Cooley’s Latinx Executive Network is a forward-thinking community of CXOs, investors, innovators and prominent influencers across a wide range of industries, companies and government. It is designed to build a sense of community and harness the power of diversity to yield high-impact relationships, collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Cooley is committed to driving impactful change and working alongside organizations that support the same goal. We partner with them to design programs, define success and recruit allies from across our networks. The following are just a few of the organizations and initiatives with which we are working to drive equitable opportunity for all.
- Diversity VC is a nonprofit partnership promoting diversity in venture capital. Cooley is a sponsor and supports the organization’s four key initiatives: building a diverse network of venture capital professionals, helping venture capital firms hire from diverse backgrounds, connecting the venture capital community to a broader network and analyzing data on diversity in the venture capital industry
- Entrepreneurs Access Network is Ernst & Young’s immersive program elevating scalable Black- and Latinx-owned companies with exposure to resources, networks and capital delivered through a planned curriculum and team of equally committed companies/organizations
- Launch with GS is Goldman Sachs’ $500 million investment strategy grounded in its belief that diverse teams drive strong returns. Cooley partnered with the Launch With GS Entrepreneur Cohort, an eight-week program for Black and Latinx founders designed to accelerate growth through educational workshops, one-on-one coaching and access to the venture capital ecosystem
- Pledge LA is a collective of LA-based tech companies and venture capital firms working to create measurable change. Cooley is a sponsor of the Pledge LA Summer Lab Fund, which helps allocate $5,000 equity-free grants to startups founded by students and alumni of historically Black colleges and universities
- The Diversity Term Sheet Rider, launched by Act One Ventures and eight venture funds, calls on VC firms to bring in Black and other underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, Latinx, women and LGBTQ+ as co-investors on deals, thereby immediately increasing diversity at the core of the deal-making process. Cooley is committed to raising awareness within our networks with the intent of helping the rider become an industry standard
For Hispanic Heritage Month, Cooley asked members of its Latinx Executive Network to reflect on their careers and share perspectives on diversity, equity and inclusion. We are proud to work alongside and represent these outstanding leaders.
Creating generational wealth in our Latinx and BIPOC communities is what motivates me every single day to find and invest in the next generation of outstanding diverse founders that are constantly being overlooked. Their success, combined with D&I efforts like the Diversity Rider initiative for representation at the cap table we created at Act One Ventures, will be the foundation that will change the face of investing to more closely resemble the outstanding diversity that makes America so beautiful.
Alejandro Guerrero – Principal, Act One Ventures
As a leader, my job is not to shape or influence my team on how to think about issues, but to empower them to express themselves. Inclusive leadership is acceptance of and appreciation for what others bring.
Ximena Hartsock – Founder, Phone2Action
Mentors who believed in inclusive leadership have been unbelievably important to my personal and professional development. These mentors took an interest in me, believed in me, encouraged me to always take on more responsibility, and apply for promotions and roles that I assumed were beyond my reach. Now, thanks to those champions, I am fortunate to be in a position at Opt Health to practice inclusive leadership, hire diverse talent, and serve as a champion for others.
Camilo Isaza – Co-founder & CEO, Opt Health
As a Latino pioneer in tech, arriving in Silicon Valley in 1997, it has been my personal mission as the Founder of Latinx Startup Alliance, to ensure that Latinx are represented and supported in their work whether they are a founder, an investor, tech worker, or youth seeking a career path into tech, thus allowing us to create the next generation of Latinx role models. Nada is impossible!
Jesse Martinez – Founder, CareerForce and Latinx Startup Alliance
As a political refugee from Cuba whose family acclimated and persevered in its adopted country, I would counsel Hispanic professionals to cast aside frustration and impatience with any lack of progress in their own professions and organizations. Rather, chose to be the solution – the more effective and impactful you are, the easier it becomes for others like you to succeed. Simply put, be an asset, not a liability and change will soon follow.
Claudio Morfe – VP and General Counsel, Clarios
At Encellin we embrace challenges to provide novel therapies for patients. We celebrate our diversity, and use it to help empower innovation.
Crystal Nyitray – CEO and Founder, Encellin
Success doesn’t happen in a void. All of us need mentors and sponsors. Mentoring outside our ‘bubble’ helps amplify collaborative thinking and facilitates sharing diverse ideas. Now that I manage a diverse team of attorneys, I have realized that my own growth and professional success depends on managing with a heart and mentoring. I wouldn’t be the attorney I am today without the mentors and sponsors who have inspired and driven me to succeed.
Alex Ponce de Leon – Counsel, Google
Speak your accent. Wear your skin. Be you. Be proud. And always ask yourself how you can help your profession or organization do better. Even small things, like mentoring a friend or stranger for thirty minutes over coffee, counts.
Ariel Ruiz – Senior Counsel, Litigation, Uber
After spending the majority of my career in traditional education, I realized that they key to closing the equity gap is through providing equitable access to educational resources and opportunities for children before they enter school, which led to the creation of the Caribu app. It is my goal to kick down the doors that have been closed to me as a Latina founder so that future Latinx leaders can proudly march through them.
Maxeme Tuchman – CEO & Co-founder, Caribu
When I first did fund raising for a startup in 1998, I was likely the first Latina to successfully visit Sand Hill Road. I was lucky to find champions and mentors. It’s now my passion to pay that forward by mentoring other Latinx founders as well as first generation college students with the help of the Peninsula Community Foundation. Our community is generous, proud, and… ambiciosa!
Anna Zornosa – Founder, Ruby Ribbon