The data is in: diversity provides a strategic business advantage.
As companies leave accelerators, they often experience a let-down.
No more are they surrounded by mentors, investors, and peers who are driving towards short-term goals.
By putting themselves in environments full of people of diverse backgrounds, they can gain the long-term perspective needed to build a company over longer cycles.
We explore how diverse professional communities support the ongoing development of business, and how to cultivate advisors, friends, colleagues and staff from broad backgrounds to help support your company’s adolescence.
Greg Berry has been part of Colorado’ entrepreneurial ecosystem for 25 years. He is a co-founder, Board Director, and was the founding Managing Director of Impact Hub Boulder, which serves the diverse social impact community as a co-working and event space, community catalyst, and in producing high-impact gatherings that help move the sector forward. Greg has worked in positive social impact work in Boulder, across the state, and around the world for over a dozen years, most recently serving two years on the Board of Directors of the Impact Hub Association, which connects over 95 Impact Hubs on five continents. Greg recently joined Principium Wealth Management as a Partner, and is building a practice as a wealth advisor. His favorite joke starts with “what did the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor?”
Hannah is an extraordinary community builder and startup supporter. Before joining MergeLane, Hannah was an integral force at the Impact Hub Boulder, a co-working space for community and socially-focused businesses. As one of the first employees, she helped grow the community from zero to over four hundred members.
Prior to moving to Boulder, Hannah spent nine months living in Israel and India where she worked with various social entrepreneurs to accelerate their efforts. She also spent a winter working as an intern at Grand Targhee Ski Resort, helping to measure their greenhouse gas emissions and reduce their environmental impact.
She earned her B.A. from the University of Vermont with a double major in Economics and Environmental Studies.
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