HBCU vc Culture Is Currency: My Thankful Takeaway
Before the Thanksgiving holiday, HBCUvc hosted a Networking event on Icebreaker for all HBCUvc Fellows, Venture Capital companies and other prominent individuals in the VC space. This event also had a panel of the first class of HBCUvc Fellows. Each panelist discussed their journey in venture capital from when they started, to how they are currently doing in their careers.
De’Havia Stewart (Class One) reemphasized the importance of investing into diverse backgrounds. She is currently De’Havia working at SoftBank on their Opportunity Fund. De’Havia’s mission is to “push diversity forward.” Her voice is seen as an asset to the team and helped bring awareness to an area that, if not voiced, would never have been considered.
Diversity is crucial to growth in a company, especially in the VC space because it allows a new and fresh perspective in certain areas and markets that was once never looked at. It’s a beautiful thing to see companies that are open to stepping out of their comfort zone to seek diverse thinking, because in the end, that level of thinking can generate another source of revenue to tap into.
The biggest takeaway for me while listening to the panel was this:
Honor who you are and take the time to have gratitude for those that have opened the door and created a space to connect diverse talent to new opportunities.
I am so grateful to be a part of a fellowship that not only supports my entrepreneurial mindset, but can also guide me in a direction that amplifies where I want to go in the future. The best part about being in a community like HBCUvc, is that they get it. They understand the challenges of an entrepreneur, they understand how hard it is to even get in the door as a person of color, and they know what it takes to KEEP the door OPEN for the next diverse innovators who have so much to offer!
I’m starting to embrace my innovation and creativity more than I ever have, and it’s because of the diverse community I am so blessed to be a part of.
Here’s a brief look into my experience through a TikTok I made on my twitter here!