VISION 2020 is St. Louis' only annual conference for women, people of color, and foreign-born emerging entrepreneurs and existing small business owners. Although this year’s event will be held virtually, attendees can satisfy their entrepreneurial curiosities at this one-day symposium that will include interactive sessions and connect inspiring entrepreneurs to community experts and resources. The insights available at VISION are applicable to companies that cross many industries, from tech-focused companies, to food and beauty formulation businesses to consumer manufacturing companies, and more. Whether you have a business idea you want to test out, or an already-established company you are looking to grow, VISION can help you achieve your business goals. Registration is $15.
Winnie Caldwell, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Books N Bros is a St. Louis native and will deliver the Keynote motivation. Winnie is also Sidney’s mom. Sidney Keys III, is the 14-year-old founder of Books N Bros, LLC. When Sidney had the idea to found a book club in 2016, he wanted it to be for boys as a form of social justice. Winnie took off the mom hat and put on the Communications hat. Books N Bros has since grown from seven members to more than 400 internationally, participated in three fellowships, given more than $15,000 in resources back to their local community. Books N Bros has also been seen on networks such as Disney+ Marvel's Hero Project, SteveTV, Good Morning America, The Hallmark Channel, CNN Heroes, Oprah's O Magazine and more.
Kristy Jackson, CEO of DK Solutions, LLC and author, will kick off a day of inspiration, learning, and networking. Kristy will help entrepreneurs reach their next stage and realize their goals. Dream, Sink, Launch is a mindset and strategy guide that uses a new creative problem solving approach to innovate dreaming, flip failure into wins, and implement the appropriate action plans for success.
WHO: Organized by BioSTL, The Balsa Foundation, CET, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, ITEN, MRM Consulting, MOSourceLink, Purpose First Advisors, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, St. Louis Mosaic Project, St. Louis Regional Chamber, ThriveCo, and WePower.
WHEN: Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. with Winne Caldwell's keynote at 2:20 p.m.
WHERE: Whova, Virtual Platform
Through VISION 2020’s Whova virtual platform, attendees will engage with exhibitors and sponors, connect one-on-one with other attendees, participate in community chats on chosen topics, and attend breakout sessions to learn from multiple community leaders. Registration is open through the day of the event and will close October 15th at 2 p.m. CST, just before for the keynote speaker begins.
ABOUT: VISION, led by BioSTL's Entrepreneur Inclusion Initiative, empowers underrepresented talent to pursue and develop STEM-enabled ventures within human health, plant and ag science, and food and nutrition. It prioritizes programming for high-potential and entrepreneurially-oriented individuals facing barriers to success, specifically entrepreneurs who identify as Black, Latinx, women, and foreign-born. You do not have to be a rocket scientist, coding expert or master craftsperson to attend this virtual conference. No matter the stage of your business and no matter the size of your dream, we want you to join us for this one-of-a-kind conference. For more information and to register, visit www.visionstlouis.com.