Posted April 3, 2018 by Editorial Staff in Business

Culture Shifting in Silicon Valley: 300+ Black Business Leaders Set Sights on Increasing Racial Diversity in Tech at Weekend Summit April 20-22

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Hosted by Culture Shift Labs with Support from Vista Equity Partners, Morgan Stanley, Dignity Health, SAP, Fenwick & West, LinkedIn, VMware and More, Culture Shifting Weekend Gathers C-Suite Execs Committed to Inclusion and Diversity for Think Tank, Dealmaking Events, and Awards

Palo Alto & San Francisco, CA — April 2018—Now in its fourth year in Silicon Valley, Culture Shifting: A Weekend of Technology, Innovation and Social Impact (April20-22) has emerged as a leading forum for discussion and action around diversity and inclusion in tech. Culture Shifting Weekend brings together 300+ leaders of color in venture capital, finance, technology,bio-tech, healthcare, media and entertainment. Culture Shift Labs CEO Andrea Hoffman and business partner Denmark West of Connectivity Ventures curate one of the largest invite-only forum of Black and Latinx decision-makers to enable deals and collaborations that impact business and society.

Underwriting partners such as Morgan Stanley, Vista Equity Partners, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Dignity Health, eBay, Oracle and Gilead participate to meet fellow leaders tackling the tough issues of building a diverse C-Suite and board and to connect with highly accomplished but under the radar technology and innovation stars.

Hosted in Silicon Valley in the spring and New York City in the fall, Culture Shifting Weekends are signature events of Culture Shift Labs, a consultancy to companies across industry, venture and private equity funds and large nonprofits seeking to diversify their leadership, boards, investments, portfolio companies and partners. Guests consist of a curated group of influential and accomplished C-Suite executives, entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders of color who are carefully selected to attend in order to perfect and produce quantifiable results.

Spanning three days and venues in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, the 4th Annual Culture Shifting Weekend guests include:

• Danny Allen, VP, Tech Diversity & Inclusion, SAP
• Keith L. Black, MD, Head of Neurosurgery, Cedar-Sinai
• Samuel Bright, Sr. Director, GM of Art & Collectibles, eBay
• Michael Carter, Co-Head & Managing Director of Technology Investment Banking, RBC Capital Markets
• Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado, VP, Head of Strategy & BusinessDevelopment, William Sonoma
• Lloyd Dean, CEO, Dignity Health
• John Dokes, CMO, Accuweather
• Carla Harris, Vice Chair of Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley
• David Ibnale, Managing Partner, Advance Venture Partners
• Moses Ike, Director of Investments & Corporate Development, Blue Shield of CA
• Maci Peterson, Co-Founder & CEO, On Second Thought
• Robin Washington, EVP and CFO, Gilead

A complete list of distinguished hosts, speakers and sponsors may be found here.

“Our event defies the assumption of “we can’t find any,” said Andrea Hoffman. “Culture Shifting Weekends are proof positive that the diverse talent, deals and business opportunities exist in vast numbers. We bring leaders together during this weekend to make them more visible and deals more actionable.”

Andrea’s #MakeShiftHappen ethos results in many measurable outcomes. A few examples: Laura Weidman-Powers, CEO and Co-Founder of Code2040, secured millions in funding stemming from a connection made at Culture Shifting Weekend; Maci Peterson, Founder of On Second Thought, secured investments money for her company; and 645 Ventures met an individual who became a meaningful LP in their fund shortly after meeting him at the New York Culture Shifting Weekend.