The Great Pitch! Competition, a fast-paced business pitch tournament, brought to you in partnership with Dow. Fifteen WBEs will pitch their businesses to a panel of business experts at the virtual Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference to compete for a $5,000 grand prize and $1,000 to each of the final four semi-finalist.
Discussion groups that emphasize the exchange of ideas, demonstrations of skills & application of techniques & interactive business training and coaching sessions that is directly applied to your business to own your own future
The awards are for outstanding members that go above and beyond to support the Great Lakes Women's Business Council (WBC). Their leadership and support are an inspiration to all members, partners, and friends.
Nancy Giordano is one of the world’s top female futurists. Passionate about helping leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead, she delves deep into the intersections of tech, business, and society. Executives love her unique abilities to sense and synthesize the shifts ahead and to guide those ready to build more relevant and sustainable solutions. She has spent her career building, shaping and guiding a portfolio of $50 billion worth of global brands.
Nitin Gupta has advised corporate clients for 20 years on the use of derivatives to manage financial risk. He began his career at Citibank and has also worked at Goldman Sachs and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Nitin holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, graduate degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Paula Tutman has spent more than 35 years as a broadcast journalist. She can be seen daily on WDIV, Local 4 with her award-winning brand of human-interest stories. Outside of her broadcast work, Paula is, what she calls, a serial Creator-Preneur. A prolific writer, Paula is an award-winning novelist and aspiring screenplay writer. She is the founder of the Master Your Message Communication Course workshop which teaches communication tools to companies and organizations to maximize productivity and minimize misunderstandings. Multi-Emmy-winning broadcast journalist, Paula Tutman has spent more than 35 years as a broadcast journalist.
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