On this episode, Elio interviews Monique Dorsainvil, Public Policy Director at Facebook. Facebook is a household name with 3.5 billion users worldwide. As the issue of race and its corresponding inequities continue to challenge corporations to respond, Facebook has launched several programs aimed at supporting and training small business owners with one initiative specifically targeting black-owned small businesses. Monique shares her professional journey from the White House to Facebook and why corporate activism that supports small businesses may be one of the keys to addressing the equity gap in the short term and potentially the racial wealth gap in the long run. Enjoy!
Facebook Small Business Initiatives
- Facebook Elevate Scholarship – Free training and resources that can help business owners build the digital skills they need to succeed.
- Small Business Funding – Find and apply for a loan with purpose-driven lenders that want to help fund your business.
- Facebook Invoice Fast Track – Get your pay. Skip the delay. Get paid on your outstanding customer invoices immediately.
- Facebook Blueprint Program – Facebook certification. Set yourself apart in digital marketing by becoming a Facebook Certified Professional.
Monique Dorsainvil served in the Obama White House for seven and a half years, most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff to Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. In this position, she worked with grassroots advocates, private sector leaders, celebrity influencers, and local and federal elected officials to advance policy priorities for signature issue-based initiatives including criminal justice reform, health care access, women’s leadership, LGBTQ rights and stem education.
Monique currently works in Public Policy at Facebook, leading engagement to third party think tanks and advocacy organizations and was a part of the core team that spearheaded the company’s Civil Rights Audit, which looked at policy and product from an anti-discrimination lens. Monique is an Operator Collective Limited Partner and serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation. A native of Los Angeles, she earned a B.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Global Health from Emory University.
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