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Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship: Navigating the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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The 2021 Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship summit will provide UT students and the greater Austin community insight on ways entrepreneurs from underserved communities can successfully launch entrepreneurial ventures utilizing the support of the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Join the Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center, Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs, Social Innovation Initiative, the Entrepreneurship Minor and the Kendra Scott Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute for this important and empowering evening on Feb 24 at 5PM.

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5 PM - Keynote with Blanca Lesmes, Co-founder and CEO of BB Imaging & Consulting

5:30 PM - Audience Q& A with Blanca

6 PM - Panel with Luis Martins, Director of the Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center, Aisha Lewis, Director of Strategic Programs at Notley, Brooke Turner, Executive Program Director for DivInc, and Sharon Miller, Head of Small Business at Bank of America

6:30 PM - Audience Q&A with Luis, Aisha, Brooke, and Sharon

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Blanca Lesmes | Co-founder and CEO of BB Imaging & Consulting

Blanca is the co-founder and CEO of BB Imaging & Consulting. Over the course of 15 years, she has cultivated relationships with healthcare providers in Texas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma by delivering premium ultrasound services at their respective offices. Now, she is solely focused on making healthcare more accessible to women in rural communities around Texas using technology. BB Imaging allows her to follow her passion for increasing accessibility to healthcare. Ms. Lesmes is Austin-educated, having completed her undergraduate degree at St. Edward’s University and later receiving her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas. In her free time, Blanca serves on the Board of DivInc, a pre-accelerator focused on diversity in tech. She also acts as an Entrepreneur in Residence at UT and she is on the Advisory Council for Women@Austin.


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Luis Martins| Director of the Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center

Luis Martins is the Herb Kelleher Chair in Entrepreneurship, the James B. Goodson Professor in Business, and the Director of the Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center at the McCombs School of Business. He earned his Ph.D. in Management and Organizational Behavior from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Luis conducts research on the cognitive underpinnings of entrepreneurship, innovation, organizational change, team dynamics, diversity and inclusion, and work performance. Additionally, Luis teaches strategic innovation and entrepreneurship, change management, leadership, and managing teams in the McCombs School’s full-time and professional MBA programs, and is a popular instructor on these topics in its executive programs.

Sharon Miller | Head of Small Business at Bank of America

Sharon Miller is the head of Small Business at Bank of America and is a member of the company’s Management Operating Committee. Her team is responsible for providing over 12 million business owner clients a full range of financial products and services through Bank of America’s network of approximately 4,400 financial centers, 17,000 ATMs, and its award-winning digital banking platform. Miller’s team deliver advice and guidance on cash management, business financing, personal lending, investments and retirement to business owners in local markets throughout the United States.

Aisha Lewis | Director of Strategic Programs at Notley

Aisha Lewis is the Director of Strategic Programs at Notley where she recently launched Beam Angel Network to provide early-stage, women-founded companies with direct access to investment. Her passion for job creation and wealth generation for underrepresented communities stems from various roles in the last 10 years connecting emerging founders to capital and resources to scale their companies in Los Angeles, Nairobi, San Francisco, Durham, and Austin.

Brooke Turner | Executive Program Director for DivInc

With a background in marketing, sales, education, and programs in the hi-tech industry, in public education, and in the startup ecosystem, Brooke Turner is now an executive program director for DivInc (divinc.org). Brooke leads teams and guides startups through highly intensive tech accelerators and portfolio company programming to close the gap between early stage entrepreneurs and the resources they need to build high-growth, scalable companies. Prior to DivInc, Brooke co-founded her startup Kwaddle, for which she was named winner of the 2018 Austin Woman's Way Business Award for Product Innovation. Brooke is an angel investor and loves helping early stage startups with customer discovery and development; pre-seed investor readiness; communication for sales; marketing, team management, dynamics, and operations; measuring impact and connecting and building the right network.

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