Lauren Klein on Gender Parity and Female Entrepreneurs

By Brendan Aguiar

In honor of International Women’s Day, where we acknowledge and celebrate women from around the world for their social, economic, cultural, and political achievements,  we at the Ozmen Center of Entrepreneurship approached communities strategist Lauren Klein to talk about her company Girlmade that specifically helps women in business entrepreneurship build their skills and business acumen.

What can you tell me about yourself?

I grew up in Big Rapids, Michigan. My father was a dean and my mother was a professor at Ferris State University. So I grew up in the academia frame of mind or as I like to say, with learning in my bones. Everything that I embody is about education, learning, bettering oneself, and being agile in your approach to life, which is what and why I think I’ve been successful. A decade ago my husband’s company moved us from Silicon Valley to California.   I acquired Girlmade as an opportunity to not only invest in Girl Empire, but more importantly in women who want to play big. I look forward to help women in the high capital growth realm, which is why I took it upon myself to be a catalyst.

Everything that I embody is about education, learning, bettering oneself, and being agile in your approach to life, which is what and why I think I’ve been successful

Why do you believe there are few women with high growth in the business community?

We need a big fund that invests in female founders. There are several people discussing the deal flow and opportunities and they are coming. This is why the venture community and ecosystem will adjust with it. Our ecosystem and technology landscape is changing, so too will our investment community as diversity makes sense.

How do you propose we reach a solution?

There are many ways. Seek out new talent in your ventures, teams and organizations. If you don’t have a diverse network, you can reach out to others to ask them for referrals or connect to networks or organizations like Girlmade to help you reach a new talent pool or audience. I lead a talent network of women where we coach, guide, support and mentor female founders and entrepreneurs. When you develop your boards, I would encourage you to think about recruiting diverse thinkers to help provide you with different perspectives and innovative thinking.

What more can you tell me about Girlmade?

We focus on helping women play big. We inspire, connect and provide them with professional service and educational offerings that allow them to succeed in business. From business acumen training, pitching to leadership and technology skill building.

We focus on helping women play big.

 

Learn more about Girlmade, visit their website here.  Find out more about Lauren Klein, visit her website here

Brendan Aguiar is the Social Media Intern and the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship he can be reached here on LinkedIn.