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The Lighthouse

A place for diverse founders, builders, and funders

The Lighthouse is an ongoing fireside-chat series from Leap by McKinsey focused on lifting up and celebrating diverse entrepreneurs, founders, business builders, and funders.

Latest episode

Video - Asian founders, builders, and funders

Tackling poverty through housing and health

In this inaugural episode of the Asian Lighthouse series, Asian Founders, Builders, and Funders, we talk with Myung Lee, president and CEO of Volunteers of America-Greater New York. An adviser to not-for-profit organizations, Lee has long worked to serve low-income communities and promote democracy.

Previous episodes

Video - Black founders, builders, and funders

Powering through and up as Black women founders

In this episode of the Black Lighthouse series, Black Founders, Builders, and Funders, we talk with four founders about overcoming start-up challenges. Sanyade Okoli is CEO of Alpha African Advisory, Lisa-Marie Monsanto is a partner with Rimon, April Johnson is founder and CEO of Happied, Michele Ozumba is CEO of Michele Ozumba and Associates, and Shirley Billot is founder and CEO of Kadalys.
Video - LGBTQ+ founders, builders, and funders

Helping live music survive through crisis

In this inaugural episode of the LGBTQ+ Lighthouse series, LGBTQ+ Founders, Builders, and Funders, we talk with Dayna Frank, president and CEO of First Avenue Productions, about helping live music venues survive the pandemic shutdowns by starting a trade association to lobby Congress for passage of the largest arts funding legislation in American history.
Video - Latin founders, builders, and funders

The opportunity for Latin American founders

In this inaugural episode of the Latin Lighthouse series—Latin Founders, Builders, and Funders—McKinsey’s Maria Arellano and Eyal Nudelman talk with Rayito De Sol schools founder Luisa Fuentes, Bitso CFO Bárbara González Briseño, and Inviu founder and CEO Ignacio Salgués about the experience of being Latin American founders, the opportunity available, and just how important talent is to success.
Video - Black Founders

Changes in health and wellness

In this inaugural episode of the Black Lighthouse series: Black Founders, we talk with Efonda Sproles, vice president of Life Time; Dr. Verna Price, founder and president of Power of the People Consulting Group; Jeremy Hills, president of Kollective; Carla Robinson, co-founder and CEO of Canary Telehealth; and Dr. Emeka Ofobike Jr., co-owner and medical director of Vessel Longevity, to share their experiences and challenges faced in the health and wellness space, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Video - Women founders, builders, and funders

The shifting funding landscape

In this inaugural episode of the Women Lighthouse series: Women Founders, Builders, and Funders, we talk with Yumi Mera Kuwana, founding principal at Cook Pine Capital LLC; Heather Redman, co-founder and managing partner of Flying Fish Capital; Ann Winblad, founding partner of Humming Winblad; Ashif Mawji, venture partner at Rising Tide; and Gina Lee Peyton, partner and head of capital formation at Castlelake, on the challenges and shifts in the funding space during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Video - Women founders, builders, and funders

Funding for societal impact

In this episode of the Women Lighthouse series: Women Founders, Builders, and Funders, we talk with Jacki Zehner, angel investor and founder of ShePlace; Laura Gonzalez-Estafani, founder and CEO of TheVentureCity; Judith Aidoo-Saltus, founder of Caswell Capital Partners Ghana Limited; and Eva Ho, general partner at Fika Ventures and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at City of Los Angeles, on funding for societal impact and what it takes to be a successful female entrepreneur.
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