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Welcome to the Humble Rising Podcast!  Each week, host Arivee Vargas has conversations with badass, inspirational women of color sharing their own stories and actionable strategies on how to have fulfilling careers and lives. The journey to get there isn’t linear or easy.  Get clear on the life and career you really want and deserve now, and take the action you need to overcome the challenges and roadblocks that are getting in your way. From fear, disappointment, and self-doubt, to purpose, resilience, career clarity and transitions, we tackle it all.  Be inspired, get motivated, gain clarity on your next step, take action, and get ready to rise.

May 19, 2021

This week, I had the pleasure to talk to my friend, trailblazer, mother, thought leader, entrepreneur, lawyer, activist and creator Betty Francisco.  

Betty is a seasoned business executive, board director, investor and community leader. She has over 22 years of experience advising high growth start-ups, non-profits, and companies various areas. She's been named one of the most influential leaders in Boston this year, one of the 2020 Power 50,, and in 2018, Boston Magazine named her as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Boston. 

She serves on a number of boards and is deeply involved in the community.  She's the co-founder of the Investors of Color Network (ICN) and an angel investor with Pipeline Angels and Portfolia.

She is the co-founder and board chair of Amplify Latinx / Latina Circle, a social venture that is building economic and political power within the Latinx community in Massachusetts. She also founded Reimagine Play, a startup that offers fitness programming for children and families in Greater Boston. 

Betty was previously the General Counsel at Compass Working Capital, and is currently the CEO of the Boston Impact Initiative, which invests in enterprises in Massachusetts that address the growing wealth gap and ecological challenges of our times.

She has been featured in Boston Magazine, Boston Business Journal, Boston Globe and Hispanic Executive Magazine, and more. 

In this episode, Betty and I talk about her upbringing, identity, career shifts and decisions, how she’s been able to step into her own power as an entrepreneur and investor, economic justice, money management, and more.

Recommended Books: Caste by Isabel Wilkerson and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram Kendi and Jason Reynolds. 

Connect with Betty Francisco on LinkedIn and check out her website:

Amplify Latinx:

Boston Impact Initiative Fund - Investing for Justice:

IG: @bettyfrancisco

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