The Minority Woman Entrepreneur: The Economic Gender Gap
Hosted by IEDC
Date: Monday, February 1, 2021
Time: 12 pm – 1:30 pm PT
The fastest-growing segment of start-up companies is woman-owned businesses. Additionally, Black women’s businesses have a larger share of Black-owned businesses than White women have in White-owned businesses. Even with this achievement, there is a long way to reach gender equality in business – particularly in entrepreneurship. Did you know about the gender gap in venture financing, particularly amongst women of color?
Don’t miss an opportunity to hear from our speakers next Monday about how economic development professionals can help close the economic gender gap. Women leaders and entrepreneurs will delve into a candid discussion on this economic gender gap that minority women entrepreneurs face and what best practices can be implemented in your organization.
SeonAh Kendall, CPA
Economic Health Manager
City of Fort Collins
Fort Collins, CO
SeonAh Kendall, CPA serves as the City of Fort Collins Economic Health Manager, where she focuses on business retention and expansion, talent development/recruitment and special projects to ensure a vibrant Fort Collins economy. Prior to her work for the City of Fort Collins, SeonAh was Business Program Director/Faculty at Front Range Community College. SeonAh has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in financial and tax accounting from Colorado State University (AICPA).
SeonAh serves on several boards such as Front Range Community College Foundation, NoCO Manufacturing Partnership and the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC). She is also members of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Economic Development Research Partnership (EDRP), EDCC, and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).
Owner & Cultural Consultant
Moskehtu Consulting is Indigenous owned and operated. It was founded by Chenae Bullock, an enrolled Shinnecock Indian Nation Tribal Member and descendant of the Montauk Tribe in Long Island New York. She is also African American. Chenae is an indigenous perspective historian, cultural practitioner, and preservationist. She has worked at many accredited Indigenous museums such as the Shinnecock Indian Museum and Cultural Center, Plimoth Plantation, and Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. She has organized historically sacred paddles in the ancient waterways of the northeastern seaboard. Some of her most recent work has led her to assess for signs of submerged cultural history for the Atlantic Shores Cultural Core Analysis. She successfully served as a Tribal Alternate on behalf of the Shinnecock Nation for the Mid-Atlantic Committee on the Ocean, which facilitates coordination and collaboration among governmental entities and stakeholders to enhance the vitality of our region’s ocean ecosystem.
She has established this company due to the lack of cultural competency occurring in the governmental sectors, corporate sectors, and in individual lives. As an indigenous person who not only has the academic background regarding indigenous people’s position when it comes to history and environmental issues, she also lives it every day. Her aim has been to start a company that can consult with clients, to create stewardships in these areas that affect each and every one of us.
President & CEO
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
Marcela Howell is the president & CEO and founder of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda. She has over 40 years of experience advocating for women’s rights, reproductive health and justice and women’s empowerment. Prior to founding In Our Own Voice, she served as senior policy and communications consultant for Communications Consortium Media Center (CCMC). She is the former vice president of policy, communications and marketing at Advocates for Youth, a non-profit organization that works on adolescent sexual and reproductive health issues. She has a Masters in Literature from Saint Louis University and a JD from Pepperdine School of Law.
Owner & Founder
Shun Pittman is the author of 50 Things Your Hairdresser Wants YOU to Know (and a few things we don’t…) and owner and founder of Corps d’Elite Salon and Corps d’Elite Beauty. The culture is that of an elite team of creative and talented hairdressers and makeup artists that deliver best in class salon service experiences to each client at every visit. Our team is excited about “hair”. We work with all hair types and hair textures where even the most modern salons are still quite segregated. Our mission is “To meet and or exceed our guests’ expectations”. We pride ourselves in acquiring a minimum of 16 hours of continuing education from the country’s top salon professionals and leading educators. Seeking education keeps our team inspired and motivated to deliver our mission. Corps d’Elite uses quality products from trusted brands, including the creation of the exclusive line of “Corps d’Elite Beauty” makeup products, which have been hand-crafted by Pittman, providing an assortment of merchandises full of vibrant colors, fit for all to enjoy. Shun’s experience is that of over 25 years in the beauty industry. Before launching Corps d’Elite, Shun worked in the education department (for 15 years), as an artistic director, for the world’s largest salon chain. She has a proven track record of helping to turn struggling salons into profitable million dollar producing salons. The position of artistic director afforded her the opportunity to educate, empower, coach, mentor, and train salon professionals worldwide. From, Europe to Thailand and all throughout North America she has motivated audiences of broad demographics through public speaking on topics such as business building, customer service, salon technical skills, product knowledge, and team building. She has been featured in many of the chain’s corporate DVDs that are used as educational tools to over 12,000 salons worldwide. She also performs stage work for major beauty expos and corporate photo shoots. Shun has an extensive background in research and development and represented companies like L’Oréal (Mizani, Matrix, and Redken), John Paul Mitchell Systems, Intelligent Nutrients, Big Sexy Hair, and Wella/Sebastian just to name a few. Shun says “although beauty is my platform, I am in the “feel good” business. “Making people feel good about themselves is the greatest reward”.
Miriam Yeung Consulting
New York, NY
Miriam Yeung is a social justice leader who has successfully fought for LGBT people, immigrants, and women of color throughout her career. Currently Miriam supports organizations with the strategy, organizational development and leadership skills needed to cultivate diversity, equity and inclusion. Her clients span the nonprofit and corporate space. Most recently, Miriam was the Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, the nation’s only organization focused on building power for Asia American and Pacific Islander women and girls through federal policy, advocacy, research and grassroots organizing. Miriam was named Ms. Foundation’s Gloria Steinem Woman of Vision in 2016 and serves on the board of MomsRising, Immigrant Defense Project and is an advisor to GalvanizeUSA. Miriam is a partner to a NYC public school teacher and the proud Baba to two amazing young daughters.
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