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Yelp’s Women in Business Summit

With Host Emily Washcovick

49 minutes

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Thank you to everyone who registered and attended the summit! Watch the headlining session above with beauty entrepreneur Bobbi Brown, and see recordings of the other sessions below.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Yelp hosted its second annual Women in Business Summit on Thursday, March 24, 2022. Headlined by beauty entrepreneur Bobbi Brown, founder of Jones Road Beauty, this summit brought together dynamic female entrepreneurs, along with leaders in social media, marketing, and finance, for a day of thought-provoking conversations, inspiration, and actionable advice.

This free, virtual event provided a forum for business owners and decision makers to connect, learn, and share from each other. Looking ahead to a post-pandemic world, the summit delivered inspiring perspectives and advice to solve the new challenges entrepreneurs face.

Yelp is proud to have presented this event in partnership with Luminary, Entrepreneur, HeyMama & Female Founder Collective.

In Conversation With Bobbi Brown

In Conversation With Bobbi Brown | Yelp Women in Business Summit [2022]

In this intimate conversation with Yelp’s Small Business Expert Emily Washcovick, New York Times best-selling author and Jones Road Beauty founder Bobbi Brown shared what she’s learned about reigniting your entrepreneurial spirit, following your dreams, and leading as a female entrepreneur.

Speaker: Bobbi Brown, makeup artist and founder, Jones Road Beauty

Moderator: Emily Washcovick, Yelp small business expert

Building Your Brand Identity

Building Your Brand Identity | Yelp Women in Business Summit [2022]

In many cases, your brand is the first thing a customer interacts with and the last thing they think about after they purchase your product or service. Building a brand that’s recognizable, highly resonant, and meaningful can supercharge how customers think about your business. In this panel discussion, hear best practices from brand leaders on how businesses can create an impactful brand, both in storefronts and across digital channels.


Moderator: Nicole Leinbach Reyhle, founder and publisher, Retail Minded

A New Era of Working Motherhood

A New Era of Working Motherhood | Yelp Women in Business Summit [2022]

For many working mothers, the pandemic upended their work/life balance—affecting career ambitions and family aspirations, and creating new hardships and sources of stress. For companies, the pandemic has ushered in an opportunity to re-evaluate how they can support employees. In this panel discussion, hear from powerful leaders who have made it work since COVID-19 started disrupting their lives.


  • Abbey Carlton, director of global social impact, Indeed
  • Michelle Cordeiro Grant, CEO, Lively
  • Elisa Bannon-Jones, chief people officer, GNC

Moderator: Erika Feldus, CEO, HeyMama

Watch Us, Follow Us: What Video and Social Media Mean for Local Business

Watch Us, Follow Us: What Video & Social Mean for Local Business | Women in Business Summit [2022]

Building a following on social platforms like Twitter, TikTok, or Instagram can change the trajectory of your business and create significant opportunity. But in such a competitive landscape, how can business owners take advantage of these platforms to grow? In this panel discussion, hear from leaders in the social and video industries about how businesses can leverage these platforms to stay relevant and keep their audiences engaged.


  • Julianne Fraser, president and CEO, Dialogue New York
  • Kirstin Lawrence, associate manager customer success, Twitter
  • Danielle Johnson, head of SMB account management, North America, TikTok

Moderator: Nana Agyemang, founder, EveryStylishGirl

Money Matters: Understanding Funding and Finance for Your Business

Money Matters: Understanding Business Funding & Finance | Yelp Women in Business Summit [2022]

Many local business owners are masters of their craft—whether that’s baking, fence building, or running a successful restaurant. But what they might not be experts in is finding the right funding at the right time—especially during times of crisis or exploding growth. Listen to this discussion on finance and venture capital to learn the basics about fundraising and financing—from where to turn for capital to the basics of making a pitch.


Moderator: Miriam Warren, chief diversity officer, Yelp

How to Build a Strong, Supportive Network and Choose Collaboration Over Competition

How to Build a Strong, Supportive Business Network | Yelp Women in Business Summit [2022]

Building a strong business isn’t always about beating out your competition. Many successful business owners believe that collaboration and leaning into your network can greatly expedite your journey to success. Hear from Cate Luzio, CEO and founder of Luminary, and Zanade Mann, founder and managing director of Black Women’s Business Collective, as they discuss how business owners can build a strong and fruitful network, as well as the ways networking has enriched their businesses. 


Creating Memorable Customer Experiences

Creating Memorable Customer Experiences | Yelp Women in Business Summit [2022]

What makes customers come back to your business? Many times, customers are drawn to memorable experiences rather than products—whether that’s great sales interactions, unique branding, exceptional customer service, or personability. In this fireside chat, hear great examples of creating memorable and unique experiences for your customers that will keep them coming back. 


Breaking Through: How To Make It in a Crowded Market

Breaking Through: How to Make It in a Crowded Market | Yelp Women in Business Summit [2022]

The beauty industry is known for changing faster than the seasons. Hear from Glossier and three founders from the next generation of leading beauty brands to learn how they have navigated the delicate processes of starting their business, scaling it, overcoming obstacles, and tackling new goals.


Moderator: Roya Shariat, senior manager of impact, Glossier

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Speaker: Emily Washcovick, small business expert, Yelp

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Host Emily Washcovick Small Business Expert at Yelp

As Yelp’s Small Business Expert, Emily is responsible for building a thriving network of local business owners, operators and marketers through education and networking events (now, exclusively virtual). She hosts events and webinars to provide business owners with resources that help them succeed and grow in the world of online reviews. Emily’s expertise lies in customer engagement, reputation management and all things digital marketing. Her knowledge encompasses countless industries and through thought leadership and speaking engagements, she’s able to share insights that business owners of all kinds can leverage for the future of their business. She is also the host of a new podcast from Yelp and Entrepreneur Media: Behind the Review. Each episode features conversations with a business owner and a reviewer about the story and lessons behind their interactions.

Check out highlights from last year’s Women in Business Summit:

In conversation with Rebecca Minkoff

In Conversation With Rebecca Minkoff

For over 15 years, Rebecca Minkoff has made luxury fashion accessible with her edgy and feminine designs. In this recording, Yelp Trend Expert Tara Lewis and Rebecca talk all things career and entrepreneurship.

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Racial and gender inequality in the business world

Racial and Gender Inequality in the Business World

Hear how Black business owners can navigate the increased attention and support for the Black community. The speakers from this session also share actionable takeaways for small business owners who may not have access to the resources of larger companies.

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Branding 101: How to market your business

Branding 101: How to Market Your Business

Get first-hand insights from industry leaders on how to incorporate marketing, social media, and PR when building a brand.

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