The Women of Color Connecting Summit Conversation Guides

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     Haley Fradkin is an associate at Plum Alley Investments, a private membership platform with a mission to collectively invest capital via syndicates into innovative and high impact private companies led by female founders and gender diverse teams.

Haley Fradkin

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     As Chief Diversity Officer, Wendy Garcia is responsible for increasing contracting opportunities for Women- and Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and managing the Comptroller Office’s internal supplier diversity initiative, as well as other diversity related projects across all bureaus of the agency.

Wendy Garcia

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     In 2000 Twyla Garrett started a management consulting firm, Investment Management Enterprises (IME.). She opened her first nightclub, Club Escape, in Richmond, Virginia in 2003. Twyla single-handedly raised the money to open a $1.5 million entertainment center in her hometown of Cleveland.Twyla is a outstanding public speaker, entrepreneur, restaurateur, and author.

Twyla Garrett

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     Ashish Kaushai is the CEO of HireTalent, a subsidiary of Creative Solutions Services, is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) workforce solutions firm, specializing in securing the best talent fit, while providing our services across Executive/Retained Search, Direct Hire Placements, MSP, SOW, and nationwide hiring program management and support.

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     Dan's expertise is helping organizations understand the changing workforce landscape and driving change to help them attract and retain talent across non-employee and traditional employee populations. 

     Loretta McCarthy is a Managing Partner of Golden Seeds LLC, an investor consortium that invests in early-stage women-led businesses. She manages the nationwide network of nearly 300 angel investors at Golden Seeds, one of the largest and most active angel investment organizations in the US.

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Ashish Kaushai

Dan Khublall

Loretta McCarthy

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     Henry Murphy is a global strategic business leader with multi-industry experience, solutions development, strategic sourcing and procurement, and strong relationship building with stakeholders.

Henry Murphy

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     Stephanie Neville is a member of the Advisory Board of the Women's Enterprise

Action Loan Fund (“WEALF”), a not-for-profit entity that provides micro-financing and

mentoring support to women in the NYC area, she has held many other board and

committee memberships, including as a founding member of the legal committee of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Stephanie Neville

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     Donald M. Payne, Jr. is a Democratic congressman representing New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District, which covers portions of Essex, Hudson, and Union counties. A Newark, New Jersey native, he has served the people of the 10th Congressional District since 2012. Rep. Payne, Jr. is a tireless fighter for New Jersey families, working to create jobs and grow the economy, protect and invest in

our children, and ensure the health and safety of our communities.

Donald M. Payne, JR.

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     As a regular speaker to women and young ladies, Sandi fulfills her passion of ensuring that women are fully prepared for business by sharing pertinent, relevant information through mentoring. She mentors business owners through the NAWBO-NYC Mentoring Program. 

Sandi Webster

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     Boynton Weekes is a franchise consultant with FranNet, whose primary responsibility and passion is to assist people like yourself with navigating the myriad of issues and challenges that arise when identifying and ultimately selecting the right business ownership opportunity. 

Boynton Weekes