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Diversity & Inclusion in Entrepreneurship

February Empower Hour
February 22nd 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. // Virtual Event

Join the KS WEL Institute monthly Empower Hour with this month's speaker Stephanie Xenos. Stephanie is a millennial women's personal finance expert specializing in investing and financial independence. Stephanie founded Money Muse in 2018 to help women find peace of mind, chase inspiration, and live a sparkly life! Stephanie speaks at events, women's groups, and conferences around the US, as well as works with women one on one as a financial coach. At the intersection of finance and feminism, Money Muse promotes financial literacy and independence as a means to achieving gender equality. Stephanie reached financial independence and retired from a career in rocket science at 32.

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A New Era of Entrepreneurship
February 23rd 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. // Virtual Event

Join us to learn from women entrepreneurs located in Silicon Hills (Austin), Silicon Valley (San Francisco), and Silicon Beach (Los Angeles) as they share with us their journey and answer any questions from the audience. This event will be live-streamed on Twitch. ​You'll be talking to young adults about these hubs, what made them special, how is that expanding during the pandemic, the best ways to start a business post-covid, and how to pinpoint opportunities.

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UT Learning & Development: Lunch & Learn
Career Backchannels: The power of networking and word of mouth // February 24th, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. // Virtual Event 

Join KS WEL Institute's Lesley Robinson for Session 3 of the UT Career Development Lunch & Learn. 

Did you know that people usually find jobs through word of mouth? Getting involved with groups where people can help you and you can help others is a great way to advance your career. Lesley Robinson from Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute will show you how to get your name out there on the path to a rewarding career.

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Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship: Navigating the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
February 24th 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. // Virtual Event

The 2021 Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship summit will provide UT students and the greater Austin community insight on ways entrepreneurs from underserved communities can successfully launch entrepreneurial ventures utilizing the support of the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem.
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Congrats Rashu! Our newly elected
Student Advisory Board President-Elect 

Meet February's #FeaturedFemaleFounder
Khira Patel, Founder of FostaParty

FostaParty is a non-profit event planning service that provides free birthday parties for children in the foster care system. In high school, Khira Patel mentored a little girl who had been through the foster care system and was touched by her strength and resilience despite the adverse circumstances she had faced. This friendship is what sparked Khira’s passion to better the lives of foster children. When someone hires FostaParty to plan their child’s birthday, the profits from the event provide a free party for a child in the foster care system. 

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National Entrepreneurship Week 2/13 - 2/20

National Entrepreneurship Week is a congressionally-chartered initiative founded in 2006 that takes place the third week of February annually.

Our annual goal is to flood social media with the support of entrepreneurship. Mark your calendar now to share your support on Wednesday, February 17th from 1-1:30 pm EST as we continue our annual Social Media Storm.

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Launch Your Startup Journey

Built for undergraduate students who are passionate about solving problems, the Entrepreneurship Minor equips individuals with the tools and skills needed to innovate through entrepreneurship.

Unlike any other academic program offered on the Forty Acres, the Entrepreneurship Minor was developed to be a comprehensive program fostering venture creation and intrapreneurship students who are prepared to successfully navigate our agile and advancement-driven economy.
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NEW Entrepreneurship in Residence Program for COFA Students

Starting in mid-February, the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship in the College of Fine Arts is bringing a new Entrepreneurship in Residence (EIR) program to COFA students, with a special new “Office Hours” each month (virtual for now) to encourage direct conversations between students and successful Creative Founders from the outside community.  
Sign up for your spot with one (or more) of these incredible EIRs below. Bring that burning question, request specific advice or just come to understand their journeys in starting a career. Build that network!

Meet the COFA EIRs

TEDxUTAustin's UnMute
March 6th, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. // Virtual Event

Join us for TEDxUTAustin's fourth annual conference and Austin's largest university TEDx event on March 6, 2021, on an Online Platform! TEDxUTAustin 2021 - Unmute is about breaking the silence to amplify new innovations, perspectives, and initiatives that address our rapidly changing world, and encouraging others to follow suit. The conference will showcase an immersive lineup featuring student leaders, professors, and Austin community members.

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Join the kswelinstitute Slack Workspace now to chat with other students, get the inside scoop on all things WEL Institute, and help build a strong community that empowers women to lead and encourages the world to follow! 

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