FemCity Asheville is a membership organization aimed at providing superior networking services for women entrepreneurs and professionals across the Greater Asheville area.

When it comes to effective networking, our team is dedicated to deliberately opening doors and granting strategic access to the most meaningful contacts across the region. We acknowledge how building relationships is a crucial step towards professional success, and our team is invested in using FemCity as a platform for driving equitable economic opportunity for WNC women through connectivity.

FemCity Asheville is also ardently committed to working collaboratively with regional partners to deliver proven models of engagement and support to assist in the advancement of women’s leadership across WNC. We are currently building partnerships with many groups in the region and across the state. Contact us if we should be working together!



November: Social Enterprise Models – Purpose, Passion & Impact

As the third convening of the new FemCity Asheville program, the November “Tenacious Tuesdays: Glass Ceilings & Champange” will bring women entrepreneurs and professionals together to discuss the ways that we can blur the lines between business and non-profit. As the opportunities for Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship become more prevalent across the country, Asheville is already acting as a leader within this innovative leadership trend.

The November session will continue our Monthly Training & Coaching series in partnership with WEWNC, as we discuss Social Enterprise Models with the following two Keynotes:

Empowering Community through Social Enterprise and Non-Profit Leadership
Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, CEO of Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation and Block-by-Block Industries

Non-Profit Organizations are also presented with profound opportunities to help catalyze progress within communities through incorporating more entrepreneurial and collaborative cultures. Stephanie Swepson-Twitty is a highly regarded thought-leader and community advocate in WNC, especially as she uses her non-profit organizational leadership and for-profit counterpart to raise disadvantaged women out of poverty.

Stephanie is a Community Economic Development professional, demonstrating leadership and success in community-based and ministry related settings. She is a grants writer/administrator/facilitator, a small business development consultant and a professional thought leader in sustainable/resilient community economic development/growth and, business/workforce development and leadership training. Stephanie provides oversight for EMSDC’s commercial production sewing facility, Block-by-Block Industries, and the Empowering Residents/IDA for Business Development program. Stephanie is a dedicated professional committed to the mission and ministry of empowering and elevating people out of poverty. She believes the best way to do this is to have a more equitable and inclusive economy.

Social Entrepreneurship – Purpose, Passion & Impact
By Dr. Lisa Fournier, Director of the Social Entrepreneurship & Non-Profit Management MBA Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lisa FournierYou know in your heart you have to make a difference. But, putting money in the bank for payroll is more pressing than the notion of your business “doing good” and scaling up. You wonder, “Is it even possible to ‘do good’ and make money at the same time?” Yes, It is possible in social entrepreneurship to make this happen! This month we’ll explore social entrepreneurship and the strategies and mindset on how to make this kind of business grow. By the end of the month, you will learn how-to start a social enterprise, apply for a B-Corp Certification, and lead an impact business. Live out your purpose-passion-impact, make a difference, AND build a thriving company!

Dr. Lisa Fournier’s business journey began when she was a college undergraduate at Western Carolina University. After growing and selling her first business in imprinted sportswear in the late 1990s, she was hired as an implementer in several emerging-growth companies during the era and throughout the 2000s. In 2013, she started a benefit corporation to better understand how they operate, and to pass those strategies on to those who desire to pursue a path of social entrepreneurship. With a passion for mentoring entrepreneurs, Lisa leads the new MBA in Social Entrepreneurship and MBA in Non-Profit Management programs at Lenoir-Rhyne’s Graduate Center in Asheville, NC.

Join us on November 7th for a FREE event, to help kick-off the 4 part CEO Intensives Series.Champagne, French Broad Chocolate artisanal chocolates, and fresh berries will be served.

The FemCity Asheville network warmly invites all area women leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals to attend. Tenacity is welcome, but not required. [You surely will have some when you leave, though!]


Sponsored by:

Global Innovation with 70+ Sister Cities

FemCity® is an innovative business community for women with locations throughout the US and expanding globally. Connect locally & virtually; collaborate in person and online; share & promote your business; be inspired & get motivated to create your grandest vision of business in balance with life.

Engaging Community + Business Programs + Connection Events all immersed in positivity.

Business For Your Soul®

A Professional Women’s Business Network

FemCity was created as a professional women business network organization. As the years went by, FemCity evolved from a womens’ business network and network group for women into a more broad community serving as the ultimate women business group. With local events in nearly 75 communities with an online community, it’s a one stop shop for women looking for connections, resources and inspiration.


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