april, 2017

13apr8:30 am- 10:00 amTaking the Lead: Women Entrepreneurs of Color their Journey & Lessons


Event Details

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Female Entrepreneurs continue to have an incredible impact on the global and local economy. According to Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, women own 37 % of all global enterprises. However, as the number of women entrepreneurs of color increase, the challenges still remain.

Join us as we hear from a panel of local female entrepreneurs of color as they share their personal journey taking a passion to a viable business. Hear about their growth phases, experiences, and the hard lessons they learned along the way. Learn from those who have done the journey and celebrate the success of some of our own dynamic and groundbreaking female entrepreneurs.

8:30 a.m. Registration and check-in
9 a.m. Panel discussion
10 a.m. Library open hours


Neda Renee

Project DIVA’s Founder and Executive Director, Neda Kellogg, has applied solid entrepreneurial principles in shaping her vision for this organization. Her passion for empowering girls to transcend their challenging life situations through changing their mindsets and acting on their dreams has attracted talented coaches, in-kind donations, and program supporters. Ms. Neda Renee is also the author of ‘Come Here Girl, Let Me Talk To You’.  This book is targeted at middle and high school girls, helping them reflect on how they can make their journeys in life what they envision regardless of what may be going on around them!


Connie Sheehan
Connie is the Founder and Owner of PUSH Fitness a center that welcomes people of all shapes and sizes. PUSH’s uniqueness is its commitment to the African American woman and her health needs. PUSH is deeply rooted in the community and actively involved in civic groups within Minnesota.

Lisa Tabor
Lisa Tabor is owner of CultureBrokers® LLC. Since 2005, her company has delivered measurable outcomes on a variety of diversity, inclusion and equity projects for diverse organizations as big as the nation’s largest private provider of hospital and healthcare services, and small as a community council with two employees.

Seanne Thomas
Seanne is a Broker at ABC Realty, LLC and is a real estate professional, licensed for fifteen years, specializing in first time home buyers. She brings knowledge, skill and compassion to every real estate transaction and is committed to building her business one relationship at a time by carefully listening and checking for understanding.  Seanne does not believe in just selling homes, she believes in building communities.

Presented by the James J. Hill Center in partnership with the Central Certification (CERT) Program

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(Thursday) 8:30 am - 10:00 am CST


JJ Hill Center

80 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102


We are pleased to announce the completion of our elevator renovation at the James J. Hill Center. This project was financed in part with funds provided by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society and the F. R. Bigelow Foundation. It will greatly increase our ability to serve patrons with accessibility needs.

Please access our ground floor elevator entrance via Kellogg Ave at the back of the building. Please ring the doorbell on the right hand side of door and a Hill staff member will assist you. If you have questions or concerns please call 651.265.5500. We look forward to having you visit our brand new elevator!