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Diversity & Inclusion

The Venture Mentoring Team is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values.

Diversity

We appreciate and leverage our backgrounds, experiences, and cultures, and we involve and reflect the communities, universities, startups, and small businesses we support.

Equity

We align our policies, practices, and resources so that people of all races, cultures, and socioeconomic statuses have opportunities to thrive.

Inclusion

We create a supportive environment in which everyone feels valued and respected.

Our Commitment

The Venture Mentoring Team is working every day to ensure that we are making a positive impact on equity, diversity and inclusion in the mentoring we pursue and the community partners we engage to work with us

We celebrate and leverage the diversity of our 180 mentors and the richness of the backgrounds, cultures and experiences they bring to strengthen our work. Our belief is that all races, cultures, and socioeconomic groups should have the opportunities they need to thrive, and we have created a diverse and supportive environment in which everyone is valued and respected.

The proof of our commitment and our impact rests in our strong Community Partner relationships.

Florida Atlantic University

The path taken by entrepreneurs is never a straight line and is full of twists and turns that often require expertise and guidance from professionals outside of the organization. We at 2nd Vault could not be more grateful and appreciative of the time and knowledge provided to us by the Venture Mentoring Team. Every minute spent with our mentoring team is time well spent and invested. The VMT mentoring team is a perfectly crafted group of professionals that all have meaningful direction and insights to provide. The VMT mentors keep us focused on what is in front of us systematically, helping to lead our company to scale. We feel so fortunate to have been selected as mentees of the VMT and hope to pay it forward in the future.  Thank you for all you do and the impact you have on start-up founders, as there is no price one could ever assign to the value we have received.

Kevin C. Cox, phD, MSE

Senior Instructor and Assistant Director

Elevate Together

Office Depot initiated the Elevate Together program in 2021 partnering with The Venture Mentoring Team, the National Urban League and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to deliver impactful, measurable and scalable support services that foster business creation and growth opportunities for Black and Hispanic businesses.

It has been an honor to partner with the Venture Mentoring Team during Elevate Together’s launch and early stages. Their mentoring methodology and training set a high bar, and their mentors have been invaluable to our Elevate Together grant recipients.

We look forward to the VMT’s continued work with Urban League affiliates, Hispanic Chambers and other community partners to provide mentoring services to minority-owned small businesses as they grow and expand their mentoring services.

Sharu Goodwyn

National Manager, Community Investment, Elevate Together

Alex Price

National Director, Community Investment / Co-Leader, Diversity Council