Friday, October 28, 12:00 noon - MEDA Convention 2016
Women Changing the World
Join us for this honest, inspiring, and practical session as we hear from MEDA-connected business women about how they intentionally work to grow financially successful businesses, while keeping the good of their employees and their communities, at the forefront. This open and honest conversation will delve into the challenges, the decisions, and the satisfaction of doing business with higher purposes in mind. You will not want to miss this engaging panel as we hear real stories from women who wrestle with these issues every day and who view their business enterprises as a calling and an important stewardship in their lives.
Since 2002, Olivia Holden has been executive director of ASSETS Toledo, a non-profit corporation started in 1999 through the collaboration of MEDA and Friendship Baptist Church. ASSETS Toledo assists persons who are interested in starting a business or need the skills to continue in business. Previously, she was also director of Minority Business Services at the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce, a supervisor at the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and served on numerous boards, including the State of Ohio Minority Business Advisory Council, where she was appointed by Governor Ted Strickland. She attended the University of Toledo, University of New York at Albany majoring in nursing; Capital University, Columbus, OH, Certified Business Analyst; Notre Dame University, Certified Business Executive. Ms. Holden has two children, Kim and Rebekha, and eight grandchildren.
Michelle Horning, M.S., CPA, CGMA, has been a professor of Accounting and chair of the Business Department at Goshen College for 18 years. During this time, she created a hands-on learning opportunity for students called Java Junction, where students can practice running a real business. Michelle helped to revive Goshen’s student entrepreneurship and has been directing the business department's entrepreneurship program for Goshen College students. She also created a business incubator/shared living and working space for entrepreneurs. She finds it a blessing to meet students as they leave high school and work with them to discover their calling as a business professional. Prior to joining the world of higher education, Michelle worked in a public accounting firm and as an assistant controller for a privately held company that owned a number of grocery stores in eastern Pennsylvania. Michelle and her husband, Chad, live in Goshen, Indiana, and have a 13-year-old son, Dylan, a 10-year-old daughter, Eva, and a two-year-old dog, Ivy Rose. Their family loves playing and watching sports and traveling.
Laura Stephenson is a co-founder of 4D CONCEPTS, Inc., an importer/wholesaler that specializes in selling to e-commerce companies. She graduated from Goshen College with a BSN and worked as a pediatric nurse, then worked in marketing for a family furniture manufacturing business. Nineteen years ago, she started 4D CONCEPTS, Inc. With travel running through her veins, Laura explores the world in search of unique products to import and distribute from reputable manufacturers.
Crystal Weaver is a visionary who enjoys creating businesses that contribute specifically to the social landscape of Lancaster city. Her specific passion and experience is in creating job opportunities within the hospitality sector that are meaningful, empowering, and forward thinking. Crystal loves connecting people and places in ways that have lasting impact. She is the owner/operator of Prince St Cafe, Passenger Coffee Roasting, as well as prior city business ventures with a market stand at Central Market, as well as real estate ventures with residential rehab and housing. She grew up as the oldest of five children on a working farm in Millersville. She was gifted her business sense from her parents as they learned and worked together in many small business ventures on the farm. She moved to Lancaster city at age 18 in search of more opportunities to interact with people than corn fields and has been thriving there ever since.