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Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference

Saturday, February 9 | 8:30 am – 1 pm
YWCA Mahoning Valley: Warren Office
375 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481

YWCA Mahoning Valley and Youngstown Business Incubator are proud to present the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Conference on Saturday, February 9. Women in any stage of the entrepreneurship journey, from idea to product, will get insight on how to build, grow, and find success in their business as they network with other women, connect with resources, and learn from successful area entrepreneurs.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and lunch included.

RSVP by February 4.

Vendor Table Options:

  • Nonprofits and Organizations: register for a $5 resource table to share information about your work. Please, no sale of merchandise at this level.
  • Businesses and Entrepreneurs: register for a $10 vendor table to advertise and sell your products.

Support for this event is provided by the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Nancy K. Morris Endowment Fund, and YWCA USA.

For more information, please contact Varada at (330) 746-6361 ext. 112 or vbhide@mvywca.org.


Deanna FusilloDeanna Fusillo

Social Media and helping businesses grow has become a passion of Deanna Fusillo. She has been on a mission to help entrepreneurs launch a grow their business. Deanna is the  founder of Sassy Girl Media, LLC and understood the power of social media almost immediately, as an early adopter in 2009.  As an single mom who left corporate America to launch an at home business, she quickly gained national recognition when she was awarded the Top Moms In Business by Startup Nation and Discover Card. Deanna realized a natural found passion in helping others learn how to leverage social media and business techniques to launch and grow their business and created a program called The Startup Circle to teach entrepreneurs and small business owners exactly how to do this.

Dr. Helen MugaDr. Helen Muga

Dr. Helen Muga is Assistant Professor of Engineering and Program Director of Engineering at Baldwin Wallace University, and is the Founder of Pacific Water.

Originally from Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific, Dr. Helen Muga moved to the U.S. almost 14 years ago to pursue a doctorate in environmental engineering. She is one of the first Papua New Guinean women to hold a doctorate in an engineering field.

Her areas of expertise are in water and wastewater treatment and design, renewable energy, international development work, education, sustainable development and entrepreneurship. In addition to English, Muga also speaks Pidgin, Kuanua and Spanish, and has extensive experience living and working in different countries.

Muga was one of two founders of the University of Mount Union Department of Engineering and the civil and mechanical engineering programs along with co-founder and chair Dr. Donna Mihalek. The engineering department and the engineering programs were established in fall 2010. She is one of a few ethnic minorities to start an engineering program.

During her seven years at Mount Union, Muga was also instrumental in developing and leading the global engineering experience required for all mechanical and civil engineering students. As lead professor for the global engineering experience from 2010-17, she took more than 100 engineering students abroad over the course of 10-plus trips. Of all the courses she has taught, the global engineering experience is her favorite.

Muga was also a postdoctoral researcher in the University of South Florida Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 2008-10. While there, she brought in a grant of just over $783,000, one of the largest grants at the time, that provided support for master’s and doctorate students.

Marisa SergiMarisa Sergi

Marisa Sergi, 25, started RedHead Wine while studying Viticulture and Enology at Cornell University.  This capstone project turned business is now a budding brand found in over 300+ accounts including Walmart and Kroger.  Marisa, a third generation winemaker, enjoys entrepreneurship and giving back to her community – she was recently named Gladys Magazine’s most influential people alongside Kate Middleton, Kendall Jenner and Martha Stewart.

Carmella WilliamsCarmella Williams

Carmella M. Williams is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Youngstown Business Incubator where she manages both the Minority Business Assistance Center and the Women in Entrepreneurship program.

Carmella M. Williams is also the owner and kitchen chemist of CarmellaMarie Inc. She started this natural hair company in June 2013. Carmella turned her passion for helping women realize their true self into a business by hosting “Let’s Talk Hair” Sessions and eventually creating a full natural hair care line offering 8 products and counting. Carmella mentors several youths in the Mahoning Valley and volunteers her time with Inspiring Minds Youth Program talking about entrepreneurship and natural hair care.

She seeks to motivate, challenge and help others to grow and expand their level of thinking. Williams earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Youngstown State University and a Master Degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University.

Her motto: “Education will take you anywhere in the world you want to go.”

Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference

Thursday, June 13 from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm
YWCA Mahoning Valley: Youngstown Office
25 W. Rayen Ave., Youngstown, OH 44503

Click here to register.