EQUALITY IMPACT AWARD 2018

EQUALITY IMPACT AWARD WINNER: Sutian Dong

Historically and notoriously unequal, the tech industry has already come a long way in terms of promoting diversity and inclusion. Much of this success has been due to the amazing women and female-identifying people that break glass ceilings everyday.

In honor of these women and in celebration of Women’s Equality Day on August 26, BounceX launched The Equality Impact Awards, awarded to an honorary group of women in the tech, publishing and retail industries, each of whom has broken barriers, changed their companies for the better and fought for equality and gender parity.

Today, we honor one of our 2018 winners, Sutian Dong, Partner at Female Founders Fund. Sutian answered 4 questions about the state of equality in the industry. Take a look!

WHAT STRATEGIES DO YOU USE TO FIGHT FOR EQUALITY IN YOUR FIELD?

At Female Founders Fund, we invest exclusively in companies run by women. Our belief is that the next billion-dollar opportunities will be ideated and built by entrepreneurs who think differently than before – and there will be a generation of women who will be the entrepreneurs creating those companies.

WHAT WAS YOUR DREAM JOB WHEN YOU WERE IN COLLEGE, AND HOW HAS THAT EVOLVED?

I wanted to run my own hedge fund! I see the light now though – working with kickass entrepreneurs and early-stage companies is much more fun and rewarding.

WHAT RITUALS OR HABITS DO YOU HAVE FOR WHEN YOU WANT TO HAVE A KICK A$$ DAY?

I get up early(-ish), do a focus exercise, work out, and then have a protein-rich breakfast to start the day. It feels like a lot of steps but I find that making time in the morning to set up your foundation gives you the springboard to really kick it into high gear.

WHAT DOES FEMALE EMPOWERMENT MEAN TO YOU?

I fully believe that when women succeed, the future moves forward. Female empowerment is arming women with the education, tools, funding and support to create the opportunities that they envision will change markets, create new industries, and ultimately push innovation forward for everyone – not just women.