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The Future of Entrepreneurship: Equitable Economy

Join Northeastern's Venture Mentoring Network as they  kickoff Global Entrepreneurship Week with an inspiring conversation between D’Amore-McKim School of Business Dunton Family Dean Raj Echambadi and distinguished guests Betty Francisco '98 'and Segun Idowu. The conversation will cover the importance of including diverse perspectives in the workplace, supporting businesses founded by People of Color, expanding access to connections and capital, ultimately to build a more equitable economy.

At D’Amore-McKim, Dean Echambadi leads efforts to protect disadvantaged members of our community, dismantle racial discrimination, and promote social justice. He encourages the community to be a guiding light for equity, inclusion, and belonging, fostering a community in which every voice is heard, every experience is respected, and every identity is honored. Furthermore, Dean Echambadi acknowledges D’Amore-McKim’s critical role in helping prospective students from diverse backgrounds envision careers in business by making them aware of, and providing access to, the vast landscape of potential professional opportunities, which includes exploring what it means to be an entrepreneur. To read more about Dean Echambadi’s thoughts on the future of entrepreneurship, click here.

Betty Francisco is General Counsel at Compass Working Capital and Co-Founder of Amplify Latinx which is focused on advancing economic and political power for Latinos. Francisco is an entrepreneur, business executive, attorney and community leader. She is known as a powerful convener and collaborator, unapologetic about creating visibility for the growing Latinx business and civic community in Massachusetts. She is also a co-founder of the Investors of Color Network (ICN), which is building an ecosystem of Black and Latinx accredited investors to close the racial funding gap in start-up capital, and an angel investor with Pipeline Angels and Portfolia. The Boston Business Journal named Betty as one of the 2020 Power 50 – Extraordinary Year Extraordinary People, and in 2018, Boston Magazine named her as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Boston. To read more about Francisco’s background and work with community leaders and entrepreneurs, click here.

Segun Idowu serves as the executive director for the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, Inc. (BECMA) where he advocates for policies, practices, and contracts that positively impact its member businesses. BECMA held the successful Mass. Black Expo in November 2019, which featured 60+ Black-owned businesses and organizations and connected close to 1,000 people to 25+ business development workshops and resources. In April 2020, Boston Magazine recognized Idowu as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the City of Boston,” and in July 2020, the Boston Globe recognized him on the front page of its Sunday edition as a “Man of the Moment” for his work in ramping up BECMA’s efforts to advocate for and direct resources to Black businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To read more about Idowu’s background and work with BECMA, click here.

We hope you are available to join us for this important conversation to kickoff Northeastern’s Global Entrepreneurship Week!


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Meeting ID: 940 0521 9327

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Monday, November 16, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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