Women’s Enterprise Initiative

A Project of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce Fund

Our Mission

The Women’s Enterprise Initiative is a transformative leadership and mentoring program created by the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce. The focus of the initiative in 2023-2024 is to mentor, educate and train women business owners and their employees on topics relevant to their business, including financial planning, project management, marketing, community service, and business governance.

Our goal is for female entrepreneurs and professionals to gain new skills and connections with community leaders and peers that enable them to thrive in their industries and serve as driving forces of economic growth and diversity in our region.

We embrace inclusivity, welcoming participants of all genders, while specifically championing diverse female entrepreneurs in growth industries such as technology, retail, service, hospitality, restaurant, health, wellness, finance, and professional services.

The Danville Area Chamber of Commerce Women’s Enterprise Initiative is fiscally sponsored by Three Valleys Community Foundation (3VCF), a 501(c)(3) organization (Tax ID #87-1782380).

 

Session Information

We are grateful to our sponsors who believe in the power of educational training, leadership and mentorship in our community. 

We have designed this program to spur economic development and entrepreneurship in our region. 

We believe that through this program, we will help build the next generation of business and community leaders in the Danville Area, Greater San Ramon Valley, and East Bay Region.

Interested in sponsoring a program? 

Contact the Chamber at 925-837-4400 or email ceo@danvilleareachamber.com.

 

Sponsored Sessions

Session Topics

March 1, 2024

Community Safety, Risk & Response

Sponsored by San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District

April 5, 2024

Business Financial Management

Sponsored by Comerica Bank

June 7, 2024

Giving back – Community Leadership

Sponsored by Contra Costa Supervisor Candace Andersen

August 2, 2024

Business Governance & Succession Planning

Sponsored by Doyle Quane Law Group

October 4, 2024

Marketing Yourself – Becoming your Best Brand Ambassador

Sponsored by Lara George Photography

December 6, 2024

Reinventing Yourself

This session will feature ways to reinvent yourself, finding the silver lining, unmasking your super power and learning how to inspire others.

Session Format:

An Introductory Session will be held on Zoom in early 2024 to orient participants & encourage networking among the cohort. 

Each session is 1.5 hours of training, networking, interactive exercises, Q&A and takeaways.

Sessions will be at various times in the workday to accommodate a variety of business interests and may include Continental Breakfast & Coffee, Lunch or a Cocktail Reception. 

They will be held at the Chamber office, a sponsoring business, a public community facility, or at a participating member business.

Educational Session

We will be finalizing the schedule in early 2024 and planning sessions every other month throughout the year.

  • Session #1 – February 2024
  • Session #2 – April 2024
  • Session #3 – June 2024
  • Session #4 – August 2024
  • Session #5 – October 2024
  • Session #6 – December 2024

* Note that session timing and schedule may vary as the program progresses, to accommodate attendees and maximize attendance.

Sponsors & Advisors

The Danville Area Chamber of Commerce Fund could not offer this programming without the generosity of our sponsors.

Key Contacts:

  • Brittany Doyle Riley, Chair, Steering Committee of the Women’s Enterprise Initiative
  • Judy B. Lloyd, President & CEO, Danville Area Chamber of Commerce

— A full list of Steering Committee Members & Advisors is coming soon!

FAQ

What is the session format?

An Introductory Session will be held on Zoom in early 2024 to orient participants & encourage networking among the cohort. Each session will be 1.5 hours.

The basic session format is as follows – 

  • Student 0:30 Introductions
  • Introductions of Speakers
  • Lecture & Learning
  • Interactive Exercise
  • Q&A
  • Take-away
  • Networking

Sessions will be pre-scheduled every other month and may include Continental Breakfast & Coffee, Lunch or a Cocktail Reception. They will be held at the Chamber office, a sponsoring business, a public community facility, or at a participating member business.

What is the class size?

We hope to recruit a cohort of 25 – 30 women leaders, ideally through personal referrals, but also through our e-newsletter and social media channels.

What is the cost to apply?

Due to the generosity of our sponsors, the six-session program will be offered at a modest fee of $150 for Danville Area Chamber Members and $300 for Non-Chamber Members. 

Fees will be collected upon acceptance into the program and billed through the Chamber Office.

Billing questions may be directed to office@danvilleareachamber.com or 925-837-4400. All fees must be paid prior to enrollment, and are a business deductible expense, under our 501(c)6.

Application Process & Fees

Applications are available online on this web page. Just hit “Apply Now”.

Prioritizing Applicants

Applicants will be prioritized from the Danville Area Chamber’s geographic footprint in the San Ramon Valley (Alamo, Diablo, Blackhawk, Danville, San Ramon, and unincorporated Contra Costa County). 

Applicants may also be accepted from Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, if space is available.

Will there be a graduation?

At the conclusion of the program, students will be invited to a social networking event, which will serve as their graduation from the program. 

Public officials and community leaders will be invited to participate. There is an opportunity to sponsor the graduation at a local business or restaurant and/or to sponsor catering for the graduation event.

The Danville Area Chamber of Commerce Women’s Enterprise Initiative is fiscally sponsored by the Three Valleys Community Foundation (3VCF), a 501(c)(3) organization (Tax ID #87-1782380).

Contact:

Judy B. Lloyd
President & CEO, Danville Area Chamber of Commerce
925-837-4400 or ceo@danvilleareachamber.com