The Inspiration

The seed of Mad, Bad and Dangerous was planted by Girls Preparatory School Head of School Dr. Autumn Adkins Graves in 2014. She challenged the all-girls school to be a place where Chattanooga-area women could discover the resources necessary for an entrepreneurial journey and find support from local and national experts. After all, she reasoned, GPS was founded by three women, social entrepreneurs, who wanted girls to have equal access to a college preparatory education. The conference, designed to establish the female voice in technology, startups, and business, was built upon that legacy.

What Does It Mean to Get Your MBD?

The idea behind the “Get Your MBD” expression is that a woman can achieve a level of entrepreneurial experience and influence that will be equal to her obtaining an MBA.

A Mad, Bad and Dangerous woman or girl is bold, a driver of her own ideas, and willing to take calculated risks. Most importantly, she is active in sharing her knowledge with others and celebrating their success. A woman with an MBD has obtained a level of expertise that will contribute to the local economy, improve the wellbeing of others while fulfilling her own dreams.

We want women in our community to feel inspired and supported as they consider turning their ideas into real business ventures. We know women are highly qualified to make it as entrepreneurs, yet they’re underrepresented in this arena. Mad, Bad and Dangerous is designed to help women and girls see themselves as capable, confident, and bold entrepreneurs in the making.

Although last year’s event will be hard to beat, MBD: Girl Edition promises to be life-changing. Mark your calendar and come support girls in business!


Mad: adj., enthusiastic, bold, unconventional

Bad: adj., intense, serious, unruly

Dangerous: adj., risky, formidable, unstoppable