Actions speak louder than words. Remembering George Floyd and listening to the calls for justice challenge us more than ever to act where we have the biggest impact, with vigor and urgency.
StartOut’s mission remains to increase the number, diversity, and impact of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, and amplify their stories to drive the economic empowerment of our community. Economic inequality is a root cause of today’s challenges, and we want to do more to help address it head-on.
Today we’d like to share with you the team’s action plan:
We have outreach programs in place for our Black, Latinx, Womxn, and non-binary entrepreneurs. We’ll strengthen our outreach to increase participation.
We’ll nurture our partnerships with complementary groups to reach more POC and Womxn entrepreneurs and jointly have a bigger voice. Please reach out to us here if you are engaged with a community organization we should work with.
We are publishing our Code of Conduct that we have developed with our local programming boards over the last three months.
We’ll keep pursuing our long term diversity goals in every program and on all levels of the organization. We have made progress over the last few years but certainly can do more!
And finally, we’ll commit to featuring an ever more diverse group of accomplished LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs in our stories – role models matter.
With the concurrent need to kickstart the economy post-COVID-19, we have an opportunity to channel our energies and take a quantum leap forward. Let’s reach out and support every LGBTQ+ entrepreneur who has the passion, drive, and skills to make a difference.
Please don’t be shy and respond with your comments and ideas here about how we may improve our services. Our fight is a long road ahead, and we need your active engagement to achieve irreversible systemic change.
Thank you for your support,
The StartOut Team