Women of Color It's Your Time PhotoWomen of Color Business Summit Sessions - October 14

Join us on Thursday, October 14, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM for our Women of Color Business Summit.  Check our workshops, round tables, and panel discussions being offered on this day.  Click here for a Conference Agenda-at-a-Glance.

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10:00 AM - 10:55 AM  Opening & Keynote
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM  Workshops
Workshop 1:  Your Story...Your Narrative

Lolita Walker, Founder, Walker & Walker Enterprises

As a woman, minority business owner, how often have you navigated your success journey within someone else’s story?  Someone else’s expectations of who you are and who you should become?  Far too often we find ourselves navigating within a narrow scope because we haven’t yet taken the opportunity to simply pause, assess and shift to stand in all of our power.  Attendees will walk away from this session with a renewed view of their story and 5 strategies of how they can shift their current personal and professional narrative to reclaim their power.

Workshop 2:  Realizing Your Vision

Dr. Stem Sithembile Mahlatini, President/CEO, Speaker, and Coach, Global Training, Coaching & Consulting Services

Do you know what's most important to YOU and what you are passionate about? In this session we will talk about creating a Vision of what you truly love and how to live it. Join us in this fun and interactive workshop to learn and realize your vision, real values and how to integrate them into your daily behavior, business or work so that you can live by your personal standards. When you know your Vision, you get more clarity and personal direction, make superior decisions for the short and long term as well as live by your own code of conduct.

Workshop 3:  Making it Rain:  The Importance of a Strong Financial Position

Adam Moore, Director of Supplier Diversity, Truist Financial

Access to capital is a critical component to any business plan, but to Woman Owned Businesses, it can be the deference to continuing operations or shuttering the doors. Gaining access to capital is more than securing a loan, it is understanding how cash works in your business. For startups and new ventures, there is the added complexity of creating and maintaining relationships with banks and investors. Additionally, in today’s economic climate, business continuity plans, and liquidity of a business are often brought into consideration. This workshop will explore these topics and help business owners understand some of the nuances of building a Strong Financial Position. 

Panel:  COVID-19: The Post-Game

This panel will discuss the present state of women of color entrepreneurs and identifying opportunities, if need be, how do we create opportunities for ourselves, after Covid 19.

12:00 PM - 12:45 AM  Networking/Discussion Rooms
Networking 1:  Self-Care/Mental Health: Trauma Related to Race

Dr. Treniece Lewis Harris, Clinical Psychologist/CEO, CULTURA Psychotherapy & Consulting, LLC

Experiences of racism are part of the historical and contemporary life of Women of Color in business. Encounters with racism occur whether one is a C-Suite executive or CEO-entrepreneur.  These include the daily microaggressions that perpetually chip away at our humanity and traumatic experiences of racism that trigger feelings of humiliation, anxiety, depression, helplessness, rage and more.  Moreover, the health consequences of living in a society where systemic racism is the norm are many: chronic stress, high blood pressure, higher susceptibility to illness, early aging and even high mortality rates. Yet Women of Color are often socialized to “be strong”, to minimize the effects of racial trauma and to focus on upward mobility. Many do not have safe spaces in their professional life to process and heal from these events. In this session, Dr. Harris will facilitate a space for participants to 1) bear witness to one another’s experiences of racial trauma, 2) learn ways to reduce traumatic stress reactions using mindfulness practice and 3) identify allies for anti-racism advocacy in business practice.

Networking 2:  Let's Get Moving

Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga

Let’s get moving with Hot Body Fusion!

Let’s get moving with Hot Body Fusion! HBF is a class that combines exercises to tone your body with dance breaks designed to get you moving. This fun and interactive session is all about self-care!

Networking 3:  Time: Enjoying the Present

Beyazmin Jimenez, Senior Account Director, The Lazu Group

As WOC leaders, how may we ensure we are staying present to enjoy life's moment? Join us for a reflective conversation on managing multiple priorities, responsibilities and expectations while staying grounded in the present.

Networking 4: Life after Covid: Back to Normal-Finding Your Squad

Elizabeth Delgado, CEO/Owner - Employee Wellbeing Strategist & Energy Healer and Resilience Coach, Colectiva Wellness & Healing

In this session we will discuss the importance of resilience and social connection during these times. As we continue to navigate the pandemic being in community and connecting with the people who uplift, support and empower you is key. Particularly, as women of color it is imperative that we learn tools and practices to keep us centered. When we are centered and have strong communal support, we are able to navigate any challenge that arises. 

We will learn hands-on resilience practices, activate our social connection nerve and identify the people in our lives to create our squad. 

Networking 5: Interview with Steven Rogers

Learn how to address racial wealth disparity in the United States today from the life, professional experiences, and research of former Harvard Business School Professor, Steven Rogers. We will speak with Professor Rogers about his boldly stated A Letter to My White Friends and Colleagues. This informative epistle investigates the causes of racial wealth disparity in the United States and provides solutions for addressing it. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in an exciting yet informative discussion with the author.

Interview with Steven Rogers Author of: A letter to my White Friends and Colleagues: What You Can Do Right Now To Help the Black Community.

12:50 PM - 12:55 PM  Closing Remarks
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM  WBENC Match Maker-Mentor Sessions (WBEs Only)

This virtual session will combine matchmaking with speed mentoring and bring together WBENC-WBE certified representatives with WBENC Corporate Partner representatives in a one-on-one online setting.

For more information about completing your WBENC certification, please visit: www.cweonline.org/certification