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Taylar Barrington-Booker was willing to overlook the competition when she felt called to create Cliquish. It can be easy for a would-be entrepreneur to convince themselves that there’s no room for them in the marketplace, but she didn’t see quitting as an option. The Founder and CEO stopped by #undividedATTENTION to share how she tapped into her personal gifts to create an inclusive blogging community with Kayla Lawrence.

Communities for content creators have been springing up across the internet but as a survivor victim Barrington-Booker was able to bring a unique point of view to her company. “We aren’t the…


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Every business has a story and the foundation of that story starts with money. Forbes Diversity & Inclusion reporter Ruth Umoh is often the one discovering these stories. During this quarter’s undivided We Rise Virtual Summit, she moderated a conversation with Co-Founder of the Fearless Fund Arian Simone, CEO and Co-Founder of Topicals Olamide Olowe, and Head of Partnerships at Republic, Bianca Caban to talk dollars and cents.

Diversity Is Needed In Financing Too

“Speaking to Black and Latinx founders, as far as raising capital and the discussion of money, I think it is very important right now,” said Simone.

She was drawn to financing through…


Latinx culture isn’t confined to the customs of one country and its potential isn’t confined to one gender. Less than two percent of Latinx startups are led by women or women identifying persons, but they serve crucial needs in a number of communities. Ingrid Harb, Founder and CEO of the Women Ambassadors Forum spoke with three women using their businesses to give back to their communities at this quarter’s undivided We Rise Virtual Summit.

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Meet Ayde Soto CEO And Co-founder Of Simple Citizen


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As she sat surrounded by a group of women who were supposed to be supporting and empowering one another Ana Flores had a single question circling in her brain- Where was everyone who looked like her?

The founder and CEO of #WeAllGrow Latina Network revealed how she was unable to shake her feelings about the lack of representation in the rooms she entered to Kayla Lawrence during #undividedATTENTION. “We should not have to conform or to assimilate, just to have to be taken seriously,” she said.

“Why am I only one of 5? 15? Latina women in the room at…


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Carin Luna-Ostaseski was enjoying a chill night out with a friend when she encountered the amber colored liquid that would change her life. “ I found my way to scotch one day in New York, after work. My friend asked me if I wanted a glass of scotch,” she told Director of Communications, Christina Brown, during #undividedATTENTION. “I told him I don’t drink scotch. That night I went out, and I instantly fell in love with this one brand,” she revealed. “ What I love most about scotch is that it’s this misunderstood spirit. There are so many brands out…


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Chana Ginelle Ewing isn’t canceling anything. The author, marketeer, and Founder & CEO of GEENIE sees 2020 as an opportunity, not an obstacle. “I want us to stop saying [that 2020 is cancelled],” she told Kayla Lawrence during #undividedATTENTION. “I think it’s unhelpful — it’s almost fighting all of the messages, that 2020, is trying to tell us. We don’t want to fight 2020. You’ve already shown us that you can win. The energy of this year shows we’re no match for it.” She advised founders to find out what they can learn from this year’s turbulence. “What are the…


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Diversity of thought leads to dollars. But it takes more than a curated brochure to build a company that’s truly inclusive. As Managing Director of Cleo Capital, Sarah Kunst has seen what’s needed behind the scenes from a company to go from a shallow catch-all culture to deep purpose-filled profits. She stopped by #undividedATTENTION to talk to Kayla Lawrence about beginning an investment journey, the importance of a strong culture, and what organizations can do to implement diversity measures that ensure their success. Spoiler alert: It involves listening to Black and Latinx women.

1. Do Remain Open To Ideas

Kunst landed at Cleo Capital because she…


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Beauty is a billion dollar business, but start-ups compete for just a sliver of that market. The industry is full of multinational giants with the capital and relationships to accomplish any task luckily for Mented Cosmetics they still make mistakes. KJ Miller and Amanda Johnson worked together to find a problem they were suited to solve and created a rising firm that forced everyone to take notice. Along the way they faced a few problems of their own. …


Karen Rios spent years banking like a badass. But her extensive experience couldn’t sway a biased system. The Lifesaver founder started her company in a landscape that expects Black and Latinx women to be thrice as good as white men across industries. Rios joined Jasmine Edwards, who offered her inspiration on her journey, for #undividedATTENTION. “One of the moments I realized how badass I was, was when I heard you during a Confident Founders session. I saw a lot of myself in you,” she told Edwards. …


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The Honey Pot has become a saving grace for women tired of the status quo in the feminine hygiene industry. Using a transparent customer-focused approach, they have completely disrupted the industry. But the mission-based company has not risen to success without its fair share of challenges. Founder, Beatrice Dixon, joined Episode 3 of digitalundivided’s #undividedATTENTION IG Live series to discuss every aspect of her journey as a founder facing a landscape full of capital shortages and supply chain issues. Find out how she keeps life sweet inside The Honey Pot below.

1. She Practices Gratitude And Self-Love

The outpouring of support Dixon has received from the…

Keyaira Boone

Keyaira Boone is a writer, columnist, and arts advocate. Her work has been in ESSENCE, HelloBeautiful, Cassius, Bustle, and Allure. She founded TheCLetter.com.

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