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

The Symposium

Celebrating over a decade 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. In 2016, the WISE Symposium was presented by AXA Advisors, Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, The Events Company, SKY Armory and National Grid.

Ticket pricing as follows:

Full-day conference: $99

Student rate: $50

A full-day conference ticket includes breakfast, lunch, networking reception and access to all keynote and breakout sessions and the business expo! The 2017 keynote speaker was Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon who will be talking about Breaking Barriers: Yours, Theirs, Ours.

Exhibitor pricing:

Exhibitor (8′ wide x 5′ deep; includes a 6′ table draped/skirted and 2 chairs): $150 — limited to the first 30 exhibitors to register.


Stay tuned for details about tickets for the 2018 WISE Symposium! Tickets will go on sale January 1.

Celebrating over a decade of entrepreneurial excellence!

WISE Symposium: Fast Facts from Our 2017 Event

  • 15th annual event
  • Over 300 in attendance at the event
  • 20 speakers throughout the day, including keynote presenter Kathrine Switzer (SU alumna, author and founder of 261 Fearless)
  • Over 30 exhibitors on the interactive business expo floor
  • 7th annual WISE Latina session on site at the event
  • Topics covered: Igniting the Spirit of Intention, Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone, Bigger Game Leadership: Create the Ipact You Desire, Playing All Out From Within: 10 Tips to Unlock Your Greatness, The Power of Profit, Sales Sharks & Rainmakers, The 90-Day Success Plan, Believe in You and Your Business



What attendees say about the Symposium

  • "There was amazing energy throughout the spaces—a feeling of support and encouragement!"
    2014 WISE Symposium Attendee
  • "Thank you for another great day for women in business or thinking of starting a business!"
    Wendy Wilber, Bed & Breakfast Wellington
  • "Thank you to everyone at WISE. Before I started going to WISE events and meeting with a business counselor, I felt like I was muddling through my business. Now, I am becoming more focused and have more direction."
    Tina Jacobs, Devine Gardens, LLC
  • "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
  • "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
  • "To sit in a room with Nell Merlino, Pam Slim, Robin Chase and all the other amazing women who were also speakers was an integral part of my path to living my big dream."
    Cheryl Wood, Cheryl Wood Empowers

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!

Attendee overview

The one-day symposium — attended by hundreds of participants — 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.

Join the conversation online

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Celebrating A Decade of WISE Women