The California Leadership Collaborative is holding its third Innovation Team meeting on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 in San Francisco, California.  The Collaborative is a cross sector, multi-partisan effort innovating new strategies to increase investment from the private sector in women’s leadership projects, activities, and corporate external initiatives.  The project was conceived and is led by Mine The Gap.  The Innovation Team meetings launched following preliminary research which identified major barriers impacting the growth and scale of women’s leadership efforts in California.  This project has had initial private sector support from PG&E and Facebook.

Focusing on tech, entertainment, and energy companies and networks, the project is centered on tackling the lack of financial support and corporate buy-in from companies, in these sectors, to increase their investment in women’s leadership initiatives. This project aims to develop best practices and solutions that can be replicated in other regions of the United States. 

For the third meeting, the Innovation Team will identify “Gender Catalysts” within the three industries. The term “Gender Catalyst” was coined by Mine The Gap and describes individuals who work within institutions and use their influence, reputation, and expertise to advance changes that help promote gender balance in the leadership of the organization and/or work to build a more equitable work experience for people who traditionally are not in positions of power. 

The project will continue to introduce and build relationships between corporate and political women leaders to galvanize private sector funding towards projects supporting women in business and women’s political organizations. 

For more information about the project, please contact the project lead and Co-Founder of Mine The Gap, Jessica N. Grounds at