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With Sherri Lane (Asst Commissioner, NYC Dept Small Biz), Anna Yakuboa (Asst Commissioner, SBS), Ying Zhou (Dir. Tech Incubator, Queens College), Meredith Beckford-Smart (Dir., Genspace), Anna Kimelman (Founder, Loopline), Ariella Trostsenko (Dir., NYC Innovation Hotspot).
Fri, Mar 08, 2024 @ 01:00 PM   FREE   1 Liberty Plaza, 1 Liberty St, 11th Fl

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Join us for an inspiring event during Women's History Month & International Women's Day as WE NYC proudly presents the "Breaking Barriers in Emerging Industries" event. This transformative gathering is dedicated to fostering a thriving ecosystem for women entrepreneurs.

Our event will bring together a diverse array of participants, including representatives from different programs of New York City Small Business Services, entrepreneurs, & corporate innovation leaders. Together, we will engage in insightful discussions about strategies to advance women's entrepreneurship & increase access to new economic opportunities within the New York City landscape.

Highlights of the day include:

1. Keynote Address: Gain insights from prominent keynote speaker who will provide a visionary perspective on the future of women entrepreneurship. We will share the higlights of the Gender Equity Plan recently released by Mayor Eric Adams.
2. Micro Talks: Immerse yourself in a series of engaging microtalks featuring prominent programs at NYC Small Business Services. These short, powerful presentations will provide quick bursts of knowledge, enabling you to gain valuable insights into the world of services offered by SBS.
3. Founder's Perspective: Hear insightful perspectives from innovative women-led businesses, showcasing their groundbreaking ideas & solutions.
4. Mentor Tables: In parallel to the event, we will run mentor tables with some of our WE NYC mentors for you to ask your questions & receive guidance. You can also learn how to become a WE NYC mentor or receive one-on-one mentor services.

Key Takeaways:

Achieving Business Growth & Impact in 2024:
Discover a wealth of resources tailored to empower women & minority entrepreneurs. Our keynote & microtalk speakers will provide valuable insights into opportunities & strategies to thrive in 2024.

Diverse NYC Small Business Services Programs:
Gain knowledge from our speakers as they discuss the diverse service offerings & qualities they seek in their program cohorts, offering invaluable advice to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Celebrating Your Identity:
Explore how to embrace & celebrate being a woman entrepreneur, understanding that your unique identity is a valuable asset in the business world.


Doors open at 1 pm.
Live streaming link will be posted for those who are joining digitally.

1:15 - 1:30 pm Opening Remarks
Sherri Lane, Assistant Commissioner, Capital Access & Business Programs at NYC Department of Small Business Services.

1:30 - 2:00 Keynote
Diana Franco, Vice President Initiatives at Women.NYC will speak about the gender equity initiatives in NYC.

2:O0 - 3:00 Microtalks I Program & Service Offerings of NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS)
Anna Yakuboa, Assistant Commissioner, M/WBE Recruitment & Eligibility at SBS; Tanvi Saran, Program Manager, WE NYC at SBS; Lillian Vail, Director, Capital Access at SBS.

3:00 - 4:00 pm Panel Discussion
Moderator: Meredith Beckford-Smart, Ph.D, Executive Director at Genspace; Speakers: Ying Zhou, Executive Director at Tech Incubator at Queens College; Yasmeen Latif, President at SH5 Construction Corp.; Anna Kimelman, Founder of Loopline; & Ariella Trostsenko, Director at NYC Innovation Hotspot.

4:00- 6:00 pm Networking + Mentor & Advisory Tables
All our panelist speakers are WE Connect Mentors & will host a mentor table at the event. Learn about the 1-on-1 mentor program or different incubator spaces & communities in NYC ecosystem that provide support to women entrepreneurs.

Reserve your spot now & be part of the movement to create an inclusive future.


WE NYC (Women Entrepreneurs NYC) is an initiative based out of the New York City Department of Small Business Services that is dedicated to helping women start & grow their businesses. Free services are available for women entrepreneurs across the five boroughs & in multiple languages. This event is co-managed by the WE Connect portfolio of WE NYC. WE Connect offers guidance to women entrepreneurs seeking to launch new ideas & increase business by connecting them with the right resources.

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*Disclaimers: This event is open to the public & at no-cost, doors will be closed once the venue reaches capacity, arrive early. (2) By signing up for this event you accept to be photographed & recorded, & allow to use the materials for informational & promotional purposes.(3) By registering to this event you accept to join our email list & receive information about future events & resources. (4) Food & drinks are provided until supplies last, & you decline to make the organizers responsible for any allergies or reactions the food could cause you. (5) By registering & participating in the event ("Event"), each participant ("Participant") certifies that they are at least eighteen (18) years of age as of the date of their registration.
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