Founder, Something New
Monique Woodard is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups investing in black and Latino entrepreneurs. She is the co-founder of Black Founders — a national community of entrepreneurs whose mission is to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs in tech. Previously, she was one of the first Innovation Fellows for the City of San Francisco and has helped cities use technology to innovate workforce and other civic services. She has more than 15 years of entrepreneur and operating experience in consumer, e-commerce, and civic tech. She likes art, fashion, and fly things.
Last year, researchers at Portland State and NC State’s Poole College of Management reviewed the hiring policies of 3,000 of the largest publicly traded U.S. companies. What they found shouldn’t surprise savvy leaders: the companies that exercised diversity + inclusion policies were more innovative, released more products + churned out more patents than their competitors. […]