Dates for 2015: The opening reception will commence on the evening of 9/25 and the three day program will be held on 9/25/15, 10/2/15, & 10/16/15.


LaunchPad2X: For Women Entrepreneurs

LaunchPad2X is an exclusive women entrepreneurship program.  It develops critical leadership skills for female entrepreneurs to effectively present themselves and their companies to an entire community of services providers to early stage companies. Prominent investors, VCs, private equity firms, lawyers, accountants, Fortune 500 executives and small business leaders will interact with participants during the program to enhance the potential for participants to grow their companies.


According to Forbes Magazine, women owned businesses are America’s new job creation engine. Women are starting small businesses and stimulating new jobs at a rate that outdistances their male counterparts, providing a much needed impetus for economic growth. Vital to the future and success of these women entrepreneurs is advancing their skills and competencies as well as assisting them in the financing and growth of their businesses.

LaunchPad2X™ is designed to help ensure the success of these female entrepreneurs. The 2015 program, run in conjunction with Atlanta Technology Angels, targets women who are launching a business or women who want to take their business to the next level and equips them with the skills to become the next generation of successful business leaders. LaunchPad2X™ brings lessons of leadership and business from Fortune 1000, private companies, academia, the US Military and professional service firms   to women entrepreneurs. It offers participants the opportunity to expand their expertise in business strategy, funding, networking and leadership in order to be a successful entrepreneurial leader. In our entrepreneurial-centered approach, we provide classroom training coupled with participant-specific coaching.

Each entrepreneur develops her business strategy or investment plan for their start-up or re-launch. Paired with experienced business, leadership and financial coaches, the participants learn the techniques of networking, presenting to investors and empowering themselves for success and apply those skills and traits to create powerful presentations.

The program culminates with an individual coaching and advisory session to address issues specific to each participants company.  Coaches may continue to work with participants after the session to provide ongoing advice and expertise.

Sponsor the 2015 Program

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What they are saying about LP2X… 

“Instantly, relationships and connections have been made, new ideas have surfaced and this group is determined to stay in business and grow!” Stacey K. – LP2X Class of 2012

“It was the best, concise, synergized information I have ever gotten about startups.”  Celeste B – LP2X Class of 2012

Since attending LaunchPad2X…

“We have hired 10 new employees and 91% increase of total workforce” Kelley K - LP2X Class of 2012

“An exponential revenue bump (currently projected at 800%)  is expected for 4th quarter [2013] with the newly landed store rollout and an Increased monthly manufacturing capacity to 1.5 million units per month to accommodate mass retailers!” Renee S – LP2X Class of 2012

"Over $2 million in sales." - Attendee - LP2X Class of 2013

"I have reached 100 paying customers at year end 2013." - Attendee - LP2X Class of 2013

Program for 2015

CEO Program Agenda 

This program consists of three one–day sessions over a two-month period culminating in presentations to a panel of coaches and advisors who will provide individualized coaching and advice.

Please note that the program content and schedule is subject change.

Founders Basics

 Day 1  
What the City of Atlanta Has to Offer to It’s Entrepreneurial CommunityAssessing InvestabilityAligning the Value Proposition/Business Model with Source of FundingFunding Sources & Terms for Different Stages of Growth

Negotiating and Structuring Transactions: Impediments and Facilitators

What Do Investors Say When You Leave The Room?

Networking Reception


Growing From Founder to CEO

Day 2  
Protecting Your Company and IPAcquiring & Managing Talent and Expertise: Your Team, Advisors and BoardDeveloping Leadership, Culture & CommunicationEstablishing Milestones, Metrics and Your Company Dashboard


Learning from Those Who’ve Been There: CEO Panel

Networking Reception


CEOs In Action

Day 3  
CEO/Founder Presentations to Advisors and Peer PanelsAcknowledging the Power of NetworkingNetworking Reception, Presentation of Certificates, Comments by the Metro Atlanta Chamber



Bernie Dixon is a distinguished and accomplished businesswoman. Capping her broad career in private industry, she has launched an angel investment and advisory group, Advising Angels (AA), aimed at early stage technology oriented companies owned and operated by women. AA accelerates the growth of companies by making equity investments in high quality, high growth companies primarily, but not exclusively in Medical /Life Sciences, Information Technology, Clean Technology, Communications and Consumer Goods/Services.

Previously, Bernie served as Vice President, HP Services Americas where she led the business that supported all Manufacturing, Technology, Industrial, Consumer Products, Retail, Transportation, and Distribution Industries throughout the Americas. Prior to joining HP, Bernie spent more than 12 years as the Chief Information Officer for large, Fortune 100 companies: Carrier Corporation, a Division of United Technologies Corporation, Hamilton Standard, also a division of United Technologies and Raytheon Corporation, the world’s largest defense electronics producer.

She also led the Information Technology practice at one of the largest business consulting companies, Booz, Allen and Hamilton, where she supported US leadership in the White House, State Department and Department of Defense.

Beginning her career as a leading member of the first class of female officers in the US Army, Bernie served as a role model and mentor for women throughout the military and public sector stressing the importance of female leaders with technical backgrounds to assist in the formulation of national security policy and planning.

In addition to her tenure as a senior executive in private industry, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Board of Directors of the Atlanta Technology Angels, the Board of Directors of the Alliance Theatre, the Board of Trustees of the Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Board of Trustees of the Hess Academy. Additionally she serves as an Executive in Residence at the Coles Business School at Kennesaw State University where she works with business leaders to develop and deliver programs to accelerate entrepreneurship such as the LaunchPad2X Program and the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV.) She previously served on the Board of Directors of Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County near Charlotte, NC, and Nutmeg Big Brothers / Big Sisters in Connecticut. She has served actively in Chair roles for United Way in both the Hartford, CT and Charlotte, NC areas. and has been active in local industry groups supporting women in technology. She serves on the Boards of several private companies and in advisory roles with defense organizations supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives.

Bernie graduated Suma cum Laude from The Pennsylvania State University and continued her executive education at the University of Michigan and the Darden School of Business. She has received the YWCA National Women’s Achiever Award, the United Way National Leader Award and several National Quality Leadership Awards. Currently, Bernie splits her time between residences in the Charlotte and Atlanta areas.


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