Kamael Sugrim has been at the intersection of business, technology, and social change. She has also had a front-row seat to the dynamics of discrimination. We explore her personal experience tackling bias and discrimination from the inside and the outside.
Kamael Sugrim surprised me and made me think - both with her impact and her journey along the way. I knew Kamael's work across business, technology, and social change... but I didn't know that a simple and deep thread connected it: creating robust and innovative economies by tackling bias and discrimination.
THE IMPACT. Kamael has been at the intersection of business, technology, and social change.
She opened Stanford SEED (the institute for innovation in developing economies) in Africa, founded mPowering (an app to direct donations to alleviate poverty in India and Nepal), ran operations as managing director at Impact Hub (the largest social impact incubator in the world), and serves as chairwoman of the board at EcoEnergy Pakistan.
She is now COO at People First, a software startup to fight discrimination in the workplace, and founder of Nafasi Ventures, an advisory to help companies deliver social impact.
THE JOURNEY. In our conversation, we explore Kamael's personal experience observing, calling out, and looking to systematically change bias from the inside and outside, including:
Growing up in diversity vs. the rude wake-up call of Wall Street
Having a seat at the table vs. having a voice to make decisions
Tackling discrimination from the inside and from the outside
There's gender, there's race, and there's culture
Letting go of fear and making space to think
Discrimination as the enemy of innovation