Interactive Workshop (*Up to 40 Participants)

Why Investors need to include Founder Wellbeing in their metric for start-up success

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Pre-COVID, entrepreneurs were 50% more likely than the average person to report having a mental health condition, from depression to suicidal thoughts. Today, this number is drastically increasing. Currently, there are limited incentives and insufficient healthy structures for founders to build their company sustainably with both the human and business components in mind. It is being proven that investing in founder wellbeing provides a higher Return of Investment in both social and financial metrics. This is why we are advocating for founder wellbeing to be one of the metrics for start-up success.

In this session, we will showcase with experienced Investors who have successfully incorporated founder wellbeing and mental health in their metrics, and discuss how established and future Investors can make this a new standard for their investments. This session is co-hosted by NEXUS and BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt.

Confirmed Panelists

Aida Murad, Founder and CEO of AM Creatives + Co-Lead of NEXUS Mental Health Council: Aida Murad’s single purpose is to unlock human potential. She does this by being a start-up and philanthropic advisor, entrepreneur coach focused on founder wellbeing, artist, and community builder. Due to today’s global mental health crisis that could be a global opportunity for transformation, she is dedicating her work fully towards systems change in mental health. Additionally, Aida is a writer for Thrive Global, Contributor for the Never Alone Summit, a global mental health summit; and serves as Co-Director for NEXUS MENA & Arab Diasporas and NEXUS’s Mental Health Coalition bringing impact investors, philanthropists and social innovators together. She has worked for over a decade building social enterprises in the education, fashion, food, health, and technology industries as well as supporting the management of $300 million in governmental and development funds for the public and private sectors, negotiating over $2 billion in the MENA region alone. She built one of the first e-commerce platforms in Jordan at the age of 20 to empower women in the region with financial independence. She continued to embark on a journey of empowerment through all her work including being on the founding team of One Journey Festival, the first festival in the US celebrating refugees’ talents in the creative industries. Aida is the recipient of the 2017 FHI 360 Impact Award for Woman Leadership, 2017 Most Voted RAW Artist, 2017 Inaugural artist for GoARTful and 2016 FHI Emerging Leaders. Most importantly, Aida is a lifelong learner and believes love is the single most powerful and beautiful force in the world.

Founder & CEO RFW Group, Nexus Invest in Yourself Co- chair: Raquel is an unconventional leader, executive coach and
speaker with an innate thirst for uncovering human potential and uplifting others. Over the past two decades, she has lived, worked and traveled in 50+ countries, and draws from her multicultural experiences to facilitate breakthroughs and transformation for individuals and organizations across the globe. Her utmost passion lies at the intersection of optimal health, life coaching and the sacred feminine. As a coach, her global clients include highly accomplished entrepreneurs, executives, doctors, and attorneys from companies and organizations such as Visa, Thomson Reuters, University of Miami, Miami Children’s Hospital, Young Global Leaders (YGL), and Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Raquel is passionate about giving back through her pro bono coaching series and her VP, Invest in Yourself role with the non-profit organization, Nexus Global Youth Network. Her most recent keynotes and workshops include Nexus (leading bridge between wealth and social entrepreneurship), United States of Women (White House Initiative), YPO (premier global community of chief executives), Family Office Association, and Florida International University. Prior to pursuing her calling full time, she was the Chief of Staff for the Global Head of Sales at Amadeus, SA, a global IT service provider with $6 billion in annual revenues. She has also created successful ventures in industries such as Media, Global Commerce, and Non-profit. Raquel earned a B.A. from Williams College and an MBA from Duke University. She is a certified Professional Co-Active Coach, Yoga Teacher and a Reiki Master. Over the past 20 years, she has been trained by some of the greatest human potential masters and institutions, including Anthony Robbins, Cloe Madanes, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Sadhguru, Dr. John DeMartini, Omega Institute, the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, the Ashoka Wellness Project and the BMW Foundation.

Joshua Haynes, Managing Partner, Masawa: Raised on welfare by a single mother, Joshua Haynes has struggled with mental health issues like food and alcohol addiction, depression, and anxiety his entire life. He only realized the extent of his illness and began the quest to find solutions four years ago, a life-transforming journey that lead to the creation of the Masawa fund. Masawa invests in people and organizations focused on making mental health matter. Over the past 20 years, Joshua has been a Peace Corps Volunteer, a data analyst, a software developer, a social entrepreneur, a digital product designer, and a senior diplomat in the Obama Administration. While with the US Government and seconded to the Swedish Government, Joshua managed over $190 million in innovative grant funding in emerging and frontier market countries targeting poverty alleviation, civil society, human rights, and technology. Joshua speaks seven languages well, has worked in 35 countries, and currently lives in Berlin with his husband Scott and their two children, Wren and Ellis.

Unconfirmed Panelists

Dr. Kari Sulenes, Partner at Alpha Bridge Ventures, Co-founder at Atlas, Co-founder at YogaX

Manan Mehta, Founding Partner at Unshackled Ventures

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  1. Prioritizing founders and team
    Members mental wellness will benefit individuals, the ecosystem as a whole, and the bottom line.

  2. Wellbeing is at the core of sustainability- looking forward to hearing from this group!

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