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april, 2018

17apr8:00 am9:30 amFeaturedTaking the LeadShow Me the Money: Financial Confidence


Event Details


Money talks, but what if you are unable to get the right person to listen? Access to funding is not always an equal opportunity journey. Recent findings from have indicated that women and minorities often experience more difficulty securing and accessing funding, often times starting their business through personal funds.

If the path and process starts out challenging how do you repair the trust and confidence in the funding process. What are the tips, tricks and tools available to make securing funding a reality and contribute to the overall economic growth and what is the overall impact on the economic ecosystem when funding opportunities are  equal for all?

This is a free discussion designed to create a safe space where diverse female voices can share their experience and perspective on women’s leadership challenges in the entrepreneurial community.

Program Agenda
Doors       7:30 AM (Networking &  light breakfast)
Program  8:00 – 9:00 AM
Q&A         9:00 – 9:30 AM

Junita Flowers
Founder & Owner – Favorable Treats
Junita is a writer, speaker, entrepreneur, mom and the owner of Favorable Treats. With more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations, she spent her career advocating for families and leading social change initiatives.


Chris Albrecht
Senior Vice President, Director of SBA Lending – Sunrise Banks
Chris started her banking career in 1997 with what was then Saint Anthony Park State Bank. She is a graduate of the University of St Thomas, current board member of the Midway Chamber of Commerce, past board member and chair of Neighborworks Home Partners and was recognized as a 2016 Top Women in Finance.

Emma Kasiga
Program Manager – SBA Lending; Housing & Financial Education at African Development Center
Emma is an immigrant from Tanzania and started her career in the non-profit world. She went on to work in the retail and business banking where she worked hard to help small businesses. She then transitioned into the financial advising world. Today, she has come full circle and works for the African Development Center which helps immigrants, and refugees (and now first generation Americans) to navigating through the financial systems, home buying and starting/financing businesses.

Sara Russick 
General Partner – Capita3
Sara Russick is General Partner of Capita3, which is dedicated to investing in companies led by women and diverse teams. She is also Managing Director of Gopher Angels, a network that invests in Midwest startups. And, as an entrepreneur, she co-founded and led 2 companies to exit.

Pat Dillon
Director – MN-SBIR
Ms. Pat Dillon is the director of MN-SBIR, the State’s designated resource for startups and existing companies to compete and win federal research funding from the annual $2.5 billion Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs.  Dillon is a 1999 recipient of the prestigious SBA Tibbetts Award; a national award for excellence in the SBIR/STTR Programs, and a 2001 recipient of the City Business’ 25 Most Innovative Woman Award (now the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal). Ms. Dillon is a retired United States Navy Commander with 40 years of service (active and reserve), and a combat veteran having served 10 months in Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.



(Tuesday) 8:00 am - 9:30 am CST


JJ Hill Center

80 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102


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.

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