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Tuesday, May 23 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
JILLTalk: Detroit Techy Girls

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The JILL TALK speaking series will feature influential women TALKERS who will deliver a 14 minute TED-style presentation, followed by a panel discussion. It will be hosted by Jillian Blackwell, JILL TALK Conversation Strategist and Partner Sales Manager for Heartland District at Microsoft.

This series is designed to give women thought leaders and business onwers at platform where they can activate, accelerat and amplify their voices. 

JILLTalk speakerss:

- Monica Weat, Pixel DSi and Parallel Ventures
- Marlin Page-Williams, Sisters Code
- Jill Ford, heads the City of Detroit’s innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives

It has never been a better time to be a woman entrepreneur. In fact, women own 36% of all businesses, according to the 2012 U.S. Census ‒ a jump of 30% over 2007. The number of businesses owned by African American women has grown 322% since 1997, making black females the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S., per Fortune Magazine. In addition, within the past seven years, Detroit has become known both as the Wild West and the land of opportunity for business founders, a significant proportion of them female. 

Although these numbers are impressive, economists and academics agree women entrepreneurs are still an under-tapped force that can rekindle economic expansion if given an opportunity to lead. Why are women under tapped and underserved? Could it be that women aren’t seen as thought leaders, or leaders within their industry? During Detroit Startup week, women will have their voices heard. 

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Jillian Blackwell

Visionary and Founder, JILL TALK

Marlin G. Williams

Diversity and Inclusion Entrepreneur

#DETSW17 Organizing Team
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Jill Ford

Principal, Toyota AI Ventures
Jill Ford is the Principal of Toyota AI Ventures. As the City of Detroit’s Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Jill attracted and grew startups and small businesses in Detroit. She did this by engaging directly with thousands of entrepreneurs throughout the city, observing... Read More →
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Monica Wheat

Co-Founder / Advisory Board, Techstars Startup Week Detroit
Monica Wheat is a Strategist, Educator, and Venture Developer. She is the Founder and Partner at Venture Catalysts, a venture and ecosystem development group and the Managing Director of Backstage Capital's Detroit Accelerator. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Digerati... Read More →

Tuesday May 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
#ChaseBasecamp - M-1 Board Room | Masonic Temple 500 Temple Street, Detroit, MI 48201