PeopleSpring is a one-day networking, leadership, and women’s luncheon event,  designed to help you meet fellow female entrepreneurs.

Our PeopleSpring program is an interactive lunch and learn opportunity to meet, mingle, and marry business ideas with fellow women entrepreneurs. With fun, food, and the opportunity to learn from women leaders in our community, you’ll be sure to walk away with contacts and a new confidence.


Fort Worth 

Date: Thursday, April 11th

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location: Locavore | 715 Hawthorne Ave, Fort Worth TX 76110

Featured Speaker: Cortney Gumbleton, Founder & Co-owner of Locavore 

Cortney Gumbleton is the Founder and Co-Owner of the innovative commercial kitchen incubator and premier event venue, Locavore, located in the Near Southside of Fort Worth, Texas. She currently works with over 100 food trucks and 60 food entrepreneurs, and manages the event venue. In 2018, Locavore took the top prize, beating 48 other businesses, for the Fort Worth Business Plan Competition. That same year, Locavore was selected as Finalist in the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Forte Award in the Emerging New Business category.

Although Cortney originally hails from Wisconsin (and is an avid cheese lover), she landed in Fort Worth back in 2003 when she was stationed at NAS Fort Worth as a Naval Plane Captain. As a 2012 graduate of Texas Christian University, Cortney received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and in 2013 a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Over the last 10 years Cortney’s passion for working with vulnerable populations provided opportunities working with the unsheltered homeless, refugees, victims of human trafficking, and in the field of mental health, particularly suicide prevention.

Cortney is a transformational leader with an impressive history of building innovative programs that communities’ value, strategizing high-impact, low-cost approaches that work, developing authentic messaging that inspires, and delivering metrics that show meaningful change.

A few years ago, Cortney sold her Fort Worth home and purchased a farm in Azle, where she resides with her family and menagerie of animals. She serves on the Board of Directors for Amphibian Stage Productions, the Tarrant County Women’s Policy Forum, and The Welman Project. Cortney is also an active Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Fort Worth, and member of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and Near Southside Inc.

Special thanks to Frost Bank for making this event possible!


Date: Thursday, April 25th

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location: 2801 Swiss Ave, Dallas TX 75204

Featured Speakers 

Jamita Barnett-Machen

Upon graduating from Texas A&M University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Jamita Barnett-Machen, MBA, continues to shatter through glass ceilings. Jamita has held many leadership roles during her career spanning the defense, mobile, e-commerce and travel industries with a focus on Information Technology. Some career key highlights include being selected for the Executive Mentorship Program at IBM and becoming the first African-American female Principal Application Architect at American Airlines. In addition, Jamita was the first female Information Technology Architect at Southwest Airlines. Jamita was also recognized as one of the top 25 North Texas Women in Technology by the Dallas Business Journal and TeXchange DFW.

Simultaneously, Jamita has continued to broaden her skillset by acquiring various degrees such as a Master of Science in Computer Science from DePaul University and an Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Outside of work, Jamita volunteers her time with multiple organizations.

Jamita served as president of the Arlington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. from 2014 through 2018. Under her leadership, membership organically grew by 30%. In addition, she fostered community partnerships for various community outreach programs and implemented the annual S.T.E.A.M. youth conference. Jamita also sits on the External Advisory Council for the Texas A&M Computer Science Department where she along with other council members provide input for the growth of the department and the engagement of department alumni. In addition, Jamita volunteers with the Northeast Tarrant County Chamber Dynamic Women’s Alliance Group to provide ongoing leadership workshops for the women business owners. In 2018, Jamita launched her own foundation, The STEM-ulation Foundation which focuses on exposing minority youth to careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields. In the recent past, Jamita has served as Board Member for the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce where her responsibilities were fostering the Chamber’s membership. She helped to implement various lunch & learn entrepreneurship events and the annual luncheon fundraiser. Lastly, Jamita sat as the Vice President for the Black Student Network of Texas A&M University with a focus on increasing African-American enrollment and retention at Texas A&M University thru mentorship programs and awarding of scholarships.

Suzanne Smith 

Suzanne Smith (@snstexas) has a deep belief that everyone is a changemaker. As a serial social entrepreneur, she strives to harness the powerful force of organizations, including nonprofits, foundations and socially responsible businesses, and individuals, especially students and young entrepreneurs, to maximize the potential of the social sector to create real, scalable impact. In 2009, Suzanne founded Social Impact Architects, a registered Benefit Corporation, to reshape the business of social change. She combines her MBA know-how with two decades of experience as a nonprofit innovator to serve as a consultant, advisor and thought partner. She is also a highly sought-after public speaker at conferences nationwide, including being selected as a featured speaker at TEDxTurtleCreekWomen, and teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas. In this work, she has pioneered opensource frameworks for the creation of better social solutions, including layered logic models, ecosystem mapping and social alchemy. For her outstanding work as a leading thinker, she was recognized with the Next Generation Social Entrepreneur Award by the Social Enterprise Alliance. In 2015 and 2016, Social Impact Architects was recognized as one of the “Best for the World” small businesses by B Corp.

Suzanne also authors Social TrendSpotter (@socialtrendspot), one of the sector’s top blogs according to the Huffington Post. Known for its relatable way of blending important concepts and new ways of working with storytelling, Social TrendSpotter has been hailed by readers as “the only blog I read each week.” She is frequently interviewed by regional and national media on social entrepreneurship and has published articles in Forbes, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, See Change, Nonprofit Business Advisor, Upstart and Grantmakers in Health. Suzanne has been at the epicenter of game-changing social solutions for more than two decades as a social intrapreneur. Her first jobs at the City of Garland and Texas Municipal League taught her the power and potential of local government to impact change.
Later, she worked for Phoenix House to scale evidence-based prevention and treatment programs to Texas and for the American Heart Association to build a national state advocacy strategy. One of her greatest achievements was co-founding the Alliance for a Healthier Generation – one of the country’s first movements focused on combating childhood obesity – with a team from the William J. Clinton Foundation. She also co-founded Flywheel: Social Enterprise Hub in Cincinnati, Ohio, to help nonprofits build
meaningful and sustainable social enterprises.

Suzanne holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where she was selected as the CASE (Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship) Scholar. Nationally, she was selected as a member of Peter Senge’s Society of Organizational Learning and Young Entrepreneurs Council. She also served on the national board of the Social Enterprise Alliance. A third-generation Texan, her roots run deep through her work to improve her community with Entrepreneurs for North Texas,
Dallas Business Club, Leadership Dallas, Leadership North Texas and the Junior League of Dallas. She has served a number of appointed posts for the City of Dallas and currently serves in leadership roles on the Dallas Commission on Homelessness and the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty. She was honored to receive the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award in 2012 and the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Young ATHENA Leadership Award in 2014.

Special thanks to Frost Bank for making this event possible!



Date: Thursday, June 6th

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location: 1312 Houston St, Laredo TX 78040

Featured Speaker: TBD 




Starting a small business is hard, especially as a woman. PeopleSpring, a one-day networking, leadership, and women’s luncheon event, is designed to help you meet fellow female entrepreneurs. Together we can forge new relationships, learn about financing opportunities, and learn from successful women small business owners in our community.

Meetups will take place in Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Laredo, and Houston. With new connections and new skills you can plant the seed, grow your network, and blossom your business.

Register for PeopleSpring in your town today!

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