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Monday, October 14 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The 2019 ConnectUP! State of the Work Report FILLING

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Last year, Morgan Stanley released “The Trillion Dollar Blindspot” a report highlighting the skewed capital landscape against women-owned and POC-owned businesses, despite investors perceiving it as balanced. The report concluded that this gross imbalance is costing the nation in output and a missed opportunity of $4.4 trillion dollars.

But it is not only the nation that is impacted -- it’s local economies. The ConnectUP! State of the Work (SOW) report explores the systemic barriers in the entrepreneur ecosystem from accessing capital to influential networks which facilitate business growth from the perspective of the underestimated entrepreneur. Through qualitative and quantitative data, the SOW lays the groundwork for more rigorous, targeted data collection to better understand, align, and actively mobilize networks, resources and capital in a way that is accessible, equitable, flexible and culturally responsible.

Learn about the actions required to achieve an inclusive ecosystem for all business owners.

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Y. Elaine Rasmussen

CEO, Social Impact Strategies Group
Elaine Rasmussen is Founder and CEO of Social Impact Strategies Group (SISG) a Black/Native-led certified B-corp social enterprise. SISG provides futurism, social impact and economic development consulting, education workshops for investors and womxn entrepreneurs, and produces the... Read More →
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Stephannie L. Lewis

Director, Strategic Partnerships, Social Impact Strategies Group
Stephannie brings more than 10 years of combined experience in project management, program management, operations, public policy research and consulting to her role as Strategic Partnerships Manager at Social Impact Strategies Group (SISG). She brings high energy, passion and a spirit... Read More →

Monday October 14, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT