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
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.