[PHOTOS] Annual Diversity Awards Event Draws Tech C-Suite Executives and Associates to Menlo Park
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Event: Culture Shift Awards Brunch 2016 (Silicon Valley)
Pictured: Tony Coles, Hill Harper, Nichol Bradford, Andrea Hoffman, Marc Jones, Denmark West
Date: Sunday, March 20, 2016
Location: Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel, Menlo Park
Photos: Drew Altizer Photography
Updated: March 29, 2016
For the second year Culture Shift Labs, founded by Andrea Hoffman, in collaboration with Denmark West, Partner at Connectivity Capital Partners brought together 200 senior executives, venture capitalists, innovators and accomplished entrepreneurs of color in Silicon Valley for two days of networking and thought leadership. The convening, Culture Shifting Weekend: Silicon Valley 2016, took place on March 19-20 at the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel in Menlo Park, CA [view photos].
Day two (Sunday) of the weekend featured an awards brunch honoring Nichol R. Bradford, CEO, Willow Group; Internet of Things expert Marc Jones, CEO of Aeris; Lisa Lambert, VP & Managing Director, Software and Services and the Diversity Fund, Intel Capital, Founder of UPWARD; and Dr. Tony Coles, Chairman and CEO of Yumanity Therapeutics, and former CEO of Onyx Pharmaceuticals.
Award-winning actor and best-selling author Hill Harper served as Awards master of ceremonies. He kicked off the event with the notion, “the future belongs to the fearless,” using physicist Dr. Hadiyah Nicole Green, as his example of a change-maker for the future. Dr. Green, guest speaker at Saturday’s Think Tank, and one of only 100 Black female physicists in the U.S., recently won a $1.1 million grant to develop a cancer treatment involving lasers and nanoparticles.
“It’s great that Google is sponsoring the ‘Culture Shifting Weekend:Silicon Valley 2016,’” said David Drummond, senior vice president of corporate development for Alphabet, Google’s parent company. “Inclusion helps drive innovation, and this event is an important step in bringing that to life in Silicon Valley and the technology industry.”
Guests at Sunday’s Awards brunch included Jolen Anderson, SVP, Visa; Shellye Archambeau, CEO, MetricStream; Stacy Brown-Philpot, COO, TaskRabbit; Ken Coleman, Chairman, Saama Technologies; Marian Croak, VP, R&D, Google; Walter Delph, Managing Director, BCG Digital Ventures; Eric Kelly, Chairman and CEO of Sphere 3D, Susan Taylor; Brian Tippens, Chief Diversity Officer, HPE; Dr. Brenda Wade; Robin Washington, Executive Vice President and CFO, Gilead Sciences; Rachel Williams, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Yelp and execs from Carrick Capital Partners, Ford, Harpo, Kapor Center for Social Impact, Oracle, Rothenberg Ventures, Samsung and Twilio among others who came out to honor leaders and pioneers in technology, innovation and social impact.
The Culture Shifting Weekend began Saturday, March 19 with a Social Innovation Think Tank moderated by Ed Dandridge, CMO at Marsh & McLennan, in partnership with Babson Social Innovation Lab. [Read story and view Think Tank photos].
• [PHOTOS] Culture Shifting Think Tank 2016 (March 2016)
• [PHOTOS] 250 Silicon Valley Movers and Shakers Gather for Inaugural Brunch, Diversity Discussion (March 2015)
• The Woman Who Is Trying To Fix Tech’s Diversity Problem (February 2015)
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