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DNK Presents Increases Business Through the Indiana Conference for Women

My wife, Kate and I own outdoor adventure company, DNK Presents. Last summer I applied for a chance to pitch our business in the Dolphin Tank at the Indiana Conference for Women. Shock, amazed, scared, were the words I was thinking when I first received the email that DNK Presents was accepted into The Dolphin Tank. At the time, I did not know that my 5 minute pitch would connect us with several large organizations interested in our services, give me the tools I needed to successfully execute our business story, and a chance to connect with other impactful women and mentors as part of the process.

The months leading up to the conference were just as important as the day of. The Dolphin Tank finalists received three optional check-in Startup Study Hall sessions conducted by The Startup Ladies, an organization that connects, identifies, educates, and connects women entrepreneurs starting up and scaling up their businesses, to assist us in our pitch for the Dolphin Tank. These sessions were incredibly valuable in the successful delivery of my pitch during the Indiana Conference for Women.

We made several connections from this experience; one of the most significant was made with $6 billion dollar technology company, Salesforce. Two of their executive team members approached Kate and I after the pitch, we met later that year, and have since scheduled an adventure outing with their Women’s Inspiration Network (WIN) group. This connection and business growth would not have occurred without the prestigious Indiana Conference for Women, and by including Springboard Enterprise’s Dolphin Tank into the conference. We could not have asked for a better experience from receiving the initial, you were accepted email, to the end of the conference. We are forever grateful to the courageous women who initiated this conference, and the amazing efforts of others to bring in influential women and businesses to this conference.

Being accepted into the Dolphin Tank at the Indiana Conference for Women not only gave DNK Presents remarkable exposure, but also confidence, and tenacity convening our message and delivering our story to a room full of strangers. The feedback and energy from the entire day left us feeling recharged and excited for our business to accelerate to the next level. The Indiana Conference for Women is an outstanding day filled with inspiration, networking, and motivation for women entrepreneurs, and women in business. We look forward to the conference this year and to the many years ahead.

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Women Leaders Must Step Outside Their Comfort Zone

By: Danielle Wolter Nolan

22 out of the nations top Fortune 500 companies are female. That’s literally 22 women out of 500 CEOs.

Women make up only 19.2% of executive officers in those top 500 companies, yet research shows the when businesses have women as executives they see a 34% increase of return on equity, and their shareholders see a 35% increase. See more information at Catalyst, Women http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/women-sp-500-companies

Why aren’t there more women leaders?

Females make up nearly half of today’s workforce, yet they are struggling to become leaders in business. Many of those reasons include, lack of confidence, don’t like taking risks, like to follow the rules, and “play it safe”. This all keeps women in their comfort zone.

Let’s just say it, it’s about time women start breaking the rules! Why let the men have all the fun? Be bold, be brave a go for it ladies.

As we’ve talking about the Women’s Adventure Contest, we have been getting some great feedback and lots of questions from women and men who are interested in nominating a woman in their life who needs adventure. We’ve even had some women confess they will try to find someone to nominate themself personally for the contest. Some responses we have received include, “Oh so they need to be really physically fit to do this, or what if they’ve never done those activities before.” The activity adventures they were referring to include, backpacking, paddle board yoga, meditation, mountain biking, and some other surprises that won’t be revealed until that weekend.

Below lists responses and feedback on the Women’s Adventure Contest questions:

“They need to be really physically fit to do this.”

First, everyone’s fitness level is different for each person. The adventure weekend will show that everyday women can complete everything that is in store for them. Secondly, the goal of the contest is to get women to challenge themselves, and step outside their comfort zone. In turn realizing the confidence they never knew they had or forgot they had. Completing an activity they never thought they could do will empower them and strengthen their mind, body, and spirit.

“What if they’ve never done this before.”

The purpose of the Women’s Adventure Contest is to get women to try something for the first time, because when you do something that’s mentally and somewhat physically challenging, that is when confidence is gained, and individuals are able to use those skills in their personal and professional life.

Like Deborah Collins Stephens, said at this year’s Indiana conference for Women, referring to how to get women to be strong leaders and successful in business,

“We have to get women comfortable being uncomfortable.”

Women may be uncomfortable at first on an adventure, but taking those risks, stepping outside their comfort zone will excel them to become strong leaders, and give them the confidence they need to succeed.

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