Tech Inclusion Supply Chain Diversity

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The Women Techmakers team handing out Limited Edition sweatshirts at the Tech Inclusion Holiday Party. (These were sponsored by Women Techmakers, created by Design Like Whoa. Photo courtesy Women Techmakers.)

 

Inclusion is a way of being and doing. At Change Catalyst, we work hard to make sure it permeates everything we do. We’re not perfect, but we try to get close – right down to the vendors we use.

Since our 2015 Tech Inclusion Conference, we are pleased to hear stories of conference attendees working with our vendors since the conference. Thank you for telling us these stories!

We continue to receive requests for a list of our vendors. Here it is…

Vendors for our 2015 Holiday Party:

  • DJ: Mo Kudeki. Woman founder and software engineer at Twitter.
  • Bartenders: SF Bartenders. Veteran-owned, San Francisco based.
  • Food: Zesty. Local tech startup, sourcing healthy food from locally-owned restaurants.
  • Swag: Design Like Whoa. Local woman-owned business, printed on sweatshop-free sweatshirts. (Thank you Woman Techmakers!)
  • Photographer: Classically Mel. Woman-owned, San Francisco based artist Mel Kurutz.
  • Venue: Galvanize. Working hard to increase diversity and inclusion in tech. As D&I Advisors, Wayne and I are working with them to embed inclusion into their values, strategy and DNA as they scale. They’re also transparent about diversity numbers.

Vendors for 2015 Tech Inclusion Conference & Career Fair:

  • Caterer: The Town Kitchen. Woman-owned, Oakland-based social enterprise. Provide fair-wage jobs and education to unemployed low-income youth. Food is sourced locally.
  • Printer: Brentwood Reprographics. Veteran- and locally-owned small business.
  • ASL Interpreters: Linguabee. Local, deaf-owned tech startup.
  • Swag bags: Chico BagCertified B Corporation. Reusable and made from recycled plastic bottles.
  • T-Shirts: Design Like Whoa. Local woman-owned business, printed on ethically, American-made shirts.
  • Photographer: Classically Mel. Woman-owned, San Francisco based artist Mel Kurutz.
  • Audio/Video: Repertoire. Locally-owned and operated.
  • Graphic Facilitator: One Squiggly Line. Local woman-owned business.
  • Venue: Galvanize. Working hard to increase diversity and inclusion in tech. As D&I Advisors, Wayne and I are working with them to embed inclusion into their values, strategy and DNA as they scale. They’re also transparent about diversity numbers.

We trace all our vendors as a part of our B Corp Certification. Please let us know if you’d like more information about our supply chain diversity.

It’s important to align every aspect of what you do to your core mission and values! You’re not going to be perfect with your supply chain diversity right out of the gate, but just start to make the change one vendor at a time.

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