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When women work, economies grow. Over 42% of businesses are owned by women. For the first time ever, more than 10% of Fortune 500 companies are led by women. Women represent 58.4% of the workforce.

Building on Luminary’s continued commitment to uplift, up-skill, and propel women forward in their professional journeys, we're hosting our 2nd Annual #InThisTogether Summit, to kick off and celebrate Women’s History Month 2023. Our Summit will be held in-person at our New York City location and virtually with expert speakers, curated programming, robust activations, and experiences to create connections that matter.

Who is attending Luminary’s #InThisTogether Summit?

  • Women, women-identified, and our male allies
  • Women in the workforce across all levels
  • Women in entrepreneurship
  • Women in transition

What will attendees experience?

  • An interactive, half or full day event that encourages you to curate the day to your needs
  • Whether you want to build your business, take the next step on the corporate ladder, better tell your professional journey, land the job of your dreams and more, this day offers options for you to choose your own learning path with sessions to advance your career, build skills, amplify your business and prioritize your mental health, and financial confidence.
  • Curated office hours around LinkedIn profile editing, personal styling, legal consulting services for your business, professional headshots and mini makeovers, along with tarot readings with the AstroTwins, to breakout sessions on negotiation, building your business, and financial wellness, to discussions with industry leaders and founders. Whether attending virtually or in person, there will be much to take advantage of.
  • Enjoy lunch, light bites and cocktails from women-owned businesses for those who attend in-person.

Where and when?

Attendees will have the option to join virtually or in-person at Luminary’s NYC location on Thursday, March 9, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET and can choose to attend the full day or half day session to provide flexibility and convenience for all.


Summit Agenda

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Office Hours
Attendees can expect an interactive, half or full day event where we encourage you to curate the day to what you want. We will kick-start the day with office hours, both virtually and in-person, around LinkedIn profile editing, personal styling, legal consulting services for your business, career transition, professional headshots, mini tarot readings, beauty glam services and more!
You will walk away with the tools you need in these interactive office hours and sessions.
Learn more about the Office Hours Leaders Here

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Networking and Lunch
Lunch provided for in-person attendees only. Enjoy fresh salads and wraps from women-owned businesses The Nourish Spot, Founded by Dawn Kelly.

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Welcome and Kick-Off
Speakers: Cate Luzio, Founder & CEO of Luminary

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Leading from the Front 

A fireside chat with Sarah LaFleur, Founder and CEO, M.M.LaFleur as she looks back on the lessons she's learned as a founder and CEO during M.M.LaFleur's first decade. Conversation led by Cate Luzio, Founder & CEO of Luminary

1:55 PM - 2:35 PM

Breakout Sessions
Advance: Speak Like a Leader: Strategies and tactics for being heard

Leaders aren’t just people we follow or admire; they’re people we listen to. Your own leadership is defined not just through the work you do, but how you speak. Sharpening the skills and tactics you use to be heard in a room is critical. In this interactive session, you’ll get a closer look at the blocks and bad habits that hold us back as a leader, plus strategies you can apply starting now to go from playing small to commanding attention—while garnering support and consensus in the room.

Speaker: Terri Trespicio, Brand storyteller, Keynote speaker, Author of Unfollow Your Passion

Build: Crash Course: Business Plan Boot Camp
For all of the popularity of pitch decks, business plans still serve an important function for entrepreneurs who are building a business. A study of more than 1,000 US entrepreneurs found that those with a business plan were more successful than those without. In Business Plan Boot Camp, we will break down each point and the basis for eight essential elements founders should include in a business plan, and why they matter.
Speaker: Cate Luzio, Founder & CEO of Luminary

Connect: Using Poker to Connect, Negotiate and Bet on Yourself
 Join this highly interactive session which will weave together why poker matters when building skills such as negotiation, and risk taking. And yes, you’ll leave the session with a basic understanding of poker; but more importantly, why thinking like a winning poker player matters.
Speakers: Erin Lydon, President, and AJ Rudolph, Program Manager at Poker Power 

Develop: Money Talks: Building Financial Confidence
You know you're supposed to understand your finances, but do you really? Having financial confidence helps you take control of your financial situation and meet the goals that matter to you. In this session, we will start from the beginning on everything you need to know about finances and move you into direct control of your money. We’ll cover practical tips and insights on how to track expenses, how to pay off debt, where to start with investing, and more! Let’s get comfortable talking about money.
Speakers: Aja Evans, Financial Therapist

2:45 PM - 3:25 PM

Building While Flying
During this session, we’ll speak with several Founders on the challenges and lessons learned along the way with building their company's brands as well as their personal brands, how they have worked to make sure their brand speaks to their customer, how they have built their platform and audience and everything in between. 
Featuring Marisa Sharkey, Co-Founder and President, Birdies; and Christine Chang, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Glow Recipe, moderated by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, Senior Writer, Inc. Magazine

3:35 PM - 4:15 PM


Investing In The Ecosystem of Women's Health

50% of the world's population is women. Women also account for 80% of consumer purchasing decisions in the healthcare industry.  Yet, women's healthcare has long been considered a niche market. Now, especially given the Founders you'll hear from in this session, that's starting to shift, leading to better health outcomes and access for women across the healthcare system.  

Featuring Simmone Taitt, Founder & CEO, Poppy Seed Health; Cynthia Plotch, Co-Founder, stix; Omisade Burney-Scott, Creator, The Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause; and Alessandra Henderson, Co-Founder & CEO, Elektra Health; moderated by Tanya Klich, Senior Editor at Marie Claire

To Raise or Not To Raise

Whether you're thinking about raising money for your company/start-up, are already raising or have "been there, done that," you'll want to hear from this panel of CEO's, Founders and Funders. Join this session for their unique perspectives given their backgrounds to lessons learned and sharing advice.

Featuring Jean Smart, Founder and CEO, Penelope; Rochelle Stewart, Director, New & Strategic Channels, Silicon Valley Bank; Natasha Cornstein, CEO, Blushington, Cate Luzio, Founder & CEO of Luminary, moderated by Hena Doba, Anchor/Host at Cheddar News. 

4:25 PM - 4:55 PM

"How We Built It" Closing Panel 

As women we do it all - growing companies, developing talent, mentoring and sponsoring, creating opportunities, managing schedules, providing care to others (and ourselves), but how do we do it? We certainly can't do it alone. From building blocks around mentorship/sponsorship and self-advocacy, to establishing a network and elevating others, to finding your voice and everything in between, you'll not only walk away with great tips and advice from our panelists, you’ll be able to ask them your burning questions too.

Featuring Deirdre Quinn, Co-Founder and CEO, Lafayette 148;  Sandra Campos, Board Member & 3X CEO, and Wendy Taccetta, SVP Small and Medium Business Solutions & Channel Chief at Verizon,
by Lindsey Stanberry, Executive Editor, Fortune

4:55 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks 

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Networking and Cocktails
Enjoy light bites from Portable Provisions and cocktails from women-owned businesses for those who are in-person, and 1:1 networking including 'boozy tea' from Owl's Brew,  cocktails from Stray Dog Wild Gin, and TALEA Beer. 

Throughout the day, attendees will also enjoy snacks from QuickFit Bites
and energy drinks from our partners at GORGIE.


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