More Women in the Innovation Economy (Sharon Vosmek)

Episode # 30

Oct 18, 2023

Bringing the mindset of an economist to inclusion, Sharon Vosmek leverages her leadership to help female entrepreneurs gain greater access to venture capital. And bringing the fortitude of a warrior, she’s unapologetic about her message and mission.

Welcome to To Lead Is Human. This show helps listeners envision how they can uplevel their leadership and shape cultures of accountability, respect, and candor.

Sharon Vosmek is the CEO of Astia and Managing Partner of the Astia Fund. Astia is a global organization that works to level the investment playing field for startups that include women.

“ What if [the innovation economy] included more women? What if it included them in roles or positions of power, equity, and influence — not just as junior positions? ”

Sharon Vosmek
Sharon Vosmek

Sharon Vosmek is the CEO of Astia and Managing Partner of the Astia Fund. Astia is a global organization that works to level the investment playing field for startups that include women. Ms. Vosmek developed Astia’s creative, proven approach to investment — called the Astia Expert Sift™ — that eliminates bias in the investment screening process and contributes to the success of female entrepreneurs and their ventures. Well-regarded around the globe, Ms. Vosmek is known for her opinions, research and commentary on the importance of women leaders as integral to innovation and high-performing entrepreneurial teams. She has spoken at the United Nations and given lectures at numerous universities on the topic of building inclusive ecosystems. She is an Advisory Board Member to two venture funds, E²JDJ Venture Fund and Illuminate Ventures, and serves on the Boards of Ozo Innovations and Pagedip. Ms. Vosmek lives and works in San Francisco.

Sharon Richmond

For more than 30 years, Sharon Richmond has partnered with C-level executives from mid-size and small, fast-growing companies who want to up-level their leadership and build companies they are proud of. Clients accelerate their leadership by embracing mindset and behavior changes, building self-awareness and self-management skills, and focusing on the three things all leaders must ensure: focus, energy, and delivery.

Sharon’s purpose as an executive coach is to help leaders 10X their impact by leveraging the power afforded by their roles to build organizations that are forces for good, both economically and socially. She also advises CEOs on shaping organization culture and leading change.

Sharon has taught leadership at Stanford GSB, where she now helps leaders increase influence, manage conflict, and prepare to build high-performing teams.

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  • Guest: Sharon Vosmek
  • Host: Sharon Richmond
  • Producer: Cynthia Lamb
  • Executive producer: Danny Iny
  • Assembled by: Melissa Deal
  • Audio Editor: Marvin del Rosario
  • Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
  • Making our host sound great: Home Brew Audio

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