The Manager’s Guide to Inclusive Leadership — Small Habits That Make a Big Impact

From the immediate need to hold space for Black employees right now and lead vulnerable discussions with your team, to the long-term behaviors that build a welcoming culture, in this post from the First Round Review, the team at LifeLabs helpfully distills inclusive leadership into its four most essential habits:

  • Inviting and displaying authenticity
  • Cultivating self-awareness and curiosity
  • Seeking out and responding well to feedback
  • Lifting up other perspectives consistently.

NextGen Partners

NextGen Partners’ mission is to facilitate professional development, knowledge sharing and network strengthening of emerging Venture Capital investors as they build their careers.

Founded in 2001 as a group of 5 VC associates, NextGen Partners has a membership base of over 500 pre-partner professionals representing over 200 firms in California. With the help of our sponsors, NextGen members are able to create relationships with tomorrow’s leading venture and private equity professionals. By investing time today, members are able to forge the relationships and syndicates of tomorrow.

Opportunities for Engagement

Pre-Partner VCs
NextGen Partners run a newsletter and jobs list, bi-monthly happy hours and more. Along with their sponsors, NextGen Partners organize bi-monthly professional development and social events that are typically located in San Francisco or Silicon Valley. They also hold larger quarterly events and educational breakfasts that center around topics that are of interest to our members. Any individual who works at a Venture Capital or Private Equity fund at the pre-Partner level may join NextGen Partners, and membership is free.

 

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Paradigm

Paradigm is a consulting firm that designs data-driven strategies, implements programs with impact, and trains employees and leaders for success.

While Venture Forward does not endorse commercial products, Paradigm produces a great deal of research, resources and events that they make available to the public for free.

 

Paradigm Events: Learn about the latest diversity, equity, and inclusion research, trends, and tactics used by best-in-class companies at one of Paradigm’s events. From full-day, interactive Paradigm DEI Labs to timely webinars, Paradigm’s events are designed to help drive impact.

Inclusion Insights: Paradigm’s magazine contains recent news, articles, press releases, information on upcoming events, and white papers, showcasing the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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Allyship In Action: How to Support Black Colleagues Right Now

One of the most powerful ways we can work to end racial injustice and support Black people without putting the burden on Black people is through educating ourselves.

Paradigm has put together this excellent list of resources to support anyone seeking to educate themselves about racial injustice.

Allyship In Action: How Managers Can Support Black Employees Right Now

In this resource by Paradigm, they’ve outlined specific recommendations for managers seeking to support Black employees.

As a manager, you play a pivotal role in how your team navigates this incredibly challenging time. While it’s helpful for employees to hear from company leaders, it is equally critical that they feel directly supported by you as their manager. If you proceed with “business as usual,” it sends a message to people that you don’t believe this is an important topic worthy of time and conversation. To Black employees in particular, it can send a message that you don’t value them.

So, how do you lead your team through this difficult time, particularly when it can be hard to find the words to say, and when different team members may need different things?

BLCK VC

Only 3% of venture capitalists are Black, with even fewer controlling the $80B+ invested annually in the US. In the past few years VC has become more diverse, but slowly and minimally.

BLCK VC was formed early in 2018 to connect, engage, empower, and advance Black venture investors by providing a focused community built for and by Black venture investors. Since itsinception, we’ve worked to develop the community through social and educational events focused on advancing Black investors. The goal of this group is to increase the number of Black investment professionals in venture capital and build a community so that Black investors can help each other succeed. What is our goal? To turn 200 Black investors into 400 Black investors
by 2024.

Opportunities for Engagement

Black VCs
Join our community: In order to better serve the black VC community, we are developing a list of all active black venture capitalists. This information will not only help us keep members of the community informed about events and resources, but also collect accurate statistics on the population of black VCs. By joining our community, you’ll receive access to monthly newsletters, partnerships with other nonprofits, and frequent events on various topics, including: investment + sports, media, consumer, and enterprise. You can also join our Slack Community here for events, community updates, and jobs! Most importantly, our mailing list can be found, here.

VC Firms Seeking Talent
If your firm is currently looking to hire investors, BLCK VC is happy to serve as a resource to help you find and retain top Black investment talent. Please email us at general@blckvc.com.

Firms and Organizations
If your firm or organization would like to partner with BLCK VC or learn more about how to support our community, please email us at general@blckvc.com.

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LatinX VC

LatinxVC is a group of experienced venture investors who came together to connect, engage, and foster the Latinx VC ecosystem with the aim of being the central and definitive resource for Latinx VCs. The organization has 3 goals:

  1. increasing Latinx representation in venture capital,
  2. increasing access to capital for Latinx fund managers, and
  3. building a strong Latinx venture ecosystem and driving a positive narrative for the
    community.

Opportunities for Engagement

Latinx VCs and Aspiring VCs
We hold events that help support, educate, and facilitate networking among Latinx VCs. If you are currently working as a Latinx VC, please join our directory. If you are a Latinx professional interested in a role at a venture capital firm, subscribe to our newsletter of VC job opportunities and follow our private jobs Twitter page: @LatinxVCsJobs.

VC Firms Seeking Talent
If your firm is interested in hiring diverse talent for investment roles, LatinxVC can help you find top Latinx talent to fill the position. Submit your job opening, and we will share the information in our newsletter targeted at Latinx professionals.

LPs interested in investing in Latinx VCs
We are happy to facilitate connections between LPs and Latinx VCs. If you are an LP (institutional, family office, accredited investors) interested in supporting Latinx investors and GPs, shoot us an email – LPs@latinxvcs.com.

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HBCU.vc

HBCUvc is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to increase the racial and ethnic diversity in venture capital. By creating more Black and Latinx venture capitalists and fund managers, we will increase the pool of funding available for entrepreneurs of color, and ultimately create job and wealth opportunities for communities of color.

Opportunities for Engagement

Students at HBCUs and HSIs
HBCUvc offers a venture capital fellowship for students attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs). During the program, Fellows participate in skill training workshops, receive specialized mentorship, and network with leading venture capitalists. Fellows obtain venture capital work experience through HBCUvc’s Venture Capital Clinic — a teaching venture capital firm, and are charged with creating projects to fuel high-growth entrepreneurship on their campuses. This first-of-its-kind program allows students to gain experience that jumpstarts their careers.

VC Firms Seeking Talent
Partner with us to increase racial diversity in technology and venture capital. HBCUvc is proud of its partnerships with venture firms and professionals who align with our strategic priorities. Opportunities to partner include corporate underwriting for events and the costs of travel for Fellows. Joining as a corporate partner is a powerful way to demonstrate your organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and attract pre-vetted and qualified talent.

VCs, Entrepreneurs, and Tech Professionals
Join our volunteer network of mentors and guest faculty. The opportunity to connect with leading venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and technology professionals first hand is one that only enhances a student’s enthusiasm for learning and building their network. Our guest faculty are professionals who are able to share their expertise with our students in an interactive lecture format.

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Girls Who Invest

Girls Who Invest (GWI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing gender diversity and inclusion in investment management, with a focus on growing the pipeline of women entering the industry in frontline investing positions. They accomplish this through education, mentoring, internships, and a supportive community.

The organization’s on-campus program enables college students to explore investment management careers through four weeks of education at top universities followed by a six-week paid internship at one of more than 100 leading investment management firms. Scholars unable to commit 10 weeks to the on-campus program can apply for Girls Who Invest’s four-month, fully subsidized, self-directed Online Intensive Program. In addition, all scholars receive support and career guidance from a community of partners, mentors, and alumni. Girls Who Invest’s vision is for 30% of the world’s investable capital to be managed by women by 2030.

Opportunities for Engagement

College Students
Girls Who Invest offers programming for students who are rising juniors in college and pursuing a career in venture capital and asset management. The programming includes two fully-subsidized foundational programs in investment/asset management: an on-campus Summer Intensive Program (SIP), wherein students partake in four weeks of educational training followed by a six-week paid internship at a top investment management firm, and an Online Intensive Program (OIP), which is a self-guided educational experience provided in partnership with Wharton Online, Wall Street Prep, and the CFA Institute.

VC Firms and Individuals
Girls Who Invest partners with firms interested in helping foster diversity and inclusion in the investment industry. GWI will facilitate direct access to talented candidates to enhance partners’ recruitment efforts. Partner firms will be able to develop long-term relationships with these students who are prepared to succeed in the industry. With Girls Who Invest, investment professionals have the opportunity to mentor students, speak at events, and teach courses during their college summer intensive program.

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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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10,000+

high-growth startups—across all 50 states and DC—raised venture funding in 2019 to build and grow their businesses.

42%

of all U.S. IPOs from 1974 to 2015 were venture-backed companies, representing 63% of the market capitalization and 85% of R&D.

2.9 million

is the average net jobs created annually between 1980 and 2010 by high-growth startups, which account for ~50% of gross jobs created in the U.S.

1,300+

U.S. venture firms are active today, managing an aggregate of $444 billion in assets.