$59 – $90

The Diversity Innovation Forum

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Skirball Cultural Center

2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90049

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9:15 AM: Check-in & Networking Coffee

10:00 AM – 3:30 PM: Program (includes lunch)

Join us for a discussion on how diversity of ideas, talent, and perspectives fuels innovation.

We will explore the key areas where diversity and inclusion are crucial for a vibrant innovation ecosystem including:

  • Priming the STEM talent pipeline with diverse perspectives and underrepresented minorities

  • Investing in diverse founders and advancing diversity at VCs

  • Diversity at the top — diversity at the board and executive level

  • Creating an inclusive corporate culture to unlock innovation

You will hear from leaders implementing successful diversity and inclusion programs as well as discover resources and programs that address opportunities to improve D&I representation in your organizations and communities.

Why You Should Attend

  • Learn how to make your company and/or community more inclusive by incorporating best practices from other leaders implementing successful programs within their organizations

  • Connect with peers facing similar challenges and opportunities to benefit from an inclusive culture

  • Find resources and programs available to improve diversity & inclusion in your company and/or community

Speaker Lineup

(full speaker bios here: https://www.alliancesocal.org/events/socaldiversityevent/)

Keynote Address

Aaron Bruce - Chief Diversity Officer, ArtCenter College of Design

Conversation with Therese Tucker: Leadership in Diversity

Therese Tucker - Founder & CEO, BlackLine, Inc.

Susan Otto - Chief People Officer, BlackLine, Inc.

Avoiding a Monoculture of Thought

Jessica Powell - Author and Former VP, Communications at Google

Panel: Funding Diverse Leaders and Ideas

Darya Allen-Attar – CEO & Co-founder, Women Founders Network (moderator)

Eva Ho - General Partner, Fika Ventures and founding member of All Raise

Tracy Gray - Founder and Managing Partner of The 22 Fund

Hamet Watt - Board Partner, Upfront Ventures and Co-founder MoviePass

Silvia Mah – Founding Partner, Ad Astra Ventures & Exec Dir, Hera Labs

Panel: Maximizing Innovation Through Inclusive Cultures

Danny Acosta – Partner + Diversity & Inclusion lead at BCG (moderator)

Bonnie Oliva-Porter - Global Director of Diversity, Equity and Workplace Culture at Tala.co

Soha El-Sabaawi – Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Riot Games

Arjen Mackaaij – SVP of People at FabFitFun

Liji Thomas – Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Southern California Edison

Anthony Mays – Software Engineer at Google

Panel: Priming Diversity in the STEM Talent Pipeline

Maria Klawe - President, Harvey Mudd College (moderator)

Ingrid Elerbe - Executive Director, Base11

Colleen Lewis – Assoc. Prof. of computer science at Harvey Mudd College

Sathya Narayanan – Prof. of comp. science at Cal State Monterey Bay

Linda J. Sax - Professor of Higher Education in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA


How can I contact the organizer about Sponsorship or for exhibiting my organization at the event?

Please contact Steve Gilison at info@alliancesocal.org about sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities for this event.

How can I contact the organizer about speaking?

We would love to hear your suggestions and nominations for speakers. Know that we cannot accommodate all requests. Please contact Steve Gilison (info@alliancesocal.org)

Do you offer group discounts?

Yes, we offer group rates for 3 or more attendees. Please contact Vicki at info@alliancesocal.org about group rates.

What's the refund policy?

Plans change, we get it. If you can't attend, please try to transfer your ticket to a colleague who'd enjoy it (see instructions below). If all else fails, you can get a full refund (minus transaction fee) up to the day before the event. Please notify info@alliancesocal.org to let us know.

What is the parking situation?

There is no fee to park at the Skirball however carpoolers get extra karma points.

What about dietary restrictions?

Please contact Vicki at info@alliancesocal.org by April 22nd at 5:00pm PST with any dietary restrictions. Please note: there will be a vegetarian option for lunch. We will try our best to accommodate dietary requests.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No need. Proceed to the check-in desk and give us your name and company and/or show us your ticket on your mobile phone.

Is my registration or ticket transferrable?

If you wish to transfer your ticket, please notify Vicki at info@alliancesocal.org no later than 5:00pm PST on April 25th. Please supply the first name, last name, email, company, title and cell phone number of the person you are transferring the ticket to.

Are there any volunteer opportunities available?

Yes. Please contact Vicki at info@alliancesocal.org if you would like to volunteer for the event.

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