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  • The Wilkes-Barre Connect Conference Officially Launches with Speaker Ashleigh Axios Announced

    WILKES BARRE, PA: Wilkes-Barre Connect is excited to announce the launch of the first ever Wilkes-Barre Connect Conference, being held from November 17th-19th, at the Woodlands Inn & Resort, Wilkes-Barre. 

    This three day conference for students, intrapreneurs, and entrepreneurs will give attendees all of the tools they need to connect, elevate, and innovate their business and brand. Showcasing the transformation of Northeastern Pennsylvania, into a hub of innovation, the conference will feature creative storytelling and presentations from the region’s best students, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and young professionals shaping our region.  Attendees will have the opportunity to grow personally and professionally by attending sessions within our three featured tracks:  Innovate, Connect, and Elevate.  In all, attendees will experience the power and see the vision our young leaders have set forth for Northeastern PA.  We fully expect attendees to leave the conference educated, inspired, and motivated to make a difference.

    Aligning with this theme, the Connect Conference will also feature two nationally recognized speakers to the stage, to share their stories and provide that spark our attendees will be seeking.  Wilkes-Barre Connect is proud to announce our first featured speaker for the conference – Ashleigh Axios.

    Ashleigh Axios is an international speaker, strategic creative, and an advocate for design's ability to break barriers and create positive social change. She is an executive board member for AIGA, the professional association of design. At Automattic, a company on a mission to democratize publishing and commerce, Axios formed and led the in-house creative agency for marketing, communications, and brand identity solutions. Prior to her role at Automattic, Axios served as the creative director and a digital strategist in the Obama White House. She is president emeritus of AIGA Washington D.C., where she formed DotGovDesign, an initiative connecting and empowering government designers.

    Axios and her work has been featured in Print, Essence, How, Net, GDUSA, and Offscreen magazines as well as various online publications. She was named one of GDUSA’s People to Watch, featured in Essence Magazine as one of the 29 most powerful black women in the Obama administration, and received the DCFemTech Award for being a powerful woman designer on multiple occasions

    “We are absolutely thrilled to announce Ashleigh Axios as our first main speaker for the Connect Conference,” Joseph Boylan, Executive Director of Wilkes-Barre Connect.  “Her passion, vision and leadership for making an impact on the world is truly inspiring.”

    Axios will be live on stage during the Monday (November 18th) lunch session.  Our second speaker will be announced on June 3rd.  For more information on the Wilkes-Barre Connect Conference, including registration links, speaker listings, and agenda, visit our website:  www.wbconnectconference.com.   

    About Wilkes-Barre Connect:
    Powered by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber, Wilkes-Barre Connect provides Entrepreneurial and Economic Development services in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and is powered by its primary partners, including Penn State University (INVENT Penn State); Wilkes University (SBDC, Family Business Alliance, Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and the Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development); the Diamond City Partnership and Ben Franklin Technology Partners. 


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