Real Housewives star gives jaw-dropping business advice at conference, including ‘hire a white guy . . .’

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Bethenny Frankel, co-star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York and founder of Skinny Girl Vodka, suggested at a conference Monday that women entrepreneurs should hire a white guy to be a the face of the business.

While the conference, Rent the Runway’s and UBS’s Project Entrepreneur, wasn’t recorded, the answer was drawn during a question and answer session by Mary Pryor, who on Twitter fashions herself an UrbanSocialista, Digital Social Fitness and Holistic Lover.”

“I was stunned when Frankel implied that women should have sex with men in exchange for capital,” Pryor wrote after the event on The Huffington Post. “I was offended when she expressed some kind of kinship with black women because she’s ‘loud.’ And I was taken aback when she advised those of us in the room to get business advice to hire a white man as the face of our companies.”

She shared some thoughts in real-time on Twitter during the event:

Pryor earned some plaudits for her exchange with Frankel:

“Many of the women of color in the audience turned their heads in shock. Some took to the mic, prepared to address the inflammatory remarks,” Pryor continued in her post. “While Frankel’s flawed advice comes with unfortunate truths regarding access to funding – white men do get the lion’s share of venture capital funding while black women founders don’t seem to even register on the radar.”

A Project Entrepreneur Spokesperson responded:
“We understand that guests were offended during our Day 1 luncheon, following remarks made by our speaker. This was not our intention and is contrary to our goals. We apologize to our guests. We launched Project Entrepreneur to champion all women. We thank those of you who candidly spoke out and welcome this important dialogue. We look forward to continuing to empower women entrepreneurs as they build their businesses.” 

h/t: The Daily Mail


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