26 Women of Color Bring Diversity to The World of Entrepreneurship.
The business world has long been a boys’ club. Women C.E.O.s and founders of color make up a small portion of entrepreneurs who have reached the top. Each one of these women of color in this group has raised $1 million or more in outside capital, breaking barriers and shattering glass ceilings along the way to bring diversity to the Silicon Valley, media and beyond.
The list includes Lisa Skeete Tatum, co-founder and C.E.O., Landit, Heather Hiles, founder and former C.E.O., Pathbrite (sold company to Cengage Learning in 2015), Marla Blow, founder and C.E.O., FS Card, Helen Adeosun, co-founder and C.E.O., Care Academy and other such illustrious women of color in business.
And if current efforts to diversify the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) workforce have their intended impact, the number and scope of founders should increase as well: more than 90 percent of founders of “unicorns”—companies with a valuation of $1 billion or more—previously worked at top tech firms.