The 10th Annual
ROSE Brunch

Brunch | Celebration of Entrepreneurship | Artisan Auction | Fundraiser

Online Worldwide: Virtual Event/Recording and Online Auction through May 7, 2022

Thank you to those who attend our in-person Brunch: Saturday, April 30, 2022 • 10:00 AM – 12:30 pm • Roseville, MN

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All proceeds support World Encounter’s microloan and mentoring programs for business women in rural Tanzania.

Reaching Out to Sister Entrepreneurs

We’re on a mission to create a world in which empowered women elevate communities and eliminate poverty. So far, the financial support and mentoring that we’ve been able to provide to more than 4,000 women has made a profound impact in their communities. And we’re just getting started.

However, we need your help, to support 720 women entrepreneurs looking to transform their communities using the power of a microloan, business coaching and community!

Join us for our most popular fundraiser of the year, the ROSE Event.

ROSE Event - 2021 - World Encounter

Here's what you can look forward to:

  • Amazing workshops provided by MN-based women entrepreneurs
  • Musical performances by Carolyne Naomi
  • An online auction filled with unique handcrafted jewelry and baskets from Tanzanian artisans, art and more
  • Stories and videos about the impact your support has on women and children in rural Tanzania
  • Networking opportunities with women from all around the world who have a passion for supporting other women

Be inspired. Be entertained.

Be generous.

Individual, Group, Auction Only, and Sponsor Ticket options available.

Support World Encounter’s Mission
from the Twin Cities to Tanzania

Our microloan and mentoring programs support business women in over a dozen villages in rural Tanzania, Africa. Since 1996, WE has provided financial support and business coaching to over 4,000 women, which in turn has impacted the lives of over 30,000 children and adults across 14 rural villages.

ROSE Event Proceeds support the mission of World Encounter

The ROSE event shines a light on success stories in Minnesota and the great work World Encounter is doing for entrepreneurs in Tanzania, Africa. The events provide us time to reflect on the challenges and successes women face in entrepreneurship.

We'd love to have you join us for this year's event!

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Meet the Guest Entrepreneurs.

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Hayley is from London, where market squares are a way of life. Her local market in Greenwich is a World Heritage site, hosting some of London’s most creative designers and makers every weekend. She received her Foundation in Art & Design from Central Saint Martins, and her BA in Silversmithing & Metalwork from Camberwell College of Arts. While pursuing her degree, she coordinated fundraisers and art exhibitions, and her career as an event planner was born. She moved to Minneapolis in 2008, and in 2015 established Minneapolis Craft Market.

In 2021, Hayley became Partner & COO of The Get Down Coffee Co. co-founded by Houston White, founder of HWMR and the Houston White brand of lifestyle goods, and Dan Anderson, founder of Dogwood Coffee Co. Houston shared his vision of bringing specialty coffee to North Minneapolis. His personal experience with specialty coffee was that it was neither welcoming nor diverse. The Get Down Coffee Co. is not just a coffee shop. It's a coffee company, roasting and selling its own coffee with a goal to build its own roasting facility in North Minneapolis within five years.

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Helly Lee is a co-founder and co-owner of Kindred Co., a gifting service that curates gift boxes with products from brands owned or co-owned by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs and creators.

Helly is also an organizational consultant for Frontline Solutions, a Black-founded and led
consulting firm that engages organizations in the journey toward their boldest, most expansive visions. For over 15 years, Helly has supported national nonprofit and government institutions in advancing programs that serve immigrants, refugees, and other communities facing systemic barriers to wellbeing. A policy strategist and analyst, Helly has advocated for more equitable policies in a myriad of areas that impact the prosperity and economic mobility of communities of color, including on education, health, and food access. She has also partnered with national and local leaders to build organizational capacity and train community leaders to be effective policy advocates. Helly is particularly passionate about working with ethnic community-based
organizations to create and promote solutions from within communities. This background, centered in social justice and racial equity, serves as a foundation to the creation and growth of Kindred Co. and it is what makes the company uniquely positioned to work with organizations toward curating mission-aligned gifts for their staff and partners.

She holds a master’s of social work in social policy and evaluation from the University of
Michigan and a bachelor’s in social work from the University of St. Thomas.

Stephanie Wagner is an accredited health and wellness coach (NBC-HWC), mindfulness/meditation teacher, group fitness instructor, educator, and curriculum designer with a masters degree in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching from the University of Minnesota.

Stephanie was inspired to become a health coach as a result of her own health journey which started five years ago, when she lost 80 pounds. Through implementing sustainable lifestyle changes like healthy eating and exercise, she successfully kept the weight off and has found that self care is truly an act of self love.

Stephanie is passionate about helping people to live their best life—to live with abundance, energy, ease, and connection. She partners with clients and organizations to help them understand how to leverage their strengths and self-awareness to make positive, sustainable behavior changes in any dimension including physical, social, spiritual, professional, and emotional wellbeing. Whether you are trying to lose weight, eat healthy, implement a meditation practice or more, Stephanie's health coaching and training programs can help you on your journey toward greater health.

Carolyne is an Afro-RnB artist born and raised in Nigeria, and based in Minneapolis, MN.

Meet the Keynote Speaker.

Emily Conroy

CEO, World Encounter

With a background in broadcast journalism and nonprofit leadership, Emily joined World Encounter as a consultant in 2017, with the responsibility of growing their marketing. Her work with WE brought her to Tanzania, where she was so moved by the stories of these women that she felt called to continue working as an advocate in St. Paul. In 2020 she became CEO and has since boosted fundraising through advocacy, partner, and give-back programs, workshops and events. She continues to share World Encounter’s story, aiming to boost brand recognition in the Twin Cities (and beyond).

Emily Conroy, CEO World Encounter

World Encounter creates sustainable economic growth globally by providing capital, coaching, and community to women. Founded in 1996 with offices in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA and Tanzania, Africa, our vision is a world in which empowered women elevate communities and eliminate poverty. WE currently provides microloans to women in rural Tanzania, Africa. The microloans are accompanied by coaching and community to foster accountability and professional development. Since the inception of our microlending program in 2008, 100% of the loans administered by WE have been repaid until the global pandemic disrupted WE's proven success model. As participants struggled between paying back their loans or feeding their family's, WE decided to forgive all microloans. With a mission to eliminate poverty, we know this was the best thing we could do, but it will require your help to build back! Our goal is to help restore $70,000 worth of microloans and walk along 720+ women as they rebuild their businesses.

Additionally, WE acts as a connection point for women in the U.S. and beyond to mentor, build relationships, and advocate for each other.

Reaching Out to Sister Entrepreneurs

Join this dynamic community of change makers coming together to support women!