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Posted March 30, 2015 by Editorial Staff in Photo
 
 

[PHOTOS] 250 Silicon Valley Movers and Shakers Gather for Inaugural Brunch, Diversity Discussion (2015)

Michael Robinson, Ben Jealous, Hugh Molotsi, Shellye Archambeau, Ken Coleman, Van Jones, David Drummond
Michael Robinson, Ben Jealous, Hugh Molotsi, Shellye Archambeau, Ken Coleman, Van Jones, David Drummond

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Event: Inaugural Diversity Affluence Brunch (Silicon Valley)
Pictured: Michael Robinson, Ben Jealous, Hugh Molotsi, Shellye Archambeau, Ken Coleman, Van Jones, David Drummond
Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015
Location: Garden Court Hotel, Palo Alto
Photos: Drew Altizer Photography

250 leaders in tech, healthcare and finance to celebrate diversity and innovation at the Inaugural Silicon Valley Diversity Brunch in Palo Alto. The brunch celebrated four individuals, leaders who are role models for current and future generations in tech and beyond.

This year’s honorees included: Van Jones ‐ Co‐Founder of #YesWeCode, CNN Commentator; Shellye Archambeau – CEO of MetricStream; Ken Coleman ‐ Chairman of Saama Technologies, Special Advisor to Andreessen Horowitz and Hugh Molotosi ‐ VP of the Intuit Labs division of Intuit. Also in the room were venture capitalists, like Erik Moore, Denmark West and Charles Hudson, Founder of Bay Area based Base Ventures, entrepreneurs, health care execs and leaders from some of the biggest names in technology, healthcare and finance including: Apple, Ernst & Young, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Intel, Riot Games, Pandora and Microsoft.

The invitation‐only brunch was emceed by Ben Jealous, noted civic leader and now Partner of Kapor Capital, while Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente and Fred Humphries, VP of U.S. Government Affairs for Microsoft also addressed the room. Andrea Hoffman, event organizer and CEO/Founder of Culture Shift Labs, has been producing similar events on the East Coast for a number of years.

The brunch, attended by an extensive list of notable leaders including Denise Smith ‐ VP of Human Resources at Apple, Brandon Jones – Head of Product Operations at Google, Scott Cook – Co‐founder of Intuit and Lo Toney – Comcast Ventures, featured a discussion between David Drummond, Google’s Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, and #YesWeCode Co‐Founder Van Jones. The two addressed the state of diversity (really lack thereof) in Silicon Valley and solutions on how influencers could be a part of it, starting by concentrating on today’s youth, the leaders of tomorrow.

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