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Feb 1, 2021

As a proud Afro-Indigenous womxn, Yamila is the co-founder of 2 social enterprises, community leader and advocate. Through her work, she brings an intersectional lens and leadership practices to foster sustainable, inclusive innovation opportunities and to advance the participation of groups systemically excluded from STEM and entrepreneurship. Yamila is the co-founder of AfroHub Market, a social enterprise supporting the global community of entrepreneurs of Indigenous and African Descent by focusing on business sustainability and helping them access new markets. She is also the Co-founder of a clean tech social enterprise with the mission of addressing social and environmental challenges by innovating radical, regenerative technologies following a circular economy model. Earlier this year Yamila was awarded the Representation, Engagement, Participation Youth Award by HERE in Canada due to her leadership, advocacy, and anti-racism work in the community and was a recipient of both the regional and national 2020 Startup Canada Canada Export Challenge. "I am grateful to live, work and learn on unceded, Lekwungen Territories''


In today’s episode Yamila shares: 


  • What we can learn from Afro-Indigenous futurism and other ways of imagining futures to rebuild more just and inclusive economies
  • Why diversity and inclusion policies alone won't work
  • How she is building a purpose-driven social enterprise.


Yamila asks a really beautiful question within this episode and it is “How am I becoming a good ancestor today?” When we think about building just and inclusive communities are we really thinking about what we are leaving behind for future generations? 

For the full transcription please head over to EPISODE 046 - Yamila Franco

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