Bold Women in Business



It’s time to step up to your potential – are you ready?

The What

BOLD WOMEN IN BUSINESS is the ultimate destination for powerful and authentic female business leaders in Arizona.

We are bringing together movers, shakers and influencers who are willing to share their game-changing secrets to success and hand you powerful tools and knowledge to help you make a bold leap in your own life and business.

Whether you are running your own business, leading an organization or a non-profit, – YOU can discover the game-changing strategies from the Valley’s leading women — from thought leaders to top executives to business owners.

This event will be full of inspiration and empowerment so YOU can make big bold changes in the world – don’t miss out!


Dare to be different. Be a pioneer. Be a leader. Be the kind of woman who in the face of adversity will continue to embrace life and walk fearlessly toward the challenge.

– Oprah Winfrey

The Why

After arriving in Scottsdale from Europe, I had to use local networking to build a new business and life for myself and my family.

I arrived here knowing nobody.

Zero contacts. Zero clients. Zero support system.

What became obvious was that while there were many different groups supporting and empowering women, there were very few high-level groups that supported women who had already achieved a level of success and were ready for their next bold move. Conversations that go beyond the typical “start up”- what do you do? What type of clients are you looking to work with?

I was craving conversations about making a bigger difference rather than worrying about where the next paycheck was coming from. How to grow and scale a business and keep my sanity in check. How to lead effectively without being perceived as a b*tch. How to be successful in business AND honor my commitments to my husband and children. How to give back while growing a business. And I didn’t want theory – I wanted to hear real stories from real women about the truth about what it takes to be successful in business AND in life.

4 years later I decided to create the event that I dreamed of being invited to because I had identified a crucial missing link in Arizona for business women who have already achieved a level of success and are ready to play bigger (on their terms) and who are looking to surround themselves with other powerful quality women.


You can tell who the strong women are, they’re the ones building each other up instead of tearing each other down.

– Brené Brown

The Event

This event is specifically designed for:

•  Women professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs

•  Self-employed professionals and business owners generating 6, 7 and 8 figure revenues who crave deeper connection, bigger thinking and higher level conversations

•  Women with big hearts who juggle business, family, community and self

•  Women who understand the importance of building supportive communities

•  Women who understand that in order to take care of business you must first take care of yourself

•  Women who know that in order to succeed in business they need support and accountability

•  Women who want to be powerful without losing their femininity

•  Women who want to lead with courage, care and compassion

•  Women who ultimately know that we are stronger and better together

It’s time to step up to your potential – are you ready?

Join powerful conversations that connect women with their passion, inspire higher-level thinking and deliver grounded practical advice.

If you have the desire within you to make the world a better place and to be an inspiring role model for leading with integrity and excellence then join us.


I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world.

– Meryl Streep

A Bold Woman is:

•  An Authentic Leader

•  An Inspiring Role Model

•  A High Achiever

•  An Agent of Change

•  Living Life Purposefully on Her Terms

•  Committed to Entrepreneurial Excellence

•  Whole-hearted and Generous


If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.

– Maya Angelou

The Experience

Participate in powerful conversations that connect women with their passion, inspire higher level thinking and deliver grounded practical advice

Expand your personal network, as you connect with other quality women, who are also ready to experience a huge leap in their leadership, business and contribution

Engage in interactive sessions that are focussed on your highest potential and expanded possibilities yet grounded in timeless wisdom and practical application. You will be able to see all that you can be from a new perspective whilst being supported and celebrated for your success thus far.

A gourmet lunch, coffee/tea breaks, and Bubbles & Bites Sonoran Cocktail Reception are provided for all participants and sponsors.


We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.

– Sheryl Sandberg

The Boutique Village

The Boutique Village is your opportunity to discover and connect with unique products and expert services.

From beauty to business – we’ve got it covered. Each vendor has been carefully selected for the quality of their work and services with one clear purpose in mind – to help women be better and stronger.

We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes — understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.

– Arianna Huffington

The Benefits

Here are the fabulous benefits you will get:

•  Build your own network of high-quality women who are leading change in business

•  Gain powerful insights that inspire change in your own business

•  Make authentic connections and build new friendships to support you on your business and personal journey

•  Develop a new mindset to take your own leadership to the next level

•  Generously pay it forwards – a portion of the proceeds from this event will go to charitable organizations that empower women in our community

•  Be energized by spending a whole day in the presence of the most fabulous women in the Southwest


I think the truth of the matter is, people who end up as ‘first’ don’t actually set out to be first. They set out to do something they love and it just so happens that they are the first to do it.

– Condoleezza Rice


Bold Women in Business is about empowering women and also honoring the men who support and invest in their success.

We love ‘Manbassadors’ supporting powerful women at this inaugural event.

Manbassador noun  /manˈbasədər/
1. used to describe an evolved man who embraces and champions the power of women, diversity and gender equality.

If you are a man who actively supports women in business, then you are lovingly invited to join us.


Too many women are sacrificing their dreams to make their men comfortable with their underachievement. Follow your passion, and if he loves you, he will do everything to support you.

– Derrick Jaxn

Giving Back

We’re not shy about sharing how to be more successful in your business and life. Because we know that by making more, we can also give more to others who truly need our help. That’s why contributing to charitable causes and helping those who are close to our own hearts is an important part of our core philosophy and purpose.

When you make an investment in your own success through attending an event like this, it’s not just you who benefit – you’re also contributing to supporting our favorite charitable causes.

At the BOLD WOMEN IN BUSINESS event this year, we will be highlighting and contributing to the wonderful work done for women by the Women’s Enterprise Foundation. The Women’s Enterprise Foundation (WEF) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that supports and inspires emerging women business owners within Maricopa County who have a demonstrated business development need or who would benefit from specialized educational training and development opportunities.

WEF’s mission is to support and inspire such enterprising women with scholarships and grants that enable them to further their education, leadership skills and opportunities to succeed. WEF is proud to be a recurring primary financial supporter of the Phoenix Metropolitan Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Mentoring Program.

To learn more about being a contributor to their work, please visit



Meet our Expert Panel showcasing the Valley’s most accomplished women and their journey to success

Alona Rutniskey, CEO & Co-Founder, East 5th Avenue


Anita Lang, Founder, IMI Design


Letitia Frye, Letitia Frye


Kristen Sandquist, CEO, K2 Aventures Foundation


Jane Spicer, CEO and Founder, Daphne’s Headcovers



“The Phoenix Business Journal has a long history of supporting women in business throughout the Valley. From our daily coverage online and in print, to events honoring women business leaders and mentors, to my passion for promoting businesswomen in our community, we have been fortunate to work with great organizations along the way. Vanessa Shaw’s Bold Women in Business is another outstanding opportunity for the PBJ to connect with passionate, strong, powerful women. We are thrilled to be partnering with Vanessa and her team on this event!”




 8h00 – 8h40



Doors open to Ballroom

 9h00 – 10h30

General Session

 10h30 – 11h00

Coffee/Tea Break

 11h00 – 12h30

General Session

 12h30 – 2h00


 2h00 – 3h30

General Session

 3h30 – 4h00

Coffee/Tea Break

 4h00 – 5h30

General Session

 5h30 – 7h30

Bubbles & Bites Sonoran Cocktail Reception & Visit to Boutique Village



  • Gourmet Lunch
  • Coffee/Tea Breaks
  • Sonoran Cocktail Reception
  • Networking with Powerful Business Women



  • Reserved Table for 8 Guests
  • Gourmet Lunch
  • Coffee/Tea Breaks
  • Sonoran Cocktail Reception
  • Networking with Powerful Business Women


guaranteedThere’s no risk involved in attending BOLD WOMEN IN BUSINESS which is backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

If, after booking your ticket, for any reason, you are unable to join us in person for BOLD WOMEN IN BUSINESS:

You may receive a credit for your ticket purchase against any of our future live events or one of our programs.

Another option is that you can transfer your ticket, to allow a friend or colleague to attend in your place.

If neither of the above 2 options is possible, just let us know prior to September 8, 2018, and you will receive a refund of your purchase, minus a modest $20 administrative fee. From September 8, 2018, your ticket investment will be applied as a credit toward a future live event or program, due to contractual obligations with our event venue.


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    Bold Women in Business
    8711 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd.
    PMB #228
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
    United States of America

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    Phone: +1 (602) 730-5937