Impact Makers Founder and CEO Michael Pirron is sitting down with Elisa Miller-Out, Managing Partner of Chloe Capital, a seed stage investment fund focused on women-led tech companies, to discuss how she became involved in the social enterprise and B-Corp space. They’ll cover her current programs and initiatives, as well as why diversity and inclusion remain integral parts of Chloe Capital’s mission.
One of the challenges in having discussions around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is in how deeply personal the conversations can be. The words “systemic racism”, “white supremacy”, “white privilege”, etc. carry a lot of weight. It is easy to become defensive; I know I have at times. But in order to engage in discussions around race, I need to not take things personally. As a white male, I need to understand that society is not trying to punish or blame me.
Years ago, a mentor of mine gave me some much-needed coaching at a time when I was feeling a bit overwhelmed, and unsure on how best to proceed. “All you can do is take what you think is the next right step. Just a step. If it turns out to be a misstep, you’re only one step in, and that’s easy to course-correct.”
At Impact Makers, we recognize that our actions alone will not address the systemic issues of racial injustice, but we also know we each must be participants in this movement in order to activate change. What is happening is a collective call to action and below are a few ways we can each independently promote equity and work towards a more fair and just world.
The world around us continues to make seismic shifts. We have all witnessed, with disgust and horror, the tragic murder of Mr. George Floyd. In the last couple of months, we have also witnessed the senseless deaths of Mr. Ahmaud Arbury and Ms. Breonna Taylor. It is beyond words. The violence and lack of humanity is too much to bear, and the systemic racism that perpetuates the social injustice and economic inequities must end. It’s not good enough for us to say we are not racist, we must be against racism and take action.
If there’s a silver lining to be found in the pandemic, it’s that it has underscored the innate good in people. This was evident in the outpouring of support from both an individual and corporate level. It was clear when google shared that the phrase ‘How to Help Others” was up over 3600% by the last week of March.
When the CARES Act passed on March 27, 2020, an impressive $2 trillion became steadily available as federal relief and stimulus trickled out to the American people. Rampant discussion has followed the publication of these 800+ pages in attempts to simplify and guide the country toward all the opportunities to secure pieces of these funds; however, much of this discussion has been as overwhelming as the original act itself.
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The Richmond Times-Dispatch recently featured Impact Makers in the Metro Business section: Impact Makers looks to the future: ‘The model has never been stronger’. John Reid Blackwell interviewed CEO Lewis Broome about the consulting firm’s strategy looking ahead and the positive results that we have been achieving for our clients.