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.





Date: Thursday, March 22nd

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location: Maestro Entrepreneur Center | 1811 S. Laredo St, San Antonio 78207

Featured Speaker: Emma Faye Rudkin

Emma Faye lost her hearing at three years old to a profound level as a result of a high fever. Doctors advised her parents to enroll her in a deaf school and learn sign language. However, they lived in a hearing world so the Rudkins had Emma fitted for her first pair of hearing aids, signed her up for intensive speech therapy and enrolled her in a main stream private school where, as a teen, she would learn sign language to help bridge any communication barriers that would come up with her continued loss.

Today, Emma Faye travels all around the country speaking at business conventions, churches and deaf conferences sharing her story and letting others know about the programs Aid the Silent offers to the deaf/hard-of-hearing community. It is because of her ability to communicate via sign language and orally that she is able to unify the Deaf community with the hearing world. Emma Faye is the primary fundraiser and spokesperson for Aid the Silent as well as a staff member for San Antonio’s pilot program Deaf Young Life. Emma Faye is an internationally-known role model for the (D)deaf and hard-of-hearing (HOH) community and founder to nonprofit organization, Aid the Silent. Aid the Silent is a system of support for the four main programs of: deaf ministry, deaf education, deaf research and deaf resources. The overall mission is to aid economically-disadvantaged deaf children and teens to reach their full potential and to live life more richly by providing funds to receive hearing and speech resources (hearing aids, FM systems, speech therapy), ASL lessons, ministry-related activities and education enrichment programs.

Emma Faye created the campaign called #ShowYourAids to encourage the (D)deaf/HOH to be proud of who they are. The campaign went viral with 10,000s of people posting their hearing aids and implants all over the world – giving Aid the Silent a global presence. Emma Faye was Miss San Antonio 2015 where she took individual awards for Overall Talent, Overall Interview and Miss Congeniality. She is profoundly deaf, sings and plays four instruments: piano, guitar, ukulele and the kick drum. In 2015, she placed Top 10 in the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant 2015 where she won the Inspiration Award, Quality of Life Award, Academic Interview Award and Spirit of Texas (Congeniality). Emma Faye was again crowned Miss San Antonio 2017 being the first to hold this title twice since the first titleholder in 1923 where she won Interview, Evening Gown, Community Service, Photogenic and Spirit of Texas. In July 2017, she placed 4th runner up in the Miss Texas Pageant 2017 walking away with both the Community Service and Quality of Life awards for her work with Aid the Silent.




Date: Friday, April 20th

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location: IdeaWorks | 600 E Rosedale St, Fort Worth, TX 76104

Featured Speaker: Barbara Oldums

Barbara Oldums is the Owner of Industrial Solutions Company in Arlington, Texas. She is the only African American, Women-Owned Converter Manufacturer of a disposable towel called “TUF Towel” in the Country. Her company is also a Wholesale Distributor of Safety Supplies, Industrial and Medical gloves, Cloth Towels and Janitorial supplies. Industrial Solutions is certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Small Business Enterprise (SBE) by the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency and Historically Underutilized Business through the State of Texas (HUB).

A Native of Arkansas, Barbara Oldums has lived in Texas since 1981. She is a former News Reporter and Cable TV Talk Show Host. She has a B.A. Degree in Radio, TV & Film and a Minor in Journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
She is an Alumni of the D.A.R.T. Small Business Academy, Dallas, TX; Amos Tuck Minority Executive Program at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; National Inner-City Capital Connections Program Alumni, Dallas, TX; National One Million Cups Entrepreneurs Alumni in Ft. Worth, Texas. She is an Alumni of the TX-DOT Small Business LINC Program in Austin, TX and an Alumni and frequent speaker for the Austin Commercial MBE Mentor Protégé Program in Dallas, Texas.

Her Company has been Nominated for the 2018 Arlington Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award. Industrial Solutions Company was also a Nominee for the 2014 and 2017 NCTRCA DBE of the Year Award. She served on the Texas Rangers Minority Task Force Committee to help keep the Rangers in Arlington under the direction of Rangers Vice President, Rob Matwick and Mayor of Arlington, Jeff Williams. Barbara Oldums is a Board Member of Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) North Texas Chapter, where she serves as Chair of the Scholarship Awards Committee.

She and her Husband, Leonard who works in the business with her as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, reside in Arlington, Texas. They are Founders of Cornerstone World Outreach Ministries. Together they wrote the book THE POWER WITHIN: Don’t Give Away Your Power. They have four children and eight grandchildren.




Date: Thursday, May 17th

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location: PeopleFund Dallas | 2801 Swiss Ave Dallas, TX 75204

Featured Speaker: Amy Hampton, Sociologie Wine

Amy Hampton is the Founder and Owner of Sociologie Wine and the Executive Creative Director of Raise Your Glass Dallas – Wine, Art and Music Festival – inspired by hosting parties at her home. Amy created custom wine blends in her kitchen based on her party themes, fabulous friends and personal style. After much research, dedication and faith, she debuted Sociolo-gie Wine® in August 2012 at a regional wine and spirits conference and received numerous offers from major package stores. Today, Amy’s special wine blends, Sociologie Wine are enjoyed in homes nation-wide! Sociologie Wine Collection current blends include a delicious Red Berry and lovely Blushing Rose which personifies the “art and science” of delight and style. Sociologie Wine® brand is defined by its beautiful pearl bottles and great taste. The wine collec- tion embodies the approachable style and bright spirit of Amy. Currently, Sociologie Wine Collection is represented by the top national distribution companies within, Southern Glazer Wine and Spirits and Republic National Distribution Company. Through the tenacious work ethic and strong relationships of Amy, currently Sociologie Wines are sold at Spec’s Fine Wines and Spirits(TX), Walmart (TX), Royal Blue Grocery (TX), Winn- Dixie (FL), Mariano’s (IL) and AHold – Giants Foods (MD, DC, VA). After consecutive years of building strong relationships and developing effective sales systems, Sociologie Wine is poised for product expansion within the top 10 national grocery chains. Amy Hampton has been recognized with several accolades, including an inaugural Forty-Under 40 Honoree of her alma-mater, Hampton University (2016), Top 25 Women in Business of Dallas (2014), Silver Medal Award from The Tasting Panel Magazine (2013) and featured as the Best Wine for Weddings in Modern Luxury BRIDE of Dallas (2013); key note speaker at Pat Smith’s Treasure You® Annual Girlfriends Retreat (2013); highlighted in the Food and Wine segment on The Broadcast morning show (2013); selected Best of Tarrant County by Fort Worth Weekly (2012), and featured in Food and Drink International Magazine (2015). Moreover, Sociologie Wine® has co-hosted tasting events with well-known brands such as Kate Spade®, Jo Mal- one®, Elie Tahari®, BHLDN® and Saks Fifth Avenue®. Amy Hampton is graduate of Hampton University (VA) and Meharry Medical College (TN). Amy is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Links, Incorporated and DFW Minority Supplier Development Council. Currently, Amy lives in Dallas (TX) with her devoted husband, Dr. Darian L. Hampton ofThe Hampton’s Dental of Carrollton, Texas and lovely daughter, Alexandria Blythe Hampton.

Featured Speaker: Deana LaPorte, Barre Social 

Deana and her husband Mike moved to the Little Elm/Frisco area from San Diego, California in 2013 with their two kids. As an avid fitness enthusiast, Deana has always enjoyed lighting weights in the gym, running, and attending group fitness classes like spinning and mat pilates. Once she discovered the combination of a barre workout and yoga practice in her wellness routine, she was surprised by the results. Deana experienced reduced back pain, increased flexibility, and core strength like never had before. She founded Barre Social in 2017 and opened her brick and mortar studio on February 19, 2018. The vision for Barre Social is simple: to build a community for local women and men to practice a healthy lifestyle through our fitness curriculum and nutritional advice. Understanding her clients’ needs, Barre Social offers childcare on site for parents who are looking for a fitness community without compromising parenthood. Deana is passionate a holistic approach to wellness and regularly brings in a meditation specialist that conducts workshops every six weeks. Barre Social is more than a fitness studio, Deana and her team aim to create a tribe and offer endless ways for community connection through events such as Date Nights, Girls Nights, and workshops. Deeply supportive of other local small businesses, Deana actively promotes other entrepreneurs and artists.

Featured Speaker: Lenita Dunlap, Heart House 

Lenita has more than 17 years working in educational and nonprofit organizations that uplift and empower young people and their families. Appointed CEO of Heart House in 2014, Lenita advocates and leads a team of experts who guide and nurture refugee children to lead full lives. Through her leadership, Heart House has grown and deepened its impact, and today continues to make the difference in the lives of more than 130 children annually in Vickery Meadow. Lenita graduated from the University of Illinois and holds Masters degrees in Public Administration and Christian Education; and is recipient of numerous Certificates of Nonprofit Management, and Marketing. Lenita is a PhD student at UT Arlington, studying Public and Urban Administration. Lenita has dedicated her life to service, driven by a desire for impacting the lives of those around her. She is married to her love Garland and they have one inquisitive son, Luke who blesses their lives with so much uniqueness and intelligence that it’s hard to believe he’s only six years of age.






Date: Thursday, May 31st

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location: Sterling Event Center | 6134 U.S. 290 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78752

Featured Panelist: Deborah Whitby, Austin Plumbery  

Deborah Whitby went from schoolteacher to six-figure entrepreneur- in just over a year. She became the creator and owner of her family’s plumbing business, Austin Plumbery, which is the only woman-owned and operated, an independent plumbing company in Austin. As the creator and owner of Austin Plumbery, Deborah is paving the way in the residential and commercial plumbing-services industry. In a traditionally male-dominated space, she is redefining what it means to be a plumber for today’s homeowners and businesses. Born and raised in Austin, she is an accomplished teacher, entrepreneur and mom, and has built her family-first, Austin-first and woman-owned approach on her family’s commitment to serve. In addition to owning her own business, she is a member of the National Association of Women in Construction, holds a Women-owned Business Enterprise certification from the City of Austin and has her very own plumber’s apprentice license. As part of the rich community of Austin-based business owners, she spends time speaking and mentoring up-and-coming generations. Deborah was featured in Austin’s Woman’s Magazine March Entrepreneurial “Women to Watch” and was a special judge for SXSW EDU Student Start Up Competition. Deborah started Austin Plumbery with $500 and raised $500,000 in revenue in just 15 months.


Featured Panelist: Meme Styles, MEASURE

Jameila “Meme” Styles is the visionary behind MEASURE. As “chief volunteer,” Meme works with the board, leadership team and community to further the MEASURE mission. In 2015, Meme founded the award-winning nonprofit to build trust, increase transparency and measure progress in underserved communities. Community service is what makes her tick. As such, also serves as the Chairwoman of The Greater East Austin Youth Association’s Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant and on the board of African TV5. Mrs. Styles holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications, completing a Masters Of Public Administration at American Military University and is certified in Performance Measurement through George Washington University College of Professional Studies. She works for the State of Texas as a Privacy Officer but finds fulfillment through her work in the community. Mrs. Styles is the wife of a military veteran, mother of three and attends Shoreline Church.


Featured Panelist: Kristie Gonzalez, KVUE

Kristie Gonzales is the President and General Manager of KVUE, leading a staff of more than 120 employees who produce 33 hours of award-winning live news and programming each week. Under her leadership, KVUE became the most-watched news among the coveted demographic of adults aged 25-54 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. during the last November 2017 ratings period. Before moving to Austin, Kristie was the Promotion and Digital Brand Manager at WABC in New York, the number one television station in the country. Previously, she held management positions at various stations, including WTVD in Raleigh-Durham, NC and at KSFN in Fresno, CA. She also spent nearly five years in Philadelphia, PA as a Promotion Producer for WPVI. In May 2016, Kristie was honored with the Latino Trendsetter Award in New York City where she shared the motto given to her by her mentor, “As you climb, lift.” She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and serves on the board of directors for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas, the SAFE Alliance and Vision for Equality.  Originally from Southern California, Kristie was raised primarily in Albuquerque, NM where she graduated summa cum laude with double honors from the University of New Mexico.



Date: Thursday, August 16th

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location: MileOne | 1312 Houston St, Laredo, TX 78040





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, San Antonio, Midland, RGV and Houston. With new connections and new skills you can plant the seed, grow your network, and blossom your business.

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