The Hatchery: Proud To Be WOB: Inspirational Women Leaders and Funding Strategies

In honor of International Women’s Day, we are once again partnering with the Women’s Business Development Center to provide an afternoon filled with information and resources for female entrepreneurs! Join us and the Wonder Women of the Food and Beverage Industry for two important conversations, one focused on the successes and strategies of innovative female leaders in the food and beverage industry, and the other diving into the world of financing your startup.  

Find the support you need while connecting with and celebrating your fellow female founders. 

*This event is free for residents of the West Side communities (Garfield Park, Austin, North Lawndale, West Humboldt Park). To register, email or call (312) 283-5732 with your address!*

 On March 12, The WBDC will be providing more information about becoming a certified Women Owned Business and the fantastic programs and initiatives available to female entrepreneurs. Please register for that webinar separately: Proud To Be WOB: How To Become A Certified Woman Owned Business.   

 First Session: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Inspirational Women Leaders Panel:  

From Madame C.J Walker to Martha Stewart, female leaders have been paving the way to innovation for centuries. We are thrilled to bring together inspiring women leaders continuing this path forward and learning from their experiences in the Food and Beverage industry. We are coming together as a community to share resources, insights, and awareness to an empowering group of entrepreneurs, women. 

Katrina Markoff, Founder, Vosges Chocolates
Vanessa Pham, Co-Founder & CEO of Omsom 
Ayeshah Abuelhiga is the Founder & CEO of Mason Dixie Foods
Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Moderator, Natalie Shmulik, CEO, The Hatchery Chicago

Second Session: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Access to Capital Panel: 

40% of businesses in the US are owned by women and generate around 1.8 trillion a year in revenue, according to Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.  Even with this growing number of female owned businesses, women continue to have limited access to capital. Hear from experienced leaders and experts as we discuss ways to break through barriers and engage financing opportunities. During this panel we will address existing challenges, discuss solutions and provide tools and strategies to further elevate women and help their businesses grow. 

Shayna Harris, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Supply Change Capital
Eva Brown, VP CED Lending and Investment Strategies & Director of Community and Economic Development 
Mary Tritsis, Director of Community Business at Allies for Community Business
ModeratorLotika Pai, Managing Director of Access to Capital, WBDC