Erika Lucas: Biography highlights
Erika Lucas co-founded StitchCrew, an organization focused on building a more equitable economy through entrepreneurship.
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Erika Lucas’ Background
In collaboration with NBA team the Oklahoma City Thunder she established an accelerator program to support entrepreneurs in the middle of the country. Erika also founded VEST, a curated network of C-suite women working together to expedite the pipeline of more women in power. As she states in her TED talk: America’s trillion dollar blindspot, Erika’s mission is to help close the funding and wealth gap for women and entrepreneurs of color.
Prior to launching StitchCrew and VEST, Erika was a Partner at a Private Equity Firm with investments in the U.S. and Europe. Before that she was the Deputy Director for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce where she oversaw the Global Investment and Trade Division. Erika began her career facilitating the establishment and in-country operation of several international manufacturing companies in Mexico.
Boards: Arvest Bank, OK Policy Institute, Diversion Hub, OKC County Health Department, the Oklahoma Downtown Partnership, Mercy Foundation.
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EMBLEM Strategies, LLC
'Erika is a force of nature! Her ability to listen, comprehend and devleop a professional, achievable, detailed, operational action plan in unparalleled. Her ability to work with a variety of partners to weave a common path forward has been proven time and time again - regardless of the dicipline, political complexities, type/number of stakeholders - there is always a positive result. The tech sector is a particularly sweet spot for Erika. Her proven capacity to promote the tech sector among investors, founders, municipalitites, universities, R&D institutions and consumers alike is extraordinary.'
Huddleston Investment, Inc.
'Erika is a consumate professional. Her intelligence, professionalism and ability to communicate, no matter the audience, places her at a very high skill level. Working with her is a privilege and a joy!'
Diamond Services Company
'Erika is extremely professional and pursues every strategy and goal with unflinching resolve. I've never seen anyone more productive and capable and still display a truly warm and optimistic personality.'