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SVIW: True Confession Speakers

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Chrystel Cornelius, President & CEO of the Oweesta Corporation, a national Native CDFI intermediary will be joining us as a True Confessions speaker at Social Venture Institute Women Virtual this June 14-16! Apply by April 15th for 15% off early bird pricing and join our gathering of women & non-binary change makers at hollyhock.ca/sviw.  

Since the pandemic began Oweesta Corporation has raised $100 million dollars to support economic growth in Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native communities through the creation, development and capitalization of Community Development Financial Institutions. Chrystel has worked with Native communities the entirety of her professional career, with more than 26 years of direct experience working within the Native economic development field.  She is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians located in North Dakota. 

“We innately know that when armed with the appropriate resources, Native peoples hold the capacity and ingenuity to ensure the sustainable, economic, spiritual and cultural well-being of their communities.”

— Chrystel Cornelius, Oweesta Corporation 

Chrystel is also a founding steering committee member for the Native CDFI Network (NCN), a former board member of Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), a current board member of the Community Reinvestment Fund (CRF) and holds the position of Board Chair for the Red Feather Development Group. She is a BALLE (Common Future) Fellow, Skoll Fellow, and recipient of the 27th Heinz Award for the Economy in 2022.

Join us in June for the opportunity to hear Chrystel’s True Confession!

We will also be learning from Caryl Levine Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Lotus Foods, Inc in conversation with Konda Mason of Jubilee Justice. Learn from these dynamic leaders what it takes to influence and change systems (food and finance) that support under resourced communities.  Business can and should be a force for good – Chrystel, Caryl and Konda will share their stories. Along with True Confessions speakers, the Social Venture Institute model of case studies, workshops, mentorship, peer coaching, 1-on-1 consulting with our panel of experts, and networking is an opportunity to connect, collaborate, and find your community! 

Apply now: hollyhock.ca/sviw

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