The night kicks off at 5:30 pm with food from Carlos O'Kelly's and Wine/Beer from Xclusive. We'll network for an hour, then hear from Beth Tully, our special guest, at 6:30 for a 45-minute Fireside Chat + Q&A. Come ready to ask questions, learn from other entrepreneurs, and make valuable connections!
The LUX | 120 E. 1st St, Wichita | Thursday, September 14th | 5:30 pm
Many people have dreams, but few ever realize them. The story of Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates has its origins in the dreams of its founder, Beth Tully.
Initially trained as a speech and language pathologist holding both bachelor's and master's degrees, Beth switched career paths several times, working in communications, marketing and sales before launching Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates in Wichita, Kansas, in 2005. A successful career in sales for a Fortune 500 company could not keep her from her true passion . . . chocolate.
After completing training at Ecole Chocolat's Professional Chocolatier program and receiving her Master Chocolatier certification, Beth's previous experiences served her well as she started Cocoa Dolce and quickly gained respect and regard as an entrepreneur and capable businesswoman while her product was immediately recognized as exquisite.
With her chocolates lauded by Midwest Living, from house to HOME and several other publications, Tully and Cocoa Dolce have been honored though various avenues. Among the accolades:
• Top 30 Artisan Chocolatiers in the Country by Ecole Chocolat
• Wichita Metro Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award (2009, 2012)
• South/Southwest Regional Finalist Dream Big Award, US Chamber (2010, 2011)
• Named a Favorite Chocolate Vendor by Martha Stewart Weddings
• Wichita Area Marketing Association Marketer of the Year (2009, 2012)
• A 2008 feature of "Cranky Jack-o-lantern" chocolates in Dean & DeLuca's catalog boasting "extraordinary Belgian chocolate confections"
• Product inclusion in the 2013 ESPY Award gift bags
In 2017, after selling Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates to local investors, Beth moved to SASNAK where she holds the position of Director of Brand Innovation. Her most recent project was assisting in the launch of Sasnak’s new concept, HomeGrown.
Beth is a founding member of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association and the Heirloom Cacao Project. She is a former Board member of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, Wichita State University Alumni Association, American Association of Adapted Sports Programs and is active with Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas. In her rare leisure hours, Beth and husband Jay, a captain with the Wichita Fire Department, enjoy spending time with their children, granddaughters and three dogs.