Amoye Henry, Investor & Partner Relations

 

Throughout #BlackHistoryMonth, our BE in Tech series highlights some of the experiences of Black women in the Canadian tech industry.

Share your own experiences using the hashtag #BeInTech and tag us @joinmovethedial!

Amoye Henry, a Toronto-based creative who wears many hats, shares her opinions below.

1. As a black woman in tech, what has been your biggest obstacle/challenge to date?

My biggest obstacle is and has always been finding balance and safe spaces to express ourselves as racialized and marginalized women. I have often felt like there were barely any opportunities to voice our triumphs and challenges as entrepreneurs, startup founders, and creators overall.


2.    Do you feel like Women of Colour are currently underrepresented in your workplace?

Through our company, Pitch Better – we’re really proud of the fact that our company is run and operated by diverse women. So far, after we have brought over 50 independent contractors and Canadian women entrepreneurs through our program which teaches women how to both scale their businesses and secure funding from investors. We created this company because women are sorely underfunded, but women of colour face even worse outcomes in the VC landscape.

3.    If you could change one thing during your experience in tech and in the workplace what would it be?


Understanding more of the mechanisms and coding to be able to amplify my tasks, workflow and enhance my productivity. In other words, I wish I learned coding at a younger age because it’s a skill that far too few of us understand and have mastered.


4.    Moving the dial is an ongoing mission we strive to do, is there someone or something that has inspired you to #movethedial in your journey. 

There are a couple great women who have inspired me along their journeys. Claudette McGowan from BMO, Jessica Matthews from Unchartered Play, Jeminatu Alami-Islama and Valeisha Butterfield-Jones from Google, Bozoma Saint John from Endeavour, Afua Osei from She Leads Africa.

5.    What does being Black In Tech mean to you?

It means we have to be cognizant of our potential to change the world and never dim our light. Don’t fall into imposter syndrome.

6.    How can the industry move the dial for black women in tech? (either at an individual level or company-wide)

In the tech ecosystem, black female founders receive basically zero venture capital. It’s important for the industry to move the dial by being true allies. Create valuable economic opportunities for black women and broker solid connections between institutional funders and resources for black women founders.


 
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