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Women of Color and Capital™ is where diverse women entrepreneurs and professionals come together to learn about money, finance, business capital and investing from a 360-degree lens.
WCC is a woman led initiative with a global collection of savvy financiers, entrepreneurs and professionals with a wealth of finance knowledge to share.
Learn from our experiences, collect a perspective unique to our demographic, and gain clarity on how to implement your financial game-plan. Our in-demand panel experts provide you with the tools, resources and network to enjoy the life of your dreams on your own terms. Take control of your financial destiny - now is the time to thrive!
Are you working on your financial plan? Not sure what your next actionable step is or how to successfully raise capital for your business passion? Perhaps you want to get into investing but are anxious or are worried you aren’t doing it as effectively and profitably as you can. No matter what your monetary pain point is, we are here to lend guidance every step of the way.
The intention behind our virtual summit is to provide women of color every opportunity to educate themselves on finances: wealth building, capital for businesses, investing and fund management. We deliver experienced financial knowledge through our speakers, industry expert led masterclasses and courses, as well as a supportive network of like-minded determined people that have your back and understand exactly what you’re going through.
This can be the year that changed your life. It is never too late to educate yourself with financial knowledge while adding more skills to your tool set. We are on a mission to help thousands of women build intergenerational wealth, see investment success, manage funds as well as build and sustain profitable companies.
Taking steps toward a financially secure future is always a great idea.
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INTERGENERATIONAL WEALTH: LEGACY BUILDING
Generational wealth are assets that are passed down from one generation to another. This contributes to the financial security of the next generation. However, women of color in particular have been historically locked out of the opportunities to obtain assets in order to build a solid future for themselves, their families and their children.
How can you work with a financial advisor to build wealth?
How can you preserve your legacy and assets from one generation to the next through financial planning?
This discussion centers around the opportunities to obtain assets in order to build a solid future for yourself and your family.
BUSINESS CAPITAL: FUNDING AND INVESTORS
Women of color now control nearly half of all women-run businesses in America. The increasing buying power in communities of color can be traced to entrepreneurs and higher educational attainment. However, while the number of business owners increase, access to capital has remained significantly low for these businesses.
Most women of color are relegated to financing their businesses with their own savings and bootstrapping to get their business going. This long drawn out process can hinder the potential to capture and capitalize on market opportunities and capacity building. The lack of access to capital creates additional barriers to women fast tracking their business to success.
In this session, we will provide solutions and information on how you can acquire capital for your business.
We will discuss, what are the various ways that you can obtain capital for your business? How can a bank loan help you in your business? Should you run a crowdfunding campaign? How can you identify an angel investor for your business? How can you grow your business with venture capital dollars?
INVESTORS AND FUNDS
Women of Color receive the least amount of capital for their venture and private equity funds. While the Venture Capital industry touts of $17Billion in assets, Black women only received .0006% of investment dollars. Despite the efforts made by women of color, there is still a long way to go.
This discussion centers around companies that have initiatives and funds specifically tailored to investing in women of color fund managers and businesses. In this session, you will learn, how can you build an investment track record? How can you position yourself to get capital for your fund? What are investors looking for? What’s the best way to get started as an emerging fund manager?
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Angela Matheny joined Crewcial Partners in July 2016. She is an integral part of Crewcial’s research team. Angela and the firm’s CIO co-manage the investment team to ensure internal processes are efficient while overseeing the firm’s systematic process for identifying best ideas for portfolios. As a Co-Relationship Manager, she ensures client portfolios and advice reflect the firm’s best thinking and account for portfolio/client interests and issues. Valuing human capital, focusing on internal diverse talent acquisition, building a training and development program, and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion industry-wide are other areas of expertise. Angela also drives the firm’s research process to attract and source diverse asset managers while monitoring the internal protocol for vetting women and diverse asset managers; she facilitates the constant communication between Crewcial and fund managers, assisting firm efforts to build a robust pipeline of this largely under-followed segment of the asset manager community marketplace. Angela believes a combination of public, private, and philanthropic capital drives meaningful impact when coordinated towards a shared systemic goal. Prior to joining Crewcial, she spent 23 years at a financial-services law firm, 13 of which as a legal assistant in the investment management group assisting with fund document creation and Blue Sky and SEC filings; ten years were spent working with human resources in the training and development group with a special focus on diversity and inclusion. Angela received her BA in Psychology from Bernard Baruch College and a Master of Public Affairs and Administration from the Metropolitan College of New York. She also earned a certificate in Human Resources Management from Villanova University, which included studies in diversity and inclusion.
Gayle Jennings-O'Byrne is an African-American venture capitalist who co-founded the WOCstar Fund, an early stage investment fund that invests in tech companies led by
women of color entrepreneurs (“WOCstars”) and diverse, inclusive teams. Gayle (pronounced: Gay-lä) takes a unique builder capital approach to helping entrepreneurs scale and grow to success, while working with investors and allies to participate in the innovation, wealth and success being built. She hosts VCs off the Record, a podcast for both entrepreneurs and investors that provides real talk by real investors. With over 30+ years of wall street, technology, philanthropy, training and professional speaking experience, she is unique in her global experience and knowledge and one
among few African-American women to start a venture capital firm. Gayle is a highly sought-out content expert in matters of innovation, tech trends, finance, investing, and
entrepreneurship. She also works with groups to demystify how to invest wisely and with impact. She is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, the University of Michigan and
attendee of the National University of Singapore and City of London Polytechnic. She has traveled, studied or worked in over 75+ countries. Recently appointed president of The Nantucket Project Academy. Board member of Women.NYC and BE NYC (Black Entrepreneurs), both based out of the New York City Department of Small Business Services and a Nazarian Social Innovator-in-Residence at Wharton Social Impact Initiative, and a Tribeca Disruptor Fellow.
Lanre Oladipo is the Founder & CEO of Oladipo Wealth Management, a Financial Planning and Wealth Management firm in New York City.
Oladipo Wealth Management advisors help more that 1000 clients manage their investable assets of over $100 million dollars of Assets Under Management held through MML Investors Services and over $250 million dollars of life insurance in-force issued through MassMutual as of 07/30/2020.
At Oladipo Wealth Management, Lanre’s number one mission is to help all his clients plan, build wealth and secure their financial future. He is committed to the financial wellbeing of every client and goes beyond and above to help them achieve their financial goals.
Prior to founding Oladipo Wealth Management, Lanre worked for several years at MassMutual Financial Group, Metro New York, as a Financial Services Professional, Registered Representative, Financial Advisor and Investment Adviser Representative. His practice focuses on providing financial advice and wealth management to individuals, families, professionals, high net-worth clients, c-suite executives, hedged fund managers and successful business owners. At MassMutual, Lanre was recognized as a Rising Leader and subsequently became a Leaders Conference, Blue Chip Council, Million Dollar Round Table, and Top of the Council qualifier.
Lanre’s motivation is rooted in his passion to help people. More importantly, to help them achieve financial success. He believes that planning is the key to a successful financial future and he encourages everyone to plan, to invest and to protect their financial future, regardless of their level of income or wealth. His background, experience and commitment to providing you with the resources you need to make sound financial decisions, can help make your financial future as successful as you need it to be. He invests time in building lasting relationships and in getting to know each client so that he can understand their individual needs and what matters most to them. This approach helps him and his team at Oladipo Wealth Management to recommend investment solutions and strategies designed with each client’s best interest in mind.
Lanre received his formal education at Kwara State Polytechnic, Imo State University, Penn State University and New York University. Lanre works and lives in Manhattan, New York. When he is not in the office, he enjoys mentoring, playing soccer and fishing.
Denisha Kuhlor is a Vice President in the Emerging Managers Practice at Silicon Valley Bank. In this role, she works as a partner with venture capital clients across industries to support their efforts to grow their firms. Prior to joining the Emerging Managers Practice, Denisha spent two and a half years at Silicon Valley Bank, focused on accelerating the success of Early Stage Technology Companies. Before entering the banking world, she founded ‘Plucked’ a start-up that connects students with colleges based on their GPA and desired major. In addition to her work in technology and banking, Denisha is a coveted public speaker on a variety of STEM related issues including banking, diversity and inclusion, and technology. She’s the author of a widely read weekly blog on music called Stan where she explores the intersection between artists, technology, and fan relationships.
Adeola Adejobi is the Founder and CEO of the Avant-Garde Network (AGN), her firm is a leading social impact company which creates social and economic impact through a collaborative ecosystem of industry professionals, business leaders and entrepreneurs. Through AGN she created, the Women of Color and Capital Conference, the only conference of its kind where diverse women entrepreneurs & professionals come together to learn about money, finance, capital and investing from a 360 degree lens and the Diversity in Commercial Real Estate Conference, the largest conference in the nation that specifically focuses on diversity in the commercial real estate industry. In addition, Adeola is working to create and build more sustainable and safe communities though ESG focused real estate development and acquisitions. Over the course of ten years, Adeola 0rganically grew the company to engage over 25,000+ professionals annually hosting events, conferences and forums in the U.S. and internationally, including New York City, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Georgia, Austin Texas, Lagos, Nigeria, Johannesburg, South Africa and more. AGN also advocates for professionals of color and diversity and inclusion through business education, recruiting, career development, thought leadership and partnerships. Adeola was a co-host of Raising the Bar with the MBBA a TV show where legal experts discuss issues such as criminal justice, immigration, and affordable housing and provide legal commentary, and offer solutions on issues affecting everyday citizens. Adeola is the recipient of several awards, including the National Bar Association’s 40 under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates Award, the New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce Women of Excellence Award, TOP 35 Millennial Influencers Award, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke’s Shining
Star Award and the New York State Bar Association’s Empire State Counsel Award. She is a 2017 Council of Urban Professionals Fellow, a member of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Council of Urban Real Estate, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Adeola received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Comparative Women’s Studies from Spelman College. She obtained her law degree from Cornell Law School with a specialization in International Legal Affairs.
Martha Legg Miller was named the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s first director of the Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation in December 2018, leading the new office created by the SEC Small Business Advocate Act of 2016.
As the Advocate for Small Business, Miller oversees the office dedicated to advancing the interests of small businesses and their investors at the SEC and in the capital markets. The office is responsible for advocating for small businesses and their investors by conducting outreach to solicit views on relevant capital formation issues, providing assistance to resolve significant problems, analyzing the potential small business impact of proposed regulations and rules, and recommending changes to mitigate capital formation issues and promote the interests of small businesses and their investors.
Prior to joining the SEC, Miller was a partner at the law firm Balch & Bingham LLP in Birmingham, Alabama, where she represented companies and investors across a spectrum of corporate transactions.
Miller holds bachelor’s degrees in Cognitive Neuroscience and Communications Studies from Vanderbilt University and a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Efe Ukala is the founder of ImpactHER, an impact driven organization that focuses on bridging the financing gap for women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa through investor-readiness training, mentorship, market access, and other support. ImpactHER has supported over 10,000 African female entrepreneurs in 48 African countries, on a pro bono basis, on how to run successful businesses and become investor-ready. ImpactHER’s intervention has, (i) launched hundreds of African female-led businesses online, (ii) helped African women supply their products to U.S. vendors, and (iii) given African female-led SMEs access to institutional capital. Efe designed and created the Africa curriculum for Google’s Women Will initiative (entrepreneurship and workplace training modules) which is currently being used to train over 10,000 women across
Sub-saharan Africa. Launched in Sub-saharan Africa in 2019, Women Will is a Google initiative to create economic opportunity for women everywhere, so that they can grow and succeed. Also, as an investment/private equity lawyer, Efe has extensive experience in private and public investments arising out of frontier markets, inclusive of Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Rwanda. She has advised on investment worth over $15 billion in the U.S. market and over $1.3 billion directed into Sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, she served as lead counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at a private equity firm focused on investing into Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, she serves as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at JP Morgan where she advises institutional
investors. In 2019, Efe was appointed to serve as a committee member on the African Union’s African Diaspora Health Initiative Steering Committee. Additionally, Efe served as the 41st Vice President of the Association of Black Women Attorneys NYC. Efe received her A.B. from the University of Chicago where she was a Jeff Metcalf Fellow and her
J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law. Efe is a member of the New York State and New Jersey State Bars. She was an elected member of Board of the University of Chicago Black Alumni Association. Efe is an advocate for financial inclusion for African women and the prosperity of Africa, having been featured in Forbes and BBC News. She has also spoken at Harvard Business School, the United Nations,
an African Development Bank (AfDB) conference, Columbia Business School, Cornell University Business School, Duke Business School, on issues relating to financial inclusion in Africa.
Jaisa Minor is an investment analyst at New Voices Fund. She is a Jamaican-American raised in Atlanta and takes great pride in her passion for seeing the potential in problems and connecting business outcomes with societal change. She believes that entrepreneurship is a critical element of building generational wealth in underserved communities and has found her purpose in helping underrepresented groups gain access to the resources needed to create and scale their businesses. She is committed to supporting entrepreneurs and is intentional about using her own talents to nurture long-lasting partnerships built on trust, authenticity, and uncompromising mutual respect.
As a rising New Voices investor under the leadership of SheaMoisture founder Richelieu Dennis, she is grateful to be able to continue the work of building companies at the forefront of innovation and opportunity. Companies she works with include The Honey Pot Company, Beauty Bakerie, Sweeten, and more.
Venroy July is a partner in the corporate practice group of Dickinson Wright PLLC. Based in the Baltimore office, Mr. July’s practice includes a wide range of corporate and finance matters, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate counseling. He has written extensively on the power and potential of Opportunity Zones, as well as other capital raising mechanisms. He has been named to the Best Lawyer list, and as a Who’s Who in Law by the Baltimore Business Journal. In addition to his legal career, Mr. July is a real estate investor in the city of Baltimore, and utilizes many of the capital raising mechanisms that he writes about to facilitate his real estate investment. He received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar, and his J.D. from the Duke University School of Law. He has been recognized for his other efforts within the community by being named to the Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 class of 2014, the Black Business Review’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017, a Warnock Fellow for the Class of 2017, and with the Leadership in the Law Award by the Daily Record, as well as other awards.