Want to start your own business? Where do you start? How do you make it sustainable?

Join us at the Center for Women & Enterprise to learn from a panel of local women business leaders and entrepreneurs. They will talk about their experiences, the obstacles they met and most importantly how they overcame them. After the panel conversation, the featured speakers will take questions from the audience.

You must register online to attend, as a networking reception and lunch will follow. Please be on time and bring lots of business cards.


Dr. Karilyn Crockett – Director of Small Business Development & Economic Policy and Research, City of Boston

Dr. Karilyn Crockett’s portfolio guides implementation of Mayor Walsh’s strategic priorities for citywide economic development. Karilyn’s academic research focuses on large-scale land use changes in twentieth century American cities and examines the social and geographic implications of structural poverty. Prior to graduate school, Karilyn co-founded Multicultural Youth Tour Of What’s Now (MYTOWN), an award winning, educational non-profit organization.

Karilyn holds a PhD from the American Studies program at Yale University, a Master of Science in Geography from the London School of Economics, and a Master of Arts and Religion from Yale Divinity School. She is a research affiliate in the Department of Urban Studies & Planning at MIT.  Her career mission is to continue to work at the nexus of education, economic development and urban revitalization.

Dr. Teri Baydar – White Lily Coaching, Individual Development & Leadership Coach

Dr. Teri Baydar is a Leadership Development Coach. She has over 15 years’ experience in behavior research and behavior modification, including 7 years with a research institute / Think Tank specializing in the study of the workings of the unconscious mind. Dr. Teri is dedicated to helping executives and high potential employees find their leader within through one-on-one coaching and group workshops. She also enjoys inspiring and teaching entrepreneurs in accelerators and incubators, such as MassChallenge, Canopy City, and the Center for Women & Enterprise.

Nicole Peterkin – CEO,  Peterkin Financial

Nicole Peterkin is the CEO of Peterkin Financial, where she provides comprehensive financial planning for a flat fee that isn’t tied to assets or income in an effort to make financial advice more accessible. In 6 years in business, she has helped over 500 clients improve their financial lives. Nicole’s clients are individuals, families, and entrepreneurs who are looking for planning that balances their competing lifestyle and financial goals and who want their money to work harder for them. Nicole is also an author and speaker. Her first book, “If You Love Your Family, Save Like It” is her guide to modern money management for America and is available now on Amazon.