Founder Spotlights featuring Fonta Gilliam



Join us for this virtual event series where we spotlight founders and leaders that are adapting their businesses to make it work during this time of so much uncertainty. We ask them to share practical knowledge, tools, and guidance that we hope will answer many of your questions and provide a bit of inspiration.

This series is supported by NY Tech Alliance and Start Path by Mastercard.


Wednesday, December 15th @ NOON ET

Our host will be Sabrina Tharani, Vice President, Global Startup, Venture and Crypto Partnerships, Mastercard.

We will be spotlighting Fonta Gilliam, CEO & Co-founder, Wellthi.

Wellthi helps financial institutions increase the LTV of customers by turning each customer into a community of customers.

Fonta Gilliam is the CEO and Founder of wellthi, a fintech company based in Washington, DC. Ms. Gilliam has over 10 years of development finance experience working in the United States, Africa, and Asia as a U.S. Diplomat and a management consultant in Deloitte's Emerging Markets Practice.

Over the course of her career, she led numerous White House and U.S. State Department initiatives, including launching two of the U.S. Government’s first women’s business centers in Africa and designing innovative financing facilities to unlock capital for women and small businesses in the United States, Kenya, Morocco, Zambia, Nigeria, South Korea, and China.

In 2016, she was awarded the U.S. State Department’s prestigious Franklin Award for her tireless work to support economic empowerment and financial inclusion initiatives in Africa.

Ms. Gilliam has a Master of Arts in economic development from American University’s School of International Studies (SIS) and a Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics from Howard University.

Wellthi has been featured in Forbes, the Washington Business Journal, Nationswell and the American Banker. Learn more about wellthi by visiting

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  • December 15, 2021 at 12:00pm – 1pm
  • Virtual
  • 20 people are going
  • Kallie Aultman

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