Women Who Create™

Women Entrepreneurship Week | October 18-22, 2021

Women Entrepreneurship Week takes place every October with an event-driven week to bring together women entrepreneurs, business owners, and creators across the state of Iowa. Amidst the pandemic, it is now even more important to celebrate and support women entrepreneurs and creators, as many women have had to adjust their work-life balance by hitting “pause” or permanently closing their businesses.

It has always been our desire at the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship to build a community that supports women entrepreneurs in Iowa and beyond.  This year is no different. We are excited to share a way for Iowa to rally behind women entrepreneurs.  When the world sees the end of the pandemic, we want to see women continue to start something, take the lead, and be successful.


The Women Who Create Conference brings together women entrepreneurs, women business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and individuals of all genders who support women entrepreneurs for a full day of workshops and speakers aimed at growing their business.  The Women Who Create Conference takes place at Iowa State University, hosted by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship.


We invite the public to attend the SheTalks cocktail event supporting women + entrepreneurs.

Following the Women Who Create Conference, a community cocktail reception will kick-off showcasing six SheTalks presentations.  What’s a SheTalk?  Taken from the Japanese inspired PechaKucha, it is a presentation style where each presenter shows 20 slides, each for 20 seconds.  What makes it a SheTalk?  All of the six speakers are women, and will be speaking around the theme ‘Women Who Create’.  The event is hosted by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and sponsored by the ISU Debbie & Jerry Ivy College of Business.