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VIDEO: Ozmen Center Initiative Inspires Women to Pursue Entrepreneurial Dreams


By Kylie Rowe | @KyRoBiz
Kylie Rowe is the Vice President of Corporate Relocation at Dickson Realty, an ambassador for Reno, Sparks and Lake Tahoe.

Co-Author Liset Puentes | @LookitsLiset
Liset Puentes is the Manager of the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship in The College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Dickson Realty Spotlight on Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship with Liset Puentes from Dickson Realty on Vimeo.

The 2012 U.S. Census indicates that women own 36 percent of all businesses. Despite the fact this is a growing number, there is still a lack of representation and engagement among young females. Liset Puentes of the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship in The College of Business discusses how few women at the University of Nevada, Reno choose to participate in the Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition.

The Ozmen Center recognizes that women face a separate set of challenges and it’s important to connect the on-campus community with the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem. In the second year of the Ozmen Center Women’s Initiative, all students and community members are invited to be part of the Innovation, Inspiration and Insights series during the month of May. Each Tuesday a different entrepreneur will share her business story during “Coffee & Conversation.” Joey Mares, owner of Peep No More will speak on May 15. Register here.

The culminating event open to the public is May 24 at the Innevation Center, 450 Sinclair St., during A Night to Recognize Women in Business and Entrepreneurship. The evening will feature a keynote presentation by renowned leadership expert Joelle Jay and remarks from Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, who in 2016 proclaimed May 26 as the day to recognize women in business and entrepreneurship. Joelle will deliver a presentation called, “Getting an Edge: Using Personal Leadership to be a better leader…and lead a better life.” Register here.

Last year the launch of the Ozmen Center Women’s Initiative garnered over 100 attendees made up of both students and community members who brainstormed ways to strengthen ties between the two groups. As a result, the Ozmen Center sponsored several events connecting students with female leaders and also supported the creation of the Professional Network of Women, a collaborative community of female University students that host women leaders in business to discuss career advice and professional pursuits.

Learn More: ozmencenter.unr.edu/womensinitiative/ | Be Inspired: @OzmenCenter

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