Here at HERs OWNly Pitch Contest, we know that every entreprenueHER who will be in the room on November 4, 2017, has a story. Knowing this, we have created the HERs OWNly personas. Today these are just sketches. But tomorrow we want them to tell a story.

This is where you come in.

We ask that you use the button below and submit a name and short story (140 characters or less) describing 1 or all 14 of our

Winners will receive (1) free entry ticket to the HERs OWNly pitch contest, the novelty of naming a HERs OWNly persona, formal acknowledgement during the pitch contest and a professional picture during the pitch contest with the persona. 



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How to play

Use the following instructions below to submit your entry into this contest. 



There are a total of 14 personas. Click the button below for the entry form. You can choose to name 1 or all 14 personas. 

Be creative! The persona can have a first and last name, a first, middle and last name, or just a first name.


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provide a description of the persona

Here is the hard part. Using only a 140 characters (yup, a tweet!) to describe the persona(s) you have named. Each description should provide insight into what type of entreprenueHER that persona is.


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submit your application by September 17, 2017 | 11:59PM EST

Please submit your application by September 17 11:59PM. Applications received after this time will be disqualified. 

If you submit an application, on time, you are eligible to win: 

  • (1) Free entrance into the HERs OWNly pitch contest
  • Formal recognition during the HERs OWNly Impact Awards
  • Professional picture with the persona you named 
  • Featured on HERs OWNly website and social media as the authHER of the persona

Photo by Terrell Clark

Photo by Terrell Clark

Meet the Artist | V. Kottavei Williams

Kottavei is a high energy, free spirited, creative person who is passionate about art in all forms. She attended the N.C. School of the Arts for high school and graduated with a degree in visual arts. She then attended Virginia Commonwealth University and received a B.F.A in fashion design. Opportunity has allowed her to teach both on a professional level. After a brief stint teaching art in Peace Corps, Ghana, she returned to the states and has worked in the arts as product designer, art teacher, costume designer, fashion designer and professional artist. Kottavei has been fortunate to work on several major projects in the Atlanta area and globally such as the International Museum of Women, Tony Blair's Malaria Project, Project Karma Board member and Walk For Hope . She has shown her artwork in various environments both in group shows and solos shows. Her work is in the collection of The International Museum of Women, author Rebecca Skloot, poet and philanthropist Theresa Davis and Tony Award winner Phillip Boykin just to name a few. Kottavei continues to explore her own personal art while encouraging the next generation as a high school art teacher and grassroots philanthropist. She is also mompreneur to 5 amazing sons.