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Q&A: How the Houston tech community can support LGBTQIA+ innovators

"A seat and a voice at the table matters because LGBTQIA+ founders often lack visibility in the broader economic ecosystem and continue to experience discrimination. This means they cannot engage with their full and authentic selves as entrepreneurs and experience unique challenges."

It's Pride Month, and the Houston tech community is celebrating its LGBTQIA+ community — as well as addressing some challenges faced within the business arena.

The Ion Houston, Austin-based Pride.VC, and Houston-based Sesh Coworking collaborated on a Pride in Tech event on June 24, at the Ion. 

The event featured a panel moderated by Sesh's Maggie Segrich and Meredith Wheeler, and tackled topics around how Houston can do more to build a truly inclusive business community. The panelists included:

  • Tammi Wallace - Co-Founder and President & CEO, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Alicia Roth Weigel, Partner, Pride.VC
  • Kym Adams, Solutions Developer, The Business Team
  • Khaliah O. Guillory, Founder, Nap Bar

Wallace, who co-founded the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce in 2016, joined InnovationMap for a quick Q&A ahead of the event.

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