How She Stands Tall’s Support for Women-Owned Businesses Began
A lawyer (Stephanie, owner of Melnick & Melnick, S.C.) walked into a bar (The Ruby Tap, owned by sisters Sarah Nelson and Brooke Smith) and suggested a partnership. Stephanie and her team would plan events featuring Milwaukee women entrepreneurs and The Ruby Tap team would serve the wine, charcuterie, and truffle popcorn. Within twenty-four hours, She Stands Tall was a go and since 2017, we’ve been lifting up women small business owners, building a community, and shining a light on Milwaukee.
In the last five years, She Stands Tall has featured a butcher, baker, and candlestick maker plus more than 50 other women founders doing all the things, for example, commercial developer, bar and restaurant owners, scientist, outdoor equipment renter, artists (ceramicist, illustrator, and designer), caterer, florist, apparel designers, beverage manufacturer, graphic illustrator, cat café owner, nail salon owner, and a professional DIYer and TV personality. We’ve hosted intimate events for 30 in our Walker’s Point office, founder panels for 100+ in a Milwaukee warehouse, and everything in between.
She Stands Tall speakers do and make different things, but some lessons are universal.
It takes a village—we stand tall with our teams, families, and supporters lifting us up
Know your worth and ask for it (a.k.a. stop telling women they have imposter syndrome)
Perfect is not the goal—make changes and adapt as necessary
Delegate the tasks that you aren’t good at, aren’t trained for, and don’t want to do
- It takes a village—we stand tall with our teams, families, and supporters lifting us up
- Know your worth and ask for it (a.k.a. stop telling women they have imposter syndrome)
- Perfect is not the goal—make changes and adapt as necessary
- Delegate the tasks that you aren’t good at, aren’t trained for, and don’t want to do
Upcoming Events Featuring Milwaukee Women Entrepreneurs
Previous She Stands Tall Events
Haley Eaglestar Rock, owner of Haley Eaglestar PhotographyMarch 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Amanda Mattefs, owner of Charcuter-MeFebruary 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Katy McHugh, owner of Sip & Purr Cat CafeJanuary 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Chloe Longmire, owner of Chase My CreationsDecember 6, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Mikel McGee, owner of 414loralNovember 15, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Molly Sullivan, owner of Miss Molly’s CafeOctober 11, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Why Women Founders Value She Stands Tall
She Stands Tall has always felt like a warm hug to me. It’s a group of women who aren’t concerned with labels or just the surface level side of running a small business. These conversations feel deep, real, and excruciatingly honest. I always leave these events feeling inspired and thankful for being part of this community of entrepreneurs in our city.
Katie Daly Weiss
Owner of Big White Yeti LLC and She Stands Tall speaker
Owner of Meaningful Marks LLC and She Stands Tall Speaker
What I have learned from attending She Stands Tall that resonates with me has been that it is really not getting to the finish line but enjoying the process of being a business owner through the hardships and the good times. Enjoying all the experiences and learning from them as they come. And most importantly, that we are not alone.
Owner of Ruby’s Bagels LLC and She Stands Tall speaker