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#galswithLEI Global celebrates the Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Inspiration of women business and social entrepreneurs.

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#galswithLEI is excited to go virtual and connect with a more distributed and diverse audience than ever before. Scheduled to run bi-monthly, #galswithLEI Global leverages the East-West Center’s unique access to the world’s policymakers, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and artists – virtually uniting these global forces with Hawaii’s women leaders to harness their collective experience, ambition, and passion.

Investment & Change for Minority and Women Owned Businesses

Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 3:30 – 4:45pm, Hawaii

Small businesses have long been touted as the lifeblood of the global economy. Representing 90% of businesses worldwide, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are important contributors to local and national job creation, innovation, and tax revenue. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn, however, hit SMEs exceptionally hard, particularly those owned by women and minorities. According to the Global State of Small Business Report which surveyed 35,000 small business owners across 27 countries, women-led small businesses were 6% more likely to close compared to their men-led counterparts while minority-owned businesses were disproportionately affected and suffered from a higher rate in closures, reduced employment, and a sharper decline in revenue. Although governments across the globe acted swiftly to support small businesses and entrepreneurs, women and minority-led businesses experienced greater difficulty accessing financial assistance and continue to face an unequal path to recovery. With the number of women and minority-owned businesses rapidly growing in recent years, these businesses play a vital role in community development and help contribute diversity to the business landscape. Their ability to acquire information, build networks, and access human and financial capital is critically important to promoting economic growth and opportunity, and their success is at the heart of an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable economic recovery. Learn from experts, investors, and businesses leaders as they discuss the state of women and minority-owned businesses, the challenges they have faced, and the collaborative efforts and supportive measures needed for women and minority-owned businesses to not only survive, but thrive in the new post-COVID economy. Panelists will also provide insight on how to expand professional networks and access more diverse types of financing.

Panelists: (listed in speaking order)

  • Pocket SUN, Founding Partner, SoGal Ventures, Singapore
  • Anna GUENTHER, CEO, PledgeMe, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Sruti BHARAT, Interim CEO, All Raise and Co-Founder, FutureMap, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Marla Momi MUSICK, Business Development Manager, MBDA Enterprising Women of Color Business Center, Hawaii, USA

Moderator: Ayanna FREEMAN, CEO, Ayanna Denise Ltd. Co. and Changing Faces Seminar Alum, Albuquerque, NM, USA

For bios and headshots, webinar format, and information on future webinars, visit www.eastwestcenter.org/galswithLEI and follow us on Instagram @EWCSeminars for the latest updates!


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EWC Seminars offers virtual webinars, short-term dialogue, field study, and reporting opportunities for working professionals in media, politics, government, civil society, and business who are in positions to affect public opinion and influence change in their countries and communities.

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