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Pioneering Diversity & Innovation Firm Culture Shift Labs Expands Racial Equality Work With Two New Board Members

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Culture Shift Labs LLC
Jill Ford and Caretha Coleman bring decades of experience, knowledge to board

HAMBURG, N.J. - eTradeWire -- Two new members have been named to the advisory board of Culture Shift Labs, a pioneering management consulting firm focused on diversity and inclusion in corporate America.

Joining the 10-member Advisory Board are Jill Ford and Caretha Coleman. Ms. Ford is an investor and former principal with Toyota AI Ventures. As the Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the City of Detroit from 2014-2017, she served as Mayor Mike Duggan's Special Advisor to identify, design and lead the implementation of initiatives to attract and grow startups and small businesses. Her specialties include AI, robotics, and mobility, along with community development and innovative program design and execution. She holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Getting her start at Hewlett Packard, Caretha Coleman has spent 40 years in the technology industry working with start-ups and early-stage ventures in the areas of organizational strategy development and executive coaching and effectiveness. She served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Software Publishing Corporation where her leadership was instrumental in pioneering one of the first successful desktop computer software businesses. Ms. Coleman is Chairman of the board for Dignity Community Care and is a member of the board of The RealReal. She is an advisor to Illuminate – an early-stage VC firm focused on enterprise, cloud, and mobile computing – Launch with GS, and Culture Shift, and was a founding member of The Angels Forum. An advocate for women and minorities in business, Ms. Coleman has long demonstrated her commitment to mentoring young professionals and entrepreneurs across the country. She has been recognized as one of the Bay Area's most Influential Women by the San Francisco Business Times, as Outstanding Director by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and was named a Visionary Leader by the SF Chronicle for her work in diversity.

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"It's an honor to welcome Jill Ford and Caretha Coleman to the Advisory Board of Culture Shift Labs," said founder and CEO Andrea Hoffman. "Both of these powerful and purposeful women have been at the forefront of diversity, equity, and inclusion for decades. Their insight will help us continue to drive racial equality systemic change, access and opportunity for our community of #cultureshifters, and accelerate impact and outcomes for our Fortune 500, Tech, Investor and Non-Profit clients."

Culture Shift Labs, a diversity and innovation consultancy, is a recognized leader in integrating social and financial returns in ways that improve businesses and society. With firsthand insight into the Black-led VC community, the firm produces the largest annual gathering of Black venture investors (Culture Shifting Weekend NYC), and also built the largest community of Black venture investors including owners and those that work in VC. This community also includes LPs interested in supporting these VCs. Its LP community grew from 40 in January 2020 to over 138 by November 2020.

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For more information contact: Deanna Minnich, deanna@cultureshiftlabs.com, 973-846-0155.

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