As I stated in a previous post, it is exhilarating when you realize that several seemingly disparate passions can be combined. For me, that is exactly what is happening with my new company, Path Forward International.
In Part 1, I talked about how our innovation methodology developed from our years of entrepreneurship, in practice and in training others. It turns out that two of my other passions that I share with business partner Renee – technology and women’s empowerment – also have a place in our new company.
Technology is straight-forward. While our original vision was to develop a platform to support our innovation process, we’re currently in negotiations for a partnership with a software vendor that has products very close to what we were looking for. What their software is missing, we may add over time. You’ll have to come back to learn more about this as the details come together.
The other area – women’s empowerment – may not, on the surface, have such an obvious connection. We have seen and it has been touted that diversity is actually key to powerful innovation. When all the ideas in a company are not heard, the innovation opportunities are limited. We believe strongly that providing development around women’s leadership and opportunities (possibly through technology?) for all voices to be heard is crucial to company’s success and even survival.
The saying “I love it when a plan comes together” is something that goes through my mind every day. Our new tag line sums it up quite nicely: Innovation driving economic empowerment. The power of that gives me goose bumps.