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Closing the Entrepreneurship Gap: Journeys by Entrepreneurs of Color

May 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

DePaul’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center and the Center for Identity, Inclusion, and Social Change are hosting a panel on the “entrepreneurship gap”–the conspicuous lack of underrepresented often invisible founders in the entrepreneurial landscape–and have invited panelists who have built businesses in this climate nonetheless. The diverse panel of founders will discuss their journeys to success with particular focus on access to funding and funding networks.


Miesha Jihan Williamson

Miesha is the Founder of STEM Girl Social Network, which teaches in person and online video classes for girls in web-development, math, and ACT prep. Her belief is that girls will feel more comfortable learning from women and be able to see themselves in these careers. She has created an online platform which she calls an “all STEM female version of Khan Academy for women by women”. Previously, Miesha has lent her instructional skills at the University of Chicago Charter Schools, taught computer science at the University of Chicago Summer Camps. After teaching the children of Chicago’s elite, she decided that she wanted to lend her teaching and development skills to students who normally would not have this level of instruction. For the last two summers she has taught web-development for a City of Chicago funded program geared towards economically disadvantaged teens and youth offenders on the westside of Chicago. Miesha also has been an elite math, and ACT/SAT prep tutor for 12 years. She is able to raise a student’s ACT score an average of 5 points with 6 sessions or less.

Miesha fell in love with working to improve the educational outcomes of disadvantaged youth or youth who do not have equal access to technology working on a research project that was creating math programs tailored to Detroit Public School students as a sophomore studying mechanical engineering at University of Michigan. Miesha worked as a quality improvement engineer in the automotive industry before moving into STEM education. Two years ago she took up the challenge of teaching herself web-design and software development. While Miesha loves engineering, she loves even more inspiring the future generation who may not think of engineering as an option to consider a career in engineering.


Bevon Joseph

Bevon Joseph is the Founder and President of The Greenwood Project. Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, Bevon Joseph immigrated to the United States at age 16, spending 16 years living and working in the New York & New Jersey area.

Mr. Joseph’s career has been exclusively in the trading industry, specifically technology. He’s worked at financial institutions such as JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, UBS, Chicago Trading Company, Peak6 Investments, Achievement Asset Management and many others. Bevon also worked on the trading floors of the NYSE, NYMEX, and AMEX.

In 2011, Bevon relocated to Chicago where he started working for Peak6 Investments LP, in 2014 he moved on to Achievement Asset Management LLC in the capacity of IT Operations Manager.

In December 2015, Bevon decided that it was time to pay it forward a bit more, and that’s when The Greenwood Project was born. Mr. Joseph wanted to be the catalyst for enhancing diversity in the trading industry, and has since dedicated himself to this cause 100%.

From his own personal experience over 19 years in the business, Mr. Joseph realized that sometimes you need someone on the inside to open the door for you. The Greenwood Project places minority students in paid summer internships, takes them to lunch and learns at trading companies, and hosts a Women of Wall Street speaking series. The Greenwood Project has introduced close to one hundred minority students from under-resourced Chicago communities to the financial industry since March 2016. Greenwood is also expanding to New York City in 2017.

Bevon is an avid soccer and cricket player, he has been married to his wife Elois for 5 years, and is the proud father of Jevon, Chelsea and Pilar.



Carlos Currea

Carlos Currea is a Chicago based entrepreneur who is passionate about building communities. He’s founded High Rise, an organization that provides a forum for students to learn from one another through constructive dialogue, and Loqalus, a community building tool which helps you discover local events, conversations, and crowdfunding projects that are happening around you. His main area of interest is finding ways to convert social capital into access to capital, whether it’s through stimulating the growth of local economies or creating the technology that facilitates the whole process.


Levi Baer

To Levi Baer, a perfect world is one in which everyone has access to the resources needed to advance their ideas and projects. He is solving this challenge using games, entrepreneurship, and community building. Currently, he is an instructor of Entrepreneurship and Communication Studies at DePaul University, a co-founder of the neighborhood-focused coworking space Second Shift, and the driving force behind the startup community Coffee & Conversation.



May 24, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Coleman Entrepreneurship Center


DePaul Center 7900
1 E Jackson Blvd suite 7900
Chicago, IL 60604 United States
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