES 2019.

— Renée DeLuca Dolan

CLEVELAND, OHIO, U.S., June 7, 2019 / — Contempo Design + Communications, founder and producer of the annual Female Entrepreneur Summit (FES), has announced a stellar list of speakers for its eighth annual day devoted to the female entrepreneur. FES is Cleveland’s signature event for female business leaders to connect, learn, and grow, and will take place on October 23rd at the Cleveland History Center. More than 25 successful industry professionals will share opportunities and personal testimonials at the 2019 FES. Female entrepreneur attendees will take away practical insights, honest advice and proven tactics to help them meet challenges head on and help their companies grow and thrive.

According to Contempo Design + Communications president and FES Founder, Renée DeLuca Dolan, this year’s program is one of the best – with compelling speakers, productive networking opportunities and subject matter that directly speaks to the female entrepreneur, whether she’s in a start-up or scale-up mode.

FES has announced the two keynote speakers at this year’s event. Nathalie Molina Niño will serve as morning keynote. She is the author of LEAPFROG, The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs (Penguin Random House, Tarcher Perigee) and an impact investor targeting high-growth businesses that benefit women and the planet.

The afternoon keynote will be Claire Coder, the founder of Aunt Flow, an initiative with a mission to ensure everyone has access to menstrual products. Aunt Flow stocks over 300 companies across the U.S. with their 100% organic cotton tampons and pads.

Presenters and panelists at this year’s summit represent a variety of industries and include:
• Teresa Beasley – Chair of Public Law Practice Group at McDonald Hopkins, LLC
• Patrice Blakemore – Director Goldman Sachs/10,000 Small Businesses in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College
• Jane Campbell – Mayor of Cleveland 2011-5
• Denise Carkhuff – Partner, Jones Day; Founder, Adrenaline Monkey
• Jennifer Carro – Direct of Client Experience & Business Strategy at Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC
• Gabrielle Christman – Founder & CEO of Hunter International Recruiting
• Michael Ella – Value Advisor, Key Private Bank
• Covesa K. Gragg -Entrepreneur/Event Planner/Speaker and Author; Owner, Covesa Kelly Events
• Dana G. Hastings – Luma Wealth Advisor
• Constance Hill-Johnson, MPA – Managing Director, Visiting Angels Senior Homecare
• Yvette Ittu – President, Cleveland Development Advisors
• Valerie Mayen – Founder, Yellow Cake Shop, Fashion Designer
• Joe McClain – Director, Supplier Diversity for Eaton Corporation
• Sheila A. Mixon – Executive Directors at Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council (ORV-WBC)
• Angela Morrow – LubriSource, Inc., President
• Loretta Paganini – Founder, Loretta Paganini School of Cooking, Inc.
• Shelley Pippin – Brewnuts, Co-Owner
• Tiffaney Rankin, CPA – Sharehold, Maloney & Novotny
• Annie Richie – Venture Partner, Jumpstart, Inc.
• Kelsey Smith – Owner, Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes
• Deborah Spake – Dean, College of Business Administration at Kent State University
• Cheryl Strom – Regional Director, Origination, The Riverside Company
• Kate Volzer- Co-Founder & CEO of Wisr
• Janet Kendall White – Founder & CEO Berkshire Group, Inc.

The 2019 FES will cover an array of topics designed to help entrepreneurs learn and succeed. Sessions at FES will include:
• Opportunity Entrepreneurs vs. Necessity Entrepreneurs
• WBENC Certification
• Top Strategies to Improve Revenue and Profitability
• The Entrepreneurs Effective Exit
• Opportunity Zones and Investments for Female Entrepreneurs
• Intentional Networking

A lunchtime program will feature a panel discussion and dessert tasting from three of the best dessert makers in Cleveland: Loretta Paganini, Shelley Pippin, and Kelsey Smith. The daylong
event includes multiple networking opportunities at a Sponsor Showcase area featuring more than 40 resource tables and concludes with a draw for a variety of valuable door prizes.

“I’m thrilled to bring back this event for the eighth year running,” said DeLuca Dolan. “When we first created FES it was designed to give female entrepreneurs their own space to interact with other successful women who have paved the way – and clearly it’s still our mission and needed more than ever.”

Tickets are $199, but until June 30th, they will be available at a discounted rate of $149. Sponsorship opportunities exist at multiple levels.

To register and learn more about the conference visit

Contempo Design + Communications is the event producer for FES 2019, and presenting sponsor is Kent State University College of Business Administration. Host Committee Sponsors include Ahola Human Capital Management, Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs, LLC, Cuyahoga Community College, Jumpstart, KeyBank – Key4Women, Ladies & Gentlemen, Luma Wealth, Maloney + Novotny, Ursuline College. VIP Reception Sponsors include Ancora and W.F. Hann & Sons.

Female entrepreneurship is on the rise. According to the 2018 State of Women-Owned Business Report by American Express, the number of women-owned businesses increased a dramatic 31 times between 1972 and 2018, rising from 402,000 (4.6% of all firms) in 1972 to 12.3 million (40% of all firms) in 2018.

Nationally, the number of women-owned businesses surged 58%, while all businesses increased only 12%. The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NABI) reported that the number of Ohio women-owned businesses in the state grew 37 percent since 2007 while the Cleveland Metropolitan Area showed slightly more than a 52 percent increase.

About Contempo Design + Communications
Founded in 1996 by Renée DeLuca Dolan, as Contempo Communications, the company today is a full-service design and communications firm providing visual branding, environmental graphic design and digital creative for businesses and organizations throughout Northeast Ohio. Contempo Design + Communications is the official design partner of the Cleveland Indians.

Female Entrepreneur Summit
October 23, 2019
Cleveland History Center
10825 East Blvd, Cleveland

Stacey L. Vaselaney
SLV Public Relations
(216) 905-0908
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Sahara Group: Inverting Narratives through Sustainable Development

The upgraded library at the Pugu Secondary School Tanzania

Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Achim Steiner and Executive Director, Sahara Group, Temitope Shonubi

Sahara Group’s partnership with the UN on the Sustainable Development Goals is an affirmative response to a universal call to action

Sahara is gratified to utilise its agency and partner with a cross section of stakeholders in inverting negative narratives on the state of global sustainable development now and in the future.”

— Sahara Group

LAGOS, LAGOS, NIGERIA, June 6, 2019 / — As a multinational organisation, Sahara Group’s partnership with the UN on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is an affirmative response to a universal call to action. It is a mandate to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace, self-determination and prosperity.

The SDGs are globally acknowledged as a robust road map for social development. Our foundation exists to ensure that our business activities are underpinned by sustainable development actions both now and in the future. Sahara Foundation works consistently with Sahara Group to ensure that the SDGs are intrinsic to and influence the strategy for every one of our businesses.

SDGs are good for commercial operations and sustainability is important to the process design, strategy, succession planning and viability of any organisation.

Incorporating the SDGs into our businesses gives us the capacity to thrive as a sustainability driven going concern today, whilst also laying the foundations by which the engines of our success are fully functioning in the future.

Our work as a steward for sustainability with Vision of Hope in Lusaka, Zambia and Pugu Secondary School in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania are just two examples of how we partner to provide capacity building opportunities to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised groups in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Goals 3 (Good Health and Well Being) and 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) are central to our work with Vision of Hope. By providing access to health care and sanitation and building an industrial size kitchen which allows for large scale cooking in sanitary conditions we are able to create an environment in which the young denizens and the adults who look after them are well fed and well nurtured.

We also partner assiduously to achieve goal 4 (Quality Education) by providing the means and a space for a formal education.

Vision of Hope has become a safe space and a social sanctuary for girls from as young as ten months to eighteen years. It enables young mothers go to school or take up an apprenticeship in arts and craft whilst their infants and toddlers are looked after during those important educational or vocational hours.

Over the years, it has become apparent that the underscoring of a successful partnership is the ability to identify gaps in social development, align with capable collaborators and deftly combining resources to fill those gaps in a manner that is timely and via sustainable means and methods.

At Pugu Secondary the foundation has been able to shift the narrative positively by working in concert with the local community on gender equality and quality education. This partnership has bridged the gender equality gap by giving female students access to restroom facilities that enable them have uninterrupted time in school thus furthering their education and improving their life chances.

Prior to installation of new toilet facilities a lot of young girls were unable to attend classes during their menstrual cycles because there were no conveniences designed to accommodate them. This lowered the attendance rates of female students whilst their male counterparts continually enjoyed the social advantages of a steady education.

The conveniences provided have significantly narrowed the gap by improving female classroom attendance across the year and levelling the playing field for these bright young girls as they grow into adolescence.

Our work as a partner on social development is effective largely because of the opportunity to work with a rich network of international multilateral agencies. As a member of the board of both local and global PSAGs (Private Sector Advisory Groups) and a strategic partnership with the office of the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations we are able to work with NGOs, governments and the private sector to design solutions for some of the most urgent challenges to global sustainable development.

Additionally, as a steering committee member of the Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) of the World Economic Forum we are working to design corruption out of the societies and countries in which it is impeding economic growth and the creation of generational wealth. Our work with PACI has allowed us to address goals 8(Decent Work and Economic Growth) and 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) across various borders and business interests.

The inexorable spread of globalisation has also increased awareness about the importance of preserving the planet and being accountable for our individual and collective actions as global citizens.

More will be demanded of businesses by regulators, host communities, governments and employees. Businesses which espouse corporate citizenship and predicate decisions based on a social purpose will rightly be rewarded with patronage from socially conscious consumers.

Sahara is gratified to utilise its agency and partner with a cross section of multiple stakeholders (Goal 17: Partnerships to achieve the goal) in identifying gaps, bridging them and inverting negative narratives on the state of global sustainable development now and in future.

Bethel Obioma
Sahara Group
+234 1 279 3811
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Sahara Group: Inverting Narratives through Sustainable Development

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TCEB – Business launches “MICE Thailand Signature” marketing campaign

 TCEB – Business executives and private sector partners visited Mahanakhon SkyWalk, as part of "MICE Thailand Signature" press launch on 30 May 2019.

TCEB – Business executives and private sector partners visited Mahanakhon SkyWalk, Thailand’s newest iconic travel landmark and highest observation deck, as part of the “MICE Thailand Signature” press launch activity on 30 May 2019.

New marketing campaign invites overseas delegates to maximise their spending and extend stay in Thailand.

BANGKOK, THAILAND, June 5, 2019 / — Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) – Business is inviting event delegates to get more out of every visit with its new "MICE Thailand Signature” campaign that offers exclusive privileges and special discounts to MICE travellers coming to Thailand.

The campaign encourages participants to maximise spending, extend their stay, or combine their business with selected upscale leisure, activities and experiences available at 262 establishments around the Kingdom, from now until 31 December 2019.

Mrs. Nichapa Yoswee, TCEB's Senior Vice President – Business said: “This is based on TCEB’s new “Redefine Your Business Events” branding by partnering with private sector to highlight the diversity of the country’s activities and attractions that can redefine their business experiences.

“TCEB – Business created the campaign to capitalise on Thailand’s world-renowned hospitality, activities and rich culture. Thus, the 262 service providers joining the campaign represent such business as culinary, café, hotel, wellness and spa, shopping, show & entertainment, and workshop like Muay Thai and cooking classes,” added Mrs. Nichapa.

Participating service providers include Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA), Siam Synergy Trade Association, ICONSIAM, King Power Mahanakhon, Siam Takashimaya, Mega Bangna, Avani Riverside Bangkok, Anantara Riverside Bangkok, Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok & Hotel, Oasis Spa, Divana Spa, Harnn, Karmakamet Diner, PAUL depuis 1889, ABC Cooking Studio, and Siam Niramit to name just a few.

“Partnering with private sector under our new branding “Thailand Redefine Your Business Events” is aimed at finding creative solutions that will enable return on investment, return on time and return on happiness for overseas MICE travellers. I believe MICE Thailand Signature campaign will achieve that aim,” stated Mrs. Nichapa.

Interested MICE travellers are invited to register for membership on to get a manual, login instructions and select a choice of activities. They will then get a “redeem code” to present to service providers on a range of discounts and privileges around Thailand.

As part of the press launch on 30 May 2019, TCEB – Business and private sector partners visited Mahanakhon SkyWalk, Thailand’s newest iconic travel landmark and highest observation deck, to showcase how some of the Kingdom’s wide array of attractions can redefine international MICE travellers’ business experiences.

Mr. Marc Begassat, Managing Director of King Power Mahanakhon said “We are very pleased to be a part of MICE Thailand Signature, and to play a role in showcasing Bangkok’s new landmark destination. With this partnership, we look forward to welcoming MICE members of TCEB to Mahanakhon SkyWalk, Thailand's highest observation deck at King Power Mahanakhon as we continue to build a unique and exhilarating travel experience for visitors from around the world."

Ms. Pacheewee Charoensuk, District Market Developments, Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association said: “As a leading shopping complex that puts Bangkok on a global map of shopping, RSTA is pleased to be a campaign partner with TCEB. With 884,200 sq.m of shopping space, over 4,228 rooms of luxurious hotels, 50,868 sq.m of function and meeting space and a site of 8 sacred shrines, convenient access to all modes of transport and security measures, RSTA is more than ready to prove our signature deliveries that will elevate the experiences of international MICE travellers and contribute to the national economy.”

Ms. Sirima Eamtako
TCEB Marketing Strategy Department's Representative
+66 92 843 8452
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Firefly Barbecue Wins 1st Place: 2019 Best BBQ Sauce on the Planet Vinegar Category in American Barbecue® Sauce Contest

Firefly Barbecue

Firefly Barbecue

1st Place for 2019 Best BBQ Sauce on the Planet, Vinegar Category

1st Place for 2019 Best BBQ Sauce on the Planet, Vinegar Category

Firefly Barbecue is the first EU company to win an award at the prestigious American Royal World Series of Barbecue Sauce Contest.

We’re a small family business. And we were up against some formidable competition!”

— Noel Bateman

GLOSSOP, DERBYSHIRE, UK, June 3, 2019 / — Derbyshire, UK – Firefly Barbecue Limited is pleased to announce that it was awarded first place for the Best BBQ Sauce on the Planet in the vinegar category, at the 2019 32nd Annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue® Sauce Contest.

Open to any producer of a retail barbecue sauce, the contest provides the opportunity for contestants to put their sauce up against other sauces from around the world to earn the title of “Best Sauce on the Planet.” This year, over 50 certified barbecue judges assembled at the American Royal to participate in a blind tasting of nearly 400 barbecue sauce entries. Entries were judged in five categories: Mild Tomato, Hot Tomato, Mustard, Vinegar, and Specialty. Sauces are judged on their appearance, texture, taste alone, and taste on unseasoned barbecue meat.

Firefly Barbecue’s competitors included companies from 35 U.S. states and eight countries including Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Company co-founder Noel Bateman says he is tremendously proud of Firefly’s achievements:

“We’re a small family business. And we were up against some formidable competition!”

But Firefly Barbecue is no stranger to awards, having been awarded five Great Taste awards in 2017, and a further six Great Taste awards in 2018.
According to Noel, the secret of his company’s success lies in the simplicity of their ingredients.

“We use simple but high-quality ingredients with no chemicals, E numbers, MSG, or anything of that nature,” adds Noel. “Our products are allergy friendly, gluten free, and vegetarian. And we make it a point to clearly list all of the ingredients we use on our labels, with absolutely nothing hidden.”

About the Company

A small family U.K. company that produces hand crafted barbecue sauces and rubs, Firefly Barbecue is proud to bring the authentic taste of American barbecue to the European consumer. Firefly has created a range of sauces that represent different states of the U.S., each sauce reflecting a different flavor and style of cooking for that state. With all-natural ingredients that are free of additives, the company’s spice mixes are 100% blended and packed in the U.K. in order to support local businesses.

For more information or to place an order, visit the website at

Noel Bateman
Firefly Barbecue Limited
+44 7958 524005
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