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Women Entrepreneurs of Kansas
is a collaborative network 
established to connect women entrepreneurs to mentors, resources, events and each other.



WeKan's signature events bring women together with resources to help empower, inspire and ignite.




EmpowerHer Conference

Registration is now open

Learn more about this inspiring conference.


Lunch and Learn




Global Entrepreneurship Week Event

Sponsorships available!

Contact us for details.


Wichita's premier conference for women entrepreneurs

Special thanks to platinum sponsor: 

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Conference Agenda

8-8:25 AM
Registration & Check-in. Continental breakfast served.
Welcome/Call to Purpose
Marquetta Atkins
Founder, WeKan! and Camp Destination Innovation
Dr. Monica Stewart
Executive Director of Strategic Innovations
WSU Tech
Icebreaker Exercise: The Art of Escape 
8:45-9 AM
Brandy Willett
WeKan! Committee Member
9-9:20 AM
Keynote Speaker
Christina M. Long
Owner/Principal Consultant
CML Collective, LLC,
Create Campaign, Inc.
9:20-9:55 AM
Inspire (Going from Idea to Action)
9:55-10 AM
Empowered Woman Award Presentation
Ms. Helen Galloway
The First Place
Women of Wichita
10-10:10 AM
Peer-to-Peer Mingling Break
10:10-10:40 AM
In Charge (How to Effectively Brand Yourself & Your Business)
10:40-10:55 AM
Peer-to-Peer Mingling Break
10:55-11:30 AM
Workshops. Choose from:
More Joy, Less Stress
Presented by:
Connie Porazka
Retreat to Joy
The Appointments Project
Presented by:
Favel Jens
The Women's Foundation
Ceiling Breakers LIVE
Presented by:
Renee Duxler
Ceiling Breakers
Presented by:
Stacy Ward Lattin
Ceiling Breakers
11:30 AM-12:30 PM
LUNCH by The Kitchen
12:35-1:10 PM
Workshop sessions repeat except The Appointments Project
Afternoon-only session: 
Sales is Not a 4-Letter Word
Presented by:
Marc Colcord
Speakeasy ICT
Presented by:
Brandy Willett
WeKan! Board Member
1:30-2:05 PM
Invested (Venture Capital & Angel Investing)
2:05-2:30 PM
Collaborative Conversation & Survey
2:30-2:45 PM
Closing Remarks
2:50-3:50 PM
Michelle Vann
Sistahs Can We Talk
Cocktail Hour hosted by Jenny Dawn Cellars
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WEKAN! (Women Entrepreneurs of Kansas) was founded by Marquetta Atkins who assembled a diverse group of women leaders to fill a gap in the local entrepreneurship community.
Powered by a spirit of collaboration and unity, WEKAN! continues to bring positive events and networking opportunities to help advance women entrepreneurs in Kansas.


Marquetta Atkins is a community educator who brings her passion for working with youth and women's initiatives to the table as a facilitator. Born and raised in Wichita, KS, Marquetta and graduated with a degree in Communications from Wichita State University. 
Marquetta’s passion for youth development is rooted in her conviction that youth are the change-makers we need for the transformation of our communities, both today and in the future.

In 2015, she founded Camp Destination Innovation to expose young people to a variety of career options; encouraging them to create their own future. The camp also helps youth explore strategies for entrepreneurship and civic engagement, grounding their professional development in a larger vision for whole and healthy communities.
Striving to eliminate the barriers facing young people and women as entrepreneurs, Marquetta created Women Entrepreneurs of Kansas (WeKan!), an initiative to support the growth and power of women entrepreneurs. Marquetta’s talented facilitation challenges people to question their own assumptions and dig deeper into critical awareness. Marquetta is a member of the Entrepreneurship Task Force and Evergreen Curriculum Committee. She is also the Community Resources Director for the non-profit organization, The Seed House. Inspired by Maya Angelou, Marquetta seeks to challenge dominant narratives and create the kind of world she wants to live in.
WeKan! Champions
Board Members
Brandy Willett
WeKan! Board member
Michelle Vann
Sistahs Can We Talk
WeKan! Board Member
Connie Porazka
Retreat to Joy
WeKan! Board member
Jennifer McDonald
Jenny Dawn Cellars
WeKan! Board member
Jordan Colcord
Lawn Buddy/CML Collective, LLC
Committee Members
Angie Elliott
Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce
Ashley Thill
Portia Portugal
Dress for Success
Trish Brasted
Wichita Technology Corporation
Claudia Amaro
AB&C Bilingual Resources, LLC
Lindsay Zimmerman
Youth Entrepreneurs
Marcia Stevens
Kansas SBDC
Jocelyn Galicia
2U Auto

Michelle Pfanenstiel - Great Western Bank

Natalie Reed- WeKan! Committee

Evy Andra- Bespoke Salon



WEKAN! relies on the generosity of sponsors and donors.
Donations are kindly accepted. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, contact Marquetta Atkins
Want to offer your talent, skills and/or services to uplift women entrepreneurs. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate and partner, as well. 

Join Us

We look forward to collaborating with you.

Women Entrepreneurs of Kansas

WEKAN! is a volunteer-driven organization.

Donations are greatly appreciated. Contact WeKan! for details.

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