Chief Executive Officer (Remote), digitalundivided

The Organization

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with digitalundivided in the search for a Chief Executive Officer.

Founded in 2012, digitalundivided is the leading non-profit leveraging data, programs, and advocacy to catalyze economic growth for Latina and Black women entrepreneurs and innovators. digitalundivided leads the global culture shift toward inclusive innovation through powerful, impactful, and unmatched thinking on topics ranging from accessing untapped reservoirs of innovation to creating a women-centered workplace. Along with groundbreaking data and research like ProjectDiane and innovative programs like the BIG Incubator, digitalundivided’s staff leads over two hundred workshops, keynotes, and panel presentations each year with partners as diverse as corporations (Microsoft, Facebook, Prudential) to foundations (Kauffman, Surdna) to universities (Harvard, Yale).

The goal of digitalundivided is to create a greater world where all women of color own their work and worth, with a mission that moves the entrepreneurial ecosystem forward, to increase funding, access, and opportunities for women of color in business and innovation. digitalundivided builds diverse innovation ecosystems that focus on collaboration and untapped opportunities in these resource-rich communities. It hosts weekly lunch and learns, partners with other ecosystem builders in events, and serves as a bridge between tech and local innovation ecosystems.

Since the Project’s first publication in 2016, there has been a significant increase in the number of Latina and Black women-founded startups, the average investment raised, and the number of founders who have the distinction of raising $1 million or more in funding. In addition, engagement and general interest in entrepreneurship, tech startups, and the representation of women and people of color as founders and funders has increased dramatically. There is also greater social awareness of the barriers facing Latina and Black women entrepreneurs, the fastest-growing groups of entrepreneurs in the United States.

digitalundivided’s research is a catalyst for action, using data to create system change. After the release of Project Diane in 2016, the amount raised by Black women founders increased by 500%, from $50 million in 2016 to $250 million in 2017. Funds like Backstage Capital and Impact America used data from Project Diane to raise investment funds to support Latina and Black women founders. digitalundivided’s research has served as the foundation for the development of several key initiatives to expand entrepreneurship in Latina and Black women communities. Organizations like Black Girl Ventures, BioSTL, and Techstars used digitalundivided’s research to help create their inclusive innovation programs. digitalundivided uses data from research initiatives to change the image of who can lead a company. In 2018, digitalundivided co-produced a groundbreaking, two-page pictorial spread in Vanity Fair that featured 27 Black women founders who have raised $1 million or more.

digitalundivided also has programs for companies that are already generating revenue. BREAKTHROUGH, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways, provides founders with a deeper understanding of their customers, startup funding, growth marketing strategies, and networking opportunities to scale their ventures. The Do You Fellowship is another digitalundivided program that supports existing Latina and Black woman-founded businesses. The Do You Fellowship selects 15 promising Latina and Black women entrepreneurs and innovators for this one-year program that helps founders access the tools, resources, and networks necessary to supercharge their business. The goal is to support these women in their quest to reach the $1 million mark in revenue or funding.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Board of Directors, digitalundivided is seeking a visionary leader with a history of exceptional leadership, building and managing high-functioning executive teams, and overseeing healthy organizations for the role of Chief Executive Officer. The Chief Executive Officer will provide strategic direction to and partner with an experienced team who oversee and manage the day-to-day activities of the organization, ensuring digitalundivided is well-positioned for success. The Chief Executive Officer will balance revenue and profit management, fundraising, partnerships, and operational excellence with leading by example and consistently demonstrating strong, values-based, ethical leadership qualities that inspire and motivate others.

How To Apply

digitalundivided will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least seven years of non-profit leadership experience in organizations focused on historically marginalized communities is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of digitalundivided as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

The salary for this position is $225,000 to $256,000 annually.

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