In this discussion, we are joined by leaders in the field who are forging powerful diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives to expand economic opportunity and break down barriers for women and minority entrepreneurs. In this segment of the Catalyst Network 2022 Discussion Series, we analyze how uniting entrepreneurial opportunity and economic development practice, with a focus on racial equity and the voice of underserved communities, is central to changing long-term economic outcomes for our communities.

Panelists Include:

  • Eneida Roman, Co-Founder, Amplify LatinX
  • Laurie Supinski, Director, Start Garden
  • Raquel Robinson, Director of Programming, Lightship Foundation
  • David Ponraj, Economic Impact Catalyst, Moderator

About the Speaker Organizations

Amplify Latinx
A Massachusetts-based nonprofit formed in 2018 by The Latina Circle to serve as a non-partisan, collaborative convener advancing Latino civic engagement, economic opportunity, and leadership representation. Learn more at www.amplifylatinx.co.

Start Garden
Empowering West Michigan’s startup ecosystem through financial, intellectual & social capital, while providing a neighborhood for startups to grow. Located at 40 Pearl Street, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Learn more at www.startgarden.com.

Lightship Foundation
As an impact driven organization serving underrepresented entrepreneurs & ecosystems, we leverage corporate partnerships, specialized programming, meaningful mentorship and capital investments to drive growth within the minority innovation economy. Lightship provides remarkable founders the resources and direction their businesses need to scale. Learn more at www.lightship.foundation.

About Breaking Down Barriers
A Podcast About Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development
This podcast explores entrepreneurship as part of the economic developer’s toolkit for building prosperity in our communities. Episodes feature changemakers with innovative approaches to building ecosystems and improving the environment to empower people to start and grow their businesses. Conversations focus on breaking down barriers that limit entrepreneurship in underserved and historically excluded communities. We seek authentic stories to understand the profound impact of entrepreneurship-led economic development on the local economy and spotlight a network of passionate leaders advancing the field. Find out more at economicimpactcatalyst.com/impact

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