August 2018 Monthly Update

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the first monthly AWE (Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs) monthly update. The AWE team is very excited to be rolling out the relaunch of this program in its newest iteration as a support network for the entire NC State community. We welcome you to read on and discover something that we hope will interest you about our group!

In this newsletter:

  1. About AWE
  2. The Team
  3. Programming & Dates
  4. Website & Social Media
  5. AWEbassador Focus
  6. News & Announcements
  7. AWEsome Book Club!
  8. Thought for the Month…

About AWE

This group was originally created in 2015 to support and engage women who wish to explore entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking. We believe there is a significant need for women to share support, experiences and provide encouragement to each other at all stages of enterprise creation and management. To this end, we provide thoughtful and dynamic programming to support the following:

  • AWE supports female entrepreneurship at every stage of the journey through mentorship, community engagement, social networking and strategic skill-building
  • AWE is action-oriented
  • AWE is not content-specific
  • AWE embraces and engages positive female role models



The Team

Kate Annett-Hitchcock, part of the original AWE organizational team, and Associate Professor of Fashion in the Wilson College of Textiles at NC State, will be coordinating the program. Behnoosh Farashahi, a PhD candidate in the Wilson College of Textiles is the AWE Project Manager, and she is ably assisted by Dakota Batch, a Master’s student in Textiles. We are directed and assisted by our incredible AWEbassadors. This is a team of students from each NC State college, who assist with programming decisions and event planning and hosting. You will meet them here in future newsletters, on our website and at our events!

Programming and Dates

Here is what we have in store for the 2018-2019 school year. We have included topics appealing to various student levels and interests. Of course, like any start-up, we may have to be adaptive and change things up occasionally, but we’ll give plenty of advance notice 🙂

Times & locations will vary as we try to accommodate scheduling and location needs, so for more information please use our resources outlined below. All events are FREE!!!!! But you will need to register through “Reporter”, the NC State registration center for non-credit activities. You’ll find the link on our website!

Remember to visit to find out about ALL that NC State has to offer in Entrepreneurship!!

Website and Social Media

The main way to access information about AWE, register for events, and find helpful links to other entrepreneurship activities at NC State will be through our website. You can also follow us on our Instagram and Facebook.

AWEbassador Focus

Each month, in this newsletter, we’ll be focusing on our AWEbassadors so you can meet them virtually and find out about their reasons for involvement. We’ve got a lot to say about them, so be ready in September for the first Focus!

News & Announcements

1. LOCAL INITIATIVES:Pop Up Durham – A revolving showcase for what’s new and next in retail, dining, recreation, and more.

2. ARTICLE: “Women Entrepreneurs are Key to Accelerating Growth,” 
via Kauffman Policy Digest – A heavy, but interesting read!

3. ARTICLE: “Tackling Female Entrepreneur Challenges in 2018,” via Forbes – A great light read.

4. EVENT: Saturday, August 25th: Packapalooza! – Stop by our booth to chat, get information, and grab some free AWE merch!

AWEsome Book Club!

Jennifer Capps, Director of Student Learning and Faculty Development at NC State Entrepreneurship, will be leading our first ever Book Club Discussion!!

Dates: Sept. 28; Oct 26; Nov 30
Location & Time: TBA in future newsletters and website

It looks our book club choice will be “Pure Heart”, by Troylyn Ball. Pure Heart tells the story of a woman who starts a moonshine distillery in the NC Mountains while balancing the needs of multiple children (two with special needs), has a supportive husband who doesn’t always make the best choices in sharing information with her and creates a name for herself in an industry often not occupied by women.  Jenn says “I have recommended the book to numerous people and have heard only rave reviews back”.

To sign up, please go to the AWE website events page for more information and registration.

Sign up for Book Club by September 10th and receive a free copy of the book!!

Thought for the Month
Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you – Aldous Huxley

Enjoy the rest of the summer, and we hope to see you at one of our events!!