What motivates/inspires you and your work?
My why is the reason that keeps me motivated.
I started raising money as a college student for my retail store business, I started to pitch to people and I raised a couple hundred thousand dollars, but when I looked up, I didn't like the experience I faced. There were very few people who looked like me, that were Black and that were doing this with me. So I said to myself “Don't get discouraged, Arian” and I promised myself that one day, I’d be the business investor that I was looking for. That is my ‘why’. I want people ‘like me’ to have the experience that I had desired.
In Venture Capital, Black women receive 0.0006% of extra funds. I want to move the needle on that percentage. It's not just a lack of diverse investments, it's a lack of diverse investors. It’s currently 80% white males. So, it's not about convincing the 80% of white men to invest in people of colour, it's about creating more people of colour to be the cheque writers. That’s what’s going to change the narrative.