Green Festival Speakers

Hadassah Hickman

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Hadassah Hickman is Vice President of Financial Products for New Equity Business (NEB). Over the last 10 years, Hadassah has worked with startups, growth stage firms and nonprofits in business planning, forecasting and capital raising. Prior to joining NEB, she founded Sitar Capital Group. Hadassah has worked for the Women’s Self-Employment Project as both portfolio manager and loan officer. Her career began at Seaway National Bank. Hadassah is a passionate advocate for small business, and has facilitated youth entrepreneurship, financial literacy and business planning seminars and workshops in the United States and Africa. She has served as a consultant to the Oromiya Regional Government to design a micro loan program to reduce poverty in Ethiopia. Hadassah was named “A Woman to Watch” by the Chicago Sun Times (2008) and in 2010, she received the Promise Award from the YWCA. She holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago.