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Women Mean Business - Panel Discussion and Networking

March 28, 2022

In collaboration w/She Rocked It, East Passyunk Avenue (home to 80+ women-owned businesses) presents an inspiring panel & networking event.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District and She Rocked It present a panel discussion with women business owners from East Passyunk Avenue about their experiences, challenges, and successes. East Passyunk is home to over 160 independently-owned businesses, about 45% of which are owned by women.

Join us for an evening of learning, sharing, and networking with a diverse group of women leaders and entrepreneurs. This free event is open to the public, though space is limited and RSVP is required.

Tickets: https://womenmeanbiz.eventbrite.com

Location: Society Hill Dance Academy (1919 East Passyunk Avenue)

Emcee: Karen Gross - Celebrated entertainer, creative entrepreneur, and founder/host of She Rocked It – a podcast and community dedicated to raising the volume on women’s voices


  • Jennifer Zavala – Owner of Juana Tamale and Top Chef alumna
  • Shana Heidorn – Owner of Society Hill Dance Academy and professional ballroom, Latin, and wedding dance instructor
  • Cara Stipa – CEO and Creative Director of The Utopia Collective and acclaimed wedding and events planner
  • Elissa Kara – Philadelphia native and artist/owner of Nice Things Handmade

East Passyunk businesswomen will discuss:

  • Overcoming misconceptions about women's business acumen (held by mentors, prospective investors, or even staff and customers)
  • Unique short-term and long-term challenges in running their businesses and sustaining them during the pandemic
  • The importance of creating a supportive business community, including a network of women business owners

Q&A, community conversation, and networking to follow. Light refreshments will be served.

Out of respect and caution for those in our community who are immunocompromised or otherwise unable to receive the COVID vaccine, we are asking attendees to show proof of vaccination or wear masks. Please do not attend if you or members of your party have COVID, are waiting for a COVID test result, or have symptoms of COVID.

Please be advised that this event may be recorded, including by video, audio and still photography of audience members. By attending this event, you agree to give the event sponsors the right to use your likeness, voice and image as recorded for promotional materials.

Sponsors: She Rocked It, Society Hill Dance Academy, The Capri Dessecker Team at RE/MAX One Realty, Manatawny Still Works, Samuels and Son.