Eve Hall, president and chief executive officer of the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, will speak Nov. 15 at the second annual Wisconsin W·O·M·E·N reception in Madison.

The reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at M3 Insurance, 828 John Nolen Drive. It precedes the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, which starts the following morning at Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center.

With a background in education, business, community action and government, Hall has expanded the membership of the Milwaukee-based AACC from 175 to more than 250 members since becoming president and CEO in 2012. Under her leadership, the AACC has created a revolving loan fund for small businesses, worked with partners to launch a food and beverage incubator, and established a transportation program to connect people from poor neighborhoods with jobs.

Hall, who holds degrees from Florida A&M University, UW-Milwaukee and Cardinal Stritch University, will discuss the work of the AACC and the challenges and opportunities facing women executives. Hall will also discuss her perceptions of the progress of women and minorities as business owners in Wisconsin, and what needs to happen in the state’s largest cities to provide opportunity for all.

Hall was appointed in 204 to serve on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. She also serves on the Governor’s Task Force on Minority Unemployment. She was recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal as a “Woman of Influence in 2014 and one of “16 Business Executives to Watch in 2016.” In 2015, she was recognized as “Woman Executive of the Year” by Biz Times for her work in reviving the chamber.

In addition, Hall is co-founder of the African American Women’s Project Fund, created in 1999 to provide funding to organizations supporting the well-being of women and girls, and has raised more than $200,000.

Hosted by the Wisconsin Technology Council, the Wisconsin W·O·M·E·N reception highlights the role women are playing in the state’s entrepreneurial economy. The acronym stands for women, opportunity, mentors, entrepreneurs and networking. The event is open to men and women; for more information and to register visit http://www.cvent.com/d/5fqnpx/1Q

The cost is $25 for Early Stage Symposium registrants (www.wisearlystage.com) and $50 for general admission. Parking at M3 is free; cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Sponsors are Promega Corporation and Perkins Coie with additional support from the Doyenne Group.
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