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Remember a couple of years ago when a Utah Official said men have traditionally earned more than women citing “simple economics” — he also argued that “having more women in the workforce would create competition for jobs, (men’s jobs) and hurt families’ and society.”

I wish that was the last crazy argument against equal pay but given that today is Equal Pay Day, I’d be willing to bet you’ll find yourself hearing similar arguments both online and offline about whether or not Equal Pay is actually an issue. …


Suzy Cardenas working at Mother Road Market Photo Credit: Tulsa World.

As Congress delays the decision of whether or not to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, women like Elizabeth Frame Ellison are taking matters into their own hands.

Elizabeth, CEO of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and Founder of the Mother Road Market, a one of a kind food hall in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is increasing pay for non-tipped, hourly workers from $10 to $15 per hour to $13 to $17 per hour in an effort to provide all employees with a living wage.

Based on the raises, MRM is paying 79% to 134% above Oklahoma’s minimum wage…


Stephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey, Global Head of Inclusion Programs for Women of Color at Google

Before Covid-19, women were making gradual gains in the workforce. The pandemic quickly changed this trajectory. The latest Labor report shows the U.S. lost 140,000 jobs in December and women accounted for all job losses. To make things worse, this trend disproportionately affects women of color, particularly Black Women.

So we invited Stephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey, Global Head of Inclusion Programs for Women of Color at Google to talk about why this is important and how we can better support women at work, in particular black women.

Key Take Aways

Companies are at risk of losing women in leadership. Women are held to higher performance…


I think we can all agree 2020 tested the entire world in ways we never imagined. Yet, amidst all the bad that happened, there was one thing that held us together — investing and supporting entrepreneurs. Your support gave us the confidence to keep going. As we get ready to start the new year, we want to highlight a few silver linings from this year. See you in 2021!

22 Startups

StitchCrew 2020 Virtual Demo Days

We know some of the best companies are born in uncertain times and this year was no different. We had the pleasure of supporting 22 incredible startups bringing us to a…


Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining

This year is one for the books, that’s for sure. But despite all the horrible and disruptive things that happened in 2020, this year has had its silver linings.

Here are some of our favorites:

Family Dinners. Before the pandemic, between 30% and 40% of families shared a meal together, according to Anne Fishel, clinical professor of psychology at Harvard and co-founder of the Family Dinner Project. Now, 70% families are cooking more, 60% of families are making meals from scratch, and 50% of them are involving kids.

Yoga Pants Became The New Black. We know, we know. We are all tired of zoom, but let’s…


Everything Is Negotiable, the Five Tactics to Get What You Want in Life, Love and Work.

A recent study found that 60% of women have never negotiated with an employer over pay and 72% would rather leave their employer to get a salary increase than negotiate. Reasons behind avoiding negotiations include believing accomplishments and efforts will be noticed and rewarded without having to ask, feeling more comfortable negotiating for others as opposed to themselves, fear of how they will be perceived and being labeled as too ambitious.

We invited Dr. Meg Myers Morgan, author of Everything is Negotiable, to help VEST Members uncover the gender gap in negotiations and to coach us through how we can…


Almost 60 million Latinos account for $2.3 trillion in economic activity and are projected to make up 30% of the U.S. population by the end of this year.

In addition, the number of Latinx businesses grew 34% over the past 10 years, making them the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the country. Despite these numbers, when it comes to Venture Capital, less than 2% of venture led companies and venture capitalists are Latinx.

Fortunately there are several new fund managers emerging and challenging the status quo.

To wrap up Hispanic Heritage Month, we invited one of the most badass investors…


Stock Photo: “Women Entrepreneurs”

October is National Women’s Small Business Month, an effort focused on highlighting the impact and economic contributions of women entrepreneurs.

So we are celebrating the women who own almost half of all businesses in the United States, which equate to more than 13 million businesses generating more than $1.9 trillion dollars a year in annual sales. We are also celebrating we now have 114% more women entrepreneurs than we did 20 years ago and as of 2019, women of color account for 50% of all women-owned businesses.

Highlighting these accomplishments in 2020 is particularly important given the impact the pandemic


StitchCrew Changemakers Podcast Episode #34

Last year, a report to Congress based on data from 2017, found that almost 60 million Latinos already account for $2.3 trillion in economic activity and are projected to make up 30% of the U.S. population by the end of this year.

Another study from Stanford University found that over the past 10 years, the number of Latino business owners grew 34%, compared to 1% for all business owners, making them the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the United States.

Despite these numbers, when it comes to Venture Capital, Latinos represent less than 2% of venture led companies and venture…


How do we increase the pipeline of more women in office?

Gender bias affects women not just in the workplace but during campaign trails, and makes it harder for us to get elected, hired, and promoted. More importantly, when it comes to elections, gender biases discourage more women from participating.

This may explain why despite making up 50% of the U.S. population we only account for less than 30% of elected positions.

Leading-up to the 2020 election, Lean In put together a report on how women are held to different standards than men and judged more harshly. The report touts how women not only have to work harder to prove we…

Erika Lucas

Co-Founder of StitchCrew and VEST, Partner OKC Thunder LaunchPad, Investor, Podcast Host.

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