For Immediate Release Contact: Elizabeth Makee (619) 7957250 ext. 406 Cell (704) 6076392 rd 3 Annual San Diego Microfinance Summit Brings National Speakers and Dozens of Local Microfinance Recipients to Showcase the Impact of Microloans on Businesses Event to be held April 28th, at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, and Will Focus on Local, Domestic and International Microfinance Keynote Speakers: Gina Harman, CEO, ACCION Network, Giovanna Masci, Regional Director for the Americas, KIVA, and Claudia Viek, CEO, CA Association for Microenterprise Opportunity (CAMEO). th SAN DIEGO – April 4 , 2011 Embracing continued local interest in the microfinance industry, and the past two years of excellent support in previous summits, several partnering local microfinance rd organizations are coming together again to produce the 3 annual San Diego Microfinance Summit on th Thursday, April 28 , from 8:15am to 4:30pm at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego. This year the summit will be highlighting both the local, as well as international work by San Diego’s microfinance institutions and is made possible by the generous support of Citibank. Opportunities to get involved in microfinance will be provided, as well as hearing from national industry experts from the ACCION Network and KIVA during the keynote panel. Gina Harmon, CEO of ACCION Network, will give the keynote address along with Giovanna Masci, Regional Director of the Americas of KIVA, moderated by Claudia Viek, CEO of CAMEO. The keynote will focus on the history, current state and the future of microfinance in the United States. Additionally, local small business owners who have received loans from the Foundation for Women, International Rescue Committee, CDC Small Business Finance and ACCION San Diego will share how access to capital has improved their businesses and lives. In addition to national speakers, lunch will be provided by local catering restaurateurs whom are also local microfinance clients featuring food from around the world. During the lunch buffet, there will be a local entrepreneur marketplace where other microfinance clients will sell their products and services. Among the expected vendors will be artisans, jewelers, bakers and craftsmen. There will be two breakout sessions in the afternoon to help attendees delve further into microfinance, including current industry trends locally and nationally, alternative microfinance models and a panel designed to help students prepare for a career in the industry. The summit will close with a catered networking reception. The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at University of San Diego is at 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego. For directions and parking information, visit http://peace.sandiego.edu/about/directions.html. Early Bird registration is available at $38 for the general public and $12 for students and is currently open th at http://sdmicrofinance.org/thesummit/. Registration after April 15 is $50 and $20. The San Diego Microfinance Alliance is the producer of the first San Diego Microfinance Summit, and is a consortium of local microfinance practitioners, donors, students and educators committed to collaborating and raising the profile of microfinance in the San Diego region. For more information, please visit http://sdmicrofinance.org/.
For more information on KIVA, please visit www.kiva.org For more information on the ACCION Network, please visit www.accionusa.org For more information on CAMEO, please visit www.microbiz.org # # #