The last few months have been rocky for female founders and investors in Silicon Valley, with a number of harassment allegations being levied against prominent VC partners. The Elephant in the Valley project conducted a survey of over 200 Silicon-Valley based female founders and engineers and discovered that up to 90% had witnessed sexist behavior at work, 60% reported unwanted advances from male colleagues and 66% had been excluded from networking opportunities because of their gender.
Although this report was focused on Silicon Valley, the findings helped to highlight the unique and often invisible challenges that female founders face in MENA and around the world while fundraising and running a company as a minority in a male-dominated field. Recognizing the challenges and having a conversation is the first step to creating a more welcoming and safe ecosystem for female founders.
WOMENA will be hosting a candid conversation via webinar with Lu Li founder of Blooming Founders and WOMENA co-founder Elissa Freiha, to discuss how women can safely navigate the challenges of a female founder.
Join the conversation on August 23rd, from 7:00 – 8:00PM. Reserve your spot by registering here.
Have specific questions you would like the speakers to address or a personal experience you would like to anonymously share? We’d love to hear your side of the story and welcome voices from both sides of the gender divide. Follow the conversations on Twitter: @womenaco with hashtag #WomenaWebinar.