Digitalundivided Names Leah Williams Chief Executive Officer

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digitalundivided (aka “DID”) is the leading research, data, programming, and thought leadership organization championing an equitable entrepreneurial landscape. Today, the organization announced the appointment of Leah Williams as its new Chief Executive Officer, ending digitalundivided’s year-long nationwide search for a permanent leader. Williams brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to lead the organization through its next growth phase with her successful track record as a C-Suite leader across startups, new ventures, and quasi-governmental organizations.

“I am excited to join DID and get to work disrupting the ecosystems of investors and entrepreneurs. DID is quickly becoming a force multiplier of an entrepreneurial landscape in which Latina and Black women who lead thriving startups have equitable access to capital and investment. This is an exciting time to work with an organization grounded in data, and that is uplifting how often overlooked women entrepreneurs rapidly scale their businesses,” stated Leah Williams, CEO of digitalundivided. “I look forward to building upon the rich legacy of programming and research – like the Project Diane Report – and expanding the investor and entrepreneurial ecosystems.”

A true connector of people, initiatives, and organizations, Williams has served in many C-Suite roles, from Executive Director to CEO/Co-Founder to Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary to General Counsel over the past 20-plus years. Holding a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School, she is also an alumnus of UCLA Anderson School of Business Management Development for Entrepreneurs program. Williams’ curriculum vitae boasts leadership and advising roles for a diverse group of leaders, from state and federal judges to elected officials at the local level to our nation’s capital to business leaders. With a commitment to a fully inclusive and equitable society, she is trusted by DID’s Board of Directors to continue its rich history and dedication to research changing the entrepreneurial landscape. Williams succeeds Brittany S. Hale, who served as interim CEO & COO during the search process.

“Leah’s appointment as CEO heralds a transformative chapter for digitalundivided,” said Patricia Mota, Board Member at digitalundivided. “With a distinguished career spanning over two decades and leadership roles in nonprofits, startups, and government entities, Leah has left an indelible mark on business leadership, entrepreneurship, law, nonprofit excellence, policy, public affairs, strategic communications, and innovative partnerships. Her visionary outlook for the future of digitalundivided is a source of immense excitement, and we eagerly anticipate the positive impact she will bring to our organization.”

As digitalundivided sets its sights on the new year, the organization prioritizes the disruption of funding pipelines and institutional investment by building bridges of access for its community of ready-to-scale Latina and Black women entrepreneurs. With a rich network of companies ready for angel investing, local investors, and impact investors, along with early-stage, pre-seed, and seed-ready investments, digitalundivided is excited to continue serving as a trusted expert, connector, and knowledge bank for founders, funders, and investors.

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