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Thursday, September 8 • 11:05am - 12:30pm
Answering the Diversity Challenge LIMITED

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This panel is less about the "why" and more about the "how" we can maintain and increase diversity in our cities.  The why is well understood.  Diversity is good for a city's culture, community, and workforce.  The how is less understood.  How are we going to deal with rising housing prices and industry wide lack of diversity forcing long-time residents and alternative lifestyles out of the city.  How can we stop and reverse this trend?  The heart of our cities depend on it.

Join experts as they share best practices and forward thinking visions of...

  • How to increase investments in underrepresented entrepreneurs

  • How policymakers play a role in improving diversity in the private sector

  • How the private sector can self-promote more inclusive practices

  • How a city can help build a pipeline of diverse talent

  • How the future looks for diversity  

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Melinda Epler

Founder & CEO, Change Catalyst
Melinda Briana Epler has more than 20 years of experience elevating brands and developing business innovation strategies for social entrepreneurs, mature social enterprises, Fortune 500 companies and global NGOs. As Founder & CEO of Change Catalyst, Melinda empowers diverse, inclusive and sustainable tech innovation through events, education, mentorship and funding. Through Tech Inclusion, an initiative of Change Catalyst, she partners with the tech community to solve diversity and inclusion together... Read More →

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Evan Engstrom (Engine)

Executive Director, Engine
Evan Engstrom is the Executive Director of Engine. Prior to joining Engine, Evan was an attorney at Farella Braun + Martel in San Francisco, focusing on copyright and other intellectual property litigation matters. At Farella, Evan litigated several high-profile Digital Millenniu... Read More →
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José Cisneros

Treasurer, City and County of San Francisco
In September 2004, Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed José Cisneros as Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco. As Treasurer, he serves as the City's banker and chief investment officer, managing all tax and revenue collection for San Francisco.  He was elected to a full term in November 2005. Treasurer Cisneros is proud to lead an accomplished and effective city department. Under his tenure, the office has achieved the lowest-ever property tax delinquency rate in the history of San Francisco. This means more services for the people of San Francisco, and lessens the pressure to increase taxes. Treasurer Cisneros has also achieved high investment returns, outpacing other large California... Read More →
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Colin Lacon

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Office of the Mayor, City and County of San Francisco
Colin Lacon is currently the Mayor’s Director of Strategic Partnerships for Mayor Ed Lee | in the City and County of San Francisco. His responsibility includes creating, | coordinating, and facilitating public/private partnerships for the benefit of the residents of | San Francisco. He serves as the primary point of contact to support the public and... Read More →
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Laura Moran

Unite SF Interim Director, SF Chamber of Commerce
Laura Moran blends over 30 years of business, education and philanthropic experience to promote educational equity cross-sector partnerships in the Bay Area. She currently serves as the San Francisco’s Chamber of Commerce Interim Director for Unite SF, which reflects a collective commitment to Mayor... Read More →
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Rachel Williams

Head Of Diversity & Inclusion
Rachel Williams is the Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Yelp. She leads the company's global initiatives for attracting, hiring, retaining and including talent from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Prior to rejoining Yelp, Rachel was the Head of Talent Acquisition for ClearSl... Read More →

Thursday September 8, 2016 11:05am - 12:30pm
David Brower Center - Kinzie Room 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704