Investing for Inclusion with Benjamin Jealous

AT&T Foundry, Atlanta, 10/5/15

In recent years, the lack of diversity in the tech sector has made headlines. The true cause for the dearth of minority representation in tech is regularly debated: from too few role models, to insufficient access to opportunities for people in impoverished communities, to unconscious bias. We all agree the evidence is there; for example, only six percent of U.S. tech workers are African American, and seven percent are Latino. These low proportions are just one indicator of overwhelming systemic and societal gaps that minorities face with regard to access to opportunities, wealth, and education.

Benjamin Jealous has spent his career working to close such gaps. At 35, Jealous became the youngest-ever president of the NAACP and helped increase the organization’s online activists by more than 500,000 people. In his current role at Kapor Capital, he is committed to funding startups in underserved communities in the U.S.

What duty, if any, do tech companies have to increase the diversity of their workforce? How can tech companies use their significant capital and influence to make an impact on the lack of underrepresented minorities in the industry, from STEM education, to recruitment to retention? What are the benefits of impact investing over the traditional philanthropic model, not to mention traditional investing?

Clips

The Role of Risk in Venture Capital Investing

Investing for Inclusion by Improving Access to Capital

Driving Innovation by Investing for Inclusion

How Do You Invest for Inclusion in the Tech Sector?

Investing for Inclusion to Address the Incarceration Gap

About our Principal Guest

Benjamin Jealous

Benjamin Todd Jealous is a partner at Kapor Capital, an Oakland-based venture capital firm, and the former President and CEO of the NAACP. A Rhodes Scholar, Jealous was named by both Forbes and TIME magazine to their “Top 40 under 40” lists. He sits on numerous boards including the external board of advisors for AT&T’s Aspire Accelerator. Jealous’ new book Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding features personal essays from prominent figures in the black community. A national bestseller Reach is required reading for freshmen at Morehouse College this fall.