Recap, Recording, and Resources from Women's Entrepreneurship Week 2022

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Contact: Kelly Depsee
Senior Director, Communications and External Relations

Recap, Recording, and Resources
from Women's Entrepreneurship Week 2022


Inspiring entrepreneurs and leaders in business and government shared their BIG IDEAS during Berkeley College’s eighth annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Week (WEW) summit, held on Tuesday, October 18, 2022. More than 100 attendees joined “Big Ideas: The Catalyst for Business Success,” which was livestreamed and held in-person at the College’s New York City campus. 

Berkeley College presented keynote speaker Julissa Gutierrez, Chief Diversity Officer, New York State, with the 2022 Women’s Empowerment Award for Inspiring Future Leaders. The award recognizes the entrepreneurs, business and community leaders who have shared their career advice and personal experiences with Berkeley College students and the community at-large.

The WEW summit also featured a panel of prominent entrepreneurs who shared their journeys to professional success. Speakers included Rechelle Balanzat, CEO and Founder, Juliette Technologies; Kibonen Nfi, CEO, Cameroon Clothing Company; Elizabeth Taylor, Owner, True Beauty Brooklyn and Co-host, True Beauty Brooklyn Podcast; and Christina Young, Founder, Stia Jewelry. The panel was moderated by Linda Mauro, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College in New York City.

You can read more takeaways from #WEW2022 below. Click here to read the press release.

Thank you to this year’s sponsors, Valley Bank and Main Street Movers, and to our media partners, Latinas in Business, Inc., the New American Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Women Business Owners – New York City Chapter. We truly appreciate your support!

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Berkeley Women 


Women’s Entrepreneurship Week 2022:
In Their Words

Berkeley Gutierrez 
“Celebrate what you bring to the table. Invest in yourself. Do not be apologetic about anything in your background or experience. It made you who you are and has served to bring you to the place you are today.” – Julissa Gutierrez, Chief Diversity Officer, New York State

Berkeley Cameau 
“Having our speakers here is especially important for the student entrepreneurs like myself who can learn so much from them about what succeeding in business can look like. Programs like this are important for students because they create a bridge that can inform and empower us all.” – Cadjnie Cameau, Student Leader, Berkeley College

Berkeley Recinos 
“It is my hope that everyone leaves here inspired – not only the women who are considering starting a business, but also the women who are still feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – those who are changing careers, or looking for their next chapter, or seeking ways to express their authentic selves.” – Diane Recinos, EdD, President of Berkeley College

 Berkeley Mauro
“One common theme among our panelists is their passion. I truly believe their passion is what allowed them to launch their Big Idea.” – Linda Mauro, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College in New York City

Berkeley Balanzat
“Don’t be so hard on yourself. As women we are very critical and very judgmental of ourselves. We see failure. As an entrepreneur, it’s in those moments you learn what you are good at and you also learn where you need to grow.” – Rechelle Balanzat, CEO and Founder, Juliette Technologies

Berkeley Nfi
“Believe in yourself. Believe in that silent voice that tells you what you can do. Believe in the power of the desire in your heart. I believe it’s possible no matter what – and that’s what has gotten me to where I want to be.” – Kibonen Nfi, CEO, Cameroon Clothing Company

Berkeley Taylor
“As people of color, so much of wanting to prove yourself to the world is trying to fit in. Our differences, especially in today’s world, is what makes our ideas special and what makes a business unique.” – Elizabeth Taylor, Owner, True Beauty Brooklyn and Co-host, True Beauty Brooklyn Podcast

Berkeley Young 
“One thing that has made my company so strong today is the team of people I have working with me. Leverage those relationships, embrace friendships, network. People are proud of the success that they have built together.” – Christina Young, Founder, Stia Jewelry 


Connect with our Panelists

Kibonen Nfi
Instagram: @kibonen.nfi @k.i.b.o.n.e.n

Rechelle Balanzat
Instagram: @irechelle @juliettelaundry @chineselaundryinc

Elizabeth Taylor
Instagram: @TheBrownElizabethTaylor @truebeautybrooklynpodcast @truebeautybrooklyn
Twitter: @TrueBeautyBKpod

Christina Young
Instagram: @stiajewelry

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Entrepreneurship and Business Resources

All Raise – Amplifies female and non-binary voices, accelerates their success, and creates a tech culture where women and non-binary voices are leading, shaping, and funding the future.
Female Founder Collective – Launched in 2018 with the intent to support, develop, and elevate the founders of female owned and led businesses.
Gold House – Elevates Asian and Pacific Islanders to lead and thrive in culture and commerce through unity, investment opportunities, and promotion.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses – An investment to help small businesses grow and create jobs by providing them with greater access to education, capital, and business support services.
New York Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers – Provide instruction, training, technical assistance, and support services to new and aspiring entrepreneurs in local communities statewide.
New York Forward Loan Fund – An economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits, and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak.
New York State Seed Funding – Created to provide assistance to early-stage small businesses to succeed in a recovering New York State economy.
New York State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) – Over $500M in new funding to help New York small business recovery.
New York Virtual Career Center – Online platform to help New Yorkers accelerate their career search.
Tory Burch Foundation – Empowers women and women entrepreneurs by providing access to capital, education, and digital resources.

Main Street Movers
Valley Bank Women in Business

Media Partners
Latinas in Business, Inc.
National Association of Women Business Owners – New York City Chapter
New American Chamber of Commerce