Women of Color Connecting to Host The 2021 WOCCON Virtual Summit
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Women of Color Connecting to Host Virtual Summit Teaming Up Female Entrepreneurs With Investors

Jill Johnson, Co-founder and CEO of Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, facilitated one of the Summit panels at the 2020 WOCCON. Image: Women of Color Connecting

Women of Color Connecting, a group that teams female entrepreneurs with investors, is hosting WOCCON 2021.

The event is being held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic and will feature founders, CEOs, and executives in a wide range of areas including finance, philanthropy, banking, and investments. Major brands include JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, SAP,  GE, and the Urban Capital Network.

The event will conclude on March 25. Two chats will be featured Thursday afternoon and will focus on mitigating the barriers to capital access for women of color entrepreneurs and exploring the challenges faced by women of color fund managers.

The first chat will feature Barbara Clarke, Andrew Goldner, and Wills Wilson in the first chat. The second chat will feature Mariah Lichtenstern, Kimberly Marshall, Maria Velissaris, and Rochelle Stewart.

Kobi Wu, founder and CEO of VisuWall, discussed the power of women of color in a session Tuesday.

“Women of color know how to take some bread, eggs and milk and turn it into a whole meal. We are very resourceful in making something happen out of nothing.” Wu said during a panel. “So, how much more powerful would we be if we were able to add “something” like capital to our businesses. This would spark the flame and add a ton of fuel to the fire so we could grow that much quicker.”

Discussions in the coming days will focus on networking and putting women of color entrepreneurs together with investment managers and those in the finance industry who can help obtain seed money, financing, and finance management.

Those interested can view the agenda and register.

Tanya Van Court, the founder and CEO of Goalsetter, said during a chat at the event, women of color entrepreneurs need to believe in themselves, and events like this help.

“Your self-doubt and belief that your company is not good enough to get funding will destroy your business quicker than not getting funding in the first place,” Van Court said. “You have to stand and believe that your company is valuable enough to be at the funding table.”