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Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® Discusses Diversity and Inclusion with Change Catalyst

Los Angeles, CA – April 11, 2018 — Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® is pleased to announce an exclusive interview with Change Catalyst Founder and CEO Melinda Briana Epler to discuss the empowerment of diversity and inclusion within the tech industry.

Founded in 2012, Change Catalyst helps diversity thrive through the exploration and development of innovative solutions that help support the startup of ecosystems and tech inclusion programs. The company hosts conferences, career fairs, strategic consulting and training to organizations, providing education, mentoring and deal flow opportunities for underrepresented entrepreneurs.

“We look at the whole tech ecosystem, and focus on solutions to diversity inclusion across those systems,” says Epler. “We do that because education, workplace, entrepreneurship and policy are what make the ecosystem thrive. Only 35% of today’s entrepreneurs are women, but when you look at the capital venture system, just 2.7% of all venture capital goes to women founders. When you look at African Americans and Latinos together, they represent just 2% of all venture capital. That’s less than 5%.”

In addition to making great strides in the tech space, the company has been recognized with a number of accolades, including being nominated for a Crunchies TechCrunch Include award, being the recipient of the Techstars Foundation First Inclusion Grant cohort in 2016, B Corp Certified “Best in the World” overall in 2015, and B Corp Certified “Best for the World” for community impact in 2014.

“Change is always good, especially in the tech space,” says J.L. Haber, Vice President of Programming. “It’s time to level the playing field and Change Catalyst leads the way.”

For more information about Change Catalyst, visit and tune in to Fox Business Network as sponsored content on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 5:30pm EST and Bloomberg International at 7:30am GMT, 10:30am D.F. and 3:00pm HKT.

About Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®

Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® is a weekly half-hour show featuring global executives sharing their business insights and framing the opportunities shaping their industries. Hosted by business mogul and one of the world’s greatest corporate leaders, Kathy Ireland interviews some of the brightest minds in business today. The show broadcasts on Fox Business Network as part of their sponsored content line up and globally on Bloomberg International. Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® extends beyond the weekly on-air program with digital content delivered on various video platforms and across social media. 

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