Success Circles Selection Event

A Small Business Capacity Building Program Powered by the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

NYC Founders

Three (3)entrepreneurs were selected to receive volunteer capacity building support and implementation resources

June 13, 2019

Google, 111 8th Avenue, NY, NY 

This event was presented by: 
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In collaboration with:
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Women of Color entrepreneurs who want to grow, scale and exit


Investors seeking diverse investment opportunities


Business professionals who want to use their skills to change lives #ChangeBusinessAsUsual

Event Agenda


Featured Conversation:
Making it as a Tech Founder
Who Happens to be a Woman of Color

Success Circles Pitch Presentations 

Networking | Audience Voting

Winner Announcements



Featuring a Conscious Collisions Conversation: 

Making It As A Tech Founder Who Happens To Be A Woman of Color 

Meet The Panelists

Darlene Gillard

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Director of Community; Founding Team Member at digitalundivided

Kobi Wu

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Founder and CEO at VisuWall Technologies

Tara Carter

  • Tara Carter

COO + Partner at Tangelo, Partner at Backstage Capital

Success Circles Presenters:

Meet the Founders

Richa Agarwal

Global Shokunin

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Derrick Reyes

Queerly Health

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Chaneil Imhoff

Packed Grocery Delivery

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Kistein Monkhouse

Patient Orator

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Congratulations to our Success Circles presenters for having the courage to seek to support you need to succeed. The Women of Color Connecting community believes in you. Let's do this!


Tiasia O'Brien

Seam Social Labs

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Kimberly Gray


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Jihan Thompson


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"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to present my startup to the WOCCON Success Circles Selection event. I enjoyed meeting you and the rest of the community. 

As I've expressed in person, the experience was incredibly impactful. I am inspired by what you have created knowing the difference you have made in my journey."

Kistein Monkhouse, Patient Orator

"Thank you again for such a great event yesterday! We're thrilled that Swivel be part of the Success Circles. What you've created is so important and I can't wait to take part."

Jihan Thompson, Swivel Beauty

"I am so grateful for you choosing me and Uvii to present and be a part of this amazing opportunity. I promise you we will make this happen."

Kimberly Gray, Uvii

"Being a partner for my first Google Event along with such powerful female allies was a dream come true. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for including me in this amazing vision and mission. WOCCON was simply WOW! The attendees raved, my special guests were overjoyed, and the overall ambiance was full of positivity, enrichment, and light...On behalf of WIFS-NYC, we thank you..."

Desiree Kinney, CEO & Founder, The Business Matchmaker 


We're calling on business professionals
to volunteer your expertise.

This is your opportunity to help change business as usual

Women of Color are starting businesses at higher rates than anyone else, yet we get less capital, have fewer successful exits, and produce less income for owners. It's time for this to change. Access to capital is a legacy challenge with roots deep in our American history. While there have been innovative capital solutions in recent years, capital constraint remains a defining problem for the majority of Women of Color entrepreneurs. It's time we attack this problem from a different angle. We can share our expertise to help fill knowledge gaps, we can roll up our sleeves to help get things done, we can consciously create the connections that open doors to opportunity. Let's not just talk about wanting to help, let's be the help that Women of Color entrepreneurs need to succeed. It's time to change the way we do business, together.

Jill Johnson

CEO/Small Business Champion

Are you a Women of Color entrepreneur who needs help building the capacity to grow, scale and exit?  

Apply to pitch at a future Success Circles Event!

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