On March 8, we brought together the women (and some men) from the Chicago Ventures portfolio to celebrate International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
For the second year in a row, we gathered for breakfast at a portfolio company (thanks to SpotHero), listened to a Fireside Chat with two of our female CEOs (thanks to Mac & Mia‘s Marie Tillman and Curiosity‘s Lisa Weinstein), and asked for women in the portfolio to share stories of others who’d inspired them in 1-minute Lightning Talks (thanks to GetSet‘s Katie Cochrane, project44‘s Ally Lynch, Luxury Garage Sale’s Maggie LeFevour, PreparedHealth‘s Erin Karam, and SpotHero‘s Belinda Jordan).
This year’s theme was #PressForProgress, calling for women and men to commit to taking action toward accelerating gender parity (more on that below).
(And you can read more about how we’re working with our portfolio companies to help build more diverse and inclusive teams here. )
This day is a lot about numbers: about how many women get funded, about how many women there are in venture, about how a diverse board has proven to create higher financial returns. So in light of that, here are some relevant numbers related to our celebration worth sharing:
BY THE NUMBERS: CV’s International Women’s Day
26: Chicago Ventures Portfolio Companies in participation
39: percentage of employees at Chicago Ventures portfolio company employees who are female
60: percentage of VCs whose firms do *not* support any diversity initiatives for founders (as of December ’17)
217: years until we’ll reach gender parity, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Gender Gap Report
5: ways to commit to #PressForProgress (see the list below)
Thanks to everyone who participated, we’re looking forward to next year!