Women of Color Connecting Summit

& Benefit Celebration 2020 Highlights

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WOCCON 2020 Agenda

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Pre-Summit Training | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Introduction to Angel Investing 

In this 3-hour session, we will cover:

  • ​Overview of angel investing

  • Who qualifies as an angel investor

  • How to begin your path to making investments

  • Finding the right angel group fit


You will also have an opportunity to hear from and meet local angel investors. Dinner is included.



Thursday, February 13, 2020

Summit | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Breakfast / Networking

Welcome to the WOCCON Family

Keynote - The Rocky Road to Success

Adenah Boyah

Topic: Unpacking Privilege

Panel - Stepping Into Her Shoes: Insights from Women of Color Entrepreneurs

Beatrice Sibblies | Dr. Ginny Baro | Francilia Wilkins Rahim | Karen Rios

Fireside Chat - Getting to an Exit

Janelle Benjamin | Lorine Pendleton

Panel - Developing A Change Agent Mindset: A Conversation with Three White Guys

William Krais | Mitch Cahn | Doug Zacker


  • Building an Inclusive Innovation Economy in New Jersey

       Tim Sullivan

  • Success Circles Presentations 

        Adrienne Fudge | Dr. Alissa Gardenhire | Kimberly Gray | Iyasokoya Karade

  • Hackonomy

       Bonin Bough

  • It's time to change business as usual

       Jill Johnson

  •  Women of Color Connecting 2019 Highlights


Break-out Sessions

Topic: Removing the barriers to the grow-scale-exit trajectory

  • Grow Your Value and Up-level your Mindset to Create Wealth from Your Business 

       Dr. Ginny Baro

  • Diversifying Capital Access

       Peggy Wallace | Barbara Clarke | Seble Tareke-Williams

       Lorine Pendelton | Olivia Owens | Kathleen Coviello

  • Creating an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem

       Hester Agudosi | Cynthia Medina Carson | Tai Cooper | Betty Ng

Cocktails | 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Benefit Celebration | 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Host Committee: 

Reginald Canal | Michael Lear | Tom Reynolds | Chris Sabin| James Simmons | Seble Tareke-Williams

Patrick Terborg | Monique Ware 

Dinner & Program

  • Fireside Chat: Win-Win Relationships that Drive Entrepreneurial Inclusion

  • Awards & Recognitions



Meet Our Speakers

Bonin Bough

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Marketing Guru, Investor, Author

Janelle Benjamin

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Entrepreneur and investor with successful raise and exit

Karen Rios

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Co-founder & CEO,  Lifesaver, Inc

(Barclays Techstars `19)

Tim Sullivan

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CEO, New Jersey Economic Development Authority


“I enjoyed the professionalism and vibrancy of the Summit attendees.  The busy we take for granted every day are the movement of entrepreneurs.”

—  Jacqueline Allen

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