CSUSB’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Week event brings distinguished alumnae to campus


Four established Cal State San Bernardino alumnae gathered on campus for the first Women’s Entrepreneurship Week panel event on Oct. 18, where they discussed their experiences of starting a business and the challenges they have had to overcome to get where they are today. Francisca Beer, professor of accounting and finance, and director of the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration’s Office of Inclusion and Engagement, opened the event. She acknowledged the joint effort between the office, the Department of Marketing, and the CSUSB Inland Empire Women’s Business Center, and talked about women in the economy. “The more I read, the more I realize that people talk a lot about the economy, but now we are more talking about the she-conomy,” said Beer, who followed her statement with a list of facts about the challenges women are forced to face in the workforce. “Looking at these facts, I am hoping that we will have many, many, many Women’s Entrepreneurship Weeks, and that every single year, I will be able to report … more positive statistics,” she said. The four distinguished alumna panelists, who all graduated with a degree in entrepreneurship and own their own business, included: 
Mariatu “Tu” Browne, a hairstylist who discovered her passion for hair at age nine while braiding in her native Sierra Leone, West Africa, and owner of Tu Organics Salon and Spa, the only organic beauty salon of its kind in Rancho Cucamonga;
Maritza Gomez, who founded MG Custom Printing with her mother, a promotional products and printing company specializing in digital decoration of marketing products and personalized gifts;
Rachel Jimenez, a money expert who teaches foundational financial education through keynote presentations and a foundational financial fitness e-course; and
Mai Temraz, co-founder of Gaza Geekettes, former head of Gaza Sky Geeks’ women’s programming, TechWoman fellow, former startup founder, and …

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