Walker’s Legacy, a national women-of-color in business collective, conducted entrepreneurship roundtable discussions for research commissioned by the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy. The research aims to identify the unique opportunities of Black women business owners and entrepreneurs, and assess the unique challenges and barriers they face! Research was conducted in three major U.S. cities: Washington, DC, New York, NY, and Houston, TX because of their high rates of Black women entrepreneurship.
Leveraging academic research with experienced entrepreneurs, the goal of this project was to gather more qualitative research on this niche community of entrepreneurs, the fastest growing business segment in the nation.
The focus groups and panel discussions centered on the role of the Black woman entrepreneurs and include data and information regarding this community. Some topics discussed for the report included access to mentorship; access to capital and resources; and the challenges in starting and maintaining your business venture.
Our expert panelists and moderator featured successful women from a wide range of areas of expertise. Some of our featured speakers included Carla Harris, Vice Chairwoman of Wealth Management and Managing Director & Sr. Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley; Melissa Bradley, Director of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative at the Kogod Business School at American University; and Mariam Camara, Founder and Creative Director of Mariama Fashion Production and the Co-founder of There is No Limit Foundation.
Our guests participation in our research programming is sure to affect the large role women of color play in business for time to come!