For Women & Diversity (FWD) Collective was founded in 2016. We started as VentureFWD with the goal of breaking down barriers in seeking investment capital for women, people of color, and underrepresented communities. As we turned the corner into 2017 we expanded nationally to San Francisco and connected our mission of professional inclusion across state lines.
A few incredible things that happened at our first two events:
Desmond Clark (Former Chicago Bear) shared with us his '6 Principles of Winning' and won himself by connecting with Manuel Amezcua at FWD. From there they began their journey of creating One Life Advisory
Genevieve Thiers met Ellie Bahrmasel and started the RISE Movement, now known as New Founders.
Jotaka Eaddy of LendUp dove into the intersection of Tech & Politics on stage in SF. She resonated with our mission so much so that she has partnered with us to help expand the event, community, and mission to D.C. in 2018.
We connected with over 1/2 million people digitally through our live broadcasts, interviews, and amazing partnership with Entrepreneur.
Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon preached about the most underrated secret to success...effective communication and left us with our most tweeted quote while we were trending, "it's ok to have a knock-off bag, but don't be a knock-off person."
AND Shaherose Charania shared that within the company's on Republic's platform "80% of successfully funded founders are female."
We started to see the bigger picture.