May Lunch: Equity, Equality & Empathy in Business

144 N. Sixth St.
Louisville, KY 40202 United States
Muhammad Ali Center
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM) (EDT)
Doors open at 11:45 a.m., with the program from noon to 1 p.m. You are invited to stay for networking after the meeting.
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When trying to foster a workplace that is equitable and inclusive for all, it is imperative for leaders to be well-trained in inclusive strategies. There is one key trait that all great leaders should possess. Some may call this trait the crème de la crème of all leadership traits: empathy. Empathy is our ability to put ourselves in the shoes of others and to understand what another person is experiencing. Leaders that are more empathetic may be more effective at fostering diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Join Venture Connectors on Wednesday, May 4, for a “fireside chat” style conversation with Dr. Angelique Johnson, founder and CEO of Vissionaireum. She will discuss her work with businesses, assisting them in becoming more empathetic and inclusive organizations to attract the capital and talent they need. Vissionaireum is a strategic planning company that focuses on business coaching, building inclusive startup ecosystems and increasing access to capital.

Dr. Johnson is also CEO and Founder of MEMStim LLC, a company that produces implantable electronics to treat neurological disorders. With a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, she has produced many patents, acquired funding from the National Science Foundation, and received millions in prestigious and highly competitive SBIR awards from the National Institutes of Health.

 Dr. Johnson’s expertise is sought out at the highest levels, including the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee. She has served as a speaker for the eighth district of the Federal Reserve, the Royal Academy of Science International Trust, the International Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations Assembly on Women and Girls in Science. She lends her leadership to the Standing Council, NSF Engineering Research Visioning Alliance, the Kentucky Statewide EPSCOR Committee, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering SBIR, the NSF NNCI External Advisory Board and Medtech Color.

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Event Contact:
Amy Higgs
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