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Women Entrepreneurship Week

Women Entrepreneurship Week

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Ohio University proudly participates in Women Entrepreneurship Week along with more than 242 universities and colleges in 32 countries, in this global movement to celebrate and inspire female founders.

Join us virtually for a week of events featuring women entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators, hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship, TechGROWTH Ohio and the Ohio University Women's Center.

 


 

Schedule of Events

An Exclusive Screening and Talk about Bias

Monday, September 21
12:30 p.m.
Virtual event via video and Zoom
Registration closes 8:30 a.m. 

TechGROWTH Ohio, JumpStart Inc, The Entrepreneur Center (TEC) Dayton, Rev1 Ventures, CincyTech, and Ohio Development Services Agency are partnering with us in celebration of Women Entrepreneurship Week to bring you an at-home screening of the documentary Bias and a panel conversation about how implicit bias is impacting venture capital across the country.

The virtual panel conversation, featuring Bias filmmaker, Robin Hauser, and industry leaders, will offer unique perspectives and provide an opportunity to explore how we can work together to make VC more equitable. Registered participants will receive an exclusive link with access to view the documentary and a Zoom link to the virtual panel one week prior to the event.

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Women Empowering Equity

Tuesday, September 22
3:00 p.m.
Virtual event via Zoom
Registration closes 8:30 a.m.

Shontay Lundy, Creator and Founder of Black Girl Sunscreen, Candice Matthews-Brackeen, Founder and CEO of Lightship, CEO of Hillman, and Chitra Panjabi, former VP of the National Organization for Women, CEO and Coach at Chitra Panjabi Coaching will be joining us for a conversation about their ventures, how they’ve overcome the numerous challenges they’ve encountered, and issues surrounding gender equity in business and how they’re driving the narrative forward.

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Shontay Lundy

Shontay Lundy

Shontay Lundy is the Creator and Owner of Black Girl Sunscreen (BGS).  Like many women with darker skin tones, applying sunscreen meant dealing with the white residue left behind by traditional products. Armed with an MBA and a personal vendetta against the lack of options in skin care, Shontay decided to become a trailblazer in the industry and create a sunscreen ‘for us, by us.’ Today, BGS is the only indie black-owned brand sold in Target’s sun care section full time.

A self-proclaimed risk taker and creative, Shontay has continued to fuel her passion by traveling the world educating women of color on the importance of wearing sunscreen; and she is quickly emerging as a thought leader in the beauty industry. Shontay’s success has been chronicled by Forbes, Black Enterprise and countless other national publications

 

Candice Matthews-Brackeen

Candice Matthews-Brackeen

Candice Matthews Brackeen is a General Partner at Lightship Capital, the Cincinnati-based VC firm dedicated to backing underrepresented entrepreneurs in the Midwest. As General Partner, Candice leads entrepreneur selection, board membership, investor relations, and serves on the investment committee. She is also the Founder and CEO of Hillman, an entrepreneur education program that also focuses on tech startups led by underrepresented entrepreneurs. Through her work at Hillman, Candice successfully influenced state policy around economic inclusion and established meaningful partnerships with companies like Procter & Gamble, Kroger, and Chase. Candice received both the VentureOhio Catalyst of the Year and the Cincinnati Business Courier Women Who Mean Business awards, and maintains a busy fundraising schedule, working diligently to identify and develop transformative tech startups. She holds a BA Economics from the University of Cincinnati where she was a Hewitt-Kautz Fellow.

Chitra Panjabi

Chitra Panjabi

Chitra Panjabi is an executive and leadership coach; nonprofit management consultant with deep expertise in management strategy, board and stakeholder engagement, organizational equity solutions, and fundraising; and an award-winning feminist activist.

Prior to her work as an independent coach and consultant, Chitra most recently served as President and CEO of SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change where she revitalized the 50+ year old organization to advance SIECUS’ efforts in reshaping social, cultural, and political narratives around sex, sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health. She has previously served as a national executive officer--Vice President Membership--for the National Organization for Women (NOW) where she was responsible for managing operations, communications, fundraising, and membership engagement. Chitra has also held roles at other social justice nonprofit organizations focused on addressing inequities across gender, race, and immigration status.

Geneva Murray

Dr. M. Geneva Murray, Moderator

Dr. M. Geneva Murray, named Director of the Women's Center at Ohio University in November 2015, teaches courses in the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies program, as well as the Patton College of Education. She is passionate about mentoring, as well as leadership and professional development for women. Her work on leadership for women was recognized in 2017 by the International Leadership Association’s Women and Leadership Affinity Group’s award for Outstanding Practice with Local Impact.

From Bobcat to Business Owner

Wednesday, September 23
3:00 p.m.
Virtual event via Zoom
Registration closes 8:30 a.m.

OHIO alumnae and CEO of Momentuum LLC, Kathi Howard-Primes, will join us for an interview about her career path and how she identified a need in her community for affordable, quality educational services for K-12 students and responded by launching Mometuum Tutoring. Kathi will reveal how she did it and give her advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Kathi Howard-Primes

Kathi Howard-Primes

Kathi Howard-Primes is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Momentuum, LLC. Kathi holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio University and a master’s degree in education from Cleveland State University. Momentuum, LLC, was founded in 2006, in response to a critical need for expert tutoring to assist students in attaining their highest academic potential. Momentuum, LLC has worked with students in school districts throughout the state of Ohio. Kathi was the Interim Program Manager and Consultant for Cleveland State University’s America Reads program, a Cleveland State University Career Counselor and a former college advisor. Kathi is a graduate of Cleveland’s first cohort of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program and Momentuum, LLC was nominated as one of the top female minority owned small businesses.

Lissa Jollick

Lissa Jollick, Moderator

Lissa Jollick is the Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs. Lissa manages all financial and operational aspects of the SBDC’s service delivery to 12 counties in Southeastern Ohio. Lissa works with small to medium sized businesses to achieve their short and long term goals. Lissa strives to identify and develop collaborative opportunities with other economic development organizations and lenders to build an ecosystem that supports the Southeastern Ohio business community.

The Story of Sudara + a Call to Action

Thursday, September 24
4:30 p.m.
Virtual event via Zoom
Registration closes 8:30 a.m.

Shannon Keith, Founder and Chairwoman of Sudara Freedom Fund, and Lisa Flynn, CEO of Sudara Inc. will share how their mission-based benefit corporation is tackling the world’s fastest growing crime while generating impactful results — even during a pandemic. Hear real-life accounts of their innovative operations and partner-based ecosystem that fuels a virtuous supply chain to produce ethically made pajamas and loungewear, all to provide opportunities for women in India at highest risk of or recovering from human trafficking.

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Shannon Keith

Shannon Keith

A trip to India in 2005 inspired Shannon to take action and begin an innovative business venture. Her drive to disrupt the social enterprise space and create lasting impact for survivors and those at high risk of sex trafficking led her to found and cultivate Sudara Freedom Fund - a certified Benefit Corporation. Having previously spent 10 successful years in corporate sales, Shannon was primed to redirect her business prowess to Sudara’s cause. Since founding Sudara, Shannon has received multiple accolades and rewards for her groundbreaking conscious approach to business ventures. She has been honored as a Social Impact Winner at Oregon’s largest angel investing conference, BVC, won female Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017, spoke at TEDx, and was a Top 25 SheEO World Venture Finalist, in addition to being featured in The Good Trade, Conscious Magazine, Real Simple, Forbes and more. 

Lisa Flynn

Lisa Flynn

Lisa Flynn is the CEO of Sudara Inc. Conscious leadership is in Lisa’s DNA. She consistently builds brands and systems that relentlessly drive ROI, while placing as much emphasis on nurturing collaborative and healthy teams. A philanthropist at heart, Lisa’s strategic vision and plan for bettering humanity is the very thread of Sudara’s mission. She was drawn to Sudara because she knows that her innovative business model, paired with her passion, will drive global impact and propel Sudara to achieve what the world needs - gender equity. With dual degrees in Marketing and Psychology and having spent nearly two decades as an entrepreneur - both boot-strapped and venture capital backed - Lisa is no stranger to high growth businesses. Lisa’s career highlights include speaking at TEDxWomen, being named Entrepreneur of the Year, and featured in Business Week for her unique franchise concept. 

Do you have an eye for design and a passion to do good work? Sudara and Ohio University are excited to invite the OHIO community to join the cause in their first Tee Design Challenge! Sudara will produce and sell the winning OHIO-designed tees, and a significant portion of the proceeds will come back to the causes and organizations in the OHIO community. Enter your designs, purchase winning tees, and join the fight for good. 

Learn more about the Tee Design Challenge

Questions

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