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WESST Albuquerque TrainingWomen Who Own It Speaker Series

Women Who Own It Speaker Series

Our first 90-minute session is part of our three-part series aimed at bringing together women of color entrepreneurs to share their stories, strategies, and transformational wisdom.   Each business owner will talk about why they started their business, how they financed it, market it, and share their successes and failures and lessons learned. 

*Between 2007 and 2018 in the United States, the number of women-owned firms grew by 58%. During this same timeframe, businesses owned by women of color grew much more quickly and reached a 163% increase. As of 2018 reporting, 47% of all women-owned businesses are owned by women of color and these women employ more than 2.2 million people.

Today, companies led by women entrepreneurs of color clearly have a strong foothold. Although this is great news, much of this growth is due to economic necessity. 

WESST knows that women, especially women of color remain underrepresented among the ranks of entrepreneurs.  One of the best actions to take to overcome barriers associated with underrepresentation is to network with other women business owners.  The Women Who Own It Speaker Series offers an opportunity to be part of women of color entrepreneur only discussion.


  • Monica Jojola, President and Principal of MONTECH INC. (WESST Board of Directors)
  • Marisa Saavedra Gutierrez, Owner and Designer of Spatial Harmony Color Consulting + Design, LLC (WESST Client)
  • Claudia Marquez, Owner of Taco Tote (WESST Client)

Come join us, get empowered and take your business to the next level!