Diversity & Inclusion Advice for Startups

“Diversity and inclusion is no longer just a niche concern for HR, or just tech companies or just among women. It’s now front-page news. And it’s going global.” – Sarah Nahm, Co-founder & CEO of Lever

In a 2018 followup study by McKinsey, they reaffirmed that companies that prioritize diversity and inclusion perform better than more homogenous companies. Some quick stats from the report:

  • Companies in the top quartile for ethnic diversity are 33% more likely to have above-average profitability
  • Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 21% more likely to have above-average profitability
  • The least diverse companies are 29% less likely to outperform in profitability

Beyond revenue numbers, startups that focus on diversity and inclusion will be able to build a culture where their employees will want to stay and perform their best, boosting their employee retention.

And while it makes business sense to be diverse and inclusive, many founders are prioritizing diversity and inclusion as personal values.

Practicing and implementing diversity & inclusion is difficult, especially in the early stages of a startup. How do you as a founder figure out how to ingrain diversity and inclusion in your culture from the very early days, and how do you make it authentic and meaningful for your team?

Join us on September 5th as we sit down with founders and people experts as we discuss what it takes to build a diverse and inclusive startup. We’ll discuss

  • Creating an effective diversity recruiting strategy
  • Finding and avoiding biases that could happen in the hiring process
  • Building an inclusive environment
  • Setting diversity goals and managing D&I performance


About the panelists

  • Veracelle Vega, Chief People Officer at Resident – Veracelle Vega is the Chief People Officer at Resident, the fast-growing global direct-to-consumer home goods company where she leads all the people functions. She has over 20 years of talent management experience as a trusted business partner, advisor and coach to executive leadership teams in both large and established global organizations as well as early-stage startups. She has held senior HR leadership roles at Clarifai, the artificial intelligence company, Madison Logic, the B2B marketing technology firm and 21st Century Fox Entertainment. She has a deep love of building diversity + inclusion, learning + development and employee engagement programs and passionate about company culture transformation.
  • David Daniels IV, Talent Acquisition at Blend – David was born and raised in the New Haven, Connecticut area, where he studied international relations before completing his Bachelor’s in Psychology & Communications at the University of Connecticut. Since moving to NYC in 2014 to take a contract opportunity at LinkedIn, he has sat on the HR Teams of companies including General Assembly, Complex Networks, and Better.com, where he oversaw Business Recruitment and the development of their Employee Resource Group Programs. He considers the purpose of his career to be opening the door for people who didn’t know it was there, and operates as a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant in addition to his full-time role at Blend.
  • Kellie Wagner, Founder & CEO of Collective – Kellie Wagner is a consultant, speaker, and the founder of Collective, an NYC-based diversity and inclusion consultancy and research lab that is shifting how millennial-driven organizations build, grow, engage, and retain diverse teams in today’s workforce. Kellie has been featured in Forbes, AlleyWatch, and Like A Boss Girls, and speaks regularly at businesses and conferences, including Ladies Get Paid’s Get Money, Get Paid Conference, Culture Amp’s Culture Conference, Namely’s HR Redefined Conference, WorkAwesome, The Muse, Deloitte, and The Wing.
  • Emilie Hsieh, Co-founder & CEO of Allie – Emilie is on a mission to help companies build inclusive culture. She is the co-founder and CEO of Allie, a digital coach that continuously measures and improves diversity and inclusion. Emilie started her career as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies where she saw firsthand the impact of team dynamics and working styles on culture, inclusion and belonging. She holds a BSE from Northwestern University and is probably smiling too hard at someone else’s dog.



6:30 – 6:50: Drinks & Networking
6:50 – 7:50: Panel
7:50 – 8:15: Audience Q&A
8:15 – 9:00: More Drinks & Networking



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Stacklist hosts startup events in NYC to help entrepreneurs learn from successful founders & experts. Previous speakers have included the founders of Greenhouse, Movable Ink, x.ai, and Techstars. You can find all of our past events and speakers here!

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