Panel : Queer Women in Business

Queer Women in Business

February 18, 2021
6:00 – 7:00p

FREE virtual event
Live on facebook & YouTube

Join us for one of our February discussions where we explore how queer women are shaping the business and nonprofit sectors of Connecticut through innovative ideas, strong business skills, and outstanding leadership.

In this conversation our panelists will discuss entrepreneurship and how you can build an idea into a recognized and change making brand. How do queer women combat employment and workplace discrimination? How can queer women’s philanthropy through their businesses be models for giving back to the community?

This panel is presented in partnership with Collab New Haven.

This discussion will feature thoughts from Jasmine Jacobs, Ashley LaRue and Sonia Salazar. The panel will be modrated by Co-Director and Co-Founder of Collab New Haven Caroline Smith.

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(from left to right) Moderator Caroline Smith, and speakers Ashley LaRue, Jasmine Jacobs, and Sonia Salazar.
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About the Speakers

Jasmine T. Jacobs – Panelist

Jasmine (she/her) is the founder of Black Remote She, a community for Black queer, trans, and nonbinary womxn and allies interested in working remotely. Outside of Black Remote She, she is a program coordinator with Conferences for Women, the largest network of women’s conferences in the country with over 45,000 attendees, and Director of Digital at the Cooperative Development Institute of New England (CDI), a nonprofit organization working with people in the Northeast to create cooperative businesses and networks that grow a prosperous, equitable economy.

Ashley LaRue – Panelist

Ashley (she/her) was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. A UConn graduate and primarily self-taught multi-media artist, Ashley began Qommunity from a desire to connect with other black and brown queer and non-binary creatives in New Haven and throughout Connecticut. Qommunity is a platform and incubator for healing creative projects that address topics related to mental and communal health and wellness. At its core, Qommunity serves to cultivate creative engagement on all levels for its members, including and especially for the most marginalized among us (i.e. people of color, queer and trans people, and those with limited resources). To fund these projects, Qommunity sells hand-made and printed merchandise online and on-location at local vendor events throughout the tri-state area.

Sonia Salazar – Panelist

Sonia (she/her) is the owner and chef of Barracuda Bistro & Bar on Chapel Street and Te Amo Tequila Bar & Tacos on Temple Street in New Haven. When she opened both spaces, she actively strived to create a safe place for the LGBTQ+ community.  While neither Barracuda or Te Amo are not gay bars, it has successfully created a significant addition to the LGBTQ+ spaces in the city through openness and welcoming that has permeated the ambience of the restaurant.

Sonia’s passion for food started when I was seven years old, cooking recipes passed down from generation to generation.  Moving to this country began her culinary exploration and opened her palate to a new world of cooking and tasting, enticing her to learn the ways of food preparation from other cultures. Her culinary experience working for the Hyatt & Westin hotels gave her the opportunity to work with and learn from many international chefs.  Her personal food creativity was further enriched during her time working with Chef Jean Pierre at the Union League Café and chef Franco at Rumba and her time spent at Morton Steakhouse and Prime 16 allowed her to focus on the details of simplicity in classic American cuisine.

Caroline Smith – Moderator

Caroline (she/her) is a co-founder of Collab, a community-centered accelerator for Connecticut entrepreneurs and project builders. Currently, she was elected the Chair of the Downtown-Wooster Square Community Management Team. She’s received the New Haven Biz Women in Business Award, Connecticut Magazine 40 Under 40, City of New Haven Individual Innovator Award, and Yale Seton Elm-Ivy Award for her work.