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Seattle Startup Week is a free five-day event highlighting the amazing startup culture of the Puget Sound. Join in for a few events hosted all around town to learn, network and help make this place better for everyone. 
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Tuesday, October 27 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Good for business & the world: Building diversity into your startup

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Data shows that having a diverse* team is good for both business and social equity.  Yet, it’s something that very rarely just happens.  Our unintentional default, in fact, tends to be to surround ourselves with people just like us—to stick to our social circles.

Entrepreneurs have the unique opportunity to intentionally design their business foundation and culture to be welcoming and attractive to many types of people. This panel will discuss strategic ways to build inclusion into your new venture, from defining core values to hiring staff.  Join us – and let’s think outside of the circle. 

*our definition of diversity is broad, covering such areas as ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ, age, background, socioeconomic status, and more.


Moderators
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Martha Burwell

Gender Equity Consultant & Writer
Martha Burwell is an independent gender equity consultant who helps small businesses become more inclusive. An avid traveler, she’s visited over 30 countries and lived and volunteered in 4. She now calls Seattle her home, and blogs about intersectional gender equity at www.EqualiSea.org. See www.marthaburwell.com for more details.

Speakers
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Matthew EchoHawk-Hayashi

Matthew Hayashi is the principal organization development and leadership consultant for Headwater People. They help brilliant people do transformational work and offer a variety of strategic consulting services such as organization learning, strategic planning, change management, process design, and executive coaching. His passion is to help connect groups to the core mission of their work through collaborative and innovation and whole... Read More →
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Eric Osborne

Director of Business Development, Vitamin T
Eric Osborne is Co-Founder of Here Seattle a non-profit networking and professional organization for underrepresented minorities.   He is actively working with minorities and companies within the tech and creative industries to create more opportunities and inclusion for underrepresented minorities in the Greater Seattle area.  He is transplant from Florida by way of Los Angeles and is an avid reader, reading at least a book a... Read More →
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Elizabeth Scallon

Associate Director of UW CoMotion Labs
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Ruchika Tulshyan

Journalist
Ruchika Tulshyan is the author of The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality In The Workplace (Forbes, 2015). Ruchika cofounded a business in Singapore, where she's from and also led content marketing strategy at a Seattle-based startup before deciding to get back to writing full-time. Her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Time and Bloomberg, among other media. Ruchika has reported from six cities across four countries... Read More →
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Elayne Wylie

Elayne Wylie is an event producer, educator, and filmmaker who trains business professionals in workplace equality. Elayne has also served as the chair of the Seattle Regional Affiliate with Out & Equal,Workplace Equality Associates, and is the current Board Chair of Gender Justice League. She is also a professional filmmaker, trained at the UW in journalism and documentary film. She has a passion for volunteerism and community service, and... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Chase Basecamp 220 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104