For KeyCorp Chief Risk Officer Bill Hartmann, Serving JumpStart is Rewarding
Bill also praises JumpStart’s establishment of a $10 million fund dedicated solely to women and minority tech start-ups in Ohio. The public-private source called The Focus Fund has pledged $500,000 to 20 different tech start-ups run by women business owners or minorities of African American or Latino descent, which currently receive only 3 percent of all venture capital dollars, according to JumpStart CEO Ray Leach.
Bill says it’s gratifying to volunteer his time to an organization that fits squarely within Key’s commitments both to diversity and inclusion and to helping communities thrive.
“There’s a phrase ‘spreading the peanut butter too thin’, meaning there are a lot of organizations doing good work but if you just gave to every organization without regard to mission, you may not have the same impact you would if you took a more focused approach,” Bill said. “When you think about the importance of jobs, and the importance of diversity and inclusion in the Cleveland community, JumpStart falls right into one of the sweet spots that Key is trying to promote.”