Are you doing what you love? Are you working towards your passion and purpose? If you are thinking about starting your own business or are seeking to learn from and network with other like-minded, service-oriented entrepreneurs you will not want to miss this inspirational panel. Hear from three amazing Bay Area womxn of color, Shumsha Hanif-Cruz, Esq. (SHC Law), Lilly Ayers (Queen Hippie Gypsy), and Anna Villalobos (Oeste Bar & Cafe) who followed their passion and successfully built their brand and business through persistence, hard work, and a supportive community. Challenges and setbacks come with the territory especially for womxn of color.

In a study on women-owned businesses, it was found that the gap is widening between the average revenue for businesses owned by women of color and those owned by non-minority women. Let’s work together to change the narrative. Come with an open mind and heart to listen to the panelists’ journey in entrepreneurship, what they learned along the way, and how they stayed true to who they are despite the obstacles.Leilani_SIS_CIRCLE_Final_Multicolor


Queen Hippie Gypsy

Oeste Bar & Cafe


Gifts of Prosperity *Opening & closing meditation by Kenji Correa

Personal Bio:

Leilani is passionate about supporting others and in particular, other women. She started her career as a public school teacher driven by the desire to help children reach their full potential. Her next stage in her career brought her into the educational technology arena where she worked with small start-ups to large corporations including Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt, Promethean World, and Illuminate Education training thousands of educators across the U.S. Having led workshops at company retreats on work-life balance, Leilani was inspired to create a space where women could support, motivate, and inspire one another. Leilani lives with her husband Aaron and four young children in Oakland, CA.


This event is part of the Womxn of Impact series at Impact Hub Oakland to celebrate and support March as Womxn’s History Month.

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Date & Time

March 22 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Impact Hub Oakland 2nd Door


Entry Fee

Cost for Members: 10

Cost for Non Members: 10

Updated on 01 March 2019