2019 Summit Schedule

Thursday, April 4th 2019

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Arrival & Registration

This will be a smaller, more intimate day for returning attendees, graduates of Masterclass and women who want access to additional workshops. Register, get your badges, find old friends and meet new attendees.

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Success Track – BADASS YOUR BRAND

Branding expert Pia Silva, author of Badass Your Brand and Forbes writer, helps you make sure your brand stands out and you are marketing in a way that ensures you’ll attract high paying customers and clients so you can keep scaling.

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Success Track – MILLION DOLLAR MINDSET

“Just do it” is only 10% of success. How can you master the other 90%? Success requires being able to sustain your vision over many months and years, overcoming obstacles and enlisting team members, advisors and partners to come with you. In this interactive workshop, Julia Pimsleur, author ofMillion Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Founders Who Want to Go Big, and founder of Million Dollar Women, teaches essential mindset strengthening tactics you can use right away and teach your team.  These moves will allow you to overcome limiting beliefs,  avoid self-sabotage, and stay fired up as you climb the entrepreneurial

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: VIP Opening Night Party & MAIA Award

At the VIP Opening Night Party you will meet the leadership behind the summit and find out the winner of the MAIA Award! Presented by Maria Velissaris of SteelSky Ventures and Courtney Spitzer of SocialFly, this award goes to a fast-growing company led by a women in our MDW community. Location:  Club75 Social Club on the 32nd floor overlooking Rockefeller Center. Address is on ticket. Must be on list (space is limited).

Friday, April 5th 2019

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM: Panel – Meet 5 Million Dollar Women

Hear from five women who have built multi-million dollar businesses from scratch: Angie Lalla, CEO and Co-Founder,, RIM Sports. Products/fitness accessories — Emily Tryon, CEO, Esthetic Solutions. Wellness/medical spas — Dorie Golkin Smith, Co-Founder and CEO, Of Mercer. Clothing store in Soho/fashion company — Sarah Kugelman, CEO, Skyn Iceland. Beauty/stress reducing cosmetics — Megan O’Connor, CEO and Co-Founder, Hi Clark. Education/online platform for tutors — Moderated by Elaine Pofeldt, author of The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business.    

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Success Track I – RAISE YOUR EFFICIENCY IQ

Ari Meisel, founder of Less Doing and expert on outsourcing and delegating will help you turn overwhelm into efficiency with tips on effective decision making, planning a year’s worth of content in under an hour, and mastering the tech tools of today so you can stay sane while scaling up.

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Success Track I – SCALE YOUR SERVICES BUSINESS

Verne Harnish, author of the classic book on growing your business, Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0), founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and CEO of Scaling Up, will teach the top ways that any business scales up quickly. He’ll share four practical ideas you can implement immediately to get your firm on it’s way to $1 million and beyond.

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Success Track I – MILLION DOLLAR MINDSET

“Just do it” is only 10% of success. How can you master the other 90%? Success requires being able to sustain your vision over many months and years, overcoming obstacles and enlisting team members, advisors and partners to come with you. In this interactive workshop, Julia Pimsleur, author of Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Founders Who Want to Go Big and founder of Million Dollar Women, teaches essential mindset strengthening tactics you can use right away and teach your team.  These moves will allow you to overcome limiting beliefs,  avoid self-sabotage, and stay fired up as you climb the

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM – When Wellness is Working

Meditate. Improve your diet. Get more sleep… or just drink more coffee? Our panel of women running successful companies in the health & wellness space share resources on how we can scale up while staying fit, happy and sane. Participants in the panel: Stacy Berman, CEO/Founder Stacy’s Bootcamp, Bootcamp and Nutrition Deb Valentin, CEO/Founder Sage Wellness, Holistic treatments to heal the whole you. Alicia Thomas, CEO/Founder Dibs, Earn rewards while being well Moderator: Katrina Anderson, CEO/Co-Founder, ClinicianNexus, Collaborative Clinical Education Management

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM: Keynote – Gina Bartasi, Founder & CEO of Kindbody

We will have the privilege of hearing from Gina Bartasi, Founder & CEO of Kindbody, a full service women’s health and fertility platform, reinventing fertility care for all. Bartasi is a four-time CEO who has been a pioneer in the health tech field for 20 years. She has a proven track record of leading disruptive businesses through startup, M&A and rapid growth stages. She will share with us how she raised capital and built her multi-million dollar business – while raising two boys, adapting to market downturns, learning to trust her team and making constant pivots to innovate.

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM: Success Tracks II – FUNDRAISE LIKE A PRO

Considering fundraising or looking to understand what kinds of capital you can get access to? Angel, VC, crowd-funding, bank loans… this workshop will cover them all. Journalist and expert on fundraising Geri Stengel, Activator at SheEO™ Inc, teams up with Maria Littlefield, CEO and Founder of Owlsbrew Tea to break it down and give you concrete tips for finding funds. Geri will map out all the options for raising whether you are making $50k or $900k, and Maria will  share her story of raising $4M, how she got Anheuser Busch to invest, and did it all with a pregnant co-founder and

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM: Success Track II – SCALE YOUR SERVICES BUSINESS

Verne Harnish, author of the classic book on growing your business, Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0), founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and CEO of Scaling Up, will teach the top ways that any business scales up quickly. He’ll share four practical ideas you can implement immediately to get your firm on it’s way to $1 million and beyond.

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Live Recording of Million Dollar Mind Podcast

Be part of the live recording of Julia Pimsleur’s Million Dollar Mind Podcast where she interviews Maria Littlefield, Co-Founder of Owl’s Brew boozy tea. Podcasting is one of the hottest new mediums for getting the word out in your business. If you listen to podcasts, are currently considering doing a podcast or want to better understand this medium, don’t miss this!

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Powerful & Prepared Pitch Competition

Watch as women who are CEOs of rapidly growing businesses pitch for funding from our esteemed judges (see PITCH tab on this site). Our judges are angels and VCs who can not only invest but open many doors for the companies presenting. Pitch competition is chaired by Million Dollar Women mentor and angel investor, Maria Velissaris of SteelSky Ventures.