Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) prepares Black, Latinx, and Indigenous rising leaders to land and thrive in high-trajectory jobs and opportunities that deliver immediate and lasting upward socioeconomic mobility. We propel our Fellows on their paths to leadership, which has the added benefit of lifting their workplaces, families, and communities.

 

Opportunities for Engagement

Black, Latinx, Indigenous Students (Undergrad and MBA)

MLT propels current undergraduate, MBA students, and experienced professionals into high-trajectory opportunities that achieve economic mobility. Undergraduate students can complete MLT’s Career Prep program for career exposure and work experience at one of MLT’s Fortune 500 corporate partners. MLT’s MBA Prep and Professional Development Fellows gain guidance, mentorship, and access to a rewarding business school experience and professional opportunities. MLT’s experienced professionals gain ongoing career support and have the opportunity to partake in MLT’s Career Advancement Program, gaining guidance on executive-level career development.

Employers (including VC Firms)
MLT has a growing talent base of ~7,500 Black, Latinx, and Indigenous Fellows and professionals equipped with the knowledge, skills, and guidance to succeed in business school and in corporate workplaces ranging from tech, finance, consulting, venture capital, and more. Employers can recruit pre- and post-MBA talent at the early, mid, and senior level career touch points from our multiple programs and alumni community.

Individuals/Unique Business Opportunities
MLT’s community offers a multitude of opportunities to individuals seeking to boost their brand, share opportunities, and/or source business opportunities. These include speakerships, donor opportunities, sourcing of investment opportunities within our Black and Brown founder community, volunteering, mentoring, coaching, branding, the sharing of opportunities, and others.

 

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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.

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?

Pandemic Impacts Entrepreneuring Women at Work and Home

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all business owners. The Diana International Research Institute (DIRI) team wanted to uncover just how it impacted a specific category of business owners: women.

How are the entrepreneurs responding to the revenue decline? Nearly 40 percent of business owners are deferring or reducing executive pay, more than one-third are delaying payment, and one-quarter are reducing employee hours.

The survey found that women-owned businesses face key structural inequalities due to smaller size and business age, and these businesses also are over-represented in the industries hardest hit by both need for essential services and the economic shutdown.

All Raise

All Raise is on a mission to accelerate the success of female founders and funders to build a more prosperous, equitable future. Born out of a grassroots movement in 2017, our programs arm women with access, guidance, and support to advance their professional growth. When the architects of tomorrow better reflect the world, our world is better served. Learn more at allraise.org.

Opportunities for Engagement

Female Founders
Female Founder Office Hours: Being a founder can be lonely. It’s even lonelier when you look around and don’t see people who look like you. Our goal is to accelerate the success of female founders by offering access to 1:1 mentoring and a safe space to ask fellow founders & VCs anything about fundraising or company building. We aim to create a safe space for female founders to connect, get expert advice, mentorship, and support.

VCs and Job Seekers
VC Careers: Today VC hiring is done quietly and through personal networks, which can lead to teams lacking in diversity. By creating ways to bring transparency to VC hiring and building a diverse network of candidates interested in venture capital, we are working to expand access to the VC industry. Sign up to receive the jobs newsletter or share your firm’s open role with hundreds of diverse candidates.

VC Cohorts: From Associates to General Partners, All Raise organizes cohorts of women across the country to help you grow as an investor, build your community, and access new opportunities. Our cohorts are tight-knit groups where deep connections trump empty schmoozing and real conversations replace small talk.

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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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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.