Diversity and Inclusion Resources

At Nia we know that diverse teams drive positive returns. We encourage and assist portfolio companies

in building diverse and inclusive teams. Here below is our curated list of resources for ways to

diversify hiring pipelines, top organizations that help nominating committees with board searches, and

firms that consult on best practices for work places that both lead to and build gender diversity.

Questions? Comments? Want to be added to our resource list? Let us know here.

Gender Equity Now

The GEN Certification is the national gold standard for gender equity in the U.S. workplace. Businesses that are GEN Certified meet standards of excellence across five tenets of workplace culture. A composite assessment of employee experience and employer policies provides a data-driven standard of equity-centered work environments. The GEN Certification rewards business leaders who go beyond talk to meaningful action.


Gender-based violence is a global “shadow pandemic” affecting more than 1 in 3 women and girls worldwide, as well as millions of boys, men, and gender-nonconforming individuals. The purpose of this tool is to equip investors to understand the risk their investments are exposed to as a result of gender-based violence. This tool enables investors to determine how their existing due diligence process can be used to determine a potential investment’s exposure to the political, regulatory, operational, and reputational risks of gender-based violence. This tool, published by Unicef and the Criterion Institute, is one component of a broader global effort to ensure the right to live free of violence.

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Emerging Women is a global network of brilliant women creating new leadership paradigms and supporting the rise of leaders across all sectors of society. With an ethos of authenticity, consciousness, and real connection, our mission is to catalyze the power of feminine leadership in order to fill the pipeline of women leaders and create a more sustainable future, where life and humanity are at the center of all that we do. Emerging Women supports and inspires women to express themselves authentically by providing the tools, knowledge, and network for women to lead in a way that integrates core feminine values like connection, collaboration, intuition, empathy and heart. We are a global platform for leaders and entrepreneurs to catalyze their vision, create powerful connections, and explore the many issues that women in business face today. We offer international events, networking circles, and online content that build community and know-how for women leaders.

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The Hawthorn Club is the international network for executive women in the energy industry. Their mission is to promote the appointment of women to senior corporate positions and boards; to facilitate gender diversity within the energy sector.

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Women in Solar Energy is the networking center point of the solar energy industry, united towards a common goal of advancing women in all aspects of the solar energy industry and promoting diversity and forward thinking business practices in our community. We do this through education, capacity building, advocacy, strategic partnerships, networking and events.  WISE was founded on the idea that the collective power of the female community is massive, and if we can all work together, the end result can be revolutionary. 

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Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action. In 2020, they released their Banking on Climate Change, Fossil Fuel Finance Report providing deeper exposure around the banks financing some of the largest fossil fuel operations around the world. 


Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE) is a national nonprofit with a growing presence working across the renewable energy economy with over 30 chapters and a broad purpose – to change our energy future through the actions of women. By building Community, promoting Education, and cultivating Leadership, WRISE works to recruit, retain, and advance women and inspire our members and the public to unite in raising their voices for others.

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Women in Cleantech and Sustainability (WCS) fosters an influential network of professionals to further the roles of women in growing the green economy and making a positive impact on the environment. WCS aims to meet once a month to network and learn the latest industry developments, as well as attain new business and personal skills from speakers and panelists. Topics covered include: renewable energy (solar, wind biofuel, etc), water, smart grid, biomass, carbon reduction, sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, sustainability, green buildings and many other technologies that aim to make our world a cleaner, more sustainable place.

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The Women’s Energy Network (WEN) is an international organization of professionals who work across the energy value chain. Our mission is to provide networking opportunities and foster the career and leadership development of women who work in the energy industries.


LaborX is a talent marketplace that connects the best undiscovered talent with the most innovative employers and training programs in America.


Incluzion is a platform that connects you with skilled Black, LatinX and Women professionals for freelance, project, contract-to-hire talent, remote and full time work. Companies leverage their platform to access hard-to-find skills and expertise, add horsepower to their teams and accelerate business performance.

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The Mosaic Consulting Project’s trainings in diversity and inclusion, team building, and effective communication will enable your company to:


  • expand your capacity to work across lines of difference.

  • cultivate more collaborative and inclusive teams.

  • increase employee engagement.

Using lively, thought-provoking activities and techniques, we design the optimal program for your group. You will leave each training with a set of tools and resources to meet challenges specific to your organization.

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How Women Lead is a champion for promoting the voices of all women and propelling their leadership forward. They bring together influential women in an inclusive and highly supportive community to provide a platform for thought leadership, to collaborate, and to share resources and stories. They offer conversations and connections with women leaders who are wrestling with the challenges of leadership, purpose and making an impact- providing a forum that propels us to achieve our truest potential as women leaders. They provide a safe, engaging, and collaborative environment where women can share ideas, make connections, and take action on the issues and events that impact our careers, communities and lives.

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2020 Women on Boards is the leading education and advocacy campaign driving the movement toward accelerating gender balance on corporate boards of directors. Their vision is that Women will comprise more than 20% of all company board of director seats in the United States. Gender diversity will be defined as having more than 20% of board seats filled by women.

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The 30 Percent Coalition is the coalition for U.S board diversity. Our national and international members, representing $6 trillion in assets under management, work to increase gender diversity in corporate boardrooms.

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Crowdfund Main Street is a registered Regulation Crowdfunding portal that seeks to bring together small business innovation and the financing that makes it possible to start or grow these ventures.  CMS makes it possible for anyone to find and invest in small businesses doing the kind of work they believe in and want to support.

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Investibule brings together a wide range of community-based investment opportunities into one easy-to-use platform that allows investors to discover investments tailored to their interests and investment profile.

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Today, a number of well-established legacy industries are facing growing pressure to innovate and transform to remain competitive in the global economy. Increasing gender diversity in these traditionally male-dominated industries can be an effective—but often overlooked or neglected—means to address escalating challenges as well as to facilitate and accelerate positive change. Recognizing this missed opportunity and a major knowledge gap as to how women are advancing organizational and industrial transformation, FP Analytics conducted a pioneering global study of fourteen legacy industries, which are among the most male-dominated and have wide-reaching environmental, health, and social impacts, and produced the Women as Levers of Change Report. Building on original data analysis of over 2,300 publicly listed companies around the world and more than 160 in-depth one-on-one interviews and surveys of women at all stages of their careers, this report illuminates the current levels of gender inequality in these legacy industries; examines the many ways that women can advance, or are advancing, positive change; pinpoints factors preventing gender diversity; and highlights best practices to address them.

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The Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) is a division of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) that supports the role of women in the energy and environmental industries. It assists in the career development activities for existing professionals, and also enables young women aspiring to leadership roles to find mentors that will support their own development.

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) is the national trade association of the paper and wood products industry and advances public policies that promote a strong and sustainable U.S. forest products industry in the global marketplace. The Association has built a track record based on experience and expertise to prevail on our members’ behalf in the federal, state, and international arenas where policies are shaped. AF&PA is also the leader in cutting-edge policy information and mission critical statistical and research data about the forest products industry, and our monthly and annual statistical reports are widely regarded as the most comprehensive and in-depth available. As a condition of membership, AF&PA member companies commit to help the industry make progress toward achieving the Better Practices, Better Planet sustainability goals, and those who source wood fiber agree to comply with the Association’s Forest Procurement Principles. Members are encouraged to participate in AF&PA’s voluntary program to prevent serious injuries and fatalities.

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Women in Aerospace (WIA) is dedicated to expanding women’s opportunities for leadership and increasing their visibility in the aerospace community. Our membership – comprised of both women and men – shares an interest in a broad spectrum of aerospace issues, including human space flight, aviation, remote sensing, satellite communications, robotic space exploration, and policy issues surrounding these fields.

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The Manufacturing Institute, the education and workforce partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, is dedicated to supporting the manufacturing workforce of today and growing the manufacturing workforce of tomorrow. It does so through a variety of programs designed to excite, educate and empower with a particular focus in four key areas: women, veterans, youth and skills training. The Institute also serves as the leading authority on data and research for the industry through its Center for Manufacturing Research, closely examining issues of importance to manufacturers both to help understand them and illuminate what needs to be done to solve them.

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SWE gives women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Their organization is centered around a passion for our members' success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today's exciting engineering and technology specialties. Their mission is to Empower women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering and technology professions as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion.

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We are the springboard for action, the connection to the brave collective. Complacency isn’t in our nature - we are boldly pushing the alcohol beverage industry into a new era that empowers all to succeed. This is our commitment to the industry

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Women of Waste is an informal group supported by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) created by women in the waste management industry to advocate and spotlight women’s work and achievement in the waste sector.

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The International Aviation Women's Association (IAWA) is an international organization for women who hold positions of impact in the aviation and aerospace industry. Founded in 1988, IAWA brings together women of achievement and promotes their advancement throughout the world. Women are assuming greater and more visible roles within the industry. Through annual global conferences, regional receptions and connects, IAWA provides a forum to share views on matters of importance to the industry, as well as to women in general. IAWA members serve as role models for other women seeking advancement and growth in the industry. They also encourage young women to enter the aerospace industry through IAWA’s Scholarship Program.