Keiretsu Forum, the world's largest angel investment community, announced today that Amanda Wallis, market executive for Northern California for U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, will be the keynote speaker for its fourth annual Summer Solstice event for women investors and entrepreneurs in San Francisco on Tuesday evening, June 30 at the PG&E Auditorium.
Wallis is a member of Bank of America's San Francisco Leadership Team, which manages the bank's ongoing relationships with local community leaders and organizations and makes decisions about how to use Bank of America's resources to support the San Francisco community. With more than 30 years of financial services experience, Wallis joined U.S. Trust from American Express in London where she served as executive director, and Europe, Middle East, Africa Region Head of the American Express Private Bank. In 2007 she was named one of the "20 Most Influential Women in European Wealth Management" by Global Investor Magazine.
The purpose of the Keiretsu Forum Summer Solstice is to educate and inform leading Bay Area business women about how they can support entrepreneurial efforts on a local, national, and global level. In addition to a networking reception that will feature La Cocina catering, ice cream from Maggie Mudd, and wine tasting from the Amphora and Summit Lake wineries, attendees will hear brief presentations and a panel discussion regarding the larger role women investors and entrepreneurs need to play in reviving the California economy.
"Currently, over 8 million women-led companies in the U.S. account for over $1 trillion in revenue for the U.S. economy," said Wallis. "California is at the forefront of this movement. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we ignite California's entrepreneurial community by providing the capital and shared expertise necessary to spark business growth."