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!
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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
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🏳️🌈 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
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.
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Connecting You With All the News, Resources, and Networking You Need Throughout Your Funding Journey!
At Global Invest Her, we are invested in helping women entrepreneurs find the funding they need to grow their businesses. InvestHer Blog is a showcase of all the events, news, tips, and networking we offer to help educate and inform our world on the unique paths women must take to achieve entrepreneurial success. Whether you are a Founder, Consumer, Investor, or Ecosystem Leader, you will find plenty of ways to stay informed and get involved to help us close the global gender funding gap. Read more below about the updates we've made to InvestHer Blog, and discover your path to success as we help you along your funding journey!
Meet the Global Invest Her Team
Get to know the women's advocates who are passionately working to curate Global Invest Her's resources for female founders all over the world! Read more about our team members here.
You can also learn more about Global Invest Her Founder and CEO Anne Ravanona's mission to close the global gender funding gap here.
Resources for Founders
InvestHer Blog is the one-stop-shop for all things funding, with resources specifically curated for women entrepreneurs who are starting their funding journeys around the world. From the latest funding news, to upcoming events hosted by Global Invest Her, we offer a variety of resources to help you grow your business.
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No matter where you are on your journey, InvestHer Blog offers resources for women entrepreneurs from any industry, located anywhere across the globe.
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This article was first published on Programme EVE.
Women make the world go round. More than half of the world’s population, women are the world’s most powerful consumers driving 70–80% of all purchasing decisions. I believe that women entrepreneurs are the biggest untapped resource to re-ignite the global economy. However, the path to seizing that opportunity is not yet clear. Let’s look behind-the-scenes of a global upcoming megatrend, the current barriers in the way, and what we can do to unleash huge economic growth for us all.
The Economic Gender Gap.
The World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Gender Gap Report tells us that if nothing changes today, it will take “202 years for women to close the economic gender gap … progress has been slow, especially in terms of participation of women in labour force, where the gender gap slightly reversed.” In my 2015 TEDx talk on investing in female founders, that gender gap was estimated to be 80 years. Why are we going backwards, what barriers still exist and what can each of us do to change things?
The unfair burden of unpaid care work
Forcing women to carry the unpaid childcare and eldercare burden around the world holds everyone back. Many reasons make this a complex situation to change.
Not enough women are entering the workforce due to cultural and historical norms that have shaped our society. According to the UN, women are responsible for 75% of unpaid care work in the world (housework, childcare and eldercare), on top of their lower paid, often part-time day jobs. In ‘Invisible Women’ Caroline Criado Perez asks ‘is women’s unpaid work undervalued because we don’t see it — or is it invisible because we don’t value it’?
She tells the story of how a town with frequent snowfall in winter reduced their healthcare budget for treating snow-related accidents. As the snowplows usually freed up main roads (where mainly men, drive their cars to work), authorities found that more women were injured on the complicated extra routes they had to take before and after work, where they had to take small, uncleared paths to make extra stops on their journeys. As a result, they were more prone to accidents. City council changed the snowplough routes and healthcare costs reduced immediately.
Japan is one of the first countries to lead the way. Prime Minister Abe made feminisation of the workforce a national priority through his series of ‘abenomics’ policies, including creating more childcare places, promoting men taking child-care leave and be more active with domestic tasks, so that women can get back to work. From 2012–2018, the number of women joining the workforce increased by about 2.9 million. Other countries are finally starting to take note.
Startups fuel the global economy
Women create 38% of new businesses worldwide every year, with 47% of total new companies being created out of opportunity and a 23% out of necessity. These startups actually fuel the economy and provide the backbone of jobs to many communities. According to the GEM 2018/2019 report, out of the 48 countries surveyed, only 6 show equal entrepreneurship rates between men and women. Imagine the impact if we increased new startups created by women up to 50%?
Yet Female-led startups only get 3% of total Venture Funding
When it comes to funding, the playing field is definitely not level for female founders. Access to capital is still the number one barrier for them today. According to Crunchbase, female-only founded startups got 3% of the total Venture capital last year. Nothing has changed over the past 10 years! At early-stage venture capital level, women-only teams raise on average $77 for every $100 a male founded team raises since 2010. Why? Only 8% of venture capitalists worldwide are women, and investors tend to invest in what they know and feel comfortable with (usually young white male entrepreneurs) so unconscious bias is hurting our economy.
Many female founders do not feel welcome or taken seriously by VCs and only around 25% pitch for venture funding as a result. Environment counts.
Why should we care?
This letter was first published in “Dear Female Founder” by Lu Li and republished on the Huffington Post.
I am delighted to be one of 66 Female Founders sharing our entrepreneurial wisdom to inspire other women entrepreneurs. Together we have raised over $85 million in investment, generated over $1 billion in revenue and created over 2000 jobs. I think it’s important to amplify our voices, as change-makers and creators of economic and social value.
These are my personal messages to inspire other girls and women to become Women Entrepreneurs and share some of the key things I have learned on my journey so far. I have a 15 year old daughter and 12 year old son, and acutely feel the need to speed up gender equality. You have to be what you can see! Some day soon, I look forward to reading your letter here too!
Dear Female Founder,
Here’s the thing — a secret you know deep down inside of you: You already have everything you need inside you to succeed and be a fantastic entrepreneur!”
From one global woman entrepreneur to another, I have 5 key messages to help you on your unique journey.
1. Be Yourself
My mother would often write those wise words to me, when I was younger. As Oscar Wilde put it “Be yourself — everyone else is already taken." As an entrepreneur, you really have the opportunity and owe it to yourself to truly be yourself. The more authentic you are, showing the real you (yes, ‘warts and all’) the better you will resonate with customers, your team, your investors, other stakeholders and most of all, yourself. Being an entrepreneur, a changemaker, someone who sees a problem they passionately want to fix and does everything in their power to fix it, takes a huge amount of energy.
You will have many decisions to make every day, you can’t waste energy trying to be someone else, or hide behind a mask.
Your team will follow you and go the extra mile for you and your customers, your investors will invest in you because of what makes you unique — your special mix of character, values, personality, experience, talents and passion. Your family and friends will enjoy your quality time with them, because you are the real you, at home and at work.”
I wanted to be an entrepreneur since I was 17. At 21, I opened up a Sales office for an Irish company in France, straight out of college, in an industry I knew nothing about. I changed sectors, roles, professions every 3–4 years, honed 5 languages as the voracious, curious learner that I am. Then I decided to be true to myself and my passion: help women leaders in business reach their full potential and create more gender equality — my deepest value. I founded Global Invest Her, to help Women Entrepreneurs get funded faster through demystifying funding. Every day we change hearts, minds, systems. We will not wait 80 years for gender equality — we are doing our part now.
2. Be Brave
Starting and running your own company is hard, and so worth it! You have to be brave enough to say no to a steady salary, clear career path and more stability than on the entrepreneurial roller coaster. You may create new markets, new products, new services or ways of thinking, so be brave and stand by the decisions you make. Expect and embrace all the ‘no’s’ on the journey to yes. Embrace your mistakes, be brave enough to own them, fix them and move on. Don’t beat yourself/your team members up about them. You have chosen the path of the pioneer, an unchartered course, uncertainty. When doubt rears it’s ugly head (it will) and that little voice makes you lose confidence…(it may)… it’s time to..
3. Believe in Yourself
Easier said than done, I know, and if you don’t believe in yourself, your products/cause/team /company you are building, why should anyone else? Trust your intuition and your inner voice. It is a powerful guide, ignore it at your peril. Dramatic as that sounds, it’s true that when I listen to my inner voice and fully believe in myself, magic happens and I increase my impact on the outside world. When I don’t listen to my intuition, I always regret it later.
You have more power than you can even imagine, so it’s time to unleash it — ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’. Doing a TEDx talk, being a keynote speaker at conferences and contributing to the Huffington Post shining the light on other amazing Trailblazing women are things I strived for and made happen. ‘What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve’, says Napoleon Hill, and my mind is burning with ideas to amplify women’s voices and gender equality so that we have the same opportunities our male counterparts already enjoy. Follow your passion, believe in yourself.
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