The numbers aren’t good folks. In the Salesforce ecosystem, women and other minorities receive less than 2% of venture funding and less than a fraction of apps on the AppExchange are female-led and owned.

As a company, Salesforce is making strides towards closing things like the gender pay gap. According to an April 2019 announcement, the company spent a total of $10.3 million to ensure equal pay for equal work. But that’s just a necessary start.

Women and under-represented groups are pioneering solutions and building amazing companies in the tech industry. It’s time to make progress towards advancing equity for all.

We’re excited to announce that we have joined an incredible team of women in supporting the Diversity Dreamforce Scholarship. This pay-it-forward scholarship is a partnership effort between three female-founded companies (including TaskRay!) is working to start closing the gender gap by extending a helping hand to under-represented companies in the Salesforce ecosystem.

We’re pretty excited about this.

TaskRay is thrilled to be part of this scholarship program because we value diversity, inclusion and connection with our community. TaskRay was co-founded by Blakely Graham, who will be serving as one of the mentors in the scholarship program, and knows first hand what it takes to build a thriving company in the Salesforce ecosystem.

Blakely is joined by a long list of other incredible forces in the Salesforce space, including:

  • Harvard MBA and Chief Product and Technology Co-Founder of Spekit, Zari Zahra
  • Principal Salesforce, Pardot and Marketing Automation Consultant at Sercvante, Andrea Tarrell
  • CEO and Co-Founder of Spekit, Melanie Fellay
  • CEO and Co-Founder of Cloud Giants, Kelly Pfrommer
  • Spekit Director of Marketing, Elle Brayton

The winning company will receive a Dreamforce Trailhead Booth and one-on-one advisory sessions with this rockstar list of Salesforce and business experts.

Do you have what it takes to get to Dreamforce?

The Diversity Dreamforce Scholarship is offered to fully minority-owned and operated companies, which includes women-founded and run companies and other under-represented groups—including LGBTQIA.

If your company has a Salesforce integration and you’re ready for market (meaning you can give a full product demo and have tested with real customers), this is a launching point that could accelerate your growth.

You can learn more about this opportunity and submit your application here.