The Cackle: Episode #37
The Benefits of Investing in Diversity
SPECIAL GUEST: Walt Young, Angel Investor
WATCH: Wednesday, November 11th on Facebook Live or Twitter at 10:30 am EST
Walt Young, Angel Investor, joins The Cackle to discuss the benefits of investing in diversity.
Walt Young has 50 years’ experience in leading organizations. For the first 36 years, he held senior positions at four public companies: BF Goodrich, The Budd Company, The Henley Group and Champion Enterprises. As Chair and CEO of Champion (Fortune 500) Walt was recognized by Fortune as a “Superstar” and by the Harvard Business School as one of the 19 top business leaders of the 1990s. While at these four companies he completed 23 different turnarounds and over 75 mergers and acquisitions. Since 2003 Walt has focused on entrepreneurial start-ups, including as a lead investor and Director for Accuri Cytometers (acquired by Becton, Dickinson for $205 million in 2011) and CelSee, Inc.(acquired by BioRad in 2020). He has led and assisted over 80 entities to raise more than $130M in capital. Walt is currently on the board of four early stage companies: Swift BioSciences, Inc., CelSee Inc., Eagle River Homes, Weathershield, and Nanocerox, Inc.. From 2003 to 2018, Walt was a director at NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG, Fortune 200). Further, his non-profit boards have included Muskingum University, Oakland University and Gleaners Food Bank of Southeast Michigan.
Walt received a BA in History and Economics from Muskingum University, his MBA in Marketing and Management from Penn State University and an honorary doctorate in Public Service from Muskingum University.
About The Cackle
Each week on The Cackle, we highlight small businesses, startups, and people who have an impact on communities across the Midwest. We explore a wide range of topics relating to the vibrancy of local economies, including: entrepreneurial journeys, economic trends found in our research, the challenges facing small businesses and startups face, and the importance of building a diverse and inclusive community.