Recover and Thrive

Recover and Thrive

Emerging Technologies Speaker Series presents: RECOVER AND THRIVE

A virtual journey of entrepreneurship, skills for success, technology and community. 

The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre invite women-led SME’s and entrepreneurs to join us from October 2020 to January 2021 to take part in a series of webinars designed to inspire, drive positive change and connect an ecosystem of leaders across the country. 

As we navigate the “new normal” brought about by COVID-19, it is now more than ever apparent that bringing people together for support, best practices and resource-sharing is critical to the survival of our economy. This global pandemic has shifted the way we do business and opened the doors for greater reliance on technology platforms in order to effectively carry out our day to day interactions.

Participants in this program will experience world-class speakers and inspiring women pioneers who will share their journeys to success including all the ups and downs along the way. Topics will cover a broad range of information from the necessary technologies for a productive business in today’s climate to using success to drive positive social change. 

This program is being offered as part of the region’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, funded by the Federal Government. This strategy, in collaboration with 5 partners (Epi Centre, Workforce WindsorEssex, WEtech Alliance, WECAN Investors, Build a Dream) encourages and promotes women entrepreneurs to start and grow emerging technology businesses. The project also enhances data and knowledge banks to develop a clearer picture of the women entrepreneur ecosystem and increase representation of women entrepreneurs in emerging technology sectors.

Recover and Thrive will include 8 sessions strategically outlined to build upon the best practices presented by each speaker. Each session will conclude with a technology challenge to be completed/implemented by participants. The program will also involve coach led networking and support sessions that will provide a forum to share resources and assist with challenge execution. 

Participation in all sessions and full completion of all challenges will result in the opportunity to win the following:

An Apple gift card worth $1000.00, *3-month coaching package with Professional Leadership Strategist and Coach, Lora Crestan and several other prizes. 

*Smart M.Bold Coaching Prize

Work with Lora Crestan for 3 months to move your business forward.  Start with a 2-hour Smart-Think Session to set your course for coaching over the next 3 months.  Each consecutive month you will have two (2)-1:1 coaching sessions with Lora to move you past your obstacles towards the bold future you are creating for yourself.  (value approx. $2000).



NOVEMBER 12, 20202 PM

Roshawnna Novellus
Dr. Roshawnna Novellus
Founder and CEO of EnrichHER

Dr. Roshawnna Novellus is the founder and CEO of EnrichHer, a financial platform that connects female entrepreneurs with lenders who want to earn a return on their investment while fueling the growth of women-led businesses. 

Dr. Novellus is a gender equality advocate who believes in economic empowerment and inclusive economic growth. Dr. Novellus holds a PhD in systems engineering with a minor in finance, a Masters of Science in information technology emphasizing information systems engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in business management economics, and a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering – Achieving Summa cum Laude in each. 

Dr. Novellus served on the Commission on Women for the City of Atlanta and was honoured as one of the “Women Who Means Business” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, one of the “40 under 30” by Georgia Trend, a Halcyon Fellow for Social Impact, one of the “Top 25 Disruptors and Innovators in Tech”, one of the “27 Black Founders and Investors to watch in 2019” by PitchBook, and LinkedIn Top Voice in Technology. 

The Inspiration behind what I do and EnrichHer’s dedication and purpose comes from the story of women named “Barbara Jones,” who built her IT consultancy into a $1.2M business from the ground up. But when it was time to get capital for her business, she wasn’t able to access it from the banks. It wasn’t because she didn’t have revenue or cash flow – it’s because there aren’t enough resources dedicated to women led businesses. 

As the CEO and founder of EnrichHER, I’m going to share with you my tips and tricks about getting financing for your company! I’ve learned this through my experience raising money for my own education (which includes a PhD in Systems Engineering and three other degrees) and business. You’re going to hear about proven strategies for accessing capital from all kinds of avenues, Philanthropic, venture, and so on. 


Paul Zikopoulos
Paul Zikopoulos
IBM VP Cognitive Systems
Professional Speaker & Author

Some wonder when we are going back to “normal”, some call it the “new normal”, for now, I’ll call it the “new abnormal”. Whatever your definition of normal is (or will be), things have changed — making a virtual collaboration and workflow game essential within your business, across your value chain, and with your clients. 

In this talk you’ll hear about four special software categories you have to have on your COVID checklist so your business operations can thrive rather than dive. This isn’t a talk about how to build a digital presence … but more so about how to operate digitally. You get a bounty of proven hints and tips that will make you feel confident when operating in a virtual environment and some proven best practices to virtually engage any audience. But here’s the thing: no matter what the future holds, does COVID go away, is there a second wave, did you time warp to a world where COVID never existed (please take me with you) … what you’ll learn in this talk will have you well positioned as a virtual winner with skills for any world.