Another Entrepreneurship Project of the  Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University

The Symposium

Lead outside your comfort zone | How & why women and men lead differently | Leadership is a mindset | Celebrate failure to find success leveling the field for women entrepreneurs


Celebrating 16 years of entrepreneurial excellence!

What others dream about, WISE women do! On April 18, 2018, the Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (WISE) Symposium is hosting our 16th annual event at SKY Armory in downtown Syracuse. WISE has been synonymous with entrepreneurial excellence and has grown to become the premier event not only for up-and-coming entrepreneurs, but for anyone active in the business community — from corporate to aspiring entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, start-ups and growth business owners, and anyone interested in networking with smart, savvy women in business.


Ticket pricing as follows:

Full-day conference: $99

Early Bird Full-day conference: $85  (Ends 1.26.18)

Student rate: $50

A full-day conference ticket includes: breakfast, lunch, networking reception, access to all keynote and breakout sessions, and the IDEA HUB!

Tickets for 2018 WISE Symposium on sale now! 

Exhibitor Pricing:

  • $200: Small Biz Exhibitor-small independently owned small business with fewer than 30 employees
  • $400: Big Biz Exhibitor– all other businesses that don’t qualify as a Small Biz Exhibitor

Exhibit Spaces are 8′ wide x 4′ deep with a 6′ table with linen, 2 chairs. Limited to 30

What attendees say about the Symposium

  • "I just want to thank you for such a wonderful Symposium. It was first class and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of an exhibitor there! I  met so many wonderful people who we think will fit our business perfectly!"
    WISE 2013 Attendee
  • "There was amazing energy throughout the spaces—a feeling of support and encouragement!"
    2014 WISE Symposium Attendee
  • "Great event, full of great energy and knowledge to implement into business!"
    2014 WISE Symposium Attendee
  • "You (WISE) have helped me find myself again."
    Mary Clare Hatch, Pennello
  • "It was a great day for all women in Syracuse! I'm sure you helped lots of attendees make the decision to pursue something higher for themselves."
    Karen Goetz, Inforia, Inc.
  • "All of your hard work is greatly appreciated and admired. You all put on a memorable event. I will without a doubt be returning next year."
    Christina Cianciosi

About the Symposium

Extensive networking opportunities

  • WISE Women’s Business Center connections cafe, offering one-on-one sessions with a trained business counselor
  • Breakout sessions designed to address a variety of cutting-edge topics such as social media, work/life balance, effective communication, entrepreneurial marketing, and start-up and growth sessions for entrepreneurs.
  • Awards presentation honoring distinguished women entrepreneurs in our community
  • An interactive Business Expo where local companies can showcase their products and services — now held during the morning networking session, throughout the lunch and open again at the end-of-the-day networking reception!

Join the conversation online

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The one-day symposium — attended by hundreds of participant— includes an extensive variety of seminars and panel discussions offering practical advice covering topics from all aspects of the business world; motivational speeches from local and nationally-known successful women business owners; many networking opportunities; an interactive business expo; and much more

Celebrating A Decade of WISE Women