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, May 31st

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

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

Moderated by Kelly Jedele, Let Kelly

Featured Panelist: Quita Culpepper, KVUE

Quita Culpepper is one of Austin’s most celebrated and trusted TV journalists. Since moving to Austin at the age of 13, the city has become her home; sharing the stories of the community has become one of her biggest passions.

Quita earned her first television job in Austin, and during her time on the air she’s been honored with numerous awards and accolades. She first landed on the Austin Chronicle’s “Best of Austin” list in 1999, when she was named “Best TV Reporter.” She’s been on the list nine times since then and in 2015, Austin Way Magazine named her one of its “8 Influential Austin Women.”With more than 15 years of experience, Quita has met everyone from the President of the United States to the man who works behind the counter at her favorite restaurant. She’s even made a few appearances on the silver screen in the movies, “Bernie,” “The Quiet,” and “Booth.”

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. 


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.

Register for PeopleSpring in your town today!

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