Solve Conference for Women

The SOLVE Conference for Women on July 27th, 2013 was a complete success! We are busy working on the next one... stay tuned for more information.

The SOLVE Conference for Women, powered by Chic CEO is a hands on, one-day intensive for female entrepreneurs with real business challenges looking for real business solutions. We're bringing in experts to tackle business challenges that spark discussion and lead to real solutions that can be implemented into your business. 

This conference is a must-attend for any female entrepreneur that is looking for REAL answers. Join us as we spend a day working through some of your most frustrating business challenges. Collaborate with other attendees to SOLVE problems and ideate with experts to get the answers you need. 
In a room with your peers, an expert will walk you through actual business cases with real business challenges in order to find creative solutions. This is a highly interactive day, filled with collaborative workshops, a lively panel discussion, networking and much more that you will not want to miss! You'll have the opportunity to ask your burning questions, get the answers you need and make connections you'll forever keep. Limited to 100 attendees, so secure your spot now!

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Registration & Coffee

8:30 am - 8:50 am

Key Note: Fran Maier

9:00 am - 11:30 am
Collaborative Session 1

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Collaborative Session 2

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Panel Discussion - "Getting Out of Sticky Situations"

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Closing Remarks: Stephanie Burns

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Networking - Cocktails and Appetizers

Fran Maier PictureFran Maier, is serial entrepreneur, general manager, and brand builder with nearly 20 years experience in internet businesses. She currently serves as Founder and Chair of the Board of TRUSTe, the leading privacy trustmark and solutions provider, in addition to several other board and advisory roles for emerging startups. Fran's career, from co-founder of to CEO at TRUSTe, has made her an experienced agent of change and growth, particularly in companies that build brands and results by establishing trust with online consumers. In addition to her expertise in online privacy, she is also known for her expertise in social networking, brand building, business development, and marketing.


Stephanie Burns PictureStephanie Burns, a mid-westerner at heart, is the founder and co-owner of Chic CEO. With a background in brand building, media buying and entrepreneurship, Burns has wide experience with an eclectic portfolio of industries. While pursuing her MBA, Stephanie decided to launch a web resource any woman could use and understand without having to obtain a business degree. As CEO, her vision for Chic CEO is to become a nationally recognized brand and reliable resource for female entrepreneurs. Originally from Nebraska, Stephanie has lived in San Diego for over 10 years, enjoys being active and spending time with loved ones.


Howard Leonhardt PictureHoward Leonhardt, is an inventor and serial entrepreneur. He was South Florida Entrepreneur of the Year 2003 and State of Florida Entrepreneur of the Year 2004. Leonhardt has founded 28 companies to date, majority funded by his venture firm Leonhardt Ventures and their angel network LeonhardtVentures Angels raising more than $145 million. Leonhardt helps lead Startup California and serves as the official state spokesperson on the JOBS ACT/Crowdfunding. He founded The California Stock Exchange, the first conscious capitalism stock exchange, for assisting small firms to raise capital with a commitment to improving women's access to capital and local investing, which is coupled with Cal-Xelerator and Cal-X Stars, his startup launch and 5 year business accelerator programs.
Melissa Woods PicturesMelissa Woods , started in 1987 when she founded JW Tumbles, a local children’s gym. Eventually growing to a successful franchise company, JW Tumbles grew to over 40 locations globally. As CEO of JWT Licensing Corporation Melissa developed and facilitated franchisee training programs, sales processes, and ongoing support systems, including comprehensive operating manuals and facilitated the sale of the company in 2007.Melissa has been guiding the careers of business owners, executives and entrepreneurs for the past 15 years. She is currently the President of THRIVE, a private coaching and consulting practice, focusing on start-up enterprises.


Eli Davidson PictureEli Davidson , is a small business visionary with a proven blue print to get you there. A quantum-leap catalyst, Eli sparks indelible results & astonishing bottom-line profits within 6 months. Eli’s expert advice has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Dr. Phil's Decision House, ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, as well as in The New York Times, SELF Magazine, and Better Homes and Gardens. Eli is also a featured columnist with The Huffington Post reaching 21 million readers. Eli is a self-taught, self-published writer and global thought leader who’s now an international best-selling author of and winner of 3 national book awards for “Funky to Fabulous.”


Brandon Hawk is an entrepreneur, life coach and inspirational speaker originally from West Texas. His expertise is helping people illuminate vision and a blueprint for their life, and then actualize the life they've always wanted. He has started and sold a multi-million dollar company, helped grow his family business from $900,000 a year to upwards of $7 million, pastored a Church, and created a School of Cultural Transformation. Brandon knows what it is like to play at the highest level and carries his pro-mentality into every arena he steps into. He is an expert at helping people/businesses transform and expand in order to realize their highest potential and truly live the life they love.

Bridget Grimes brings over twenty years of experience with women professionals and corporate executives to HoyleCohen. Bridget’s professional experience started with a background in corporate sales, before she found her true calling in financial advising. Bridget believes that helping women achieve success in their professional and private lives is essential to fulfill their financial goals and is a staunch supporter of education on those issues.


Jody Greene is originally an Oregonian and is an alum of the College of Business at CSUSM where she honed her marketing skills and entrepreneurial spirit. She has been in marketing for the past decade and also owned and operated her own styling and personal shopping business before teaming up with business partner, Stephanie Burns, to become the Chief Marketing Officer and co-owner of Chic CEO. Jody enjoys being active in the community through numerous volunteer outlets, has a passion for connecting people and an eye for style.



Dr. Jim Hamerly is Director of Business Community Relations at CSUSM, teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship. He has over 30 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur as well as an intrapreneur. Jim holds a BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (from MIT, IC Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon University)


TD Lowe - Born and raised in Phenix City, Alabama, TD Lowe is Founder and CEO of EnovationNation Inc, a meso-economist and self-taught techie whose passion for technology, economics and solutions serves as the inspiration for EnovationNation.  As an alumnus of The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, TD uses her education as the foundation of her business principles and beliefs. With years of experience in Finance and Strategy and a desire to change the world, EnovationNation led by TD will reformulate the landscape of the world’s economy through fluid innovation.



We will be working on 8 actual business cases from attendees - if you'd like your big business challenge to be considered for a collaborative session, please fill out this form. (Note: your business challenge will not be considered until you purchase a ticket to the event - you have to be there, sister!)
Saturday - July 27, 2013
7:30am - 7:30pm
California State University, San Marcos 
333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078

Coming from out of town? Fabulous! The Residence Inn Marriott  is just a short distance from the conference. The hotel includes free WiFi, parking and breakfast.



Sponsored by:
  Cox BusinessCSUSMGeek Girl Camp
Cal Stock ExchangeHealthdate.comGluten Free Singles
Hoyle CohenMoglSan Diego Magazine
Torrey Pines BankGreene FinancialArctic Zero
MoproBadunka ChunkStartup Circle



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