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500 Startups Unity & Inclusion Summit

January 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 8:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
Cross Campus
929 Colorado Ave
Santa Monica

Join 500 Startups on Jan 21, 2017 from 9:00am-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).

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

– How & when to speak up and be vulnerable within an organization

– How to cope being the “lone wolf” in an organization lacking diversity & inclusion

– 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, snacks, and cocktails at reception will also be served.

For 1:1 office hours, get a chance to meet with Microsoft on business development/partnerships, or Rory Gerberg (Partner of Refound) to discuss inclusion/unconscious bias workshops for your corporation, or Elizabeth Yin (Partner of 500 Startups) & Monique Woodard (Venture Partner of 500 Startups) about seed funding.

Program Schedule (TBA)

Morning: Keynotes. 1:1 Office Hours


Afternoon: Panels from founders and investors. Unconscious Bias Workshop by Rory of Refound. 1:1 Office Hours

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Closing & Networking

Speakers (more speakers to be announced soon)

  • Carolina Mendoza, Principal, Kapor Capital
  • Jarvis Sam, Lead Recruiter Diversity & Inclusion, Snap Inc.
  • Jesse Draper, Founding Partner, Halogen Ventures
  • Jason Nazar, Founder, Comparably
  • Brendan Wallace, Co-founder, Fifth Wall
  • Dustin Craun, Founder, Salaam Bank/MPower Change
  • Katie Johnson, CEO, Carbon38
  • Rory Gerberg, Partner, Refound
  • Everette Taylor, CMO, Skurt
  • Monique Woodard, Venture Partner, 500 Startups
  • Aaron Blumenthal, EIR, 500 Startups
  • Laura Gomez, Founder/CEO, Atipica
  • Brandon Deyo, Founder/CEO, Mars Reel
  • James Norman, Founder, Pilotly
  • Microsoft

Unconscious Bias Workshop

Rory Gerberg, Partner of 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.