WE Do! Women Entrepreneurs and Our Stories

April 12, 2017 | 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | McKinnon Hall, Elon University

Hosted by the Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

WE Do! Women Entrepreneurs and Our Stories is dedicated to empowering women entrepreneurs. This conference is designed to promote a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem and development for all individuals and help them build their capacity to launch and grow their startups. This initiative will help women entrepreneurs and female students who desire to become entrepreneurs expand their networks while offering them inspiring role models and identifying important resources to help them achieve their entrepreneurial aspirations and goals.

Women are a driving force in our national and global economy, and we believe the world can and will be more prosperous and vibrant when women’s contributions are taken seriously. Because women entrepreneurs are critical to healthy economic growth, this conference is intended to help identify and overcome gender-based obstacles that appear along the entrepreneurial journey.


9:00 a.m. Check in
9:30-10:30 a.m. Opening Session
10:30-11:15 a.m.

Professional Concurrent Session

Student Concurrent Session

11:15-11:30 a.m. Networking Coffee Break
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Round Table Discussion
12:30-1:45 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Session: "Scaling-up an Impact Enterprise: Small is Beautiful but the Middle is Meaningful"
1:45-2:00 p.m. Closing Remarks










Keynote Speaker

Sarah Bellos, President, Stony Creek Colors

SARAH BELLOS moved to Tennessee 12 years ago in search of a supportive ecosystem to grow her own business, after working in impact investing in Washington, D.C. and attending New York’s College of Agriculture at Cornell University. Bellos previously founded and operated a small batch textile dyehouse and a community farm in an urban area of West Nashville. She founded Stony Creek Colors in 2012 and in partnership with farmers in Tennessee and Kentucky, Stony Creek Colors produces their flagship product, natural indigo dye for denim blue jeans. The company is now a leading U.S. manufacturer of bio-based dyes for the textile industry and operates a factory in Springfield, Tennessee. Her efforts have lead to the reintroduction of bio-based natural indigo into U.S. Denim mills for the first time in over 100 years, replacing a petroleum based dye currently made in China with a natural, U.S. grown source. She has grown the company to over a dozen employees and received over $1M in grant funding including SBIR and STTR funding. In 2015 Bellos was named the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorants entrepreneur of the year. In 2016 she was named a Martha Stewart American Made Honoree.

Opening Session Speaker

Kya Johnson, RainbowMe Kids

KYA JOHNSON is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she received a BA in Economics, and North Carolina Central University, where she received her JD law degree. She has practiced as an attorney with her family’s legal practice, the Law Offices of Kenneth M. Johnson, in Greensboro, North Carolina, for more than 10 years. But that’s not all. After hours, Johnson branches out as an entrepreneur from Pink Shoe Builders (a real estate investment firm) to Wagging Tongue Tees (an expressive tee shirt for dogs that was featured at the MTV Movie Awards, Teen Choice Awards & Daytime Emmy Awards gifting suites). Now, she is able to pursue her passion with RainbowMe Kids. Making sure there are enough positive and relatable images and influences for kids has been a cause close to Johnson for the majority of her life, and she is excited to see the impact RainbowMe continues to have on its audience.


General: $30 per person
Students: Free*

*There is no registration fee for Elon students. However, to cover the cost of lunch a $15 fee will be charged to your Elon account if you register but fail to attend.

Registration is closed at this time. If you're interested in attending and have not registered, please contact Alyssa Martina at amartina@elon.edu.

Cancellation policy: Cancellations should be sent to amartina@elon.edu. Cancellations received after 5 p.m. on April 5, 2017 will not be eligible for a refund.









>>Directions to campus

>>Map The event will be held in McKinnon Hall inside the Moseley Center (building 30 on the campus map).


Alyssa Martina
Director, Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership