Heather Wentler

How To Build A Network of Women Supporting Women

What stops women from succeeding in entrepreneurship?

Still too many women feel they are “succeeding in silence” or “despite” the odds.

Heather Wentler is dedicated to supporting a growing ecosystem of female entrepreneurs as co-founder and executive director of Doyenne, a Madison, Wisconsin-based collaborative networking and support from for female founders. She shares how:

  • Doyenne encourages collaboration between women
  • Focuses on the whole woman (not just business)
  • Speak up and share your ideas even if they’re not “perfect” yet
  • Women should react to men who accuse them of “playing the gender card”
  • Not take business personally

And much more!

More about Heather Wentler at Doyenne Group

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Heather is an advocate for women and girls to be recognized as strong, independent individuals capable of success. Professionally trained as an educator and taught for 5 years, Heather pivoted into entrepreneurship as a way to connect with and advocate for women and girls in ways she couldn’t in the traditional classroom. Heather is the founder of Fractal, founder of Madison SOUP, and Executive Director & Co-founder of Doyenne.

Heather has won multiple local awards and has been publically recognized for entrepreneurship and the work she does in the community. She serves on various committees and Advisory Boards from across Wisconsin to make sure diversity and inclusion is a top priority for organizations and conferences focusing on entrepreneurship.

Heather serves on the Forward Fest organizing committee, the Forward Technology Conference organizing committee, WEDWisconsin Advisory Board, Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium organizing committee, the Tech Education Alliance, is a StartingBlock Madison Collaborator, Million Women Mentors, and Sector67 Secretary & Treasurer. Heather is a proud member of the Latino Chamber of Commerce Dane Co, the Business Forum, OPEN Network and Downtown Madison Inc. She also has tutored at local Middle Schools, mentored students for the Madison School’s Science Symposium, and facilitated the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program at Sennett Middle School in Madison, WI.

Heather has also spoke at numerous conferences and panel discussions including SXSW, Disrupt Madison, Startup Grind and 1 Million Cups, various panels discussing STEM and women entrepreneurship across Wisconsin.

Heather has received awards from Madison Magazine – M-List 2013 “Person of the Year”, In Business Magazine “40 Under 40” 2017 and has been listed as a Top Women Entrepreneur to Follow by RantChick media.

Heather lives on the east side of Madison with her husband Chris and cat Tesla. In her free time she enjoys cooking, experimenting in the kitchen, pottery, hiking, exploring Wisconsin sites, and hanging out with her friends while enjoying a microbrew.

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