ADAP released a white paper on gender dynamics between investors and social entrepreneurs. The paper was co-authored by ADAP Guidance Council member Dr. Linda Blanshay and ADAP founder Andy Lower. Download of the full paper (PDF), is available below. If you're not already signed up for our newsletter please share you email. 



Men Investors Working With Women Social Entrepreneurs

Transforming Gender Dynamics

Dr. Linda Blanshay

Andy Lower

March 2018



The strength of a relationship between an investor and investee is paramount, yet interactions between men investors and women entrepreneurs are often marked by bias, micro-aggressions, and inequities. ADAP undertook an assessment of its own practices and suggests 3 C’s (Culture, Communication, and Confirmation) as areas to proactively examine and transform these gender dynamics. This paper shares the interview results from women early-stage entrepreneurs in the ADAP portfolio and suggests actions and questions that can guide men investors/advisors in taking a proactive approach to challenging inequities and maximizing impacts for all.

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