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DEI | Grace Vandecruze & Fatema Hamdani

July 14, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT


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Women Reaching New Heights
Date: 7/14/20
Time: 4PM EDT
Length: 60 Minutes
Event Type: Virtual


Join us for a lively conversation with Fatema Hamdani, co-founder and CEO of KH Aerospace. Futurists, entrepreneurs, and passionate advocates for advancing women in financial services and AI, we will discuss the balance of human interaction and bias vs.big data and machine learning in how we embrace innovation. We will discuss those aspects of inclusion that get left out in the spaces where Fatema and Grace operate. How can we create safe spaces for everyone … and not get bogged down in the “hustle culture?” And how can we we, as entrepreneurs, get investors on board with the triple bottom line, doing better, in our world.

Featured Guest Speakers

Grace Vandecruze
Founder & Managing Director, Grace Global Capital, LLC
About Grace

Grace Vandecruze is a CPA and financial advisor to the insurance industry and has over 20 years working on Wall Street and advising on transactions totaling in excess of $5 billion. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Grace Global Capital, LLC.

Grace earned an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA in Accounting from Pace University. She is board member of M Financial Group. She also serves on the Wharton Graduate Executive Board. Grace was selected as one of the “2019 Women to Watch” by Business Insurance; “2018 Directors to Watch” by Directors & Boards magazine; and was awarded “Corporate Woman of the Year” by Pace University.

Grace has been featured in two books: “Be Happy at Work, 100 Women Who Love their Jobs and Why” by Joanne Gordon and “Doing it Ourselves: Success Stories of African American Women in Business” by Donna Ballard. Grace is frequently quoted in the financial press, including The American Banker, Insurance Journal, and SNL Financial. She has also been quoted on both the TV and journal editions of AM Best.

Grace’s life changed drastically when a fire destroyed her home while she was pursuing her undergraduate degree. She and her family lived in a homeless shelter in NY for five months, which ignited her passion for financial wellness. Grace has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Annapurna, parts of the Himalayan range in Bhutan and Everest Base Camp. She is also a licensed sailor. Grace is the author of “Homeless to Millionaire – 6 Keys to Uplift Your Financial Abundance” which was published last week.


Fatema Hamdani
Co-Founder & CEO, KH Aerospace

About Fatema

Fatema Hamdani is the Co-Founder and CEO of KH Aerospace, unlocking Unmanned Aerial Systems to augment and save lives, applied in everything from disaster relief and anti-poaching operations to military intelligence and reconnaissance.

KH Aerospace has built the world’s first fully electric, zero-emissions UAV with the longest airborne endurance in its category. We’re breaking world records with UAVs that can travel longer distances, stay in flight longer and at higher altitudes than any before.

Her company is shaking up the industry by making UAVs at a price point finally in reach of commercial enterprises and NGOs, instead of just governments. Projects with the armed services are showing what’s possible when startups fuse an innovative, entrepreneurial culture with the mission mindset of the military.

As a citizen of the world with a nearly two-decade record building startups, Fatema is keenly aware of the big challenges facing humanity and business today. She is relentlessly passionate about using aeronautics to contribute game-changing solutions. The foundation she started, DragonFly United, promises to fly our technology to higher heights for people and the planet.

Fatema also serves as an advisor to DominoOne and FinXTech. Previously, she was the VP & Managing Director of Syniverse, which revolutionized how goods and services are exchanged.

Fatema was profiled in tech investor’s Nisa Amoils new book, WTF-Women Tech Founders on the Rise, was named as a Mobile Women to Watch and speaks globally on the themes of women in tech, fintech, AI, aerospace, and leadership.



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July 14, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
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