26 October, 2023
5:30 pm
Barnard College – Diana Center Oval 3009 Broadway (W. 119th St.) New York, NY 10027
Latina entrepreneurs drive economic growth in the US and New York but face challenges and opportunities

Join us for an insightful event previewing the upcoming 2023 State of Women Owned Businesses report, focused on the valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities faced by Latina entrepreneurs.

“Driving Economic Growth: From Passion to Profit,” will feature a keynote presentation about the state of Hispanic/Latino women-owned businesses nationally and in New York City. This will be followed by a stellar panel of successful Latina entrepreneurs and subject matter experts who will share industry trends, how they overcame challenges and capitalized on the opportunities highlighted in the keynote address. Learn from their experiences as they discuss practical steps they took to secure funding and new contracts during the COVID-19 pandemic, achieving a lasting and remarkable success.

Thursday, October 26, 2023

5:30-7:30 PM ET

Barnard College – Diana Center Oval

3009 Broadway (W. 119th St.)

New York, NY 10027

The event is at no cost. Refreshments will be offered while supplies last.

Donations of $10 or more to NYWIB are welcome and appreciated, but not required.CLICK here if you would like to donate to support NYWIB’s mission and programs.

What you will learn
By the end of this event, you will be able to:

  • Explore opportunities for growth and adaptation in this new business landscape
  • Capitalize on key trends and post-COVID opportunities to drive business growth
  • Make informed decisions for your own business
  • Put into practice the practical advice, tools, and strategies shared by the panel
  • Network with like-minded professionals, connect with potential mentors, and forge new collaborations in an atmosphere of inspiration and empowerment.

Keynote presentation

Geri Stengel, Founder and President, Ventureneer

For the last few years, Geri has researched and written about the challenges women face in the entrepreneurial world and the success factors that help them break through barriers, whether they are starting a business or scaling to a multi-million dollar enterprise.

Geri’s passion to get women on the radar as leaders of mega-firms led her to write Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build Your Business Without One. To find out best practices for investment crowdfunding — a great alternative for women entrepreneurs! — Geri undertook a successful rewards-based crowdfunding campaign herself and published the results in  Stand Out in the Crowd:  How Women (and Men) Benefit from Equity Crowdfunding.

She received 2015 Madam C.J. Walker Business Leadership Award from the National Minority Business Council and was the 2013 and 2012 Small Business Trends Small Business Influencer.  She is Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at The New School and a Facilitator, for the Kauffman Foundation FastTrac courses for entrepreneurs, and a WeNYC mentor.

Panel Moderator

Alicia Nieves, Emmy-Award winning broadcast journalist, Fintech, TV

The Panelists (others being confirmed)

Elizabeth Velez, President, Velez Organization

Alexandra Ruiz, Founder, Poder Capital

You will get the link to the event in your confirmation email after you register.

By registering you’ll be subscribed to SCORE NYC/ NYWIB and Accompany Capital’s email lists. This event is presented by SCORE NYC/ NYWIB in collaboration with Accompany Capital and the generous support of Empire State Development Corporation.


Want more networking opportunities? Consider signing up for our monthly networking sessions.

Conversations & Connections, sponsored by NAWBO, offers network-building in an informal environment, with like-minded professional women and with the focus on getting to know each other as people not just business owners.

CLICK HERE to learn more.


About Women.NYC

Women.NYC—part of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)— is the flagship City initiative to make NYC the best place in the world for women of all backgrounds to thrive in their businesses and careers. Women.nyc advances diversity, gender equality and fosters economic mobility by focusing on equipping women to succeed in the future economy.

About Ventureneer:

50% of businesses fail in their first 5 years. Ventureneer improves those odds by doing research to understand the needs of entrepreneurs and best practices in supporting them. Based on those insights, we develop training, educational content and advocacy initiatives so every entrepreneur, from startup to major player, thrives.


NYWIB mission is to help women grow their businesses one at a time by providing skills, tools, and resources critical for success. When you join New York Women in Business (NYWIB), you join a strong network of women-owned businesses. An alliance of professional organizations, we help small business owners gain access to mentoring, networking, education and valuable business resources. Our supportive community is a place to test ideas among peers and learn from experts and other successful women.

Our community includes startups, independent contractors and solo entrepreneurs in the New York Tri-State area. NYWIB spans the spectrum of business types including retail, e- commerce, food, hospitality, fashion, financial services, marketing, wellness, beauty, arts, entertainment and community service organizations.

About Poder Capital

Poder Capital is reimagining financial services through products and resources made for Latinx small businesses that support wealth-building.

Poder Capital is not just a tech company, it’s a place where our community comes together to support los nuestros and their dreams as we build a more prosperous future for generations to come.

Please note

(1) Doors will be closed once the venue reaches capacity, arrive early. (2) By signing up for this event you accept to be photographed and recorded,  and allow NYWIB to use the materials for informational and promotional purposes.(3) By registering to this event you accept to join our email list and receive information about future events and resources. (4) Food and drinks are provided until supplies last, and you decline to make the organizers responsible for any allergies or reactions the food could cause you.

*Disclosure: Anyone can participate in NYWIB programs regardless of actual or perceived sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, partnership status, marital status, disability (including use of a service animal), race, color, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, military status, or any other class protected by City, State, or Federal law.


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