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Unwrapping the Impact VC’s Have on Inclusion

December 7th, 10am PST, 1pm EST
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Access to capital, powerful networks, and top-talent are crucial to building a successful business. Venture capital firms have an outsized influence on the makeup and culture of Silicon Valley. While it is statistically true that people from underrepresented groups have launched businesses at an incredible pace, they still lag far behind in attracting venture capital investment. In our second installment of the Core of Inclusion Series we’ll explore the potential “why’s.”

Stefanie A. Thomas (Impact America Fund), Tony Conrad (True Ventures), and Lizzie Francis (Brilliant Ventures) and will dish insightful commentary as we explore what VCs can do to increase the funding stream and promote inclusion for underrepresented communities in Silicon Valley. Attendees can anticipate an authentic conversation that explores more than buzzwords and stats, providing a fresh and powerful perspective from respected VCs.

 

Stefanie A Thomas

Stefanie A Thomas

Senior Associate

Stefanie joined the Impact America (IAF) team in 2015 with notable impact-investing experience that includes fundraising and advisory board management. As a member of IAF, Stefanie has emerged as a voice of “Black Women VCs” (Fast Company) who work at the intersection of founder diversity, technology for impact, and the deployment of capital within untapped markets.

Tony Conrad

Tony Conrad

Partner

Tony is a Partner at True and Co-Founder & CEO of about.me (acquired by AOL in 2010). Prior to about.me, Tony co-founded Sphere (acquired by AOL in 2008) with Toni Schneider. Tony is a board member of the Tony Hawk Foundation, an advisor to SF-based Noise Pop and a T40 National Co-Chair of Technology for Obama.

Lizzie Francis

Lizzie Francis

Managing Partner

Lizzie Francis is a Managing Partner at Brilliant Ventures in Los Angeles, CA. #Blessed with a passion for entrepreneurship and marketing, she has brought innovative strategies to build brands and businesses as an operator and now to seed to stage companies as an investor. She is a board member of Shoes of Prey, an instructor at FIDM, and a mentor at Techstars.

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Torin Ellis
Diversity Strategist
Author: RIP the Resume

Torin is a Diversity Strategist, published author, and contributor on SiriusXM. A tenured practitioner that addresses diversity strategy through the leadership lens. Engagements range from sourcing and securing high impact talent, curating conversations around inclusion, to setting strategy for recruiting teams. Ellis has received national attention on several media platforms, including NBCBLK, The Network Journal, and Bloomberg.

Torin Ellis
Diversity Strategist
Author: RIP the Resume

Torin is a Diversity Strategist, published author, and contributor on SiriusXM. A tenured practitioner that addresses diversity strategy through the leadership lens. Engagements range from sourcing and securing high impact talent, curating conversations around inclusion, to setting strategy for recruiting teams. Ellis has received national attention on several media platforms, including NBCBLK, The Network Journal, and Bloomberg.


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