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Making Capital Friendly (and Accessible)

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Online Event

Join us for an event focused on understanding financial capital and how to access it. WashU Professor Heather Cameron will share her research and the impact capital (and access to it) has on underrepresented entrepreneurs. Wells Fargo’s Judith Goldkrand will discuss the basic types of capital and how underrepresented entrepreneurs can access it. Keisha Maybry Haymore will share how to build connections and access capital. Jill Johnson will discuss access to capital and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Breakout discussions with the speakers will follow the speaker presentations.

Registration is closed, but you can still attend! Join us using this Zoom link:


Judith Goldkrand, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo & Company

Judith Goldkrand, a Senior Vice President with Wells Fargo, is the National Women’s Segment Leader and National Asian Segment Leader. Judith has more than 25 years of experience in banking including Corporate Finance, Private Banking, and Business Banking. She is a board member of the Women Presidents’ Organization and the Chair of the Foundation of the Women Presidents’ Organization. Judith is the Vice Chair of the board of Equal Rights Advocates and is chair of the development committee. She is a co-chair of the Advisory Council of Women’s Business Collaborative. Judith is also a board member of WBEC-Pacific (Women’s Business Enterprise Council) and is a mentor with Million Women Mentors. Judith is an advisory board member of Enterprising Women. Judith serves on the Impact Investing Committee for the San Francisco Jewish Federation and is a past board member of National Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federations of North America and a past president of Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco.  She is a former board member of Pacific Community Ventures and chair of the loan policy committee. She is a Wexner Heritage Fellow alumna and a graduate of Yale University. Judith is passionate about women’s leadership and influence, diversity, equity and inclusion, and the growth of women-owned businesses. In 2016, Judith was honored with the President’s Award from the Women Presidents’ Organization. Most recently, Judith was awarded the Industry Leadership Award by Professional Business Women of California. Judith and her wife have two college-age daughters and two dogs.

Heather Cameron, PhD, Michael B. Kaufman Professor of Practice for Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Brown School

Heather Cameron develops and teaches a transdisciplinary curriculum in social innovation and entrepreneurship, advises students at the masters and doctoral levels, builds career and enterprise pipelines, and pursues research on comparative urban education and development, and social impact strategies. Cameron has served on the faculties of Free University of Berlin and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. She was honored by the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers as Professor of the Year for her extraordinary teaching, engagement and innovation. She is also the founder of several prize-winning social enterprises in the fields of education and sports for community development, including Boxgirls and Camp Group, a winner of the Google Impact Challenge for its educational tool for refugee children. In 2010 she was recognized for her work as a social innovator with an Ashoka Fellowship. She continues to work all over the world as an advisor and evaluator of development and education projects, most recently for the Ministry of Education in Afghanistan. She completed post-doctoral studies on technology and public space at the Technical University of Berlin.

Keisha Mabry Haymore, Author, Speaker, Motivator

Keisha Mabry Haymore is an author, speaker and motivator who inspires people to build connections that change lives and transform careers. She has been featured on National Public Radio, Success Magazine, Huffington Post, Essence, Black Enterprise, Fox 2 News, Nine Network, The Business Journal and more for her work in personal branding and networking—or as she likes to call it—friendworking. In addition, Keisha is the Director of the Elevate/Elevar Accelerator for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs at WEPOWER, a guest lecturer at the Washington University, an Aspen Ideas Scholar, a Hatch Fellow, a TED speaker and her book Hey Friend: 100 Ways to Connect with 100 People in 100 Days is a movement to make the world friendly again, or at the very least, friendlier than it’s ever been. She’s delivered more than 150 speaking engagements for Fortune 500 companies and top brands like Spotify, Mastercard, Edward Jones, Square, Bayer, Facebook, YUM!, Ikea, SHRM and US Bank. Learn more at

Jill Johnson, co-founder and CEO, Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Jill Johnson is the co-founder and CEO of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL), based in Newark, NJ. IFEL, founded in 2002, is an independent, not‐for‐profit organization that supports economic development through entrepreneurship. With over 30 years of experience as a business strategist, Jill is a pioneering voice for inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems and is especially focused on creating a new paradigm for the access to capital conversation. Most recently, Jill conceived and launched the Women of Color Connecting initiative to change the way we think about building the capacity of Women of Color entrepreneurs for the grow-scale-exit trajectory. She is also spearheading The Making of Black Angels movement to drive diversity and inclusion within the angel investing sector. In her capacity as CEO of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Jill is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization and capacity building. She is especially focused on creating earned revenue opportunities and strategic partnerships. Jill is a member of the Women’s Forum of New York, the Women Business Collaborative, and Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs. She also serves on the board of the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. She recently served on the NJ Restart & Recovery Advisory Council Main Street Committee. Jill has a B.A. in economics from Harvard University and is married with four amazing sons.

This event is presented by the Simon Initiative.

Dr. Andi Simon

Dr. Andi Simon is an international leader in the emerging field of corporate anthropology, an Axiom Best Business Book of 2017 winning author of On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business To New Heights, and the founder of Simon Associates Management Consultants. Her perspective on business innovation has been featured in multiple business outlets and her podcast On the Brink with Andi Simon. Andi Simon’s newest book, Rethink: Smashing the Myths of Women in Business, teaches readers how to take a hands-on approach in examining and rethinking their own personal and professional lives in order to recognize a fuller potential. Andi is a co-founder of the Skandalaris Center’s Simon Initiative, designed to develop a more diverse ecosystem of entrepreneurs, inventors, advisors, mentors, and investors.

This event is open to all but geared towards underrepresented populations seeking capital for their business.


Wednesday, June 16, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Online Event

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