IWLC announces 2016 schedule of female entrepreneurship events

Feb 03, 2016


Molly Altorfer

Molly Altorfer is the co-director of communications and marketing for IWLC. She has previously worked as a freelance writer and served as Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing at Mount Mercy University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies and political science from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Master of Arts in Communications and Journalism from Kent State University. Molly is an avid golfer and self-confessed news junkie. She and her husband have two daughters; Molly views her work with IWLC as making the world a better place for them.

Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC) today announced its 2016 events and conferences to support female entrepreneurship and women-owned businesses. For the third straight year, IWLC will convene Invest in She by IWLC events in Central Iowa and Eastern Iowa, offering female entrepreneurs and business owners the opportunity to pitch their business ventures to a group of power investors.

Since its creation, IWLC and investors have awarded more than $110,000 to 18 female entrepreneurs across the state. Winners at each of the Invest in She by IWLC events are then eligible to compete in the national Small Business Association InnovateHER competitions, thus increasing their potential investor reach. 

New this year in Eastern Iowa, the organization will host a half-day conference, featuring multiple tracks for attendees depending on their current business level. The tracks include: business ideation, new business strategy, scaling business and “Mentor Mixer.” All Invest in She conference attendees will receive key one-on-one time with an Iowa entrepreneur mentor. Elizabeth Caven, founder of UpCraft Club and former Invest in She by IWLC competition winner, will offer the luncheon keynote address. Ms. Caven’s homegrown idea is now a national force in the competitive world of e-commerce. Her story is one aspiring and existing entrepreneurs will appreciate, from her journey of using Iowa-based resources to having grown her dream worldwide.

Tickets for each Invest in She pitch competition are $35. Tickets for the Eastern Iowa half-day conference and competition are $55.

IWLC Female Entrepreneur Events


Invest in She by IWLC – Central Iowa

Pitch competition

June 9, 2016

Drake University – Olmstead Center

Des Moines, Iowa


Invest in She by IWLC – Eastern Iowa

Half-day conference and evening pitch competition

June 14, 2016

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

Cedar Rapids, Iowa


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