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Participants will be asked to choose one track to attend for both morning and afternoon sessions, and as such will engage in two panel discussions with audience Q&A, as well as a facilitated small-group discussion.

Track 1. Fostering Women as Tech Entrepreneurs and Employees in Startups and Small Tech Firms

The panels and discussion in this track will explore government, private, and nonprofit strategies to foster female entrepreneurship and small businesses. This will include a focus on funding as well as accelerators, startup, and resource initiatives.

Track 2.  Attracting and Retaining Women in Medium and Large Companies

The panels and discussion in this track will discuss effective ways to create sustainable environments in which women and their employers prosper, focusing on the public policies, corporate policies, and workforce culture issues that affect the attraction and retention of women in tech.

Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 A.M. REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST (SPONSORED BY CISCO)

8:30 – 8:40 A.M. WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

J.R. DeShazo – Director, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation
Davida Johnson – Director, Community Partners Program, UCLA OIT

8:40 – 8:50 A.M. WELCOME FROM LOS ANGELES MAYOR’S OFFICE

Nancy Perlman – Goldhirsh Fellow, Technology & Innovation, Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

8:50 – 9:05 A.M. OPENING KEYNOTE

Sue Gardner – Special Advisor and Former Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation

9:05 – 9:45 A.M. KEYNOTE PLENARY

John Villasenor – Researcher, Stanford University, The Brookings Institution, and UCLA (Moderator)

Valerie Aurora – Co-founder, Ada Initiative

Jane Margolis – Senior Researcher and Author, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

Monique Morrow – Chief Technology Officer, Cisco Systems, Inc.

9:45 – 10:00 A.M. BREAK

10:00 – 11:15 P.M. CONCURRENT BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

Track 1.1: Accelerators, Incubators, and Other Startup Resources

Kevin Lew – Director, Bixel Exchange, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce (Moderator)

Tina Denuit-Wojcik – Chief Technology Officer, Enplug, Inc.

Espree Devora – Vice President of Communications, WeAreLATech

Jess Erickson – Director of Marketing, 500 Startups

Linda Moore – President and Chief Executive Officer, TechNet

Jessica Willison Co-founder & Chief Communications Officer, Enrou

Track 2.1: Corporate and Public Policies to Attract Women to Tech Jobs

Katherine Oyama – Senior Policy Counsel, Google, Inc. (Moderator)

Madeline Heilman – Professor and Author, New York University (NYU)

Brooke Hunter – Chief Operating Officer, Engine, Inc.

Victoria O’Seni – Chief of Staff, Information Technology, Creative Artists Agency

Susan Palm – Vice President, MetricStream, Inc.

11:15 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. CONCURRENT BREAK-OUT SESSIONS 

Track 1.2: Startup Funding Pipeline

Leigh Honeywell – Platform Security Engineer, Heroku (Moderator)

Melinda Moore – Chief Marketing Officer, Crowdfunder, Inc.

Louis Stewart – Deputy Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

Sophia Viklund – Founder and Head of Strategic Relations, backCODE, Inc.

Erin Flynn – Principal, Ackrell Capital, LLC

Track 2.2: Policies for Building Retention

Lisa Conn – National Organizing Director, FWD.us (Moderator)

Michelle Angier – Director of Women’s Initiative Network, eBay, Inc.

Tiffany Crawford – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CREATE Leadership Institute, Inc.

Denise Gammal – Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Exponential Talent, LLC

Shelley Zalis – Chief Executive Officer, Ipsos OTX

12:30 – 1:30 P.M. LUNCH (SPONSORED BY GOOGLE)

Davida Johnson – Director, Community Partners Program, UCLA OIT (Introduction)

Adaora Udoji – Chief Executive Officer and Founder, outLoud, Inc. (Lunch Keynote)

1:45 – 2:55 P.M. BREAK-OUT SESSIONS DISCUSSIONS

3:00 – 3:30 P.M. PRESENTATION OF SOLUTIONS: SUMMARY OF TRACKS

3:30 – 3:50 P.M. KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Krisztina ‘Z’ Holly – Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

3:50 – 4:00 P.M. CLOSING REMARKS

Rebecca Sadwick – Project Manager, Digital Tech Initiative, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation

4:00 – 5:00 P.M. WINE RECEPTION WITH HORS D’OEUVRES