Meet Laura Clise, Founder & CEO of Intentionalist, Encouraging You to Spend it Like it Matters in Your Local Community
Laura Clise began as a corporate intrapreneur, holding various roles leading sustainability, corporate responsibility, supplier diversity, and external communications. However, her passion to drive social and environmental impact led her to become the founder and CEO of the Intentionalist.
Laura is a regular speaker on sustainability, climate change mitigation, and diversity and inclusion, as well as serving on the board of directors for Athlete Ally and IslandWood. She has also won several awards such as the LGBT Leadership Award issued by the National Diversity Council.
The Intentionalist: What do they do?
At the Intentionalist, they believe that small businesses are important to the social and economic fabric of our communities as they bring cultural diversity, contribute philanthropically, and simply make each community better. That is why they created an online directory that helps you spend like it matters in your local community.
The Intentionalist is powered by a small but mighty team that is truly diverse in both identity and experience. They make it easy for you to find local restaurants, bars, gyms, shops, and more owned by women, people of colour, veterans, LGBTQ, families, and differently-abled people.
Local businesses are places where we come together, whether to make new connections or celebrate longtime friendships."
Not only does the Intentionalist serve as a directory, but it also fosters community connection through business profiles based on interviews with local business owners, and meet-ups that provide the opportunity to meet them and learn about the stories behind their businesses.
We are so proud to feature Laura and the Intentionalist on InvestHer Directory, the world’s first global directory of companies founded or co-founded by women.
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Be a good neighbour and help your local community grow with Intentionalist!
Find out more information in the Global Invest Her Directory: https://bit.ly/InvestHerDirectory-Intentionalist
Meet Vivienne Ming, Founder, Executive Chair and one of the Professional Mad Scientists Behind Socos Labs
About Vivienne & Why She Created Socos Labs
Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, author and mother who has been featured in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Atlantic and Quartz Magazine. She has been widely recognised for her hard work and dedication, receiving numerous awards such as Berkeley’s Chamber of Commerce Visionary Award, and has also been named one of the Ten Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. Magazine!
In 2005, Ming came out as a trans woman. Eight years later, she and her wife, Norma, founded Socos Labs, a science incubator dedicated to solving some of the world's most pressing problems.
What they do: Using Machine Learning to help Maximise Potential
Did you know that skills like collaboration and creative problem-solving help improve students’ and workers’ performance? However, little is done to reinforce them. This is where Socos Labs comes to play.
Socos Labs combine machine learning with naturalistic data to assess and provide relevant feedback to educators on what they can do to support children’s development through research-based activities.
Improving both public and private policy is our core mission."
Via their incubator, they also invest intellectual capital in the form of time and experience in projects, ideas and startups that they believe have the potential to make a true, meaningful difference in the world. This can be a prototype or simply a better understanding of the problem space that reveals why others have failed. Importantly, this means inventing solutions that actually solve problems, meaning people will use it (and, for startups, investors might actually back it). Some startup projects they have supported include Optoceutics, Cognixion and humm.
To support that mission, Socos Labs communicate their research across a broad range of channels such as peer-reviewed scientific journals, conferences, thought pieces and op-eds for the public. They also use their research to inform both policymakers and business leaders.
We are so proud to feature Vivienne and Socos Labs on InvestHer Directory, the world’s first global directory of companies founded or co-founded by women.
Meet Leanne Pittsford, Founder & CEO of Lesbians Who Tech & Allies, Welcoming You to Her Queer, Inclusive and Badass Squad
About Leanne & Why She Created Lesbians Who Tech & Allies
It all started with a clear mission 🎯: to increase the much-needed visibility and intersectionality within the technology community for underrepresented queer women in tech and their allies🏳️🌈.
After falling in love with tech while working at Equality California, Leanne Pittsford decided to make it happen, founding Lesbians Who Tech & Allies, her Queer, Inclusive and Badass Squad!
Based in the U.S,. Lesbians Who Tech & Allies is the largest LGBTQ community of technologists in the world. The community is changing the face of technology with 100,000 non-binary, LGBTQ+ women, and queer women of colour (and allies) across various races and ethnicities, abilities, and ages.
What they do:
Today Lesbians Who Tech has four main goals;
We are so proud to feature Leanne and Lesbians Who Tech on InvestHer Directory, the world’s first global directory of companies founded or co-founded by women.
At Lesbians Who Tech, we believe that learning how to code is more than education --
That's why they also offer the Eddie Windsor Scholarship, named to honour the extraordinary work of Edie Windsor, including her work as a computer programming pioneer at IBM. This scholarship makes it possible for non-binary and LGBTQ women to learn how to code, kickstarting their careers in technology. Through this scholarship, Lesbians Who Tech hope not just to create communities but push the tech sector to be more inclusive.
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Interested in joining the community, attending a summit, applying for a scholarship or buying their merchandise?
Find out more on their website - https://lesbianswhotech.org/about/
Meet our Featured Founders from Africa & Asia
Welcome to this post showcasing the African and Asian women founders from the First 50 featured founders from our InvestHer Founder Directory. Check out the full list in our previous post here.
Let's start by saying that these great founders are only some of the founders that we feature in the Directory and there are many, many more women founders featured in the whole Directory. To check out the full list of founders from each region please check here and note that we update the directory weekly.
- African Founders from InvestHer Founder Directory
- Asian Founders from InvestHer Directory
Want to take a quick peek at the founders via Insta? Click below, otherwise, enjoy a more detailed information about each founder below.
Vivian Nwakah, Founder & CEO, Medsaf - (Medtech & Supply Chain)
Medsaf is an enterprise medical supply chain management solution for hospitals and pharmacies in Africa.
Learn more about them here: Website, Vivian Nwakah LinkedIn, Insta, Twitter
Meet the Asian Founders by clicking on READ MORE below! 👇🏽
Join in the Celebration as Global Invest Her Proudly Shares The First 50 Featured Founders from around the world!
How it all began.
When the pandemic first hit and the world closed down, we wanted to find a way to help women entrepreneurs stay visible to customers to help them keep their businesses growing and potential investors if they were fundraising. We checked the existing directories of women entrepreneurs around the world and didn't find a truly global, diverse one, that catered to both potential customers and investors and covered more than just a few tech or beauty sectors.
So we built one and made it accessible to all and InvestHer Directory was born!
From humble beginnings and our first curated 200 founders, we are proud to share we now feature over 1325 companies founded or co-founded by women entrepreneurs and nonbinary founders) from over 50 countries and 75 sectors! (updated weekly).
InvestHer Directory is the first truly global directory of businesses founded or co-founded by women.
"Our definition of “woman” is the broadest possible and includes any
female-identifying, nonbinary founders."
Here's a quick look at who and what you'll find inside:
Want to see all the first 50 featured founders in one go? Then click on your preferred link below.
* As the founder directory is updated weekly, these numbers will only go up in future!
You have to See what you can Be:
Part of our work as global advocates for more access to capital for women entrepreneurs is about increasing visibility for all the amazing founders we have in our InvestHer Founder Directory 💪. We believe that women entrepreneurs are the greatest untapped resource to re-ignite the global economy. Shining the spotlight on these great founders is part of our plan to making sure that potential customers, investors and partners like you, can easily find these inspiring women-founded companies. You can make a difference by buying from, promoting or investing in these great companies and you'll find all the information you need on each founder to easily do that. Want to make sure you never miss a Featured Founder?
Making This list:
We are proud to share these First 50 fabulous Featured Founders from our Directory, from different industry sectors, geographies and funding stages. Each founder has been chosen because of their inspiring journey, fierce commitment to their respective causes, devotion to their companies and their unwavering belief in creating something with a lasting impact. They are also in the business of doing business and often seeking capital, and by doing so challenging the VC community to reallocate funding to companies with diverse founders, something data tell us is one of the most difficult yet most rewarding things to accomplish. They have all been individually curated or assessed (where they apply directly) with great care by us, for you, so you can easily find a company or product you are interested in and be sure the company is woman founded.
Are you a woman founder who'd like to be featured? Then we'd love to hear from you!
Read the rest of the post by clicking on READ MORE below! 👇🏽