Thank you to everyone who attended the summit! Session recordings are posted below and on Yelp’s YouTube channel.
Yelp’s first-ever Women in Business Summit is taking place on March 24-25 and will bring together women in all industries to share insights and learn from each other.
This two-day event will include panels, presentations, and fireside chats connecting and celebrating female business leaders across the U.S. in multiple industries—restaurants, beauty, home, finance, and more. The summit promises inspiration, while also providing tactical lessons and takeaways that can be applied to any industry or business.
Here’s a look at the full two-day schedule and lineup.
Day 1: Get Inspired
11 AM – 11:15 AM ET Yelp’s Women in Business Summit: Welcome
11:15 AM – 11:55 AM ET In Conversation with Rebecca Minkoff For over 15 years, Rebecca Minkoff has made luxury fashion accessible with her edgy and feminine designs, and more recently, she co-founded Female Founder Collective, a community dedicated to empowering female-owned and led companies. Yelp Trend Expert Tara Lewis will join Rebecca to talk all things career and entrepreneurship.
12 PM – 12:45 PM ET Racial and Gender Inequality in the Business World Major companies are showing commitment to diversity and inclusion. How can small business owners maintain and accelerate that progress? This discussion will tackle how Black business owners can navigate the increased attention and support for the Black community. The speakers will also share actionable takeaways for small business owners who may not have access to the resources of larger companies.
12:50 PM – 1 PM ET Building Careers, Business and Family with Hey Mama CEO Katya Libin Enjoy some time with Hey Mama, an online community for working mothers. In this virtual break, you’ll get a chance to learn more about how they are building a community to support women in their careers and families.
1 PM – 1:40 PM ET From Building a Practice to Building a Movement Hear from Sarah Larson Levey, Co-Founder and CEO of Y7 Studio, a bicoastal fitness business that reinvented the yoga experience with hip-hop beats and candlelight. This Yoga mogul will speak about how building her own practice helped her break through and set herself apart in the fitness industry.
1:45 PM – 2:25 PM ET Behind the Scenes of Behind the Review It’s no secret that business owners want to receive positive reviews. In this intimate roundtable conversation, you’ll hear from recent Behind the Review podcast guests as they discuss reputation management, their biggest challenges, and the best ways to handle customer reviews.
2:30 PM – 3:10 PM ET The Conscious Consumer: Ways to Engage with Values-Driven Customers Recent Yelp data shows that support is rising for businesses that align with consumers’ values. Whether looking for a female-led business, a business that promotes inclusivity, or one that supports sustainability, consumers care about the values of the businesses they spend their money with. The panel will explore how business owners can find meaningful ways to interact and engage with values-driven consumers.
3:15 PM – 3:55 PM ET Marketing to Moms: Reaching the Busiest Women on Earth Running a business is a full-time job. When you add in managing a home and raising a family, there isn’t much time left to “shop around” for you and your family’s needs. So how do companies reach the women that are doing it all? Join us as our panel discusses different strategies, tips, and new approaches they’re using to get their products and services in front of the busiest women on the planet.
Moderator: Katya Libin, Co-Founder & CEO of Hey Mama
3:55 PM – 4 PM ET Closing Remarks
Day 2: Take Action
11 AM – 11:05 AM ET Yelp’s Women in Business Summit: Welcome Back
11:05 AM – 11:15 AM ET Risk Taking with Cate Luzio: A Breakdown of Adapting vs. Pivoting Cate Luzio is CEO and founder of Luminary, a membership-based career and personal growth platform with a mission to uplift, upskill, and propel women forward through all phases of their professional journey.She will share advice on how she has survived and thrived both before and during COVID.
11:15 AM – 11:55 AM ET Fireside Chat | Taking Your Business Online Ali Kriegsman, Co-Founder and COO of Bulletin, a venture-backed retail technology startup, has spent her career democratizing access to physical retail space for digitally native brands. In this intimate discussion, she’ll share how businesses can scale their business to maximize their digital footprint.
12 PM – 12:45 PM ET Learning to Grow: Think Big, Act Local Are you a franchisee owner? Hoping to expand your business to a franchisee model? Hear from a panel of experts on how multi-location businesses can create strategies to remain authentic to their local communities.
12:50 PM – 1 PM ET Connect with Yelp Locally Yelp has Community Managers in most major cities, and they work to connect people with great local businesses. Learn about their role and how you can connect with them locally to spread the word about your business.
1 PM – 1:40 PM ET Branding 101: How to Market Your Business Is it time to join Clubhouse? Should you be advertising on local television? How do you get on the Today show? Get first-hand insights from industry leaders on how to incorporate marketing, social media, and PR when building a brand.
1:45 PM – 2:25 PM ET Fireside Chat | Financial Literacy & Funding More and more women are founding and funding companies. But when it comes to financing, many female entrepreneurs hit a wall. We’ll hear from experts on how gender can impact access to funding and how they aim to upend the status quo in business.
2:30 PM – 3:10 PM ET Female Founder Collective Panel | Ditching the Jill of All Trades Mentality The Ditching the Jill of All Trades Mentality seeks to teach small business owners and founders alike how to move away from the Jill of All Trades Mentality. As female founders, we often fall into the “I got it!” or “I can do it!” mentality because we are used to having to move our own mountains and pave our own ways. Unfortunately, that mentality can only get you so far. We’ve learned over the years that community, delegation, outsourcing, and partnerships are the main difference between good and GREAT organizations. In this panel, we seek to remove this mentality from our frame of minds to allow for greater connections and business growth.
Nekpen Osuan Wilson, CEO & Co-Founder of @WomenWerk
3:15 PM – 3:55 PM ET Fireside Chat | Making it in a Male Dominated Industry Chef Nyesha Arrington discusses how she has found success in a traditionally male-dominated world. She shares advice and insights for not just chefs, but anyone who has ever fought for a seat at the table.
3:55 PM – 4 PM ET Yelp’s Women in Business Summit: Closing Remarks
Don’t forget to register!
Check out the Women in Business Summit website, and register for day one and two to make sure you have access to all the incredible speakers. Feel free to take your pick of events or stick around for the full spread of sessions. We hope to see you there!