Startups are fun, sexy, and can even create innovative solutions to real life problems. But do those solutions result in a better life for people from all backgrounds and lived experiences? Or, is their focus too narrow, supporting dominant groups while unintentionally excluding people from marginalized groups who don’t have the same access to opportunity? In other words, who’s being invited to the party? And, if people from diverse backgrounds are invited, are they being asked to dance?
The Equity Solutions track is inviting everyone to dance at the party––including industry experts, allies, advocates, leaders, startup founders, and community members from the startup world and its sphere of impact. And we’re inviting you! With sessions designed to engage and educate, we will challenge your assumptions, get you participating in compelling conversations, and leave you with tangible, implementable solutions. Together, we will disrupt the status quo and create a startup culture that invites everyone––no matter their background––to the party.
Be sure to visit out EquitySolutions.dev during and after Boulder Startup Week for free content from our panelists.
All Equity Solutions track sessions will be held at Wunder Capital, located at 1743 Walnut St. in Boulder. Read below for more details on each session.
Will you join us and be part of the solution?
2019 Equity Solutions Track Sessions
Diversity and Inclusion 101: The Success (Or Failure) of Your Startup
Monday, May 13, 10:00–11:50am
Attend this presentation and fireside chat if you are curious about how the D&I space has evolved over the last 25 years. This session is the perfect opportunity to expand your D&I knowledge, fluency, and skill in a safe an inclusive setting. More information can be found here.
Is Your Tech Growth Responsible and Inclusive? Or Gentrifying and Displacing?
Tuesday, May 14, 10:00–10:50am
If you are managing a rapidly growing company along the Front Range, you should attend this session. Three lightning talks and a short panel discussion with the speakers will explore real world practical applications of responsible growth. Get more details here.
Who’s Making the Decisions: Are They All White Men?
Tuesday, May 14, 11:00–11:50am
Who should attend this session? Anyone who is a decision maker in the company––senior executives, founders, hiring managers, lead developers, product managers, UI/UX leads. Also, change agents who want to understand how to influence decision makers will benefit from the content in this panel discussion. More details can be found here.
How Leaders Create Equitable Companies and Why It Matters
Tuesday, May 14, 1:00–1:50pm
Any and all people managers should attend this session to gain invaluable insights about what it takes to create inclusive, equitable companies. Individual contributors and other employees who often find themselves managing up will also find this fireside chat discussion compelling and empowering. Learn more here.
How to Build an Inclusive System: From Shared Agreements to Decision Making
Wednesday, May 15, 10:00–10:50am (Session 1); 11:00–11:50am (Session 2)
Folks looking to put many of the D&I philosophies on offer into the real practical action for your organization should attend this participatory workshop. Both sessions cover the same material, so choose the time that works best for your schedule. Learn more here.
Check out the complete Equity Solutions Schedule!