Truman to host Zoom webinar to celebrate women entrepreneurs

Truman State University is set to hold a Zoom webinar that celebrates women entrepreneurs and business Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.

The event was organized as a collaboration between the University Advancement Office and Chuck Boughton, instructor of business administration. Boughton said this will be the second time that the event has been held and the University is excited to bring it back. 

“The goal of this event is to create an informative and fun event that will allow Truman students from any major or discipline the opportunity to think about and explore the amazing world of opportunity that is out there,” Boughton said.

Boughton was largely in charge of selecting panelists for the event. He selected eight women who have excelled in the area of entrepreneurship. The panel is made up of women of all backgrounds, some of whom reside in Kirksville or are alumnae of the University. 

Jessica Parks attended the event last year as a panelist and said she was excited to be asked again. Parks is the Mayor Pro Tempore of the Kirksville City Council and co-founder of the local non-profit restaurant Take Root Cafe.

“It is a great event because it gives all students who are interested in business the advice to take the leap into the business after graduation,” Parks said. 

Parks said she also thinks it is beneficial to get together with other accomplished women to support each other’s endeavors.

The webinar will feature University President Sue Thomas as the host and Janet Gooch, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, as the facilitator. 

Thomas will provide a short welcome and then Gooch will ask panelists questions and keep the conversation flowing. Attendees can submit questions to the panelists when they pre-register for the Zoom event. 

“Anyone who has ever thought about starting a business will find this interesting. The creative energy that these women have is so inspiring. I think many students can learn a lot from these women,” Gooch said.

Anyone that is interested in attending the event can pre-register and submit questions here.