The mission of the Women in Leadership Development (WILD) Conference is to empower professional and enterprising women with knowledge, energy and passion. The WILD, founded in 2008 by the Gannon University SBDC, is a celebration that recognizes; supports and promotes women in business through women helping women. This concept of connectivity is achieved by encouraging networking, providing leadership opportunities and supporting each other. Knowledge, Energy and Passion – Go WILD!


"If it weren't for the W.I.L.D. our start-up business wouldn't have gotten off the ground in 2011. Our first clients were the result of being vendors at the March 2011 Conference. In addition, the planning luncheons before and afterwards have given us some of the best networking opportunities we have found in the Erie area. "

Maryanne Thornton
In Progress LLC/ www.inprogressonline.com, Certified Human Behavior Consultant and Executive Director

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2014 WILD Legacy Award

The Gannon University Small Business Development Center Recognizes Women Leaders with the 2014 WILD Legacy Award.

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