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It's broke, let's fix it: a systems' focused approach to building a more diverse, equitable, & inclusive investment ecosystem

Meghan Stevenson-Krausz Diversity VC

We all know investing in diverse founders isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also the financially smart thing to do. But too often folks get overwhelmed and we let perfect be the enemy of doing anything at all. The Diversity VC Standard was developed to make it simple for funds to assess the maturity of their DEI policies and practices, as well as provide concrete actions they can take to improve. Together we will explore how the Standard helps make it easy to incorporate DEI into fund operations, as well as investment processes and portfolio management. Examples include using harnessing the power of data to improve the diversity in your pipeline, an inclusion-based approach to hiring, and using your Board seats to advocate for DEI within portfolio companies. We will also share toolkits we have developed specially for VC funds.

Track

DEI, Ownership and Impact

Format

Brief and Bold (1 Speaker, keynote style)

Speakers

  • NameMeghan Stevenson-Krausz
  • TitleCo-CEO
  • OrganizationDiversity VC

Description

We all know investing in diverse founders isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also the financially smart thing to do. But too often folks get overwhelmed and we let perfect be the enemy of doing anything at all. The Diversity VC Standard was developed to make it simple for funds to assess the maturity of their DEI policies and practices, as well as provide concrete actions they can take to improve. Together we will explore how the Standard helps make it easy to incorporate DEI into fund operations, as well as investment processes and portfolio management. Examples include using harnessing the power of data to improve the diversity in your pipeline, an inclusion-based approach to hiring, and using your Board seats to advocate for DEI within portfolio companies. We will also share toolkits we have developed specially for VC funds.

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