Why The Riveter Teamed Up With Project Entrepreneur

It's all about driving systemic change for female founders

Four women having a virtual panel discussion
Clockwise from top left: Moderator Ann Shoket, The Riveter's Giovanna Lockhart, Dee Poku-Spalding of WIE Network, and Bea Arthur of The Difference.

It’s 2020, and the workplace is still a deeply inequitable space for women. Women of color are starting businesses at a higher rate than any other group in the United States, and yet they receive a tiny fraction of overall funding. The gender wage gap persists.

Systemic issues require systemic solutions. That’s why The Riveter teamed up with Project Entrepreneur, a program by UBS, to help female founders! Our Founded By series has taken place every Thursday this May and June. Founders, business owners and VCs have come together to share learnings, challenges and strategies through group discussions and virtual gatherings.

For the series finale, we invite you to join us for “How To Change The World: Female Founders and Investors Building Solutions for Systems Change.” Courtney Leimkuhler, Founding Partner at Springbank Collective, and Nnena Ukuku, CEO of 5/3 Solution, are joining moderator Ann Shoket, author of The Big Life, to share insights and discuss their work championing equity in entrepreneurship and beyond. RVSP now and then tune in this Thursday, June 25 at 12 p.m. PT!

Want to check out some of the previous Founded By sessions? Video this way…

All discussions were moderated by Ann Shoket.

June 18: “Meet the Experts: Grow, Market and Brand Your Business”, featuring Chanel Cathey, Founder and CEO of CJC Insights, and Sarika Doshi, Founder of Rank and Style.

June 11: “What’s Next? Meet the Black Female Founders Shaping Retail and Media”, featuring Chana Ginelle Ewing, Founder of GEENIE, and Kori Hale, CEO and Co-Founder of CultureBanx.

June 4: “How to Build Community and Show Up for Each Other as Allies and Advocates”, featuring Dee Poku-Spalding of WIE Network, Bea Arthur of The Difference, Giovanna Gray Lockhart of The Riveter.

May 28: “Investors Unfiltered: Insider Strategies for Entrepreneurship”, featuring Ita Ekpoudom, Partner at venture capital firm GingerBread Capital, and Angela Lee, educator, entrepreneur, and founder of 37 Angels.

May 21: “A Masterclass in Money and Power with Arlan Hamilton & Alli McCartney”, featuringArlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, and Alli McCartney, Managing Director at UBS.

May 14: “The Female Founder Support System: What to Know About Getting the Financial Support You Need”, featuring Elizabeth Gore, Co-Founder and President of Hello Alice, and Jeeho Lee, Partner at O’Melveney & Myers.

May 7: “The Founder’s Journey with Jamie Sears and Amy Nelson”, a discussion about tackling business challenges, pivots and triumphs in the time of COVID-19, featuring Jamie Sears, Head of Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility for UBS, and Amy Nelson, Founder and CEO of The Riveter.