Women of Color in Business Series
During the summer of 2020, the staff at the Entrepreneurial Center & Women’s Business Center wanted to take action in support of racial justice efforts. Darchelle Hutchins came up with the idea to create a new series for women entrepreneurs of color to discuss diverse perspectives about the path to business ownership. The new series, founded upon the passion and persistence of women entrepreneurs of color, meets quarterly and endeavors to create community while promoting all women in business towards their dreams!
Leadership Greater Hartford, a nonprofit that supports & strengthens the community by training and connecting aspiring and established leaders, is hosting their annual Polaris Awards on Thursday, October 28th – this year virtually - honoring four Polaris award winners who exemplify excellence in community leadership. Herb Virgo, Founder & Executive Director of the Keney Park Sustainability Project, who helps families to become more self-sustainable and environmentally conscious while preserving historic Keney Park, Brother Carl Hardrick, a lifelong youth development leader, gang intervention specialist, and community activist, the Women of Color in Business series, developed by University of Hartford’s Women’s Business Center to support and champion women entrepreneurs of color, and Jason Jakubowski, the visionary leader of Connecticut Foodshare, an organization that has worked tireless to increase food security for families across Connecticut in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Join our virtual Polaris Awards celebration on Thursday, October 28th. For tickets, visit leadershipgh.org.
Nomination: The Center focuses on serving women, minority-owned businesses, and other underserved constituents, specializing in business development. The center partners with the State of CT, SBA, the City of Hartford, the Women's Business network, banks, leadership programs, banking and community lending services and a host of organizations that support business development and expansion. This year they introduced the first of its kind, the Women of Color Business Panel Series. The speakers engaged the audiences on the critical roles and in particular the growing need to highlight women of color who are contributing a significant impact on the economy in general ($186. Billion) and in their communities. Women of color are the fastest growing business segment.