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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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.
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.
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.
Women and Climate Change
Man-made climate change has brought about an increase in extreme weather events and conditions across the world, with some regions on the brink of collapse due to consecutive droughts coinciding with severe storms, cyclones, and hurricanes.
Women are more affected by climate change than men, and yet greentech is currently a male-dominated field; in Canada, only 1 in 10 greentech business founders are women and only 19% of greentech startups have at least one female founder. When it comes to creating climate-friendly more sustainable solutions for our planet, the women’s perspective is sorely lacking.
Despite women being more susceptible to the impacts of climate change, their perspectives, experiences, and voices are largely absent from the conversation about how best to tackle climate change. For example, EU parliamentary committees that make decisions about environmental policy issues and scrutinise government action on climate change, only have 29% women at the table. In the Energy sector, women represent 6% of all technical positions and less than 1% of top management positions and only 16% of board members of the world’s largest power companies. We still have a long way to go.
A Change is coming - thanks to Women Entrepreneurs
The good news is that things are starting to change, with more and more women showing remarkable resilience, leadership, and innovation around the world. This recent report from the Women’s Forum is a good resource about promoting women’s entrepreneurship in the Green Economy to help build a more sustainable world and stronger economy.
This World Environment Day, we showcase women entrepreneurs dedicated to providing innovative solutions to tackle climate change, from energy and food to the fashion industry and finance.
We feature over 300 women-founded companies on Our InvestHer Directory
300 Women-founded companies working to help our planet
Check out 300 women founded companies from all over the world working on one of the following sectors to help the planet/environment:
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The best form of funding for a woman entrepreneur is a paying customer! Whether you are business or conscious consumer, check out these great companies from our Directory here and become part of our global community supporting women entrepreneurs!
You can and do make a difference!
🏳️🌈 During Pride Month, just like last year, we have decided to showcase 5 Founders from the LGBTQIA+ Community from InvestHer Directory and put them in the spotlight. At Global Invest Her, diversity and inclusion are part of our DNA and we really care about being part of this important advocacy, to create visibility for underrepresented founders. That’s why, throughout the whole month of June you’ll get to discover our highlighted 5 founders in our Founder Focus section in the InvestHer Newsletter and on our social media too.
If you haven’t subscribed already, now is the perfect opportunity!
Founders from the 🏳️🌈 LGBTQIA+ Community on the InvestHer Directory represent such diverse sectors as Big Data, BioTech, FemTech, Arts & Culture and FinTech from all over the world, with the majority raising Seed rounds.
🏳️🌈 Happy Pride Month from the Global Invest Her Team
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