ABOUT THE STARTUP INCLUSIVITY SERIES:
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Our Hungry Talks roundtable series, including the Startup Inclusivity topics, are dynamic events where we get down to brass tacks with a diverse cross-section of leaders and entrepreneurs who are working across silos to improve our local startup ecosystem. What does this actually look like? Who do we involve? How do we get there? What are our challenges?
If we sit back and accept the siloed futures conceived by others based on groupthink, tunnel vision and homogenous complacency, we miss out on innovation, business opportunities and talent. We also significantly undermine our collective potential to improve our world.
Why is this important? Studies continue to show how companies, including tech startups, benefit from a more diverse workforce and management. Society benefits from greater economic development and better livelihoods. While only 5% of tech startups are owned by women and only 7% of partners at top 100 venture capital firms are women, momentum is growing across the industry on this topic.
We need to do better because success is NOT a zero-sum game. Further, diversity is NOT binary. Diversity is more than male or female. It’s more than black or white. It’s also the diversity of age, background, education, sexual orientation, perspective, expertise, investment criteria and vision for the future.
We’re thrilled to have WeWork and their SheLeads Initiative as our partner and sponsor in this roundtable series.
We hope you offer your voice to this conversation. I’d love to include you in our movement. Lots more to come.