How Improving the Gender Gap and Diversity Strengthens Entrepreneurship, Growth and Employment at Tech Companies


In this webinar, OPEXEngine CEO Lauren Kelley was joined by guest moderator Susanne Althoff, author of Launching While Female, and a distinguished panel of founders, CEOs, partners, and entrepreneurs for a lively discussion that focuses on how tech companies can create a more inclusive and diverse environment, across all departments, for people of color and female entrepreneurs and executives.


Rochelle Nemrow, entrepreneur, founder, and former CEO, FamilyID
Tanya Bakalov, serial entrepreneur, founder, and CEO, HelloTeam
Tom Hopcroft, President, and CEO, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC)
Maia Heymann, cofounder, and General Partner at Converge
Melissa Leffler, VP of Engineering, Drift

Topics covered by our esteemed panel of leaders include:

  • The value of diversity to innovation and bottom Lines
  • Where companies are falling short in this area
  • The quantifiable performance improvement that is shown when more diverse entrepreneurs are funded, join corporate boards and become executives
  • Strategies to flip the narrative and affect corporate change

For more information and support, here are resources suggested by the panelists:

Pitchbook – Data on VC funding for women founders
HBR article – 4 Ways Men Can Support Their Female Colleagues — Remotely
Boston Globe op-ed – Supporting underrepresented entrepreneurs is our best hope for jump-starting the economy, by Susanne Althoff
All Raise an organization focused on amplifying female voices, accelerating their success, and creating a tech culture where women are leading, shaping, and funding the future
Boston Women’s Workforce CouncilEliminating the Gender/Racial Wage Gap: Interventions that Work
The Boston Club – The Boston Club is a community of executives and professionals invested in elevating women to leadership positions across all walks of business
The Commonwealth InstituteWomen’s Leadership Development & Advancement in MA: A Pathway to Equity
Eos FoundationThe Women’s Power Gap Initiative
Innovation Women – Their mission is to provide equal visibility opportunities for women, supporting career development, business success through leadership and diversity
MassTLC – Additional resources on women’s initiatives
Connexion – Their mission is to develop Hispanic/Latino leaders into strategic and innovative executives
GetKonnected – Hub for cross-cultural business connections in Boston and beyond
Latinc – The largest online network of Latinx students and professionals to collaborate and discover career development resources
The Partnership – They work with organizations in all sectors to build racially and ethnically diverse leadership pipelines