Women’s Health is still seen as a niche market by most venture capitalists. But when talking about the health of half of the world’s population, that couldn’t be further from the truth. This week’s episode 54 of How Women Inspire Podcast is about funding and equity for women’s health!
In this episode of How Women Inspire Podcast, Julie Castro Abrams and Erika Seth Davies share the importance of using venture capital to improve women’s health equity and actionable steps you can take right now to advocate for justice in women’s health.
Erika Seth Davies is the Chief Executive Officer at Rhia Ventures and Founder of The Racial Equity Asset Lab (The REAL), a venture that centers racial equity in impact investing and works to shift capital to address the persistent racial wealth gap. She previously served as Vice President of External Affairs at ABFE (Association of Black Foundation Executives) where she designed the SMART Investing Initiative, a field-wide effort to encourage foundations to incorporate a racial equity lens in endowment management practices through increased access for racially diverse- and women-owned investment management firms.
Erika is a Social Entrepreneur in Residence with Common Future and a former Fellow, Equitable Access to Capital Markets in the Fair Finance portfolio of the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University. She was a member of the inaugural class of the ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellowship program, a recipient of the NYU Wagner School of Public Service IGNITE Fellowship for Women of Color in the Social Sector, and a member of the class of 2017 for Executive Leadership Institute of CFLeads.
Some of the talking points Julie and Erika go over in this episode include:
Leadership skills that have proven themselves in the last three years.
Leveraging capital to advance reproductive and maternal health equity.
Innovations coming in the women’s reproductive and health space.
The importance of believing in your capabilities, even when times are tough.
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