Keiretsu Forum will host its 9th annual Summer Solstice event for women investors and entrepreneurs on Thursday, June 13th 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Hanson Bridgett LLP in San Francisco, California. The Keiretsu Forum Summer Solstice is a "Call to Action" for female entrepreneurs and investors to help spur economic growth at a local, national, and global level.
Randy Williams, Founder & CEO of Keiretsu Forum, said, "More than ever, the angel investor community is eager to attract women participants." He pointed out that a report by the Kauffman Foundation explains that while "women own half of this country's wealth... [they] make up no more than eight percent of angel investors." Women investors are considered a largely untapped market that is critical to "financial and mentoring support for new companies."
With this in mind, Keiretsu Forum members established in June 2007 a Women Investing in and Supporting Entrepreneurs (WISE) committee to encourage increased involvement of women angel investors and entrepreneurs in the Bay Area early stage venture eco-system.
The event will include a networking reception, a guest speaker, and presentations from five women-led companies to a panel of angel investors. Guest speaker will be Kathy Wilson from New Day for Children. New Day for Children rescues and provides for the needs of American girls ages 10 to 18 suffering from the desperation of human trafficking. The panel will include Keiretsu Forum angel investor members: Mary Jo Potter, Michele Ellie Ahi, Monali Jain, and Keiretsu Forum sponsors: Teresa Pahl, Partner at Hanson Bridgett and Shirley Gee, Founder and Managing Partner at Angel Plus, LLC.
"We live in the heartland of the investment community, Northern California," said Judith Iglehart, Keiretsu Forum President for International Chapter Development & Operations. "Most professional women here are over-achievers competing in various businesses. For years, women were only too familiar with the concept of 'angel.' It's time they added the word 'investor' to it."
About Keiretsu Forum
Keiretsu Forum was founded by Randy Williams in 2000 and has 26 chapters on three continents, with over 1,000 accredited investor members. Keiretsu Forum is the world's largest angel investment network. Keiretsu Forum members provide early stage capital in the range of $250k-2 million in high quality, diverse investment opportunities and collaborate in the due-diligence, but make their own individual investment decisions. For more information, visit www.keiretsuforum.com.
Hosted by Keiretsu Forum, the Summer Solstice is a premier gathering for female investors and entrepreneurs in the Bay Area. The purpose is to educate and inform leading Bay Area business women about how they can support entrepreneurial efforts on a local, national, and global level.
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