December 9, 2023

While the current culture wars have turned diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) policy into a political punching bag, most business leaders understand that they take good for business. In the more conservative VC market, however, the discussion focuses more on the financial aspects than how to build a conscious culture.

However, younger generations are bringing updated values ​​and DEI expectations into the workplace, which means tech startups cannot afford to ignore the evolution of their company culture.

This is an important question for startup success, and we’re excited to tell you that Paradigm co-founder and CEO Joelle Emerson will join us for a fireside chat on the Builders Stage at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023, September 19-21 in San Francisco.

Paradigm’s data-driven DEI software tool puts companies at the center of this conversation, and Emerson is known for his views on corporate culture. We look forward to hearing how the savviest startups are ditching old, ahem, paradigms in the rear-view mirror and building for the future — despite political notions of inclusivity.

Joelle Emerson: Paradigm Co-Founder and CEO

Joelle Emerson works with the leaders of some of the world’s most innovative companies, consulting and advising on diversity and inclusion strategies. She has written extensively on diversity, inclusion, and unconscious bias, and her work has been on the covers of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and The Atlantic. She has been named to Recode’s 100 Most Influential People in Business, Marie Claire Magazine’s 50 New Women’s Champions Who Changed the World list, and The New York Times’ list of Trailblazers.

Prior to founding Paradigm, Emerson was a civil rights attorney. Her legal background highlighted the consequences of companies failing to consider diversity and inclusion early on, and inspired her to start Paradigm. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School.

You’ll find more conversations with leading experts on Builders Stage on topics including operations, recruiting, fundraising, and more. Don’t forget to check out our six new phases in six groundbreaking areas at Disrupt.

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