Access Granted: Building Excellence
for the Future
Gala: Friday, May 10th
Conference: Saturday, May 11th
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TROY CARTERCEO & Founder, Atom Factory
Managing Partner, Cross Culture Ventures
Troy Carter is the founder and CEO of Atom Factory, the management company of artists such as Lady Gaga, John Meyer, Meghan Trainor and more! He is a top tech investor with early stage investments that include: Uber, Lyft, Dropbox, Spotify, and Warby Parker. Troy recently served as the Global Head of Creator Services at Spotify and is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Cross Culture Ventures.
CHARLES D. KINGCEO & Founder, MACRO
MACRO, the leading media company that creates and finances content and technology representing the voice and perspectives of people of color. MACRO's film projects have received nine Oscar nominations including the critically acclaimed Fences and Mudbound! King was the executive producer of both films. An industry giant, King was the first African-American partner at William Morris Endeavor (WME) and any other major talent agency.
RUKAIYAH ADAMS, MBA '08 / SLS '97Chief Investment Officer, Meyer Memorial Trust
Before joining Meyer, Rukaiyah was the director of investment management at The Standard, where she oversaw the capital markets fund. She started her career as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in San Francisco.
She serves on the board of directors of Oregon Public Broadcasting and is the chair of the Oregon Investment Council, the board that manages approximately $90 billion for the Oregon Public Employee
KRISTINA OMARI, MBA '97Vice President of Corporate Development, Lyft
Kristina Omari is Vice President of Corporate Development at Lyft, where she brings over 20 years of experience in corporate development, investment banking and strategy. Joining the company in 2017, Kristina was instrumental to incubating Lyft’s Investor Relations activities and overseeing the execution of the company’s $2.5 billion IPO in March 2019.
TAPESTRY AWARD WINNER
The Truth About Bias & Behavior
Stanford Professor and Social Psychologist, Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt will give a brief lecture of her world renowned research on implicit bias and evidence of its demonstrable effects on criminal justice, investment returns, and behavior. All attendees will receive copies of her critically acclaimed book, "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What we See, Think, and Do" followed by a fireside chat with Daryn Dodson (MBA '07), Managing Director at Illumen Capital.
DR. JENNIFER EBERHARDTProfessor of Psychology
A social psychologist at Stanford University, Jennifer Eberhardt investigates the consequences of the psychological association between race and crime. Through interdisciplinary collaborations and a wide ranging array of methods Eberhardt has revealed the startling, and often dispiriting, extent to which racial imagery and judgments suffuse our culture and society, and in particular shape actions and outcomes within the domain of criminal justice.
DARYN DODSON (MBA '07)Managing Director & Founder
Illumen Capital is the world's first private equity firm dedicated to reducing implicit bias across financial markets to unlock impact and returns. Illumen Capital invests in the world’s top impact fund managers and applies research-based interventions in partnership with Stanford University to help fund managers to see past race and gender bias to value. He earned his M.B.A. from Stanford, where he serves on the Dean’s Management Board.
The Founder's Playbook: Creating Your Own Lane
In this panel, entrepreneurs will share their perspectives on founding and leading new ventures, from initial idea conception, to creative strategies in raising capital, to challenges they've had to overcome, and everything in between.
CHRIS BENNETTCEO & Co-Founder
Wonderschool is a venture-backed startup that is empowering early childhood educators to open or grow their own in-home preschools or daycares while it handles the administration and logistics. In June, Chris raised a $20M Series A from Andreessen-Horowitz, First Round and Cross Culture Ventures, one the largest A rounds for an edtech company. Chris is a serial entrepreneur and has started three other companies.
DAWN DICKSONCEO & Founder
PopCom is an automated retail company that uses facial recognition, A.I, and blockchain technology to help retailers collect valuable customer insights. The first CRM, data, and analytics software provider for unattended retail, PopCom has developed technology to make kiosks and vending machines intelligent through data and analytics at the point of purchase. Dawn is a serial entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience in marketing and business development.
SAM ADEYEMOCOO & Co-Founder
Immediately prior to Aurora, Samuel started Vituo, a company that designed and installed small commercial PV systems in developing countries. Previously, Samuel was a Vice President in JPMorgan’s Chief Investment Office, where he was responsible for investing the bank’s assets in various public debt markets. He holds MBA and an MSc from Stanford, and is co-chair of the SunSpec Alliance’s Finance Technical Working Group.
IMAN ABUZEIDCEO & Co-Founder
Incredible Health is a fast-growing, venture-backed company that is a career marketplace for healthcare workers. Incredible Health's mission is to help healthcare professionals find and do their best work. Top hospitals such as UCSF, Stanford, USC, HCA, Dignity Health and many others use the software platform hire nurses and other clinicians in under 30 days (national average is 90 days). Iman is a former medical doctor and McKinsey alumnus.
Closing the Wealth Gap: Today and Beyond
The wealth disparity between black and white families will take 228 years to close, according to the Institute for Policy Studies. Generational wealth the foundation for access to better education, health, and jobs. In this panel, we will talk through not only personal wealth creation, but also how to enable other black leaders and communities to prosper in an effort to close the racial wealth gap.
CHRIS LYONSCultural Leadership Fund
The goals of the CLF are to connect the great cultural leaders to the best new technology companies, and also enable more African Americans to enter the technology industry. Chris was previously Chief of Staff at Andreessen Horowitz, working closely with Ben Horowitz; founder of restaurant technology startup PictureMenu; and also worked with Jermaine Dupri at SoSo Def as a music producer and engineer.
SAUNDRA DAVISFinancial Expert
Sage Financial Solutions
Saundra Davis, MSFP, APFC ® , FBS ® is a US Navy veteran,
financial coach, educator, and consultant who is nationally
recognized as an expert in the financial coaching field and for her
work with community-based organizations that focus on asset
building for the working poor. She developed and facilitates the
Financial Fitness Coach certification program to promote the
highest standard for professional services for all people.
SEKOU KAALUNDAdvancing Black Pathways
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Sekou's group is designed to have sustainable impact on the economic success and empowerment of black communities. Prior to his current role, Kaalund served for 11 years in J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank in a variety of leadership positions—including as Head of U.S. Public Pension Fund Coverage and as a firmwide senior relationship manager for some of the largest asset managers and hedge fund clients of the firm.
Algorithms and Race: Identifying and Disrupting Bias
From AI to computer vision, from fintech to health-tech to consumer tech, studies have uncovered racial and gender bias being built into algorithms and products. Come hear from leading researchers in AI and algorithms, product designers thinking about bias, and policy leaders focused on data bias to learn how technological advances have progressed without removing bias and the consequences for people of color. Get insight into ways leaders are working to combat bias in software and product development and learn how you can be an agent of change in your organizations.
BENJAMIN EARL-EVANSInclusive Design Lead
Benjamin Earl-Evans uses design-thinking to help everyone - from creative professionals to business leaders - create more inclusive products and services. Currently, he works as Inclusive Design Lead for Airbnb where he leads a cross-functional product team dedicated to solving problems like racism, sexism and bias. Benjamin’s work has been published in highly acclaimed press including TheNextWeb, Communication Arts Magazine, Net Magazine, Startups.co and more.
YESHI MILNERExecutive Director
Data for Black Lives
Yeshi began organizing against the school-to-prison pipeline at Power U Center for Social Change as a high school senior. More recently, she was a campaign manager at Color of Change, where she spearheaded several major national initiatives, including OrganizeFor, the only online petition platform dedicated to building the political voice of Black people, and a successful campaign to remove Bill O'Reilly from T.V.
AARON SPRINGERPh.D. Candidate
UC Santa Cruz
Aaron Springer is a human-centered AI researcher, he believes that we should be designing systems that center our human experience as the foremost concern. His research focuses on algorithmic bias and transparency in AI systems. He is finishing his Ph.D. at University of California Santa Cruz in June 2019 and has worked at Google, Spotify, and Xerox PARC.
In partnership with BLCK VC
Watch live as top African-American founders pitch their high-potential startup companies to leading Venture Capitalists and get an inside look into how investors think about seed stage companies. BLCK VC was formed to connect, engage, empower, and advance Black venture investors by providing a focused community built for and by Black venture investors.
ANARGHYA VARDHANAPartner at Maveron, LLC
Maveron is a consumer-only venture capital firm. Anarghya is a Partner and spends her time understanding consumer and cultural behavioral shifts, identifying the billion dollar businesses that will emerge, and partnering with the right founders to help grow those startups into iconic consumer brands.
ELLIOT ROBINSONPartner at Bessemer Ventures
Elliott Robinson is an investor at Bessemer Ventures in the San Francisco office where he focuses primarily on growth investments in SaaS and cloud companies. He looks to partner with companies and management teams that are defining their market category while also maintaining a set of core values that will allow them to grow their leadership position.
FREDERIK GROCEAssociate at Storm Ventures
Frederik is an associate at Storm Ventures. After finishing school, Frederik spent two years as CEO of Stanford Student Enterprises (SSE) with more than one hundred employees and total assets exceeding $15 million – including overseeing Stanford’s accelerator program.
MEGAN MALONEYAssociate at General Catalyst
Megan is an investor at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with approximately $5 billion in capital raised. General Catalyst's investments include Airbnb, Snap, Warby Parker, and Stripe. At GC, Megan focuses on early stage investments in deep tech. She is particularly excited about mission-driven founders with domain expertise. Before joining General Catalyst, she worked at Morgan Stanley in the firm’s Technology Investment Banking Group in Menlo Park.
Blendoor is enterprise software that leverages data and people analytics to mitigate unconscious bias enabling companies to hire and retain a diverse workforce.
(Founders presenting: Stephanie Lampkin)
Encounter AI brings Voice Assistant Technology to the restaurant and retail industries to provide faster, friendlier, and more efficient customer service. Our solution also provides business owners the ability to improve operations, while providing a better overall experience for the customer
(Founders presenting: Derrick Johnson & Kabah Conda)
Praxis Labs improves Diversity & Inclusion outcomes through immersive, Virtual Reality based training experiences
(Founders presenting: Elise Smith)