Tag: the future is female

Jesse Draper

Halogen VenturesLos Angeles, CAStory & Photography by Lauri LevenfeldMakeup & Hair by Irmina Martinez Loeffler

There is no question that 2018 will be yet another year where progressive women band together to create new realities and ensure justice for their own and others’ personal and professional lives. This holds true in regards to women’s health, equal pay, and gender equality, as more women become breadwinners and independents. For Jesse Draper, a former actress and now venture capitalist, the path to her current fund Halogen Ventures (which supports women-founded consumer technology) wasn’t always easy to imagine due to the lack of women leaders in technology and finance while growing up.

Yet by starting with small investments, Jesse gained meaningful success and proved to her male counterparts that she had a vision and talent for finding women who doing extraordinary things. If you are a female entrepreneur with questions on vc funding or have never invested in the stock market, today we have the tips to help you become the boss lady you dream of. As Jesse Draper welcomes her second baby boy into the world, her hope is that one day companies will understand that diversity and equality are the best path to success. 

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Julayne Virgil

Chief Executive Officer, Girls Inc of Alameda CountyOakland, CAStory & Photos by Lauri Levenfeld

There is something about the feeling of home that is like nothing else. When you have grown up and lived some of your most important moments in one place, it’s hard not to heed the calling to return. For Julayne Virgil, after forging a successful career in the private sector in NYC, she returned to her roots. Not only did she return to her hometown of Oakland, but to carry on the legacy of family women before her who dedicated themselves to bettering  the world through education and non-profit. On a stroll one day in her neighborhood Virgil stumbled upon Girls Inc., an organization she would soon to be an integral part of. Immediately she knew she had found her calling and a new place to call home, one where she would support teenage girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

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