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“We cannot wait for the next relief package—the time to save our people is now. It’s time for federal relief that sounds the alarm and prioritizes those most in danger. There was a pandemic of poverty before the coronavirus. It’s time to fund a cure for both. ” — Newsweek
In her 2018 book from Penguin Random House, Leapfrog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs, Nathalie Molina Niño provides guidance to “entrepreneurs of all stripes who are fed up with status quo advice — the kind that assumes you have rich friends and family and a public relations team.” Further, in a recent Boston Globe opinion piece, Molina Niño and her co-author reveal that “People of color, particularly from black- and brown-majority communities, have accounted for significantly higher COVID-19 related deaths; the survival rates of their businesses are positioned to follow a similar trajectory.”
In this live virtual fireside chat, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker welcomes Nathalie Molina Niño to discuss the realities facing entrepreneurs of color and strategies for addressing racial and gender inequities in a post-coronavirus economy.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño is an entrepreneur, investor (at O³) and tech globalization veteran focused on high-growth businesses that benefit women and the planet. She is the author of LEAPFROG, The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs (Penguin Random House, Tarcher Perigee) and serves as a Venture Partner at Connectivity Capital Partners. Molina Niño launched her first tech startup at the age of twenty and is the co-founder of Entrepreneurs@Athena at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies of Barnard College at Columbia University.
She spent 15 years advising organizations such as Disney, Microsoft, MTV, Mattel, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. During that time she co-led the launch and growth of a multinational technology globalization business with Lionbridge (NASDAQ: LIOX) into a $100M operation in 30+ countries.
Molina Niño advises the WOCstar Fund, FullCycle, and BlueIO. She serves on the advisory board of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, WE NYC (Women Entrepreneurs NYC) and Vote, Run, Lead, was honored with Schneps' inaugural Women of Wall Street Awards for her influence in banking and finance and was named among People Magazine's 2019 most powerful Latinas. Prior to founding her previous venture, BRAVA Investments, Molina Niño launched Nely Galán’s education venture, Self-Made, and stepped in as CRO of PowerToFly, the fastest growing hiring platform for women in tech and beyond.
Laurie Lane-Zucker is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, PBC, an impact economy business that hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network — a large, global network of “systems-minded” entrepreneurs, investors, and scholars of social and environmental innovation — and editor and publisher of Impact Entrepreneur, a digital magazine covering the emerging Impact Economy. For over 30 years, Laurie has been a “pioneer” (Forbes) and recognized leader in sustainability, social enterprise, and impact investing. Laurie was the founding Executive Director of the international environmental organization, Orion Society, which publishes the celebrated Orion Magazine, as well as the founder of a global sustainability think-tank, the Triad Institute, and Hotfrog, a Founding B Corporation, GIIRS Pioneer Company, and the first company ever to complete an equity transaction on an impact investment exchange. Laurie is the bestselling and multiple award-winning publisher and editor of books and magazines on sustainability and social impact — having worked with such acclaimed authors as Wendell Berry, Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, and David James Duncan — and the author of numerous articles on entrepreneurship and impact investing. Laurie is contributing author of the recently published academic textbook from World Scientific, Sustainability: Business and Investment Implications (2023).