Opportunities for those seeking or offering VC jobs

UPWARD

With over 6,000 members globally and 16 chapters, UPWARD is the only global network supporting the career advancement of executive women. The organization provides an encouraging environment to build trusted relationships, share ideas, and learn new skills. For women in VC specifically, UPWARD provides a specialized track of programming that fosters the skills, knowledge, and connections necessary for success in this industry. UPWARD’s mission is to accelerate career advancement for executive women by:

  • Creating collaborative meet UP gatherings to learn from leaders and to increase networking
  • Cultivating events that build UP members through focused conversations about their professional development
  • Nurturing relationships that help members move UP into the executive ranks during their careers

Opportunities for Engagement

Women in VC
As a membership-based organization, UPWARD develops programming to support its members to Meet UP, Build UP, and Move UP in their professional careers. These programs include: Executive Leadership Training, Mentoring Clinics, Career Development Workshops, Topical Discussions, Table of 10 C-Suite Dinners, Small Group Forums, and our annual Gala Dinners.

Members have access to industry-specific special interest groups (SIG), including one focused on venture capital (VC). As part of the VC SIG, UPWARD brings prominent VCs to keynote events, provides programming to educate and connect entrepreneurs with investors, and to train women seeking VC careers how to thrive in that industry. Women in VC who are interested in participating in these opportunities should apply for UPWARD membership. Membership is free!

Firms & Companies
UPWARD is building community within our member companies with customized diversity and inclusion programming. We work with organizations to understand their objectives, core values, and pain points to create customized programming, leveraging our resources, and track record of delivering high quality events and training to our members. Through these corporate programs, we are helping to shape corporate culture and to create an environment where executive women can thrive. If your firm is interested in participating in these programs, please email us at info@upwardwomen.org.

Men in VC (SF Bay Area)
If women are to make significant progress in the advancement of their careers, securing the engagement and support of men is vital. In 2019, UPWARD launched its first UPWARD Men Chapter in the San Francisco Bay Area. UPWARD Men participate in programming, and encourage and support UPWARD Women. UPWARD Men engage by:

  • Speaking UP and being vocal advocates for women’s career advancement
  • Building UP women through mentorship, sponsorship, and partnership
  • Standing UP for the advancement of women in leadership roles and with gender inclusion programs

Male allies who want to support the advancement of their female colleagues are encouraged to become members of an UPWARD Men chapter. Membership is free.

With over 6,000 members globally and 16 chapters, UPWARD is the only global network supporting the career advancement of executive women. The organization provides an encouraging environment to build trusted relationships, share ideas, learn new skills, and grow your career while navigating today’s challenging business world. UPWARD’s mission is to accelerate career advancement for executive women by:

  • Creating collaborative meet UP gatherings to learn from leaders and to increase networking
  • Cultivating events that build UP members through focused conversations about their professional development
  • Nurturing relationships that help members move UP into the executive ranks during their careers

In our venture capital SIG, we’ve created programming to educate and connect entrepreneurs with VC investors and to train women seeking VC careers on how to thrive in that industry. Our founder is a very successful venture capitalist and a member of the NVCA board of directors, who has invested in entrepreneurs for over 20-years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that she frequently shares with our members. UPWARD has also had several prominent VC firms featured in our events, including in 2019 having Jim Geotz, General Partner at Sequoia Capital, give a keynote address at our annual Gala Dinner in Los Gatos. We’ve also had Andreessen Horowitz host a VC panel featuring top tier women investors Ann Winblad (Hummer Winblad), Theresa Gouw (formerly Accel, and currently Aspect Ventures), and Aileen Lee (formerly KPCB, currently Cowboy Ventures). Sequoia Capital’s newest general partner, Jess Lee, also keynoted at an UPWARD event hosted at our founder’s residence, where she shared her journey from entrepreneurship to venture capital. We’ve also had firms such as Norwest Venture Partners and Ignition Partners, sponsor our events and numerous panels featuring women start-up founders and CEOs. The engagement across the VC and entrepreneur community with UPWARD is extensive and very compelling.

With men holding over 80% of the executive level positions in most companies, women will be assured success with them as our allies. Bringing men along will create the disruption needed to make significant progress for women in leadership. By bridging the professional gap between women and men in a supportive and intentional way, we will achieve success. This is even more imperative in the venture capital industry, because VC is the seed capital for funding the next generation of leaders and new businesses.

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If you’d like to learn more about UPWARD, please see us at www.upwardwomen.org and www.upwardmen.org.

UPWARD Women

UPWARD Men

Toigo

The Toigo Foundation’s goal is to encourage diversity and social responsibility amongst the top echelons of leadership across all industries. Toigo is highly regarded for its innovative programming and services that meet the needs of both the supply and demand side of the diversity problem in finance.

Opportunities for Engagement

Underrepresented MBA Students
Toigo has a 30-year history supporting minority MBA students to foster their career advancement and increased leadership in the financial services industry across asset classes. Toigo’s fellowship program offers a merit-based recognition award, leadership development training, and extensive career support. Most importantly, Toigo Fellows become part of one of the nation’s most highly regarded and dynamic network of minority professionals. Become a Toigo Fellow to access training, career development, and the Toigo alumni network.

VC Firms & Employers
Toigo creates a tailored engagement package designed to maximize the firm’s exposure and access to Toigo MBA Fellows seeking a career in venture capital and Toigo Alumni who are seasoned investment professionals – some with more than 15 years of post-MBA finance expertise. Firms also have the opportunity to post job openings on the Toigo job bank.

Individuals
There are many important ways individuals can become engaged with Toigo, from participation in our educational programming (including speaking at our events and webinars) to providing financial support for our Fellows during the academic careers, or serving in a mentoring capacity. With respect to mentoring, professionals from the financial industry are recruited as needed to coach, counsel and support Fellows throughout their MBA careers and beyond. Mentors provide professional and personal support and guidance to their assigned Fellow or group of Fellows. Mentors serve formally during the students’ graduate studies, but in many cases become lifelong friends and colleagues. There is also informal mentoring for post graduate professionals who seek more experienced advice and counsel.

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PledgeLA

Convened by an alliance between LA’s venture capital community, Annenberg Foundation, and the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, PledgeLA is a collective call for change in the tech industry and a commitment to better reflect, support, and leverage the creativity and diversity that is Los Angeles.

This coalition of more than 200 tech & VC industry leaders seeks to positively contribute to the prosperity of all Angelenos and lead the industry into a new dawn of equity and inclusion.

Opportunities for Engagement

Los Angeles-Based Venture Capital and Technology Companies
Join PledgeLA as a member! PledgeLA members commit to transforming Los Angeles into the most civically engaged and diverse tech hub in the nation. Member companies receive support in deepening their social impact, finding diverse talent and creative inclusive workplaces where everyone can thrive. Membership also secures access to a top-notch survey providing your company with clear metrics around community engagement and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Nonprofits
We are always looking for partners who can help us advance the mission of PledgeLA. We are most interested in volunteer opportunities for our members and resources to educate our base about issues facing Angelenos. If you’re a non-profit organization interested in partnering with PledgeLA, please reach out to info@pledgela.org.

Underrepresented VCs, Founders, and Entrepreneurs
PledgeLA hosts impact-aligned events which support access to increasing diversity across VC and the tech industry, facilitates connections to nonprofits, shares internship & mentorship opportunities supporting underrepresented groups, and more. Sign up to receive email updates with all the latest PledgeLA news, program updates, and opportunities to get involved.

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Startout

Founded in 2009, StartOut, a national non-profit organization, is the largest national organization to support LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs with 17,000 members. Its mission is to increase the number, diversity, and impact of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and amplify their stories to drive the economic empowerment of the community. StartOut helps aspiring LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs start new companies; supports current entrepreneurs as they grow and expand their existing businesses; and engages successful entrepreneurs as role models and mentors.

Opportunities for Engagement

VCs
StartOut teams up with VCs who want access to a diverse deal flow and are interested in working with LGBTQ founders (pre-seed to Series B). StartOut also works with associates, principals and partners who are interested in mentoring high-potential entrepreneurs on an individual basis.

LGBTQ Entrepreneurs
StartOut provides access to expertise (mentorship and office hours), networking opportunities (events, online directory and online forum), and connections to accredited investors to LGBTQ growth entrepreneurs.

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The Vinetta Project

The Vinetta Project, is a leading entrepreneurial ecosystem and deal flow pipeline that works with early stage female tech founders helping them access growth resources and capital. Vinetta operates Chapters and programming across North America and has one of the largest databases of Seed to Series A female founders. Through strategic event programming Vinetta sees and supports over 1000 companies per year and engages with hundreds of investors, corporate partners and acquirers. They have facilitated the flow of over $225M in early stage venture funding to seed stage technology startups who have participated in Vinetta Programming.

Opportunities for Engagement

Female Entrepreneurs
We host local programming in 7 Chapters across North America to educate, elevate and connect top founders in our network with the resources they need to scale. Vinetta works with a number of leading Venture Firms, Investors, Accelerators and Corporate Innovation arms to source, support and fund tech startups.

In order to be eligible for programming you need to have a Profile on our Community Platform. You can learn more about various programs, partnerships and our investor database HERE and create your Founder Profile HERE.

Investors
Vinetta is compiling one of the largest deal flow pipelines of female founders in North America. If you are interested in accessing vetted, diverse deal flow, we want to be a reliable source to turn to. Please join our database today by signing up here.

We create tailored engagement opportunities to maximize your firm’s exposure to the top deals that align with your thesis. We are looking for investors to attend events, mentor, and invest in our selected female entrepreneurs.

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theBoardlist

theBoardlist is a Public Benefit Corporation dedicated to improving corporate governance by increasing gender diversity on boards. To achieve our mission, we have developed a SaaS platform and educational programming that empowers our growing community of over 4,800 CEO, C-level executives and VC’s to recommend and discover outstanding board-ready talent for private and public boards.

Since our public launch in 2016, over 550 companies have used theBoardlist as a resource in their board searches, and over 135 board seats have been filled with theBoardlist’s influence. Our vision is for 100% of companies to view and, most importantly, act on increasing gender diversity on their boards as an opportunity to realize greater performance.

Opportunities for Engagement

CEO’s, Executives, Firms and Investors
theBoardlist operates on a recommendation-based model, wherein board-ready women are identified and vetted. We invite CEOs, leading executives and investors to help identify and recommend female board candidates, to be featured on our platform. Groups interested in financially supporting theBoardlist’s mission are also welcome to join as sponsors and members, by emailing us at Contact@theboardlist.com.

Aspiring Female Board Candidates
Women who are seeking to serve in a board position should apply for membership as a ‘Candidate.’

Firms and Founders Seeking Diverse Board Candidates
Firms, investors, and founders are invited to use our platform to search for female board candidates and advisors, using our private, peer-to-peer platform.

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Women Who Launch (WWL)

Women Who Launch (“WWL”) was founded at the University of Michigan with a mission to foster gender balance in entrepreneurship and investing. WWL addresses the gender gap in the entrepreneurial ecosystem by strengthening the pipeline of women entering the industry as founders, investors, or start-up team members.

Women Who Launch empowers female students to follow their passions in investing and entrepreneurship through its supportive community, relevant educational programs, and professional development opportunities, including conferences, bootcamps, and career treks. 

Opportunities for Engagement

Venture Capital Firms

We are seeking strategic partners to support our efforts to provide educational and professional development opportunities to MBA women interested in venture capital and investing. Through WWL’s community and programs we are cultivating a talent pool of women interested in working in this industry.

As we expand nationally, we are looking to connect students with action-based learning opportunities in venture capital, whether as scouts, interns, or full time employees, and need to connect with those in the industry in order to do so. We additionally are always looking for speakers for our webinars, conferences, and events to share their industry knowledge and personal stories. If you are interested in being involved and helping to cultivate the next generation of female leaders in investing and entrepreneurship please reach out!

Female MBA Students

Women Who Launch empowers women to follow their passions in investing and entrepreneurship through a supportive community, relevant educational programs, and professional opportunities. Through our online platform and in person events you will be able to connect with like-minded students who are in the same position in their career journey as you, whether it be looking to start their own business or pivot into a career in venture capital.

We are developing opportunities for MBA women interested in VC to gain hands on experience. These initiatives will prepare female students for a career in investing and provide VC firms with improved access to qualified female talent. To learn more about our initiatives, visit www.womenwholaunch.org.

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