"When they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair."
-Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm
-Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm
Ethos Innovation Lab is centered on driving socio-economic change in under-utilized and underestimated communities (BIPOC, Women, Immigrant, LGBT+, Veteran, Impact-focused etc.) by building an ecosystem for working professionals and entrepreneurs to thrive. Our social enterprise aims to bridge the gap for under-utilized entrepreneurs and working professionals, especially as they navigate during and post COVID-19. The pandemic has exposed the persistent inequities and the broken systems. Now is the time to reimagine, rebuild and innovate. Ethos Innovation Lab hopes to elevate and amplify the voices of disenfranchised groups and provide them with avenues to start, sustain and scale their businesses.
Ethos Innovation Lab aims to elevate, accelerate and sustain existing underrepresented business owners (BIPOC, Women-led, LGBT+, & Impact-focused) and provide recent BIPOC graduates with job experiences that will jump-start their careers.
We envision a world where all people have equitable access to the resources and opportunities they need to live life to the fullest potential.
● Equity: We thrive in heterogeneous environments where differences are welcome and uplifted.
● Belonging: We foster relationships that ensure we are all truly seen, heard, and understood.
● Respect: We value humanity, encourage empathy, promote compassion, and celebrate impact.
● Accountability: We hold ourselves accountable to recognize our blind spots and encourage
● Teamwork: We work together, across boundaries, industries, and experiences to help
● Learning: We share endless knowledge for our professional and personal growth.
Ray Hailey is a story-teller, researcher, and social entrepreneur. Ray’s passion is helping startup founders identify the keys to igniting accelerated growth, prioritizing the most critical focus areas that will speed their trajectory. He has experience scaling companies through various inflection points as well as designing strategic initiatives for organizations such as IBM, Brookfield, Plastic Bank, Rouse Services, Walker & Dunlop and USC. Ray has a BA in International Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and two minors in Economics and Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach. He also has a Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship and Graduate Certificate in Marketing at the Marshall School of Business from the University of Southern California.
Josephine Gardner works with entrepreneurs, business executives, and non-profit leaders to launch, develop, and optimize their businesses. Josephine is a research and business strategy wizard with a passion for strategy and innovation. Josephine has conducted and published various independent research projects in areas of international development, business development, social impact measurement, strategic partnership and community development. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Yenegat Chora, a social enterprise based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Josephine received her B.A. in Public Health Studies with minors in Poverty and Social Justice, Africa and American-American Studies, Policy Studies and Entrepreneurship from Elon University, North Carolina. She also has a Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business from the University of Southern California.