Be courageous and challenge convention!
Attendees enjoyed the keynotes, along with a menu of nine panel sessions/discussions designed to equip them with the opportunity to engage and learn from leading practitioners, thought leaders, and individuals, looking to build new entrepreneurship programs. In sessions, attendees discussed topics such as social impact investing, nurturing inclusivity, hollistic mentorship, fundraising, and the art of pitching.
I had two favorite parts of the EforAll Summit: The first was that I got to pitch my business to a panel of angel investors, and my second was the keynote speaker- I found him extremely inspiring!
Many thanks to The Kauffman Foundation and Google for being major sponsors of the Summit—and in particular The Kauffman Foundation, for bringing dozens of inclusive entrepreneurship programs from across the country to this gathering. Thanks as well to MassDevelopment for their sponsorship and continued support.
It takes all kind of mentors, and people from different constituencies, to engage with entrepreneurs.
Other key speakers included Desh Deshpande (Chairman & President, Sparta Group LLC) Gerry Pond (Chairman & Co-founder of Mariner Partners Inc.), Mayor Mike O’Brien, (City of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada), Victoria Hall (Founder, Workingurl Co.), Annie Jean-Baptiste (Global Diversity Business Partner, Google), and more.
I came to the Summit with one intention - I wanted to learn more about funding resources for women of color. I have already learned of 10 different resources. I am so happy to be here!