The WBENC National Conference continues to gain momentum, bringing the network together again for another impactful week! Check back soon and often as more details on the schedule and other sessions will be added soon and on an ongoing basis.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL SCHEDULE DETAILS AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME.

Click on the session titles to learn more.

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8:00 AM
2:00 PM
Onsite Registration
Delta Lobby
9:00 AM
12:00 PM
Open Expo
Ryman Exhibit Hall C
12:00 PM
1:30 PM
Luncheon & General Session
Delta Ballroom A
2:00 PM
4:00 PM
Meet & Greet
Governor's + Delta Ballrooms BCD
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Private Reception (Invitation Only)
6:00 PM
10:00 PM
Reception & Celebration
Wild Horse Saloon
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5:30 AM
10:30 PM
Evening Event
Gaylord Opryland Event Center
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
Onsite Registration
Delta Lobby
9:00 AM
11:00 AM
Meet & Greet
Governor's + Delta Ballrooms BCD
11:00 AM
1:00 PM
WBENC Café Open
Delta Ballroom A
11:30 AM
4:30 PM
Open Expo
Ryman Exhibit Hall C
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9:00 AM
5:00 PM
Onsite Registration
Delta Lobby
11:00 AM
1:00 PM
Kickoff Luncheon & Networking by RPO
Delta Ballroom A
1:30 PM
5:15 PM
Industry Labs
Ryman Studios
6:00 PM
8:00 PM
Welcome Reception
Delta Island
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9:00 AM
12:00 PM
WEConnect Event
10:00 AM
5:00 PM
Onsite Registration
Delta Lobby
WBENC Arena

The WBENC Arena is an all-encompassing event experience with more than 300,000 square feet of space featuring expo booths, industry sessions, 1:1 meeting opportunities, and more! The three halls will feature everything from your traditional expo booths to educational sessions and many, many networking opportunities. ​

Open three days, the Arena is designed to maximize networking.

**New in 2022** Exhibitors will be placed into industry groupings. Read the FAQs for more information on that and other Exhibitor details. 

 

View the Exhibitor Directory

View the WBENC Arena Floor Plan

Learn More About Exhibiting

Click the drop downs below to learn more about each WBENC Arena feature.

Open Expo

During Open Expo take the opportunity to network and mingle with your target exhibitors. Wind through the specific Industry’s Open Expo at your own pace and connect with hundreds of exhibitors to seek out new contracts, solutions and prospects at every turn. Learn more about becoming an exhibitor here.

View the Exhibitor Directory

Open Expo Hours:

    • Wednesday, March 22 | 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
    • Thursday, March 23 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Schedule as of 9/20/22

Industry Labs

Tuesday, March 21 | 1:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Spend your afternoon engaging in dynamic programming across eight industries during the Industry Labs. Each lab will feature Learn segments where you will gain valuable insights from leading experts on a variety of industry-specific topics through classic educational sessions featuring TED-style talks or panel discussions on the industry’s most crucial topics and walk away with important knowledge and skills to implement in your business.  You’ll also be able to get hands-on through an Engage segment where you will actively engage with the programming, whether it is a Table Talk, industry networking segment or hands-on coaching.

These innovative experiential learning opportunities provide business owners and other professionals with the tools and resources to develop as leaders and change-makers.

 

Evening Events

One of the most powerful parts about the National Conference is the generous amount of time for casual networking. Have some fun with your dynamic network of powerful women and #Hes4Shes. Make sure not to miss the evening events as they are prime time to discover new connections and build momentum on existing ones. Each night in Nashville will be packed with opportunities.

Welcome Reception:
Tuesday, March 21 | 6:00-8:00 pm CT
Delta Island, Gaylord Opryland  Resort & Convention Center

Kick off the week on beautiful Delta Island for an evening of heavy hors d’oeuvres, sponsor activations and making connections. The dress for this evening is business casual.

Wednesday Evening Event:
Wednesday, March 22 | 5:30 – 10:30 pm CT
Gaylord Opryland Events Center

After a fulfilling day of Meet & Greets and Open Expo, get ready to kick back and have some fun! There will be many activities ranging from the tempting Women Owned Pop Up Shop to the WBENC signature karaoke stage and more.  It will be a rainbow-filled night of fun! Stay tuned for details on this evening’s competition!

Thursday Reception & Celebration:
Thursday, March 23 | 6:00 – 10:00 pm CT

Wrap up your week with a true Nashville night out where you’ll dance, listen to live music and eat delicious food. Use this evening to deepen your new connections to carry the event’s momentum into the coming months.

 

 

General Sessions & Lunch

A week with the WBENC network would not be complete without the General Sessions and meals. This is your opportunity to hear from key sponsors, collect key takeaways about the network and celebrate some of the incredible individuals who make the WBENC network the community it is.

Welcome & General Session
Tuesday, March 21 | 11:00 am – 11:30 am CT

Kickoff Luncheon & Networking by RPO
Tuesday, March 21 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm CT

Kickoff the week with a short set of welcoming remarks before picking up lunch and connecting with fellow WBEs and Corporate Members by your Regional Partner Organization.  This is your opportunity to reconnect, say hello and make new connections that will build your momentum as you dive into your week in Tennessee.

WBENC Cafe 
Wednesday, March 22 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CT

Lunch on Wednesday will be set up as a buffet for attendees to come to eat at your leisure. Make sure to stop and refuel before continuing your day!

Thursday Luncheon & General Session
Thursday, March 23 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm CT

As the week wraps up, take a moment to celebrate the incredible WBENC network and hear key takeaways from valued speakers. We will also recognize some of the nation’s most successful women-owned businesses and the corporations who are doing the most to level the playing field for women entrepreneurs.

Meet & Greet

Meet & Greet is only open to WBENC and WEConnect Certified WBEs. No preregistration is required for WBEs.

Meet & Greet is a networking opportunity for WBEs and Corporate Members to connect in an open but structured format. This WBE-driven opportunity features a series of 25-minute sessions. Each participating corporate member hosts a table of WBEs and every 25 minutes WBEs have the opportunity to connect with a different table host. 

Meet & Greet sessions will occur:

  • Wednesday, March 22 | 9:00-11:00 am CT
  • Thursday, March 23 | 2:00-4:00 pm CT

To participate, Corporate Members register in advance to host Meet & Greet tables. Contact matchmakers@wbenc.org if you are a registered corporate member and are interested in participating.

Note: The list of participating Corporate Members will be published in advance of the event in March.

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Collegiate Accelerator

The WBENC Collegiate Accelerator, previously the WBENC Student Entrepreneur Program, is a premier startup program that fosters growth for the next generation of female founders and women-owned businesses. WBENC is proud to invest in the next generation of Women’s Business Enterprises through the support of WBENC Corporate and Government Members.

The 2023 Collegiate Accelerator founders, as well as select program alums, will have the opportunity to highlight their products and services in the Collegiate Accelerator Showcase in during Open Expo. Stay tuned for more details!

The 2023 Collegiate Accelerator cohort will also participate in a two-round Pitch Competition showcasing these amazing founders, during which they will compete for $20,000 in seed capital cash prizes. We encourage conference attendees to look out for these female entrepreneurs and support their businesses!

Click here to learn more about the 2023 Collegiate Accelerator program.

Women Owned

Women Owned is an initiative from WBENC and WEConnect International to create a movement of support for Women Owned businesses. We support female entrepreneurs and those who do business with them by raising awareness for why, where and how to buy Women Owned.

In Nashville, Women Owned will activate on the expo floor with Demo Stations from Women Owned brands and with a Women Owned Pop Up shop during the evening event on Wednesday. On the expo floor you can expect demos, samples and products available for sale from amazing Women Owned brands. At the Pop Up Shop you can expect a variety of exciting products just waiting to go home with you. Get ready to invest in women and #BuyWomenOwned!

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