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Women of Color at the Intersection of Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Politics in Providence

November 16, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship and the Lady Project for a panel and discussion featuring women of color who are shifting, innovating, and positively disrupting the dynamics of entrepreneurship, leadership, and politics in Providence, RI.

Nearly 8 out of every 10 new women-owned firms launched over the past nine years have been founded by a woman of color, according to the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express. There has also been a rise in women of color running for office at all levels of the government, however, there is still a lack of true representation.  We will discuss and learn more about our panelists’ journeys as well as learn how we can cultivate and nurture more women of color to start companies and run for office.

Jennifer Nazareno, Presidential Diversity Post Doctoral Fellow at the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship and the School of Public Health


Nirva Lafortune ’18: Manager and Advisor, Presidential Scholars Program | Providence City Council, Ward 3/ Master’s student at Brown

Vibha Pingle Ph.D. ’96: President and Founder, Ubuntu at Work

Jeanine Sinanan-Singh: Co-Founder & CEO of Vitae Industries, Inc. | Techstars NYC Winter ‘17



4:00 – 4:50 PM Guests arrive and mingle
4:50 – 5:00 PM Guests find their seats and transition to panel
5:00 – 6:00 PM Panel followed by Q&A
6:00 – 6:30 PM Panel ends and transition into networking



2nd Floor Chapel
80 Brown Street
Providence, RI 02906 United States
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