500 Startups Unity and Inclusion Summit (Los Angeles) -- Diversity in Tech
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500 Startups Unity and Inclusion Summit (Los Angeles) -- Diversity in Tech

500 Startups Unity and Inclusion Summit (Los Angeles) -- Diversity in Tech

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Unity & Inclusion Summit (Los Angeles)

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Join 500 Startups on Jan 21, 2017 from 8:00am-7:00pm at a one-day event bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and the tech community to talk about the current state and future of diversity & inclusion (across ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and lifestyle) in tech.

Through keynotes, panels, and workshops, we'll address topics like:

- How diverse founders can access capital

- How to build diverse & inclusive teams and workplaces

- How to market to diverse & inclusive communities

- How to address unconscious bias within organizations

- The 500 Startups Seed Program and how it can help your startup grow

The day will include 1:1 office hours, a light breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Cocktails at a networking reception after the event will also be served.

For 1:1 office hours get a chance to meet with:

  • Microsoft on business development/partnerships
  • Rory Gerberg (Partner of Refound) to discuss inclusion/unconscious bias in your company
  • Elizabeth Yin (Partner of 500 Startups) & Monique Woodard (Venture Partner of 500 Startups) about seed funding.

Program Schedule (TBA)

8:00am-9:00am ---- Registration & Light Breakfast

9:00am-12:00pm ---- Social Impact Investing/Muslim in Tech/Female VCs Panel/Implicit Bias in Fundraising & Workplace. 1:1 Office Hours

12:00pm-1:00pm ---- Lunch (Food Truck by Mad Pambazos) *please email us dietary restrictions

1:00pm-6:00pm ---- Panels/Fireside Chats (Being People of Color/Muslim/LGBTQ/Women founders and investors). Unconscious Bias Workshop by Rory of Refound

6:00pm – 7:00pm ---- Closing Reception & Networking

Featured Programming

How to raise Your First $1M
Carolina Huaranca (Principal, Kapor Capital)

Founder Firesides
Carolina Huaranca (Principal, Kapor Capital)
Laura Gomez - Atipica (Founder, Atipica)

Faith, Founding, and Fundraising as a Muslim in Tech
Jason Nazar (Founder, Comparably)

Venture Capital from the Frontlines
Moderator: Jon Shieber (TechCrunch)
Jesse Draper (Founding Partner, Halogen Ventures)
Alyse Killeen (Founding Partner, Stillmark)
Priya Saiprasad (Principal, Microsoft Ventures)

Founder Firesides
Monique Woodard (Venture Partner, 500 Startups)
Morgan DeBaun (Founder, Blavity)

Addressing Implicit Bias in Fundraising and Hiring
Rory Gerberg (Partner, Refound)

Building Diverse Teams
Moderator: Jim Brisimitzis, Director of Startup Technical Evangelism, Microsoft

Anthony Kelani (Startup Technical Evangelist, Microsoft)
Lauren Tran (Startup Technical Evangelist, Microsoft)
Kwadwo Nyarko (Startup Technical Evangelist, Microsoft)
Porter Braswell (CEO, Jopwell)
Natascha French (CMO, VNTANA)

Growth Track
Growth 101 with Everette Taylor (Chief Marketing Officer, Skurt)
Marketing Funnels with Andrei Marinescu (Distro Partner, 500 Startups)
Marketing to Millennial Women with David Oh (Chief Product Officer, FabFitFun)

Venture Capital from the Frontlines
Vaughn Blake (Managing Director, AutoChrome Ventures)
Austin Clements (Associate, TenOneTen)
Colleen Poynton (Vice President, Core Innovation Capital)


Speakers (more speakers to be announced soon)

  • Carolina Huaranca, Principal, Kapor Capital
  • Jarvis Sam, Lead Recruiter Diversity & Inclusion, Snap Inc.
  • Jesse Draper, Founding Partner, Halogen Ventures
  • Sequoia Blodgett, Tech Editor, BlackEnterprise
  • Priya Saiprasad, Principal, Microsoft
  • Monique Woodard, Venture Partner, 500 Startups
  • Everette Taylor, CMO, Skurt
  • Jason Nazar, Founder, Comparably
  • Morgan DeBaun, Founder/CEO, Blavity
  • Brendan Wallace, Co-founder, Fifth Wall
  • Dustin Craun, Founder, Salaam Bank/MPower Change
  • Katie Johnson, CEO, Carbon38
  • Colleen Poynton, Vice President, Core Innovation Capital
  • Rory Gerberg, Partner, Refound
  • David Oh, Chief Product Officer, FabFitFun
  • Truy Truong, Founder, Salt Cancer Initiative
  • Jim Brisimitzis, Director of Startup Technical Evangelism, Microsoft
  • Vaughn Blake, Managing Director, Autochrome
  • Laura Gomez, Founder/CEO, Atipica
  • James Norman, Founder, Pilotly
  • Yonas Breshawred, Founder/CEO, Stackshare
  • Alyse Killeen, Venture Capital investor
  • Anthony Kelani, Startup Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
  • Lauren Tran, Startup Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
  • Kwadwo Nyarko, Startup Technical Evangelist
  • Porter Braswell, CEO, Jopwell
  • Natascha French, CMO, VNTANA
  • Austin Clements, Associate, TenOneTen Ventures
  • Jonathan Shieber, Writer, TechCrunch
  • Melissa Hanna, Founder, Mahmee
  • Andrei Marinescu, Partner, 500 Startups
  • and more

Unconscious Bias Workshop

Rory Gerberg, Partner @ Refound

Creating diverse teams and inclusive organizations is at the heart of Rory Gerberg's work. At Refound, Rory designs and facilitates unconscious bias workshops for clients across all sectors—from tech startups and large corporations to nonprofits and public sector agencies. With a master's degree from Harvard, she has also advised educational institutions and foundations on gender-sensitive program implementation and sexual harassment response strategy. Originally from New York, Rory moonlights as a salsa dancer and looks forward to her next backpacking trek.


Thanks to our sponsor Microsoft!

Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more.

Our 2016 Diversity events:

Berlin: Watch Recap
New York: Watch Recap

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This event is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the event organizers.





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