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MSU business college’s annual W2: The Women to Women Conference set for May 28

May 14, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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A designer, entrepreneur and pioneer for ethical fashion will deliver a keynote address at the 2015 W2: The Women to Women Conference, set for Thursday, May 28, at the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn in Bozeman.

The conference, “Staying True to Your Passion in Business and in Life,” is presented by the Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Women’s Circle of Excellence, Prospera Business Network and the Montana Women’s Business Center.

Conference topics will include: discovering your passion, negotiation and conflict resolution, cultivating and strengthening relationships, team building, leadership, and online marketing strategies. The event will bring together as many as 250 women and provide many networking opportunities throughout the day.

Karen Stewart Brown, a Ventura, Calif.-based designer, entrepreneur and pioneer for ethical fashion who in 2002 co-founded the internationally acclaimed ethical fashion brand Stewart+Brown, will give the keynote address. Brown is also known for building a global sustainable supply chain without exploiting workers or the environment to ensure that her designs enable women to feel “beautiful both on the inside and out.” In 2015, Karen co-founded FUTUREADi®, a next-generation creative collective focused on engineering and embedding sustainable solutions to complex design problems. Previously, Brown was a designer for Urban Outfitters, Free People, Anthropologie, J.Crew and Patagonia.

W2 conference registration is $99 and includes workshops, materials, meals and a networking reception. There will also be a special iPad giveaway, compliments of TowHaul. Up to 7.8 continuing professional education credits for certified public accountants are available. The deadline to register is May 22.

The signature sponsor for event is the Montana Department of Transportation: DBE Program. Hosting sponsors are Blackstone LaunchPad, Blue Cross Blue Shield, CenturyLink and NorthWestern Energy. Printing support is provided by and advertising support is provided by Distinctly Montana and Montana Parent Magazine. Numerous other businesses have also provided varying levels of sponsorship for this event. The complete list can be found on the website.

For additional conference information and to register, visit Questions may be directed to Prospera Business Network at (406) 587-3113 or the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship at (406) 994-6195.

Contact: Audrey Capp, (406) 994-7026 or