Hi, I'm Joshua Henderson.
I'm on a mission to increase the number of successful women entrepreneurs building scalable, sustainable businesses.
I believe the tech industry is underperforming because it lacks diversity of thought, and that we have a moral and economic obligation to support women's full participation in this industry as decision-makers and business leaders. The world needs the unique leadership qualities that women bring to business.
I engage in a variety of efforts to address the venture world's diversity problem and to help create one success story at a time:
Organizing programs that provide women access and exposure to relevant sources of human and financial capital: As the Vice President of Springboard Enterprises, I have overseen our programs globally for the last eight years and the processes we run to recruit, evaluate, select, and coach our companies.
Elevating the visibility of women entrepreneurial leaders: We tirelessly promote our Springboard Alumnae Entrepreneurs by advocating behind the scenes to create opportunities that give them recognition and press.
Writing and speaking about the gender diversity problem to drive toward solutions: I look for every opportunity to collaborate with other like-minded individuals and organizations in this space, and informally advise a number of accelerator programs supporting women entrepreneurial leaders.
- The Complete Ecosystem Supporting Women-Led Companies
- The Business Case to Fund More Gender Diverse Teams
- A Resource Guide for Women Angel Investors
- Communications Divide: Taking Gender Out of the Conversation
- Cytokines, #techdiversity, and Doing More than Talk
- The Startups World's Diversity Problem Needs Diversity to Solve It
- The Generosity of Superconnectors
Creating resources and sharing lessons I've learned that will help women entrepreneurs save time or money:
- The Ultimate Guide to Finding Women Investors
- Guide to Developing and Diligencing An Investor Target List
- Guide to Running Effective Online Meetings
- Investor Pitch Makeover Checklist
- Investor Pitch Appendix Template
About Me (Professional)
Joshua Henderson’s expertise is in building, maintaining, and expanding relationships with and within entrepreneurial ecosystems. As the Vice President of Springboard Enterprises, he oversees their programs and manages relationships with its global network of alumnae entrepreneurs and advisors. Since joining Springboard in 2008, Joshua has helped over 250 high-growth, women-led companies in healthcare, life sciences and technology access the human and financial capital they needed to scale. Prior to Springboard, Joshua founded and chaired Georgetown University’s Business Plan Competition (now Hoya Challenge) and sparked an entrepreneurial movement at the University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and English. Follow him on Twitter at @joshuahenderson.
About Me (Personal)
Everything I do is driven by a desire to have a positive impact in this world, and to leave it having lived a life of meaning.
I believe life is too short and precious not to approach every moment with 1000% of our attention and effort. The deep pain of loss taught me this - my father passed away in 2008 from Multiple Myeloma and my brother Brenton Henderson committed suicide in 2014. I miss both dearly.
Through it all, I have had my soulmate and travel buddy Meghan Henderson with me through good and bad. Her job took us overseas in Fall 2014, when I began working remotely from Italy, Germany, and other places as we travel around the world collecting new experiences and happy memories.
Thank you for stopping by to say hello. I truly hope my writing helps, even if in just some small way, to make your life easier or better or happier.