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With Tina Eskridge (Dir. Mktg, Diversity & Inclusion, Microsoft), Jossie Haines (Dir. Platform Engg, Diversity & Inclusion Advocate, Tile), Paul Grossinger (Gaingels), Randy Sabourin (President, Practica Learning), Akmann Van-Mary (MD, Velo'm), Navin Goyal (LOUD Capital), Jennifer Vancini (Mighty Capital).
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Virtual conference series connecting angel investors, VC's, corporate VC's, & others with senior executives of innovative tech startups

X Investor Series: Diversity Investor Conference

X Investor is a new global virtual venture conference series connecting primarily Silicon Valley-based angel investors, venture capitalists, corporate VCs, technology transfer professionals, university researchers, incubators, & premier service providers, with senior executives of venture backed, emerging & early stage companies. Whether you are an investor seeking access to new deals, or founder and/or CEO of a new venture looking for funding, visibility & growth, X Investor Conference Series is a conference series you won't want to miss.

Diversity Investor Conference is the first conference in the X Investor conference series, & the most exciting Diversity investor conference to bring together active investors in top startups led by a Diversity founder (Black/African American, Latina/Latino, Native American, LGBTQ, & women founders). It is organized by Epic Events based in San Francisco, CA. The speaker lineup features prominent & up-and-coming diversity investors & founders.

This is a virtual event, & you will be able to join us online from the comfort of your own home to learn from the greatest minds in diversity startup investing. You'll hear what is top of mind for diversity investors & network with a global community of fellow diversity pioneers, & leverage the best part of a COVID-induced virtual world: being able to connect with & hear from your esteemed peers where distance is no longer relevant!

Want to Pitch?

If you want to present at this event, please submit your application & purchase the appropriate Pitching Startup ticket: https://bit.ly/2H39qKt.

Check out other events in our X Investor conference series:

Diversity, Hardware, Tech Investor Conference - 12/1-4
Angel/Pre-Seed, Seed, A, & B+ Round Investor Conference - 12/15-18
EdTech, Gaming/Digital Media, & Healthcare/Life Sciences/Biotech Investor Conference - 12/15-17
Check out the other events in our X Academy series:

Founder Academy - 11/30
Angel Academy - 12/7
Check out the other events in our Heads of X series:

Heads of Product - July 28
Heads of Engineering - August 13
Heads of Design - August 27
Heads of Data Science - September 10
Heads of Digital Marketing - September 24
Heads of Sales - October 8
Heads of Operations - October 22
Heads of People - November 19
Heads of Finance - December 8
Heads of Legal - December 22
Conference Breakdown

Starting at 9:00 AM PDT, Diversity Investor Conference will be a mix of open mic networking 30 minutes before event start, panels, pitches, & presentations.

Agenda (All Times In PDT)

8:30am - Zoom Live, Open Mic Networking (30 min)
9:00am - Diversity Founder Panel (30 min)
-James Jones Jr, Esq - Angel Investor; Founder, Ownors; Mentor, 500 Startups

James Jones Jr. is the Founder & CEO of Ownors, an AI-powered analytics marketplace matching top entertainment industry executives with creatives for 1:1 live sessions & managed micro-advances.

He has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Essence, Black Enterprise, TechCrunch, & many other publications. Jones was named 2002 Student of the Year, Superlawyer in 2017 & Black Enterprise's Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019.

He previously co-founded a legaltech marketplace. As the company's CEO from 2015-2019, he led the company's growth from zero to being valued at $23 million with over 50 employees across the United States.

He has a BA in Communications from Winston-Salem State University, a JD from the University of Florida, & a Scaling Ventures certificate from Harvard Business School.

9:30am - Opening Remarks, Diversity Expert Panel (30 min)
-Michael Baran - Senior Partner & Digital Solutions Lead, inQUEST Consulting; Instructor, Harvard University; Author, Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, & Stop Microaggressions

Dr. Michael Baran is a social scientist & Senior Partner & Digital Solutions Lead at inQUEST Consulting. He draws on his own research in cultural anthropology & cognitive psychology to inform his current diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) work-his speaking engagements, writings, consulting, leadership development, workshop facilitation, & digital products. He has been supporting the DEI efforts of organizations of all types & sizes for 20 years - from Fortune 500 corporations to educational institutions, government agencies, & nonprofits. His work & his digital products have been covered in the New York Times, BBC, Washington Post, CNN, NPR, Boston Globe, Slate.

In addition to his inQUEST work, Dr. Baran has taught courses at Harvard University & the University of Michigan. He has worked as Associate Director at the FrameWorks Institute & Principal Researcher at the American Institutes of Research, conducting ethnographic research to inform culturally competent campaigns around a variety of pressing social issues.

His book, Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, & Stop Microaggressions was coauthored with Dr. Tiffany Jana & was released in March of this year. Since then it has been named by Forbes as one of The 11 Books To Read To Be A More Inclusive Leader & has been awarded the 2020 Book of the Year by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management & the 2020 Readers' Choice Award from get Abstract.

-Cornelia Shipley - Angel Investor; President, 3C Consulting; Author, Design Your Life

Cornelia Shipley is the founder of 3C Consulting & a sought after speaker, professional development & diversity consultant & strategic planning expert who works with clients to expand their capacity, increase their capability & drive clarity in the organization to ultimately increase the retention & advancement of mission critical talent. As an executive development strategist, Cornelia & her team have worked with leaders at Procter & Gamble, Turner Broadcasting ,DaVita, Kaman Industrial Technologies, VMware, Deloitte, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett-Packard, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, Mondelez, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Comerica Bank, Edward Jones, Ascension Health & others as a coach, strategic planning consultant & professional development facilitator. Cornelia has more than twenty-five (25) years experience in sales, sales training & development, & human resources & is considered among the best in personal & professional development with extensive experience in the consumer goods, health care, financial services, consulting, social enterprise, education, & entertainment industries. Cornelia has been credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation. In addition, Cornelia is a Master Practitioner of Energy Leadership (ELI-MP) & holds the Board Certified Coach credential. Cornelia is the creator & founder of the Women's Mastery Program, an annual development program for Women at the Director Level & above, designed to empower their career advancement & strategically plan their life & work. Cornelia is the author of the book Design Your Life released in 2014 which spent a week as a best seller. She is currently finalizing her second book as part of her Doctoral Program in Conscious Business Ethics. Cornelia holds a Master's of Business Administration degree from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University where she studied abroad at Melbourne Business School & was a part of the Global Leadership International study program in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, & Japan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

-Jake Rostovsky - Transgender Diversity & Inclusion Training Consultant

Jake Rostovsky is a globally known advocate, thought leader & facilitator working to bring awareness, inclusion & empowerment to the transgender & non-binary community, as well as helping to provide insight & knowledge about issues the community often face.

Openly transgender since he was thirteen - Jake uses his personal experience & professional background as a mental health clinician to educate & facilitate deep & meaningful learning experiences for individuals centered around topics facing his community. Through appearances on Oprah, Dr. Phil & global news sources he has brought a unique & dynamic voice to an often ignore cause.

Jake has over 15 years of advocating on behalf of the LGBT community & has helped to facilitate diversity, treatment & inclusion of Transgender & Non-Binary individuals in the workplace, educational institutions & in media. He has worked with some of the world's top entertainment, media & educational brands including as NBCUniversal, LionsGate, Warner Brothers, Buzzfeed, UCLA & Kaiser Permanente.

While working at NBCUniversal's Talent Development team, Jake worked on bringing diversity & inclusion to each training & development experience. Currently sitting on West Hollywood Transgender Advisory Board, Jake takes an active role in influencing legislation both locally & nationally, as well as promoting awareness to political problems the Transgender community faces on a daily basis.

Jake is honored to have served as a mental health clinician for Gateways Hospital, Being Alive Los Angeles & the LA LGBT Center, & to have made progress towards eliminating the mental health disparities facing the LGBT community.

10:00am - Diversity Angel Investor Panel (30 min)
-Paul Grossinger - Founder, Gaingels

-Randy Sabourin - Angel Investor; Co-President, Practica Learning

Randy Sabourin is the Co-President of Practica Learning (formerly e-roleplay Inc) & Co-founder of Anderson Sabourin Consulting Inc (ASCI). He assists organizations to grow & develop individuals & teams using a combination of deliberate practice programs & business improvisation. His focus is on how individuals & teams perform under pressure. He combines a unique style of facilitation, executive coaching, & deliberate practice to help reveal individual behavioral style & its effects on important client facing, diversity - equity - inclusion, change, & leadership conversations. Randy has published several articles on Deliberate Practicing, Learning & Development, DEI, Business Improvisation & Sustainment Strategies; his Leadership Blog is widely read. Randy has worked with companies such as BMO Harris, Bank of America, The Hershey Company, HP, Biogen, Teradata, A.T. Kearney, American Airlines, Manulife, & Morgan Stanley.

-Akmann Van-Mary - Angel Investor; Managing Director, Velo'm

Akmann Van-Mary is an industry leader with over 20 years of experience in the Logistics & Trucking Industry, holding a strong focus on innovation & advanced technologies. He has made it his mission to stay on top of proven, forward-thinking strategies in order to optimize the highest end result in the sector.

10:30am - Pitches (30 min)
11:00am - VC Investing in Diversity Presentation (30 min)
-Navin Goyal - Cofounder & CEO, LOUD Capital

Navin serves as CEO of LOUD Capital & drives the company vision on how venture capital can be a vehicle toward education, empowerment, & investment in businesses that have a positive impact. He emphasizes his physician ethics of treating people equally & well. Navin brings his leadership abilities with optimism, passion, & is always seeking win-win scenarios.

Prior to co-founding LOUD Capital, Navin practiced anesthesia in a large hospital-based practice & was Medical Director for several years in a community hospital that incorporated growth, efficiency, & customer service. His first entrepreneurial venture was co-founding SmileMD, a mobile anesthesia company that provides access to care currently servicing patients in three states.

11:30am - Pitches (30 min)
12:00pm - Diversity VC Investor Panel (30 min)
-Nishad Parmar - Senior Partner & Chief Investment Officer, LOUD Capital

-Jennifer Vancini - General Partner - Mighty Capital

-Gillian Muessig - CEO | Managing Director, Mastersfund - Outines Venture Group

-Elizabeth Davis - Investor - Anthemis

12:30pm - Corporate Diversity Inclusion Panel (30 min)
-Jossie Haines - Senior Director of Platform Engineering, Diversity & Inclusion Advocate - Tile (Ex-Apple, Zynga)

Jossie Haines has spent 20 years in the tech industry as a software engineer, tech lead, & engineering leader at the forefront of emerging technology across Silicon Valley, including engineering manager on Siri at Apple, & both Principal Software Engineer & Director of Engineering at Zynga for a variety of teams. She is currently the Sr Director of Platform Engineering at Tile, where she is integrating the Tile technology into the 5 billion bluetooth devices released every year. She is also an advocate for women in the tech industry, & actively mentors on the Plato & WEST platforms. Jossie started Women at Siri, & leads the Belonging at Tile employee resource group, & mentorship program.Here's more about Tile - Founded in 2012 & headquartered in San Mateo, CA, Tile is building a world where everything that matters can be found. Our services empower the Tile community to help each other find millions of lost belongings every day.

-Tina Eskridge - Senior Director of Marketing, Diversity & Inclusion - Microsoft

Tina Eskridge serves as Sr. Director of Marketing where she is responsible for driving all aspects of inclusion product & marketing strategy across Microsoft's cloud platforms. Before joining Microsoft in 2012, Tina spent more than 15 years in strategic roles, across the retail, financial services, software, consumer goods, & education industries. She is an active angel investor & champion for diversity.

1:00pm - Best Presenters Announced, Closing Remarks
Featured Investors & Experts:

-Navin Goyal - Cofounder & CEO, LOUD Capital

Navin serves as CEO of LOUD Capital & drives the company vision on how venture capital can be a vehicle toward education, empowerment, & investment in businesses that have a positive impact. He emphasizes his physician ethics of treating people equally & well. Navin brings his leadership abilities with optimism, passion, & is always seeking win-win scenarios.

Prior to co-founding LOUD Capital, Navin practiced anesthesia in a large hospital-based practice & was Medical Director for several years in a community hospital that incorporated growth, efficiency, & customer service. His first entrepreneurial venture was co-founding SmileMD, a mobile anesthesia company that provides access to care currently servicing patients in three states.

-Nishad Parmar - Senior Partner & Chief Investment Officer, LOUD Capital

-Akmann Van-Mary - Angel Investor; Managing Director, Velo'm

Akmann Van-Mary is an industry leader with over 20 years of experience in the Logistics & Trucking Industry, holding a strong focus on innovation & advanced technologies. He has made it his mission to stay on top of proven, forward-thinking strategies in order to optimize the highest end result in the sector.

-James Jones Jr, Esq - Angel Investor; Founder, Ownors; Mentor, 500 Startups

James Jones Jr. is the Founder & CEO of Ownors, an AI-powered analytics marketplace matching top entertainment industry executives with creatives for 1:1 live sessions & managed micro-advances.

He has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Essence, Black Enterprise, TechCrunch, & many other publications. Jones was named 2002 Student of the Year, Superlawyer in 2017 & Black Enterprise's Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019.

He previously co-founded a legaltech marketplace. As the company's CEO from 2015-2019, he led the company's growth from zero to being valued at $23 million with over 50 employees across the United States.

He has a BA in Communications from Winston-Salem State University, a JD from the University of Florida, & a Scaling Ventures certificate from Harvard Business School.

-Michael Baran - Senior Partner & Digital Solutions Lead, inQUEST Consulting; Instructor, Harvard University; Author, Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, & Stop Microaggressions

Dr. Michael Baran is a social scientist & Senior Partner & Digital Solutions Lead at inQUEST Consulting. He draws on his own research in cultural anthropology & cognitive psychology to inform his current diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) work-his speaking engagements, writings, consulting, leadership development, workshop facilitation, & digital products. He has been supporting the DEI efforts of organizations of all types & sizes for 20 years - from Fortune 500 corporations to educational institutions, government agencies, & nonprofits. His work & his digital products have been covered in the New York Times, BBC, Washington Post, CNN, NPR, Boston Globe, Slate.

In addition to his inQUEST work, Dr. Baran has taught courses at Harvard University & the University of Michigan. He has worked as Associate Director at the FrameWorks Institute & Principal Researcher at the American Institutes of Research, conducting ethnographic research to inform culturally competent campaigns around a variety of pressing social issues.

His book, Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, & Stop Microaggressions was coauthored with Dr. Tiffany Jana & was released in March of this year. Since then it has been named by Forbes as one of The 11 Books To Read To Be A More Inclusive Leader & has been awarded the 2020 Book of the Year by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management & the 2020 Readers' Choice Award from get Abstract.

-Randy Sabourin - Angel Investor; Co-President, Practica Learning

Randy Sabourin is the Co-President of Practica Learning (formerly e-roleplay Inc) & Co-founder of Anderson Sabourin Consulting Inc (ASCI). He assists organizations to grow & develop individuals & teams using a combination of deliberate practice programs & business improvisation. His focus is on how individuals & teams perform under pressure. He combines a unique style of facilitation, executive coaching, & deliberate practice to help reveal individual behavioral style & its effects on important client facing, diversity - equity - inclusion, change, & leadership conversations. Randy has published several articles on Deliberate Practicing, Learning & Development, DEI, Business Improvisation & Sustainment Strategies; his Leadership Blog is widely read. Randy has worked with companies such as BMO Harris, Bank of America, The Hershey Company, HP, Biogen, Teradata, A.T. Kearney, American Airlines, Manulife, & Morgan Stanley.

-Cornelia Shipley - Angel Investor; President, 3C Consulting; Author, Design Your Life

Cornelia Shipley is the founder of 3C Consulting & a sought after speaker, professional development & diversity consultant & strategic planning expert who works with clients to expand their capacity, increase their capability & drive clarity in the organization to ultimately increase the retention & advancement of mission critical talent. As an executive development strategist, Cornelia & her team have worked with leaders at Procter & Gamble, Turner Broadcasting ,DaVita, Kaman Industrial Technologies, VMware, Deloitte, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett-Packard, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, Mondelez, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Comerica Bank, Edward Jones, Ascension Health & others as a coach, strategic planning consultant & professional development facilitator. Cornelia has more than twenty-five (25) years experience in sales, sales training & development, & human resources & is considered among the best in personal & professional development with extensive experience in the consumer goods, health care, financial services, consulting, social enterprise, education, & entertainment industries. Cornelia has been credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation. In addition, Cornelia is a Master Practitioner of Energy Leadership (ELI-MP) & holds the Board Certified Coach credential. Cornelia is the creator & founder of the Women's Mastery Program, an annual development program for Women at the Director Level & above, designed to empower their career advancement & strategically plan their life & work. Cornelia is the author of the book Design Your Life released in 2014 which spent a week as a best seller. She is currently finalizing her second book as part of her Doctoral Program in Conscious Business Ethics. Cornelia holds a Master's of Business Administration degree from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University where she studied abroad at Melbourne Business School & was a part of the Global Leadership International study program in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, & Japan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

-Jake Rostovsky - Transgender Diversity & Inclusion Training Consultant

Jake Rostovsky is a globally known advocate, thought leader & facilitator working to bring awareness, inclusion & empowerment to the transgender & non-binary community, as well as helping to provide insight & knowledge about issues the community often face.

Openly transgender since he was thirteen - Jake uses his personal experience & professional background as a mental health clinician to educate & facilitate deep & meaningful learning experiences for individuals centered around topics facing his community. Through appearances on Oprah, Dr. Phil & global news sources he has brought a unique & dynamic voice to an often ignore cause.

Jake has over 15 years of advocating on behalf of the LGBT community & has helped to facilitate diversity, treatment & inclusion of Transgender & Non-Binary individuals in the workplace, educational institutions & in media. He has worked with some of the world's top entertainment, media & educational brands including as NBCUniversal, LionsGate, Warner Brothers, Buzzfeed, UCLA & Kaiser Permanente.

While working at NBCUniversal's Talent Development team, Jake worked on bringing diversity & inclusion to each training & development experience. Currently sitting on West Hollywood Transgender Advisory Board, Jake takes an active role in influencing legislation both locally & nationally, as well as promoting awareness to political problems the Transgender community faces on a daily basis.

Jake is honored to have served as a mental health clinician for Gateways Hospital, Being Alive Los Angeles & the LA LGBT Center, & to have made progress towards eliminating the mental health disparities facing the LGBT community.

-Jossie Haines - Senior Director of Platform Engineering, Diversity & Inclusion Advocate - Tile (Ex-Apple, Zynga)

Jossie Haines has spent 20 years in the tech industry as a software engineer, tech lead, & engineering leader at the forefront of emerging technology across Silicon Valley, including engineering manager on Siri at Apple, & both Principal Software Engineer & Director of Engineering at Zynga for a variety of teams. She is currently the Sr Director of Platform Engineering at Tile, where she is integrating the Tile technology into the 5 billion bluetooth devices released every year. She is also an advocate for women in the tech industry, & actively mentors on the Plato & WEST platforms. Jossie started Women at Siri, & leads the Belonging at Tile employee resource group, & mentorship program.Here's more about Tile - Founded in 2012 & headquartered in San Mateo, CA, Tile is building a world where everything that matters can be found. Our services empower the Tile community to help each other find millions of lost belongings every day.

-Tina Eskridge - Senior Director of Marketing - Microsoft

Tina Eskridge serves as Sr. Director of Marketing where she is responsible for driving all aspects of inclusion product & marketing strategy across Microsoft's cloud platforms. Before joining Microsoft in 2012, Tina spent more than 15 years in strategic roles, across the retail, financial services, software, consumer goods, & education industries. She is an active angel investor & champion for diversity.

-Sherrell Dorsey - Publisher - The Plug

-Mary Spio - Founder, Chief Visionary & Product Architect - CEEKVR INC

-Renee Ryan - CEO - Cala Health

-Cassio Spina - Founder/President - Anjos do Brasil

-Elizabeth Davis - Investor - Anthemis

-Jennifer Vancini - General Partner - Mighty Capital

-Gillian Muessig - CEO | Managing Director, Mastersfund - Outines Venture Group

-Ashton Colby - Founder - Gender YOUphoria

-Lei Qi - Investing Principal - Alliance Ventures

-H.L. Ray - Investor & Advisor Gaingels

-Stacey Feinberg - President, 33 Capital

-Ashley L. Flucas - Syndicate Lead - Flucas Ventures


What is #XInvestor?

X Investor is a new global virtual venture conference series connecting primarily Silicon Valley-based angel investors, venture capitalists, corporate VCs, technology transfer professionals, university researchers, incubators, & premier service providers, with senior executives of venture backed, emerging & early stage companies.

What is #XInvestor_Diversity?

Diversity Investor Conference is the second conference in the X Investor conference series by Epic Events where attendees can delve into the future of diversity startup investing. It will feature a mix of pitches, breakout sessions, & panel discussions, all with the aim to provide actionable insights around how to invest in diversity startups.

Why should I attend?

Whether you're an angel or institutional investor; an early stage, emerging, or venture backed startup; a founder leading a team of one or many, what you learn during Diversity Investor Conference will transform the way you go about investing or fundraising. You'll come away with concrete ideas you can apply in your investing or fundraising right away, along with fresh contacts that may become customers or partners in the future.

Where is the conference?

Diversity Investor Conference will take place live, online on November 10th, 2020. We will send you the instructions in the confirmation email. The best part is you can watch the conference from the comfort of your own home, wherever in the world you are!

Who is attending?

Attendees of Diversity Investor Conference are primarily Silicon Valley-based angel investors, venture capitalists, corporate VCs, technology transfer professionals, university researchers, incubators, & premier service providers, & senior executives of venture backed, emerging & early stage companies.

Will Diversity Investor Conference be recorded?

Yes. Make sure to get the right ticket type in order to receive all the recordings & slides.

How do I become a Sponsor?

Get in touch with us at hi@daringlyepic.com.

I want to send my team. Are there group discounts?

Yes, we offer a Group Discount with 5 tickets for the price of 3! If you have a group of more than 5 attendees from the same company, please email hi@daringlyepic.com to request a special group discount.

Do you provide any discounts for students, non-profits, startups, etc?

Yes, we provide a limited amount of early-bird tickets.

What's the cancellation/refund policy?

Sorry, no refunds are allowed, but you can transfer the ticket to a colleague or a friend. Any ticket transfers must be made at least 48 hours before the event starts.

Can you advise me on how to convince my boss that Diversity Investor Conference is worth the investment?

Yes, you can download our template (click here) for convincing your boss.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

hi@daringlyepic.com

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