The global impacts of COVID-19 are undeniable.

As small businesses across the nation work to understand the short and long-term implications on business operations, Walker’s Legacy Foundation (WLF) is determined to provide a voice for the fastest growing entrepreneurial segment in the nation: multicultural women in business. Through our research, Walker’s Legacy Foundation established quantitative and qualitative data on the effects of COVID-19 to assist multicultural businesswomen, and develop an action plan to support multicultural businesswomen in combating economic setbacks based on the current environment.

COVID-19 Research Team

Rachel Wertz

VISTA Eco-System Entrepreneurship Research and Best Practices Support Analyst







COVID-19 Research Partners and Advisory Board Council

The COVID-19 Impact Research Partners and Advisory Board Council in partnership with the Gates Foundation is meant to best identify the way forward for women entrepreneurs of color. Thank you to our partners and advisory board council!

Advisory Board Council 

  • Shatakia Niles – Atlanta (Southeast, Urban Core, Primary Demographic)  
  • Kendra Speed – Austin (Southcentral, Corporate Insight)  
  • Latasha Best-Gaddy – Durham (Northeast, Urban Core, Primary Demographic)
  • Brendez Wineglass – New York (Northeast, Urban Core, Primary Demographic)
  • Monica Abernathy – Chicago (Midwest, Urban Core, Primary Demographic)

COVID-19 Micro Grant Finalists

$4,000 in grants.  Our Commitment to Multicultural Women Entrepreneurs. To read more about our COVID-19 Micro Grant Finalists, click here.

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