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#SGDEI Month
October is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion month presented with SVB and Comcast LIFTLabs. During this month Startup Grind emphasizes the importance of diversity more than ever, recognizing and amplifying the stories of leaders in our communities who have previously gone less heard. We encourage you to get involved this month - by hosting an SG event in your city!
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DEI Month Playbook Guide

DEI Summit Presented By Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs
Startup Grind’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit Presented By Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs is bringing together DEI experts for a half-day event filled with educational fireside chats, keynotes, and engaging audience Q+A. #SGDEI
Join us on October 26th 9AM - 12:00 PM PST for the DEI Summit and invite your community to attend as well. If you’re interested in promoting the DEI Summit you can find the promotional guide here. 

NEW Google Templates + Art Assets
HQ templates are no longer available in your google drive. From today on please find all templates in this airtable view to download. Once you click on download it will ask you to make a copy. You can then edit the file. They are grouped by category and Chapter type. Please bookmark the link. 

October Office Hours
In the spirit of DEI Month our very own DEI Committee will be hosting Office Hours this month and be hosting a workshop and discussion on why DEI is not optional. Please RSVP to hear the latest updates from HQ, connect with fellow Directors, and walk away with practical strategies to implement DEI practices into your Chapter and Community.
America’s + EMEA Timezone Friendly: October 19, 2021 | 10:00 AM PST | 6:00 PM BST (GMT+1) | RSVP here

APAC + EMEA Timezone Friendly: October 21, 2021 | 5:00 PM HKT | 10:00 AM BST (GMT+1) RSVP here

Global Conference 2022 + Director Summit
We will be hosting a hybrid Global Conference + in-person Director Summit. Our Directors Summit is always the highlight of our year. Not only do we share findings from our Annual Directors Survey, but we have quick-fire talks from our peers, special guest appearances and of course our Annual Directors Awards.
RSVP to attend the Director Summit 2022 and Global Conference

Google Drive Storage Space
In October 2020 Google announced that it was transitioning from Google G Suite to Google Workspace. We’ve been working with Google to transition Startup Grind from G Suite to Workspace, and this transition was completed at the end of last week.
Startup Grind’s G Suite licenses were transferred to the equivalent Workspace counterpart, however, there are some features which are different to what we’ve been used to in the past. Most noticeably is the total storage per account, which has dropped from 15GB per user down to 2GB per user, but access to Google’s productivity apps (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.) remain the same.
Our move to the current tier was decided upon after we conducted a thorough analysis of how the startupgrind.com accounts are used and there were clear indications that of the 939 email accounts assigned, 816 (87%) used less than 2GB of storage.
What if I need more storage?
The good news is that Google implemented a simple solution for this where you (the individual user) are able to purchase additional storage as required in increments. Simply head over to the Google Storage Settings section here and purchase the additional storage tier you require. Plans for additional storage up to 100GB start from a reasonable $1.99 a month.
You can also, of course, set up a free Gmail account, where you can keep larger files with up to 15GB of free storage.
We appreciate your understanding of this transition and the significant savings that are being made, which will be better repurposed to further support our global community.

Connect with the Community
Expand your friend circle and schedule a quick 1:1 connection call with a fellow Chapter Director. This is a perfect way to welcome our newest cohort members in the community. Show them what being a part of SG is all about. Sign-up and select a time here. 

Community Corner


Dashboard Registration and Check-In
As more Chapters are returning to in-person events, we want to reiterate to use the Chapter dashboard for all event registrations and check-ins. You can use your laptop or download the Bevy Organizer Mobile App and add team members as "Check-in Staff", which grants them access to the Dashboard and App with check-in access only. Find more information here.

GoFundMe for SG Kabul
Amidst the suffering of so many during the exodus and evacuation from Afghanistan. Members of our SG global family are having difficulty trying to get out of the country.
Our longtime Chapter Director Ahmad Fahim Didar thankfully left for Turkey before the violence got underway and has been invaluable in coordinating with people on the ground in Kabul. After our fireside chat with Ahmad, our incredible community stepped up as they do in true fashion and organized a GoFundMe page to help support the team in Kabul. Feel free to donate or share with your community.
Donate and share the cause here.
Watch the fireside chat with Ahmad and Derek here. 

Director of the Month

Startup Program Updates
We are hosting a DEI office-hours event for the top founders in our community from diverse backgrounds. On Wednesday and Thursday, November 3rd and 4th - over the span of 48 hours - we’re hosting 200 virtual meetings between investors and top diverse founders from our network who are actively seeking funding. We’d love to invite investors in your network to join us in this initiative! Investment or not, their time, advice, and mentorship would be an invaluable addition to the program.
You can find a template to share this opportunity with them here.

September Chapter Highlights


Cheers,
Phin, Madeline, Yasemin, Manny, Ahmad, Jess

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, October 19
October Office Hours | The America's + EMEA
Virtual Event (Free)
Join us for October Office Hours. Looking forward to connecting! Office hours are a chance for Directors to come together to share tips, ask questions, and reconnect.
 Our DEI Committee will be hosting a talk on “DEI Shouldn’t Be Optional”.
Get your ticket
Thursday, October 21
October Office Hours | APAC + EMEA
Virtual Event (Free)
Join us for October Office Hours. Looking forward to connecting! Office hours are a chance for Directors to come together to share tips, ask questions, and reconnect.
 Our DEI Committee will be hosting a talk on “DEI Shouldn’t Be Optional”.
Get your ticket
Monday, February 28
Directors Summit 2022
In-Person Event
After a short hiatus, we are THRILLED to announce that we will be reconvening in-person in Redwood City for our 11th annual Director's Summit. Please join us for a jammed packed 4 days of activities, sessions and of course our annual Director Awards.
Get your ticket
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