Our News in GeekWire: Sybilla Masters Fund for Inclusive Investing
Reporting in GeekWire announced Gillian Muessig unveiled the the Sybilla Masters Fund, which focuses on funding companies that have at least one woman on the founding team or C-suite at the first Women in Cloud Summit at Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash., campus.
Intentional Inclusion: Take the 1-Seat Challenge
Conference, event, incubator, and accelerator speakers provide their services largely for free. The idea is that the speaker gets ‘public exposure’ in exchange for donating their prep time, effort, travel expenses, and expertise at the event.
Meanwhile, major industrial and tech companies are still lacking women of any background and men of any background other than Caucasian in the C-suites. The numbers are not improving. The senior level leaders of these companies, organizations, and government departments continue to hide behind the trite complaint that “the Pipeline doesn’t provide us with ‘ready to work’ team members to hire and promote. We are as diverse as we can be under the circumstances.”
Talk is cheap.
It’s time to do something. So, in 2017, we are challenging every speaker, mentor, advisor, event organizer, company and organization leader, and department head to do something about the dearth of gender and diversity in society and business in the U.S. today. I am asking everyone to set aside One Seat at the Table. Read more in Gillian's blog post http://outlinesventure.com/blog/default/intentional-inclusion-take-the-1-seat-challenge/
Anne and Gillian bring exactly the right strengths to the work they do with clients. Our company was struggling to get to the next level. Outlines Venture Group honed in by asking the right questions --questions that would seem obvious to anyone except those inside a two-decade old company. It is especially important to us that they understand how to pass the baton to the next generation, while also speaking to issues surrounding being a women in tech. We never even considered employing any other coaches, knowing the impeccable reputation of Anne and Gillian. The investment has paid for itself over and over. I highly recommend Outlines Venture Group.
Holly Nelson, CEO
I just want to thank you for the most amazing presentation at SMX Sydney during the last afternoon of the Elite session. The presentation which most impacted me up until that point was the Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech.
Your presentation far exceeded that for me. I've never experienced such a raw, straight to the point, "punch to the face" presentation.
It literally left me speechless and was without a doubt something I will never forget. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to be present in the room.
Jeremy Cabral, Cofounder, finder.com.au
SMX Sydney AU 2012
Honestly, I have been doing internet marketing not a long time (internet marketer and analyst www.comfy.ua), since the beginning of this year, but during this short period I have plunged so deeply into the world of digital, which at today's seminar, I discovered for myself a few new pieces, but you know that the most valuable thing I got? - Inspiration. Inspired by you. It was nice to hear from you so candid story about the foundation, you have once again proved to me that nothing is impossible in this life there is no real success in this life can only be achieved the strongest labor. You are well done and I am sure you will realize what you have in mind.
Once again, thank you very much for your time, it's an honor to hear and see you live. Sorry for my English, to the SW. Vladyslav Misiyuk beginning of this year, but during this short period I have plunged so deeply into the world of digital, which at today's seminar, I discovered for myself a few new pieces, but you know that the most valuable thing I got? - Inspiration. Inspired by you. It was nice to hear from you so candid story about the foundation, you have once again proved to me that nothing is impossible in this life there is no real success in this life can only be achieved the strongest labor. You are well done and I am sure you will realize what you have in mind.
Once again, thank you very much for your time, it's an honor to hear and see you live. Sorry for my English, to the SW.
Kiev May 19, 2012
I wanted to thank you for your incisive wisdom. Last year, I listened to your speech about understanding whether you want to build a scalable or a lifestyle company and it changed my life. I discussed it with my wife/business partner and we made some major changes.
We followed your advice to get our priorities in order, listed what we wanted, what didn't work for us, and finally understood how to optimize the value of the company to work for us instead for working the company.
We let all our employees go and now run the company with just the two of us. We have seen a significant increase in sales because we focused on efficiency, not adding and managing employees. Our gross and net income are up, our stress is way down, and we have the flexibility to live a lifelong dream - to be expats in Madrid. We're going to move in a few months; we're not sure for how long. But we're very excited and we owe it all to you. Thanks!
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