By Tim Omarzu
Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A shining example of women entrepreneurship, “Shark Tank” star Lori Greiner was the headline speaker at a Chattanooga event this week aimed at empowering women in business. I think Greiner’s quote sums up her message to women and girls everywhere “I’m not going to take no for an answer. I think that is the entrepreneurial spirit,” “If you have a dream and you have a passion to do something, you can make anything happen.”
Don’t take no for an answer. And steer clear of people who do.
That was some of the advice that Lori Greiner, one of the entrepreneurs who star on ABC’s reality TV show “Shark Tank,” had Friday for a crowd that packed into a $50-a-seat luncheon at the Chattanooga Convention Center for the kick-off of the Mad, Bad and Dangerous women’s entrepreneurial summit this weekend at Girls Preparatory School.
Mad, Bad and Dangerous continues all day today at a free public conference at GPS’ campus in North Chattanooga. Events include a women’s and girls’ marketplace with more than 50 vendors, various speakers and Co.Lab’s 24Hour Generator, in which some 30 high school girls will compete to solve a business problem.
And Mad, Bad and Dangerous will expand next year, since, in addition to the Chattanooga event, the Knoxville Entrepreneurship Center will hold a Mad, Bad and Dangerous conference.
“This city has embraced this event, and the event has expanded,” GPS Head of School Autumn Graves announced Friday to loud applause.
Greiner, who said she holds more than 120 patents and helped launch more than 500 products, talked about her first one: An earring holder with capacity for 100 earrings. The idea came to Greiner while she was getting a massage from a female massage therapist friend who bemoaned the lack of a good way to store earrings.