10th Annual CSRB Conference

The power of an inclusive, ever-evolving local economy depends on our ability to create strong, intentional collaborations for an equitable future. This year, we will gather the most creative, engaged and transformative leaders in the Bay Area who are working diligently to contribute to the vibrancy of our community and local economy through initiatives that support […]
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10th Annual CSRB Conference, March 9th Mills College Oakland, CA

The power of an inclusive, ever-evolving local economy depends on our ability to create strong, intentional collaborations for an equitable future. This year, we will gather the most creative, engaged and transformative leaders in the Bay Area who are working diligently to contribute to the vibrancy of our community and local economy through initiatives that support entrepreneurs, community programs and small businesses.

During this full and interactive day, we will celebrate what is working effectively, discuss gaps that need to be filled, create strategies to break down barriers, challenge one another to increase our impact and create tangible plans for next steps.

The Keynote Speaker; Konda Mason is the Co-Founder and CEO of Impact Hub Oakland, a co-working space for socially engaged changemakers and social entrepreneurs. Her other projects include the Pachamama Alliance, The Well Being in Business Lab and Spirit Rock, an Insight Meditation Center.

The conference takes a look at who is currently driving change around economic development in a way that is cross-sector, collaborative and community based. Conference goers and panelist engage in conversations that focus on funding, creating Good Jobs, sustainability and the integration of technology with interactive workshops for budding and established entrepreneurs and ample opportunities for folks to network. We all have a responsibility to engage and develop regardless of our industry sector and its historical culture. Entrepreneurship is a means to wealth generation, job creation, and community economic development, as such, we are looking at the ways in which the Bay Area can continue to develop and support vibrant small businesses as well as our community members.

Real Life: I am an Entrepreneur (A Roundtable Conversation)

Are you an entrepreneur? Do you dream of becoming an entrepreneur? Join us for a full discussion about the pitfalls and rewards of entrepreneurship during our roundtable conversation. Network with passionate minds while learning about new business, successful business journeys and ideas around further building out our entrepreneur community.

Facilitator: Dr. Darcelle Lahr, Mills College

Entrepreneurial Stories & Lessons from:

  • Shana Lancaster, Mamacitas

  • Daniel Adler, The Foundation

  • Carla Buggs, Bay Area Black Market

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