Meet Carolyn Rodz, keynote speaker of the 2017 Influential Women in Business luncheon

Carolyn Rodz has formed three businesses from scratch, leading each one to enormous heights. Now, she’s trying to pass her knowledge onto other aspiring female entrepreneurs.

“I’ve been through it all,” she says in a Q&A with Business Report in advance of her upcoming keynote address at the 2017 Influential Women in Business luncheon. “I’ve built companies that have succeeded, I’ve built companies that have failed and I see so many women running up against the same obstacles that I did. To be able to help others avoid the stumbling blocks and avoid those mistakes, I just view it as a personal responsibility.”

Rodz is the founder and CEO of Circular Board, a collaborative accelerator for high growth-oriented female entrepreneurs. She was recently recognized by Inc. magazine as one of “17 Women to Watch in 2017.”

Rodz says her keynote address at Business Report’s annual Influential Women in Business luncheon on May 17 will touch on the importance of collaboration and building the right team.

“Women have this incredible ability to collaborate to achieve success, but early on, I think there’s a great need to leverage that strength more, to support each other more, to reach out for the things we need and ask for help to each other more,” she says.

Read the full Q&A with Rodz.

Tickets are still available for the luncheon, which will take place at the Crowne Plaza and will celebrate this year’s nine honorees: Sarah Broome, Camille Conaway, Helena Cunningham, Karen Holden, Kelly Hurtado, Julie Laperouse, Sonia Perez, Gaye Sandoz and Monique Scott-Spaulding.

Individual tickets are $45 each and tables of 10 are available for $450. Get complete details on the luncheon and buy your tickets. All of this year’s honorees also will be profiled in the May 9 issue of Business Report. 

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