fundHer: Advancing Women-Led Startups in Memphis

May 30, 11:30 PM – May 31, 1:30 AM

Ready to break the capital ceiling? Join us for fundHER: Advancing Women-Led Startups in Memphis, where we’re tearing down expectations and paving the way for women-led startups in Memphis.

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About this event

Ready to break the capital ceiling? Join us for fundHER: Advancing Women-Led Startups in Memphis, where we’re tearing down expectations and paving the way for women-led startups in Memphis. We’re featuring two badass panelists: experts who specialize in alternative sources of funding for underestimated founders. But it’s more than just money on the line - it’s a chance to create real, lasting impact by disrupting the traditional structures that don’t make room for female entrepreneurs. 

Let's get real about the challenges and opportunities that female entrepreneurs face. It's time to break open the conversation around unequal access to the resources they need to succeed. We're talking biases, roadblocks, unleveled playing fields and alternative sources of capital. We’ll discuss the challenges, opportunities, and potential solutions that come with advancing women's leadership in the startup ecosystem. So, even if you aren't sure if you need funding or qualify for funding… this event is still for you. Come ready to fight the power and level the playing field – inequity is going down!

Meet our Speakers

Karlescia Brookins

Karlescia Brookins currently serves as Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives & Programs for Grameen America’s Elevating Black Women Entrepreneurs initiative. In this role, she oversees all projects and related relationships to help the organization achieve its strategic priorities. Previously, Karlescia worked to form and grow new Elevate branches within the Grameen America network, specifically Memphis, TN and Atlanta, GA, while spearheading Elevate’s Interfaith Strategy and engagement with other community partners across the four Elevate branches.

Jarlecia Jones

Jarlecia Jones is the Vice President of Lending in Memphis at Pathway. Pathway Lending is a nonprofit on a mission to provide lending solutions and education to small businesses and entrepreneurs across Tennessee.

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  • Karlescia Brookins

    Grameen America

    ProjectProject Manager, Strategic Initiatives & Programs

  • Jarlecia Jones

    Pathway Lending

    Vice-President of Lending



May 30 – 31, 2023
11:30 PM – 1:30 AM UTC


11:30 PM♥️ Make Friends
12:00 AM🙋🏽‍♀️ Meet Startup Grind Memphis
12:10 AM🔥 Fireside Panel Discussion/Audience Q&A
1:00 AM🎁 Help Others


  • LaKeisha Harrison


    Memphis Chapter Director

  • Brandy McCarley

    Culture Index

    Chapter Leadership Team

  • Melissa Nelms

    Chapter Leadership Team