By March 1, 2023 Community
This year’s theme for Women’s History Month is, “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories”, which was set by the National Women’s History Alliance. This is a tribute towards the recognition and awareness of women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling, including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, and many more. The National Women’s History Alliance is also honoring the women in all of our communities who have devoted their lives to producing art and pursuing truth.
We’d like to highlight one of our fearless leaders at Verity, Tina Narron, and Chief Lending Officer. Tina is consistently pushing the boundary in equality between men and women. She specializes in fighting for success through BIPOC and women owned small businesses as they are consistently overlooked in the business world. In 2021 it was reported that less than 3% of venture capital went to women-owned businesses, even though Boston Consulting Group* research found that women-founded businesses earned more than twice as much per dollar invested and stronger cumulative revenues at nearly 10% more over a five-year period than those led by men. We invite you to read an op-ed from Tina about the needs of women business owners at cuna.org.
At Verity, we are led by incredible woman-identifying leaders who are not only successful but take their time to share their wisdom for future leaders through some of our incredible partners we work with year-round. Below are some of our local partners:
Business Impact Northwest: Part of the nonprofit’s focus is supporting female entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses, and they created the Washington Women’s Business Center as a resource for businesses just getting off the ground, as well as established businesses that could use some guidance in specific areas. Be sure to check out their annual event, “Celebrating Dreams”, which highlights women entrepreneurs in the greater Seattle area. Learn more here
GSBA: The nonprofit is Washington State’s LGBTQ+ and allied chamber of commerce. They represent over 1,300 small business, corporate, and nonprofit members who hold values of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace.
Other nonprofits in the area that help create a more equitable Seattle:
Seattle Foundation: The local foundation has an extensive history of supporting women-led businesses with grants like Resilience Fund, Communities of Opportunity, Voter Education Fund and Regional Census Fund. Check out the recent grantees here.
Purpose Driven Girl: A Seattle-local nonprofit whose mission is to help create a generation of young girls and women who support and empower other women, with an emphasis on BIPOC communities.
Learn more about Women’s History Month: