march, 2021

thu11mar5:00 pm6:00 pmEvent OverVirtual EventForeign-Born Women Entrepreneurs5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Join St. Louis Mosaic Project in celebrating International Women’s Month with a panel of foreign-born women entrepreneurs!

St. Louis has a growing international community which includes many successful women entrepreneurs whose businesses are thriving here. Learn about their journeys, how and why they decided to make St. Louis their headquarters and what inspired them to pivot toward entrepreneurship. Angela Zeng obtained a PhD in Pathology and was driven to create Karuna from her belief that nutritious healthy plant-based food can act as medicine; Pravina Pindoria spent a decade in nursing and process improvement and repeatedly witnessed inefficient systems that bogged down worker’s productivity leading her to launch Tallyfy, software that empowers teams to manage any project seamlessly; Sofi Sek applied her business and photography background to create beautiful handmade Senegalese goods and donates partial proceeds to building of a girls’ STEAM school in Senegal. Join us for an hour of inspiration and Q &A with these amazing international women!


Angela Zeng PHD, MBA – Founder and CEO of Karuna (China)
Angela came to America from China in 1996. She initially struggled with the lack of plant food in our diets and our highly processed foods. After becoming a doctor of Pathology, she and her husband, a doctor of Oncology, were determined to provide a true plant based alternative beverage. Their belief is the right food can act as medicine and aid in preventing many health issues. Karuna Beverages challenges everything the legacy beverage companies have done. “With our philosophy that diet can improve and prevent many health issues we are proud to share Karuna Beverages.” – Angela Zeng PHD, MBA

Pravina Pindora – Head of Operations at Tallyfy (UK)
British born, Gujarati Indian ethnicity. Grandparents arrived from Uganda in the 1970’s as ex-British subjects after East Africa became independent of the British Empire. Pravina Pindoria graduated with a degree in Nursing from City, University of London in 2004 and spent a decade doing nursing and doing process improvement for London’s most reputable healthcare, education and nonprofit organizations and in Australia and rural parts of Africa. Pravina observed that in every sector, bureaucracy and unnecessarily complex and inefficient systems came in the way of people trying to get work routine jobs done or innovate. She believes that in this age of mobile and real-time, people in any workplace, should be empowered, not blocked from making progress. Pravina is the champion of the front-line worker and manager, both of who are the end-users of Tallyfy. With deep insight into consumer behavior, she is invaluable in guiding the ultimate strategy and user experience for the product. As Amit says – “Pravina ensures that Tallyfy makes sense to non-technical users” – an invaluable role in an otherwise technically-oriented team.

Sofi Seck – Founder and CEO of Expedition SubSahara (Senegal)
Senegalese-born, St. Louis, Missouri-transplant, fiber artist, Creative Director, and Founder Sofi Seck earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Advertising and uses her background in business and photography to design and create the stunning collections of Expedition Subsahara. Providing authentic, handmade Senegalese goods to the public is just the beginning. Twenty percent of every sale is earmarked for the building of a girls’ STEAM school in Senegal, which will empower young women and give them the opportunity, confidence and education to choose their path in life.

Suzanne Sierra – Moderator
Senior Program Manager for the St. Louis Mosaic. In her role, she manages community programs and initiatives which focus on the Mosaic Project’s goal of transforming St. Louis into the fastest growing major metropolitan area for immigration by 2025. This includes collaborating with business and university leaders and community partners to provide professional and social connections to foreign-born individuals, professionals, and entrepreneurs


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