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Monday, October 8 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
By, For, With: Investing in Diversity

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Hear from a panel of accelerators, advocates, and investors active in the Twin Cities and beyond, fostering and funding startups that are run by, provide services to, and/or led by women and people of color.  Hear their stories of navigating the marketplace, details of their investment criteria, and the services they and others provide to support diverse founders and companies serving diverse consumers in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Whether you are a woman or person of color entrepreneur, investor, or work to support them, you will walk away... 
  • Inspired by the strength and dedication of these trailblazing leaders
  • Equipped with an understanding of the resources available in our region to support them
  • Encouraged to engage and support the expansion of existing and creation of new resources to drive equitable investment in diverse founders and companies serving diverse consumers

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Kenya McKnight Ahad

CEO and President, Black Women’s Wealth Alliance
Kenya is an experienced executive recognized for innovation in community wealth building strategies, social impact and organizational effectiveness. She brings over 17 years of experience as a community economic development practitioner in the areas of micro business education and... Read More →
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Susan Hammel

President, Cogent Consulting, Inc.
Ever since being told that girls aren’t supposed to be good at math, Susan has been passionate about empowering women through financial acumen. Starting her career working for nonprofit MassPIRG, Susan quickly realized that to change the world she needed to convince those with capital... Read More →
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Julie Lein

Managing Partner, Urban Innovation Fund
Julie Lein, Managing Partner, Urban Innovation Fund Julie is a co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in the future of cities. The fund provides seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs solving our toughest urban... Read More →
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Sara M. Russick

Sara Russick is General Partner of Capita3, which she cofounded with the mission of creating many more successful women entrepreneurs and investors. The core belief that investing in the growth of the leader alongside the growth of the company to achieve greater results is delivered... Read More →
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Danielle Steer

Senior Program Manager, Lunar Startups
Danielle Steer is dedicated to helping problem solvers achieve their dreams and is acutely passionate about making the world a more equitable place to thrive, for all. Leveraging her origins as an overscheduled student-athlete, she brings an intense amount of energy, a team first... Read More →

Monday October 8, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT
The fourth floor of Finnegan's new brew house 817 5th Ave S. 4th Floor , Minneapolis, MN 55404