WomenVenture, the Minneapolis-based nonprofit financial growth company, named Erin Horne McKinney as its new CEO.
“We’re extremely happy that Erin Horne McKinney has accepted the position of CEO,” WomenVenture board chair Autumn Approach mentioned in a press release. “She brings nice vitality, a deep dedication to BIPOC and underserved girls, and intensive private expertise of entrepreneurship to the position. We’re excited to see the place her management takes WomenVenture.”
Horne McKinney brings greater than 20 years of expertise in entrepreneurship and tech coverage, enterprise capital, financial growth, inclusion/variety/fairness/entry (IDEA), and advertising and marketing communications. She says her passions embody social influence, equitable entrepreneurship, and inclusive innovation.
A founding member of the Black Innovation Alliance, Horne McKinney serves on the advisory board of Collider’s Inclusion Open program and is a board director at Greater Twin Cities United Way. In 2020, she based St. Paul-based Entry Consulting, an financial growth agency targeted on inclusivity, fairness, and alternative.
“The entire work and analysis that I do is absolutely steeped in my private experiences of not getting access to sure assets and what I want would’ve been there after I wanted it,” Horne McKinney mentioned. “Information reveals that black feminine entrepreneurship is the fastest-growing entrepreneurial phase within the nation—but the assets for that group are considerably low.”
Established in 1977, WomenVenture empowers girls to realize financial self-sufficiency by small enterprise possession. Final yr, WomenVenture offered greater than 8,000 hours of enterprise coaching, $1.6 million in microloans, and 4,300 hours of knowledgeable recommendation.
“I do know first-hand what it’s wish to take an thought and switch it right into a enterprise,” Horne McKinney mentioned. “I additionally know what it’s wish to be underestimated and undervalued as a Black feminine entrepreneur. I’ll proceed to make use of these experiences to guide WomenVenture as an financial growth change agent that advocates for larger assist and understanding of the complete and complicated ecosystem of feminine entrepreneurship.”
Horne McKinney begins full-time on March 15. Her appointment follows the retirement of Elaine Wyatt, who served as WomenVenture’s CEO for almost eight years.