As we have grown from a one-person startup to a more mature 10-person company, High Impact’s growth has been made possible by our commitment to the concept of “everyone has a seat at the table.” At High Impact, “everyone has a seat at the table” is one of our four core values because we know that we will be stronger as a company if we hear everyone’s voice and insights. Embracing this principle fosters a culture of inclusivity, where diverse perspectives converge, creating a vibrant ecosystem of ideas and innovation. In such an environment, every team member, regardless of title or tenure, feels empowered to contribute, propelling the company towards ingenious solutions and fostering a sense (and a truth) of collective agency in the company's evolution.
For a company operating within an industry that cherishes bottom-up approaches as we do, this value becomes even more pivotal. It ensures that insights and viewpoints from every level are not only heard but are actively sought after and integrated into the decision-making process. Just as CDFIs and other impact lenders understand that solutions are most effective when they are arrived at collectively, we know that we will have our greatest impact by inviting contributions from all corners. This value not only enhances problem-solving capabilities but also cultivates a culture worth working in—it is a lot more interesting to dedicate your professional time to a company that wants to hear what you say, and often acts on what you say, than one that believes that all the wisdom lies with management. “Everyone has a seat at the table” has served us very well in our first 10 years, and I have no doubt the ethos will be with us as a company forever.