WWBIC Virtual Luncheon on December 1, 2020 – Summary
Visionary Leadership: Evolving Purposefully in our Communities
The annual WWBIC Luncheon commenced on December 1, 2020, and provided both moments of reflection and a path forward. Wendy Baumann, WWBIC President/CVO shared “At WWBIC, we envision a far different and better future with equal access to wealth creation for all Wisconsin entrepreneurs. Our work is our march, one client at a time every single day. We will never quit, never give in, never give up on dismantling entrenched inequality and inequity – through the opportunities of entrepreneurship we can sustain hope in our work, our community and with our clients.”
Our 2020 “Voices of Impact” Speakers
JANE BLAIN GILBERTSON
Blain’s Farm & Fleet
Jane Blain Gilbertson is the President, CEO and sole owner of the 43 Blain’s Farm & Fleet stores in the Midwest employing 4,400 individuals…the country store for our rural communities. Former Board Member of Bank One, Johnson Bank and The International Women’s Forum, Blain is a graduate of Miami University.
Gwen Jimmere is the Founder and CEO of Naturalicious an entrepreneur leading a seven figure business that has created high performing, time-saving haircare products distributed in over 1,200 retail stores including ULTA, Whole Foods and Sally Beauty. Jimmere is a graduate of Kent University.
National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB)
Noel Poyo is the Executive Director of the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) a fellow CDFI dedicated to integrating lower income communities and immigrants into mainstream financial services. NALCAB has raised more than $300 million for socially-motivated real estate and economic development projects. Poyo is bicultural and bilingual and graduate of Yale University.