Janie Barrera is founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Accion Texas Inc, now known as LiftFund, Inc. This nonprofit agency, created in 1994, has grown to hold the nation’s largest micro lending portfolio. Accion Texas provides small loans and management training to micro enterprises of all kinds, from start-ups to long-established businesses, and operates in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas.
Ms. Barrera has received recognition for her accomplishments, including the Small Business Administration Financial Services Advocate of the Year and Minority Enterprise Development Consortium’s Corporate Advocate of the Year. The San Antonio Business Journal listed Ms. Barrera as one of the “Twenty Defining Players: People Who Have Helped Shape the City,” and also named her as one of 2013’s “Legacy Leaders.”
Ms. Barrera has served on many national, state and local boards, including the Federal Reserve Board’s National Consumer Advisory Council. President Barack Obama appointed Ms. Barrera to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability and she also was named to the board of directors for the Federal Reserve of Dallas’ San Antonio Branch.
Ms. Barrera will spotlight the leadership attributes that have led to her success.
This presentation begins promptly at 10:15am and concludes at 11:30am.