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With William Crowder (Aperture VC), Richelle Parham (MD, WestRiver), Stacy Tarver Patterson (West Ventures), Bea Arthur (Founder/CEO, The Difference), Alana Mann (Principal, Cultivation Capital), Sumit Mukherjee (Applied Scientist, Microsoft AI For Good Research Lab), Crystal Evuleocha (Founder/CEO, Kiira Health).
Friday, March 05, 2021 at 01:00 PM   $32   Online

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The Columbia Venture Community is Excited to Announce our First Global Virtual Conference.
About this Event

Columbia Venture Community is thrilled to invite you to our inaugural venture conference, Multicultural Mainstream : Reimagining Humanity & Technology. Join us on March 5th & 6th, 2021 for compelling content, conversations with industry leaders, & opportunities to connect with fellow CVC'ers.

Expect content that challenges you, & gets you ready for the big restart. Expect conversations that engage tough & necessary questions about equity, justice, how we interact as a society & at work, plus how we start up companies.

We promise a conference that stimulates thought long after the event ends.

You'll leave the conference with:
New ideas inspired by our keynote speakers & panelists,
Thought provoking conversations with other community members,
A better understanding of how to innovate & implement your ideas, and
New friends & contacts to grow your network
Conference Agenda:
Creating Corporate Diversity Programs, with William Crowder, Aperture VC Founding Partner & Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab Entrepreneur in Residence
Diversity in the Venture Capital Community, with Richelle Parham, Managing Director at WestRiver Group, ex-CMO at eBay
Select Panels
Future of Women in Venture - moderated by Stacy Tarver Patterson, Managing Director at West Ventures, Entrepreneur in Residence at Columbia Startup Lab, & joined by Bea Arthur, Founder & CEO of The Difference
Startup Landscape For Diverse & Female Founders - moderated by Shanita Nicholas, co-Founder of Sip & Sonder & LA Black Investors Club
Social Entrepreneurship - moderated by Michelle Kwok , Co-founder & CEO at FLIK, & joined by Alana Mann, principal at Cultivation Capital
Digital Health - moderated by Kingsley Ndoh , Clinical Assistant Professor, Global Health, Co-Founder at Regista, & joined by Sumit Mukherjee, Ph.D, Senior Applied Scientist / Researcher at Microsoft AI for Good Research Lab, & Crystal Evuleocha, CEO & Founder of Kiira Health
Innovation in Wholesale Banking, moderated by Akrati Johari, Co-Head of North America Digital Innovation at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
The Next Normal: Sneak peek into the Post Pandemic World of Retail - moderated by Lindsay Trombley , CEO & co-founder of Wovn
The ROI on UN SDGs - moderated by Steven Rochlin, CEO of Impact ROI, & joined by Esther Kim, Founder & CEO of Bettersoul
New Business Models in Sustainability - moderated by Lane Jost, 10 year veteran of impact investing, from corp foundations like Santander to thought leadership & events at PwC
Virtual Wine Tasting & Breakout Session - unique opportunity to meet & network with fellow CVC'ers

More about CVC
Columbia Venture Community is a network of more than 6,000+ Columbia alumni interested in all aspects of entrepreneurship & innovation. Founded in 2006, CVC has hosted more than 400 events around the world. Today, CVC hosts multiple global programs, in-person & virtual events, & an online community for members to share resources.

Click here to become a member via, our member management platform.

CVC is officially a "shared interest group" (SIG) under the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) & works closely with the University.

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