Candace Klein, founder of Bad Girl Ventures and current CEO of SoMoLend, has been selected as this year's Burton D. Morgan Foundation lecturer. Klein will speak to Western Reserve Academy students and faculty on March 8 at 10:10 a.m. in the Chapel. She founded Bad Girl Ventures in 2010 to help female entrepreneurs gain access to capital and has seen the organization grow to serve women throughout the state of Ohio. In its first two years of operation, Bad Girl Ventures has received more than 400 applicants, educated more than 250 businesses, financed 26 female entrepreneurs with $700,000 and helped create more than 150 jobs statewide.
SoMoLend, which launched in 2011, gives entrepreneurs the tools and financing they need to create jobs within their community, while also giving lenders the opportunity to invest in the things, ideas and people they care about most..
An attorney with Ulmer & Berne, Klein focuses on corporate matters, business advocacy, and government relations for startup companies and small business clients. She has six years of lobbying experience with the Northern Kentucky Chamber and United Way.
The Burton D. Morgan Foundation lecture series was created in 1993 to underwrite on-campus visits by speakers from the fields of economics, finance and banking, philanthropy, commerce and industry, and successful entrepreneurs. The purpose of the series is to ensure that WRA students are exposed to successful people from different professions so that they may learn by example and experience.