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Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke Hosts Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Forum in Brooklyn


May 11, 2017

Press Contact:

Christine Bennett (DC): 202-225-6231


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, will host an entrepreneurship and economic empowerment forum in Brooklyn, New York with local business owners and leaders.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a speed networking, mentorship and resume workshop, sponsored by the #SheWoke Committee. Budding business women will connect with other entrepreneurs in Brooklyn.

Additionally, Small Business owners and leaders from around the district will lead a real discussion about the inequities Black women business owners face socially and economically and the role of policy to address these disparities.


  • Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09)
  • Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02)
  • Yandy Smith-Harris, Media Mogul, TV Personality, Entrepreneur
  • Ifeoma Ike, Esq., Deputy Executive Director, NYC Office of the Mayor’s Young Men’s Initiative and Founding Member, #SheWoke Committee
  • Shante Bacon, 135th Street Agency
  • Dynishal Gross, Assistant Commissioner for Business Programs at the New York City Department of Small Business Services
  • Chloe McKenzie, BlackFem, Inc.
  • Vera Moore, Vera Moore Cosmetics
  • Mutale Nkonde, Black Girls Code
  • Nickay Piper, Piper & Co.

WHAT:          She’s the Boss: #BlackWomenAtWorkBK Community Forum

WHEN:          May 15, 2017; 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

WHERE:        St. Francis College

                        182 Remsen Street

                        Brooklyn, NY 11201 


The Congressional Caucus on Black Women & Girls was founded to ensure a dedicated body in Congress works to push forward public policy that eliminates significant, and often overlooked, barriers and disparities that impact Black women and girls. Despite more than 430 registered congressional caucuses and Member organizations, no group on Capitol Hill has sought to make Black women and girls a priority in the policy debates that occur there and this caucus will continue to fill that gap.