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8th Annual Inspiration Awards


Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

8th Annual Inspiration Awards

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Benefiting Oakland Digital


Inspiration Awards is a heartfelt gala and fundraising celebration honoring three champions bringing about positive change through their passion, dedication, and innovation. It’s your chance to meet Bay Area thought leaders in the fields of technology, business, and philanthropy.

By attending Inspiration Awards, you are supporting digital literacy education to hundreds of businesses and nonprofits, mentorship to thousands of multimedia students, and spreading inspiration throughout our community.



For nine years Oakland Digital, a 501(c)(3) design studio for good, has directly impacted the lives of 4,800 East Bay entrepreneurs. Our core programs, Inspire Oakland and Digital Equity, have boosted the local economy by $4.2 million, leading to opportunities for 21st-century employment and economic independence.

Over the past year, we’ve successfully integrated, our exciting web application that has bridged the design & marketing needs of 625 business owners with 3,000 talented creatives. Oakland Digital has created a unique space of education, information exchange, and community-building that is increasing our impact and expanding our reach.

Join the ecosystem of incredible Bay Area leaders that support our thoughtful, life-changing work: sponsor a table, purchase an advertisement, or make an in-kind donation.


Catherine Aker, Oakland Athletics

The A's Community Fund supports charitable organizations in their efforts to improve educational programs, aid the underprivileged, assist in crime and drug prevention and service children, seniors, and those who work to improve the quality of life for people throughout the Bay Area. The Community Fund believes in the need to invest in the community's future. The best way to make this investment is through programs and donations that support youth and the community as a whole. The A's Community Fund donates over $500,000 annually to various charitable organizations in the form of tickets, autographed memorabilia, and monetary donations. The A's help fundraise for charities through Special Events such as the A's Community Fund Golf Tournament, Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Mathletics Math Program, Baseball: 101 Clinics, and Root Beer Float Day. These events, as well as other educational and baseball programs listed below, are ideal opportunities for our Corporate Partners to get involved in the Community while simultaneously receiving brand exposure and association with the specific cause.



Regina Rodgers, BlackRock

Philanthropy built on what matters. At BlackRock, we are committed to building access to better futures for underserved individuals and communities. We partner with best in class organizations that use forward-thinking approaches to solve pressing social and environmental challenges. Our areas of focus 1) Building innovation: partnering with dynamic social enterprises putting innovation to work to accelerate social impact across a range of outcomes; from financial inclusion to food security. 2) Building inroads: creating access to improved livelihoods for underserved populations, including immigrants, women, and veterans, either through building skills or breaking barriers. 3) Building infrastructure: creating pathways to innovative water and energy solutions at the household level. 4) Building insight: joining with thought leaders to contribute additional rigor and analysis, expanding the realm of what’s possible in the social impact space.


Caroline Barlerin, Twitter

Passionate about what can be created at the intersection of social good and technology, Caroline Barlerin leads Twitter’s community outreach and philanthropic efforts. She brings a unique perspective to her role, having led partnerships for a software startup, designed a bicycle-powered rice thresher for small-acre farmers in Burma, led Level Playing Field Institute, and created the blueprint for Taproot Foundation. Caroline has also built game-changing programs such as HP’s “Matter to a Million” partnership with Kiva, which has made over $12m of loans to over 350,000 people globally. Most recently she launched the Twitter NeighborNest, a neighborhood learning center supporting low-income families by providing access to technology, classes, and resources to learn, connect and grow with the guidance of Twitter volunteers. Caroline received her BA from Vassar College and was a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University Business School. She’s @CBarlerin on Twitter.


Mistress of Ceremonies








Distinguished Speakers



Shaun Tai, Oakland Digital

Shaun Tai is the Executive Director of Oakland Digital, an award-winning design studio. He dedicates himself to enhancing tech literacy and opportunity among Entrepreneurs and multimedia Students.

Shaun also leads the direction and product strategy for BRIDGEGOOD, a web application that connects Creatives to professional opportunities. The platform is supported by

Shaun received an MA in Architectural & Urban Design and a BS in Advertising from San Jose State University. Prior to SJSU, he graduated with honors from Cal State East Bay with a BA in Digital Arts and was named “Distinguished Young Alumnus” of the academic year 2015.

In September 2016, Diablo Magazine ranked Shaun #6 in their prestigious 40 Under 40 campaign. In March 2017, SF Business Times named Shaun 40 Under 40 alongside the Bay Area’s brightest CEO’s and Directors. In April, Cal State East Bay recognized Shaun as a 40 Under 40 “Civic Service & Activism” Recipient, Class of 2017.


Board of Directors - Oakland Digital

Tim Rosenblatt, President

Chelsea Seabron, Vice President

Linda Poeng, Treasurer

Martin Kojnok

Erica Hong

Gert Lombard

Lisa Sy

Kevin Louie

Michael Shih 

TiYanna Long

Allison Bernstein

Katy McKensie



Table Sponsorships:
Shaun Tai | 510-435-2945 | 


Media Access & Partnerships:
Yudy Herrera | 510-435-2945 |


Official Website:



We look forward to celebrating leadership and inspiration with you!


Have questions about 8th Annual Inspiration Awards? Contact OAKLAND DIGITAL

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Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 Ninth Street
Suite 290 (2nd Floor)
Oakland, CA 94607

Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

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Oakland Digital is an award-winning 501(c)(3) design studio for good, giving overlooked Creatives the resources to discover and explore meaningful careers (e.g., UX, UI, Visual Design) while improving diverse local economies. Since 2009, Oakland Digital has directly impacted the lives of nearly 4,800 Oakland and East Bay Students and Entrepreneurs. Our programs have boosted the economy by $4.2 million, leading to opportunities for 21st century employment and economic independence.

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