ASBTDC to have annual 'accelHERate' on International Women's Day, March 8

Women interested in starting or growing their own companies can learn from other women who are excelling in research, innovation and business at “accelHERate,” presented by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center.

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On March 8, International Women’s Day, the center will hold two “accelHERate” forums live on Zoom. This marks the fifth consecutive year for the center to host accelHERate and the second year for the virtual format.

Each session has its own lineup of four speakers.

The panel for the 12-1:30 p.m. session:

  • Dr. Dale McManis, CEO of NeuroMed Pro

  • Dr. Karen Ballard, co-founder and CEO of B&B Legacy Farms

  • Yessica Jones, delivery management manager at Microsoft

  • Daniel Dozier, CEO of GSS Group

Speakers for the 2-3:30 p.m. session, hosted by the Arkansas State University ASBTDC:

  • Luna Acosta, director of intellectual property and marketing, director of Catalyst Innovation Center, Arkansas State University

  • Tiffny Calloway, director of operations, Delta Population Health Institute, New York Institute of Technology

  • April Roy, CEO of femPAQ

  • Dr. Hilary Schloemer, assistant professor of management, Arkansas State University Neil Griffin College of Business

Each will share lessons learned and advice for budding entrepreneurs. Topics will include management and growth strategies, startup mistakes and how to avoid them, key skills for entrepreneurial success and research commercialization strategies. A question-and-answer period will follow.

There is no cost to participate. Register at or here:

For more information, contact Rebecca Todd at or 501-916-6721.