THE FUTURE IS INCLUSIVE, THE FUTURE IS NOW!

This was a two-day set of sessions designed to look at the impact and effects of Black and Brown entrepreneurship in America. We Engaged in the conversations around different shades of investment, disrupting the bias in the fundraising process, and building an inclusive ecosystem for investing!

Replay your favorite Inclusive Investment Summit session below. 

+ Meet The Speaker

DIFFERENT SHADES OF INVESTMENT

Is the traditional rinse, scale, repeat model of investing right? Is this the right way to invest or is it the White way?

BLACK ANGELS: HOW AND WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST

This session will serve as a guide for beginners, particularly in underrepresented communities, interested in investing in high-growth start-ups, real estate, or your community.

 

THE F WORD: WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE

Learn the financing and funding terms those new to investing should know. This session is especially beneficial to founders and business owners.

THE F WORD: CRAFTING YOUR FINANCE STORY

We often hear about the importance of telling your story in entrepreneurship, but have you mastered the art of telling your financial story? This session helps you do just that.

 

CAN I TRUST YOU?: HOW INVESTORS AND FOUNDERS ENGAGE

What are the benefits of exchanging equity? Why should founders give x% to investors? What other roles do investors play? This session confronts the direct mistrust Black/Brown founders have with investors.

DISRUPTING THE BIAS IN THE FUNDRAISER PROCESS

How can investors help take the desperation out of raising capital? Learn how we can humanize investing by highlighting attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions when approached by Black and Brown founders and ensure we see Black and Brown as a culture, not a color.

 

THE COLOR OF MONEY

Banks and Corporations Role in Investing

BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE ECOSYSTEM FOR INVESTING

Can you confidently say that your organization is contributing to creating a more inclusive environment for investing? Learn strategies from those that can!

 

Entrepreneurial Empowered Experience

Hear from three dynamic black women entrepreneurs: Tamika Wells, Karen Cuthrell, and Shannon Stokes at various stages of their journey share their experiences, offer their perspectives, and help enrich not only the investors but also other founders about this journey as an entrepreneur.

Past to Present: Investing in Black Businesses

This documentary is empowering, it's inspiring. Black wealth is not new and the emphasis on entrepreneurship and using it as a catalyst to support our community is not new. It's important to understand your role as founders, as an investor and community to sustain, uplift and remedy centuries of systemic inequality.

MEET THE SPEAKERS

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Kasem Rodriguez Mohsen

Serial Human | Author | Speaker | Impact Investor

Architect of scaling, funding, investment and acquisition strategies for high-growth businesses. Kasem is a Social impact investor committed to building equitable systems for underestimated entrepreneurs, especially those focused on improving the health and happiness of our communities.

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Dr. Shante' Williams, MBA

Capital Activist | Impact Investor| Keynote Speaker| Author| Fintech Founder (Stealth Mode)

Currently the CEO of Black Pearl Global Investments, a healthcare 

venture capital firm. She is a distinguished Venture Capitalist, business owner, Inventor, Intellectual Property Strategist, and Private Investor. In her career years, she has used her wealth of scientific knowledge as well as her passion for innovation to solve multiple complex problems across the industries of health, finance, and real estate.

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Wilson Lester

Impact Investor and Community Developer

Wilson Lester is the Co-Founder of Partners in Equity NC. An accomplished entrepreneur and leader, he is widely regarded as a community finance and economic development expert. He built Piedmont Business Capital, a NC based CDFI that has delivered millions in impact capital to black and brown entrepreneurs across North Carolina.

 
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Terrell A. Turner, CPA

NY Times featured CFO | 40 Under 40 CPA 

Terrell helps restaurants and food entrepreneurs make accounting and 
finance simple, so the numbers help them run a more effective and 
profitable business. He is concerned about how other businesses are going to survive and grow in this new world of business so he host a show called Business Talk Library and  uses his experience from Fortune 500 companies to consult with start ups and mid sized companies.

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Shayne Veramallay

Founder & CEO at CARBON Impact Holdings

CAЯBON is a sustainable development holding company investing through a novel "CAЯBON Copy" financing model to find solutions for humanity's most pressing issues.We provide management, resources, and capital to replicate proven, profitable businesses addressing social and environmental challenges.
 

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Travis Rouse

Senior Vice President, Chief Sales & Lending Officer at M&F Bank

Dedicated Chief Sales Officer with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. CBA Executive Banking School alumnus passionate about Commercial and Consumer Lending. Skilled in Risk Management, Leadership, Credit Analysis, and Branch Management. Serves the Durham community through mentorship, supporting local small businesses, and teaching financial literacy.
 

 
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Dominick Ard'is

Founder & CEO of ACT House, INC

As CEO of ACT House, INC and Managing Partner of ACT Ventures, 
Dominick collaborates with a team highly focused on assisting innovators in finding their entrepreneurial identity, accelerating team formation, and growing scalable ventures.  His model focuses on addressing ecosystem gaps around underestimated founders and mitigating startup failure. 


 

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Fay Horwitt

CEO + President of Forward Cities

Fay serves as the President of Forward Cities, where she oversees 
organizational strategy and serves as the executive lead of the ESHIP Communities initiative. In addition, Fay is a dedicated advocate for the emerging profession of ecosystem building, and as a founding member of Ecosystems Unite. Beyond her formal roles, she is a sought after 
presenter, trainer, and thought leader on the topic of equitable 
entrepreneurial ecosystem building.

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Sylvester Mobley

Founder & CEO of Coded By Kids

A native of Philadelphia, Sylvester Mobley has earned the attention and 
recognition of his peers after launching and building Coded by Kids - a youth tech education non-profit that grew from serving one child in a Philly rec center to serving hundreds of students in the region. Sylvester focuses his work on preparing underrepresented people for leadership roles in the tech and innovation space.