VT WIN HerStory: Jenny Kassan, Attorney, Investor, Capital Raising Coach
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
4:30pm – 6:00pm ET
Join us in May for another VT WIN HerStory with Jenny Kassan! Jenny is both passionate about helping entrepreneurs find the right match of capital to grow their business and educating investors from all walks of life (and no matter their net worth) on how to invest with their values and support their communities. We’re looking forward to hearing her own personal money story of how she came to this work and what drives her to help change a broken financial system.
Jenny Kassan has over 25 years of experience as an attorney and advisor for mission-driven enterprises. She has helped her clients raise millions of dollars from values-aligned investors and raised over $2 million for her own businesses. She is the author of Raise Capital on Your Own Terms: How to Fund Your Business without Selling Your Soul (Berrett-Koehler, October 2017). Jenny co-founded the Force for Good Fund, an impact investment fund managed by Community Ventures, a nonprofit organization that Jenny founded in 2008. She also co-founded Crowdfund Mainstreet, a licensed portal for Regulation Crowdfunding. Most recently she co-founded Opportunity Main Street, an impact investment fund that owns a mixed-use building in Baltimore which serves as a hub for supporting under-represented entrepreneurs and providing education about community-based investing.
Jenny’s legal practice, The Kassan Group, provides legal services, coaching, and consulting for mission-driven companies, investors, and intermediaries and includes educational programs for entrepreneurs (the Capital on Your Terms program) and investors of all levels of wealth and income (Angels of Main Street). Jenny served on the Securities and Exchange Commission Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. She submitted the petition to the SEC that led to the passage of the 2012 JOBS Act. Before becoming a securities lawyer, Jenny worked for eleven years at a nonprofit community development corporation in Oakland called the Unity Council, where she served as staff attorney and managed community economic development projects including a $100 million transit-oriented development project and the formation and management of several social ventures designed to employ and create business ownership opportunities for low-income community residents.
Jenny co-founded the Sustainable Economies Law Center, a nonprofit that provides legal information to support sustainable economies. Jenny is also a fellow at Democracy Collaborative. She is on the board of directors for CfPA (Crowdfunding Professional Association) and formerly served as a director of Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Jenny earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley, and is certified as a coach by the International Association of Women in Coaching. In 2020 she was named to the list of World-Changing Women in Conscious Business by SOCAP Global.
Check out Jenny’s Capital Insight Podcast at https://www.jennykassan.com/capital-insight-podcast/ .
Agenda for Zoom Online Event:
4:30pm – VT WIN intros and meeting guidelines
4:40pm – HerStory: Jenny Kassan
5:10pm – Time for Q&A with Jenny
5:25pm – General / Open Discussion and Wrap Up
As always, there will be time for a discussion and sharing ideas.
This event is sponsored by: