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Press Release: Seattle Startup Partners with Remitly and Assurance IQ for Fintech Industry Event

18 Jan, 2023

by Raghu Gollamudi
Press Release: Seattle Startup Partners with Remitly and Assurance IQ for Fintech Industry Event

SEATTLE, January 17, 2022 – and Remitly have partnered to host a tech community networking event and expert panel on January 25th, 2023 on the topic of Measure What Matters: DEI in Fintech. The gathering will include a discussion with industry leaders who will share insights on data-driven approaches to DEI, featuring Included Co-Founder Laura Close, VP of ESG at Remitly and national DEI expert Kim Vu, and Chief People Officer of Assurance IQ Gulliver Swenson. 


“Diversity, equity, and inclusion are not just buzzwords for the tech industry, they are business imperatives. By embedding DEI data and metrics into people strategies, tech companies see great results. Tech companies are creating a more inclusive workplace and also driving innovation & better serving a diverse customer base. We’re excited to partner with Remitly on this event, they walk the walk when it comes to providing DEI opportunities, building a people-first culture, and using that as a competitive edge in the marketplace,” said Included Co-Founder Laura Close. 


Members of the tech & startup communities in Seattle are invited to join and connect with other professionals in the Fintech industry and learn about the latest in new DEI technology. The event will take place from 6:00pm-8:00pm, with venue details to be announced. There is no cost, but RSVPs are required and space is limited. Make a reservation here –


About the Speakers

Gulliver Swenson, Chief People Officer Assurance IQ

Gulliver is responsible for leading Assurance’s people functions – culture, engagement, HR, diversity and inclusion, talent, total rewards, and performance – as we focus on making Assurance the best workplace for our engaged and driven employees. Prior to his current role, Gulliver was Assurance IQ’s first Chief Legal Officer where he built the legal function and advised Assurance on its acquisition. Gulliver brings a unique perspective to DEI & HR in his noteworthy pivot from CLO to CPO


Kim Vu, Vice President of Environmental, Social Governance (ESG)

The last decade of Vu’s work has shifted from managing business teams toward corporate social responsibility, considering the impact of companies on the community and its larger ecosystem. Before Remitly, she was Seattle market executive for Bank of America. She previously served on boards for nonprofits and early stage startups, and hopes both her business and life experience has an impact in that work.


Laura Close, Co-Founder & Chief Business Development Officer

Laura Close is co-founder of and host of the DEI What’s Working? LinkedIn Live podcast. Laura brings twenty years of experience in the DEI space, originating as a political campaign & policy expert in racial, gender, and economic justice in the 90s. Laura spent her career locking in opportunities and institutional access for historically excluded communities. Now co-founder of Included Laura and team have created the first tech of its kind to use AI to help Chief People Officers, TA, DEI leaders to instantly know their real time people analytics data set, with DEI embedded in every view. 


About Included

Included is an award winning people analytics platform in the DEI tech space. Included helps Chief People Officers, TA leaders, and DEI leaders instantly see and know their total people analytics data set, with DEI embedded in every view. Included breakthrough technology gives companies the information they need to create data-driven hiring, promotion and retention strategies that drive progress on diversity, equity and inclusion. Founded by data privacy and DEI experts and using the latest AI technology, Included is able to identify specific areas where businesses can take further action to remove any potential roadblock from accomplishing their strategic goals. This is the first technology of its kind to analyze millions of scenarios across intersectional people demographics, per stage of the employee lifecycle, by department, professional level, geographic location, against DEI operational policies, equity in longevity, pay, promotion and much more within each company’s own people data set and instantly deliver clear reporting and steps for action.



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Raghu Gollamudi

Raghu Gollamudi is the co-founder and CEO of Included. Previously he was co-founder/CTO at Shippable and Integris (acquired by OneTrust). Raghu has been recognized as "Startup CEO of the Year" by Geekwire and Untapped’s Top DEIB Leader "Walk The Walk” Award. His writing on DEI Tech has appeared in Forbes and Fast Company.

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