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GIST TechConnect: Diversity for Success in Business

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This program will be broadcast in Spanish with English interpretation.

Program Description

Today’s entrepreneurs have a great opportunity to lead the way on business diversity initiatives, leveraging diversity in ways that support the growth of startups and businesses.

A growing body of research shows a direct link between the diversity of a startup’s staff and the economic performance of that startup. Diversity is something all entrepreneurs should make the time to consciously factor into the growth of their business. Research shows that diversity presented significant benefits, ranging from new market opportunities to an increased access to capital.

In many Central and South American countries, social entrepreneurs in particular have shown that promoting team diversity can be an engine for transparency, sustainability and inclusive growth. Social entrepreneurs are able to promote inclusion and diversity in a region’s economy, through a wide range of goods and services they produce to meet local demand.

Join our interactive webinar on Tuesday, January 23 at 2:00 p.m. EST/19:00 UTC to learn how diversity can help your business grow and succeed. A live panel of experts will answer your questions via Twitter. The program will be broadcast in Spanish with English interpretation.

You can participate in the conversation on this page by using the chatbox to the right of the video player, or you can participate on Twitter by using #GISTTechConnect to send the panel your questions.


Why Participate?

-Listen to a panel of experts discuss how diversity can help your business succeed

-Ask the experts your questions about increasing diversity in your startup

-Learn the best ways to increase diversity in your startup


Speaker Biographies

Marcia Chong Rosado

Marcia has five years of experience in scaling innovative social-impact models. As one of the early members of the Third Sector Capital Partners team, Marcia advised governments, service providers, and investors on the development of national Pay for Success/Social Impact Bond projects across social-issue areas ranging from juvenile justice and workforce development to homelessness, child welfare, and health. Marcia is originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, and holds a bachelor’s degree in international business.


Agostinho Almeida

Agostinho holds a doctorate in health sciences and an MBA, and has executive training in tech entrepreneurship and in venture capital and private equity. He has worked in universities and research institutions in different countries, publishing 20 peer-reviewed papers and obtaining several honors and awards. Agostinho co-founded and owned three companies, raising approximately 2 million euros for his different ventures. He was also an investment manager in a venture capital fund in Colombia for over three years, helping manage a U.S. $20 million fund.


Moderator: Daniel Durazo

Daniel Durazo is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. He works on Regional Policy for the Western Hemisphere within the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP). Daniel has been with the State Department for five years, and served in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Muscat, Oman. He grew up in Tijuana, Mexico, and completed a Masters Degree in International Relations at University of California in San Diego.


Chatspace Expert: Jorge Ramos

Management and Entrepreneurial Leader with 25 years of experience developing business, building market value, and launching products and services in the international marketplace with special expertise in import/ export between the US and Mexico, and reaching as far as Europe, South and Latin America, and Asia. In the innovation fields he has promoted and executed the commercialization of a number of research projects. At these Mr. Ramos aligned research interest at the University with those of private sector partners in order to advance and develop new products and technologies. Previously as an economic developer Mr. Ramos promoted the triple helix concept where academia, industry and the public sector partnered to develop new products in order to increase value in the alternative energy, construction materials, agriculture and food processing sectors.