top of page
WS24 Main Banner_ 15.624 x 5.864   (3).png
WS24 Main Banner_ 15.624 x 5.864   (7).png

Summit Agenda

There is no cost to attend.

The Women of Color Connecting Summit is an excellent opportunity to expand and diversify your network. 


Go to:     Day 1: March 5         Day 2: March 6       Day 3: March 7

Summit Day 1 

 Tuesday, March 5 

3:00 pm 
Log in and Welcome Remarks

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Rocky Road To Success
Hear the good, the bad, and the unexpected of one entrepreneur's journey to the present day. This personal account will help you understand the rocky road that women of color entrepreneurs often travel on their way to success.

Speaker: Dr. Madhu Shetti, Balmere

3:30 pm - 4:20 pm ET
Insights from Women of Color Entrepreneurs
This panel will explore the unique challenges Women of Color face to launch, grow, and scale a business. We will discuss unconscious bias, relationship capital, fundraising, and being "seen" within the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Speakers: Naza Shelley - CarpeDM Dating, Yolanda Barton- Revere XR, Dr. Sanna Gaspard - Rubitection, Jessica Spaulding- Harlem Chocolate Factory

4:30 pm - 4:40 pm ET 
Data Matters 

Knowledge is power, and measurement matters. Using findings from Edelman'sTrust Barometer Special Report: Business and Racial Justice, Edelman will inform allies, investors, and policymakers about the report's findings and what it means for the workplace and the future of business.

Speaker: Richard Edelman, Edelman Trust Barometer

4:40 pm - 5:30 pm ET
Be An Ally: Listen, Learn & Make a Difference
Explore the responsibility that allies bear for equity and inclusion. This moderated conversation will provide a safe space to explore the role that allies must play in taking action to change the status quo.

Speakers: Nitin Rai - Elevate Capital, Barbara Sullivan - Sullivan, Tuti Scott - Changemaker Strategies, Ann Shoket -

6:25 pm - 6:30 pm ET

Closing Remarks

5:40 pm - 6:25 pm ET
Collision Time - Virtu
al Mixer

Back to Top

Summit Day

 Wednesday, March 6 

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm ET
Log in and Welcome Remarks

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm ET
Insights and Perspectives: Why Investor Inclusion Matters
It can be tough going when you don't have friends and family capital. These entrepreneurs' stories will reveal the predatory nature of capital that targets capital-poor communities, and we'll discuss why investor inclusion is essential to expanding more equitable capital options.

The panel will begin with a short presentation by Melanie Schwartz, Senior Associate at the Center for Financial Markets at the Milken Institute, who will share critical data points.

Speakers: Barbara Clarke- The Impact Seat Foundation, Iyasokoya "Coach Iya" Karade - Athletic Arts Academy NJ LLC, Carnellia Ajasin - Futuryst Inc.

4:25 pm - 4:40 pm ET
Fireside Chat: The Myth of Meritocracy
Join us for an honest conversation about why who you know is a much stronger determinant of success as an entrepreneur than what you know. We'll also discuss why it's critical for the people in the know to be the drivers of change.

Speaker: Scott Case - Zettawatts 

4:40 pm - 5:30 pm ET
Featured Presentation: The Path to Free-Flowing Capital
Just writing the damn check may not be as easy as it seems. This panel will uncover the hidden friction that keeps capital from flowing freely to historically excluded populations

Speaker: Julia Parker- Appalachian Community Capital, Lorrie King- Caire Beauty, Marcia Dawood- Angel Capital AssociationJose Alfaro-CO.STARTERS

5:40 pm - 5:45 pm ET

Closing Remarks

5:45 pm - 6:25 pm ET

Virtual Mixer - Collision Time


Back to Top


Summit Day 3

Thursday, March 7 

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm ET
Log in and Welcome Remarks

3:15 pm - 3:25 pm ET
Data Matters 
Knowledge is power...gain data-driven insights into the challenges and barriers related to capital access.
Speaker: Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, CapEQ Impact

3:25 pm - 3:40 pm ET
IFEL Innovations 

Jill and Stephanie discuss the organization's vision for accelerating entrepreneur funding. 

Speakers: Jill Johnson, Stephanie Fowler

3:40 pm - 4:30 pm ET
Taking Action
Capital scarcity continues to be a significant barrier for women of color entrepreneurs. Learn how these panelists are making a difference despite the systemic complexities of the capital access problem. #Bethechange

Speakers: Allison Byers- Scroobious, LaToya Wilson- Morgan Stanley, Maurice Holloman- Achievement Growth Partners

4:40 pm - 4:55 pm ET
Interactive: Solution Crowdsourcing Session
We have shared insights into the layers of the problem and introduced great work that is being done by committed change agents. Now it's your turn to share solutions that can help unlock more capital for entrepreneurs to create a more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem. Working together, we can make a difference. #BetheChange

4:55 pm - 5:55 pm ET
Changing Systems: A Focus On Solutions
We'll end the Summit with a discussion about innovative solutions that, if implemented at scale, would change the access to capital landscape as we know it.

Speakers: Brian Nagendra - Spring Point Partners LLC, James Bason - TruFund, Michelle Dalzon -

5:55 pm - 6:00 pm ET
Closing Remarks


Back to Top

Mighty Networks Primary Image (1).png
There is no cost to attend.
bottom of page