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Women Entrepreneurs Huddle – Struggling to be taken seriously

July 19, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

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Presented by

Susan Seah, CEO & Founder of The Koa Club and special featured guests


This is part of the 2022 series of quarterly Women Entrepreneurs Huddle meetings. The objectives of these Huddle meetings are to have members of The Koa Club who are founders and entrepreneurs meet on a quarterly basis to discuss challenges they may be facing, share insights and guidance from knowledge and experiences gained along the way through their endeavors, and generally provide a supportive forum for one another. The goals for attending this Huddle would be to help our women founders and entrepreneurs to:

  • Become more knowledgeable and effective business-owners
  • Make better informed decisions
  • Understand how to obtain funding and other needed resources
  • Sharpen their visionary thinking
  • Overcome self-doubt and other common fears
  • Identify potential issues facing their businesses
  • Validate business ideas
  • Deal with human capital related issues
  • Learn how to maintain a manageable work life balance

We will invite special guests to attend who can provide valuable insights, information or resources to the Huddle.

Research shows that one of the biggest issues that women entrepreneurs face is their struggle to be taken seriously.  In an article from Business New Daily, they provided the following insight:

“Struggling to be taken seriously

At one time or another, most women CEOs find themselves in a male-dominated industry or workplace that does not want to acknowledge their leadership role. Alison Gutterman, CEO and president of Jelmar, had this experience early in her career.  “As a female entrepreneur in a male-dominated industry, earning respect has been a struggle,” she said. Because Jelmar is her family’s business, she faced presumptions that she was living off her father’s and grandfather’s reputations.  “I was more than willing to put in the work to create my own reputation for being a hardworking, honorable businessperson in my own right,” Gutterman said. “To overcome this, I have had to learn to build my confidence and overcome my negative self-talk.”   Those negative comments that have built up in your head are stopping you from reaching your full potential, said Gutterman. To combat them, she has joined a variety of women entrepreneur groups.  “These groups have provided me mentors and peers to inspire me, hit me with reality checks on my capabilities and successes, and help me grow and learn from their outside perspectives and experiences,” she said.”

In this huddle for July, let’s share insights on the questions below:

  • Have you encountered this issue as a woman entrepreneur?
  • How do you effectively assert your authority as a woman boss in your business?
  • Do you feel that others may lack confidence in you because of how you look or present yourself?
  • Are we working harder than our male counterparts to be taken seriously and does that seem unfair?
  • It is unfortunate but not uncommon for some people (can be men or women) to still negatively view women who are ambitious – we should never apologize for our ambitions, so what can we do when we encounter this type of discrimination, especially if these people may play a crucial part of our business?

Who Can Attend & Fee

  • Free for all members of The Koa Club and their guests
  • Event limited to members of The Koa Club and their guests

Location/ Date & Time

Online via Zoom only:

***** The Zoom link will be provided in your RSVP confirmation email. Once registered for the event, you can also click to join the event directly from the event page after you have logged into your membership portal*******

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pmPT/5:30pm-7:00pmMT/6:30pm-8:00pmCT/7:30pm-9:00pmET

Meeting will last 90 minutes. Agenda will be shared before the meeting.


July 19, 2022
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
Event Category:


Online Only
Via Zoom link provided United States