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“I was desperate to understand money, not to make it, to understand it. I wanted to know how it worked, and I wanted to know so that I would have enough and would be able to make good financial decisions.” – Mellody Hobson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ariel Investment Trust


Women of color are changing the landscape of business and investing. Not only do we account for more than 85% of new business startups, but we also invest our capital into other businesses.

Whether you are just starting your career or are a seasoned professional, now is a good time to become an investor. Need a little inspiration for your investment journey? These women of color investors have mastered the money game and can show you the way.

1. Lina Chong, Investment Director at Target Global VC

About Lina Chong: Lina Chong heads a team at Target Global VC – an international venture capital firm. Target Global VC manages hundreds of millions of dollars in assets and investments. Lina is the founder of two startups – one of which was acquired by LivingSocial. Lina is a graduate of WHU School of Management in Germany and University of California – Riverside.

Learn more about Lina Chong by visiting the Target Global VC website.

2. Deepali Nangia, Venture Partner at Speedinvest

About Deepali Nangia: Deepali Nangia has more than 10 years of experience in investment banking, private equity and corporate operational models. She is the co-founder of Alma Angels. Within the past year, she has invested in more than 10 startups including Sidequest, Shellworks and Kama Labs. Deepali’s investment focus is companies with female founders.

Learn more about Deepali Nangia at www.alma-angels.com.

3. Jackie Grant, Principal at Abingworth

About Jackie Grant: Jackie Grant has more than 10 years of research, VC and life sciences experience. Currently, she serves as a Principal with Abingworth and leads investment teams in London, Menlo Park and Boston. Jackie earned a PhD from Stanford School of Medicine and an MBA from Stanford Business School.

Learn more about Jackie Grant by visiting the Abingworth website.

4. Nicole J. Walker, Managing Partner, Arboretum Ventures

About Nicole J. Walker: As Managing Partner for Arboretum Ventures, Nicole Walker focuses on healthcare investments. She has more than 25 years of experience partnering with entrepreneurs to transform and modernize the healthcare industry. Nicole earned degrees from Stanford University and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Learn more about Nicole J. Walker by visiting the Arboretum Ventures website.

5. Maria Salamanca, Partner, Unshackled Ventures

About Maria Salamanca: At an early age, Maria Salamanca came to the U.S. from Colombia. She was recently promoted to Partner with Unshackled Ventures. Maria works with teams to fund startups with immigrant founders. During her career, she has made more than 50 investments and has reviewed more than 6,000 investment proposals. Maria earned an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Learn more about Maria Salamanca by visiting the Unshackled Ventures website.

About Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC)

Want to network with corporate leaders from top law firms and global corporations? CCWC can help. At Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC), our organization supports in-house attorneys who are women of color. If you are ready to connect with other women attorneys, join CCWC today.

Explore the following resources that can help you learn more about VC and investing.

  • Venture Capital for Dummies by Nicole Gravagna
  • Venture Capital Strategy: How to Think Like a Venture Capitalist by Patrick Vernon
  • The Business of Venture Capital: The Art of Raising a Fund, Structuring Investments, Portfolio Management and Exits (Wiley Finance) by Mahendra Ramsinghani

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