5G Connecting Communities Series: Women Leading the Way in Tech

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, the women of Verizon’s SGA East Region as kicked off the 5G Connecting Communities Series through conversations with women who are leading the way in tech. Leaders from New York, Washington D.C., and Virginia discussed economic development, STEM education, and digital divide investments happening up and down the coast. The event spotlighted how 5G drives local communities, including the nonprofit partners, businesses, and government leaders from across the region who are leveraging technology to advance their work.

Speakers included:

Candice Austin, Director, State Government & Local Affairs, Verizon; Jessica Chait, Manager, State & Local Government Affairs, Verizon; Danielle Craddock, Founder/Director, Girls Inspired and Ready to Lead, Inc.; Kathleen Grillo, SVP, Public Policy & Government Affairs, Verizon; Kassandra Perez-Desir, Regional Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Verizon; Kelly Schulz, Former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce & Department of Labor; and Michelle Watson, Tech Program Supervisor, Queens Chamber of Commerce.

Technically Philly: The Enterprise Center is raising a $50M growth capital fund for women- and minority-owned businesses

The Enterprise Center, the West Philadelphia-based nonprofit offering business education and capital resources, is officially launching its fund to support investments in women- and minority-owned businesses. Called the Innovate Capital Growth Fund and aiming to cap at $50 million, the plans for the fund were first announced over two years ago.

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Technically Philly: ‘Where you put your money matters’: Angel investor Teresa Esser explores new ways to drive social impact home

Teresa Esser wants people to “follow the money.” It’s a piece of advice she was given early on in her career in publishing, in the late ’90s when she imagined making a living as an academic writer. Instead, the MIT grad cut her teeth making cold calls and getting comfortable with rejection

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