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"All of it was really exceptional, the people were friendly, speakers were knowledgeable and engaging, and conference was interactive with follow up steps on your own. It is a great starting point for beginning entrepreneurs."

"St. Louis needs more events like this! It was wonderful to be in a room with so many other women and people of color with ambitions and dreams and VISION! The energy was great from the start and continued to the last second!"

"It's hard to pick the most valuable aspect of Vision 2019. All of the speakers dropped gems that I will carry with me forever. Rebeccah made me feel seen, Dr. April made me feel heard, and Cedric motivated me to take action!"

VISION is St. Louis’ premier annual conference celebrating a wholly inclusive, diverse innovation community. No matter the stage of your business and no matter the size of your dream, we want you to join us for this one-of-a-kind conference that addresses not just your career but also your mind, body, and soul.

 

Collaborate with local experts and peers during roundtable discussions targeted to your business needs, receive one-on-one mentoring to gain access to local resources, and learn strategies for mindful self-care that will help you with personal and professional goals.

 

This is an event for entrepreneurs, through and through! We were delighted to welcome our keynote speaker, Cedric Cobb, to this unique, inspiring, and energizing conference! A St. Louis native, Cedric successfully pitched the investors on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank and received $200,000 for his business, Best Wardrobe Solutions. 

OPENING SPEAKER: REBECCAH BENNETT

Rebeccah Bennett is Founder and Principal of Emerging Wisdom LLC and its subsidiary, InPower Institute. Launched in 2006, Emerging Wisdom is a forward thinking social enterprise that helps individuals live empowered lives; leaders build impactful organizations, and communities advance brighter futures. At Emerging Wisdom, Rebeccah and her team conduct personal and professional growth programs, organizational improvement efforts, and multi-stakeholder social transformation initiatives. Within these focus areas, they help clients experience growth and deepen their impact through an array of offerings, including consulting, training, facilitation and planning, coaching and professional speaking.

In 2010, Rebeccah opened InPower Institute, a division of Emerging Wisdom that serves as a center for community healing and optimal living. Through InPower, she has formed an alliance of healers, change agents, activists, educators, faith leaders and wellness practitioners who co-create healing spaces that advance both self-actualization and community transformation. Annually, InPower offers hundreds of programs and events that spur human growth, creativity and recovery from trauma. Participants are supported in unleashing their personal power and in using this power to create extraordinary lives and a more just and vibrant world.

Through Emerging Wisdom and InPower Institute, Rebeccah has helped tens of thousands of people and countless organizations effect positive change in the areas of organizational and community leadership, economic development, racial equity, public health and safety, environmental sustainability, diversity and inclusion and girls and women’s and empowerment. Though her areas of interest and expertise are wide-ranging, her work is singularly focused on elevating the human condition. Rebeccah is supported in this work by corporate, non-profit and government clients, including Anheuser-Busch InBev, Wells Fargo Advisors, MasterCard Worldwide, the MO Department of Mental Health, the Deaconess Foundation, Focus St. Louis, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Ferguson Commission, For the Sake of All, and Hazelwood School District.

 

In addition to her professional activities, Rebeccah currently serves as Co-Chair of the board of Forward Through Ferguson (the successor organization to the Ferguson Commission) and as Chair of the board of Generate Health (formerly the St. Louis Maternal Child & Family Health Coalition).

ATTEND VISION TO:

  • Learn how to start or grow your business, in any industry, with input from the region’s top innovators and entrepreneurs
     

  • Meet people from all backgrounds who have become financially successful through their small businesses
     

  • Strengthen your ability to compete on M/WBE projects
     

  • Practice tangible tools to:

    • professionalize your offerings, growing from a “side hustle” to an established business

    • test whether your product fits your target market

    • build strategic relationships to strengthen your network and get more business

    • implement smart technology strategies to grow your business

    • find a healthy balance that includes both professional advancement and personal fulfillment

    • plus learn about financial operations (pro formas, basic financial documents, personal financial preparedness)  + financing (sources of capital, bootstrapping, organic growth)