Capital Access and Job Creation: Women Driving Economic Growth (By invitation only)Monday, April 30, 2012
6:30 AM - 7:45 AM
Michael Milken, Chairman, Milken Institute
Robin Brooks, Chairman and CEO, Brooks Food Group Inc.
Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator
Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments
Lesa Mitchell, Vice President, Advancing Innovation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Lorraine Spurge, CEO, Maplestone Capital Advisors, LLC
We've all seen the statistics showing that small businesses create the largest number of new jobs, but these are the very enterprises that financial institutions tend to ignore. And female business owners experience even greater difficulty accessing the capital and resources required to grow their companies. Women currently own 8.1 million businesses, employ 7.7 million people and contribute $1.3 trillion to the U.S. economy - and with better access to capital, they can play a much greater role in our economic recovery. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will join investors, business owners, elected officials and innovators for this invitation-only conversation about the challenges facing female entrepreneurs and strategies for unleashing the growth potential of women-owned businesses.