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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... 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... Read More →
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Evan Engstrom

Executive Director, Engine
Evan is the Executive Director at Engine—a nonprofit advocacy and research organization that supports startups—where he develops Engine’s policy positions on issues important to the tech community, from telecom and immigration to capital access and IP. Prior to joining Engine, Evan was an attorney in private practice in San Francisco, focusing on copyright litigation. Evan is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University... 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 private sectors working effectively together and convenes stakeholders across sectors... Read More →
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Rachel Williams

Head Of Diversity & Inclusion, Yelp
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 ClearSlide, a sales engagement start-up in San Francisco. Bringing more than 15 years of experience as a Silicon Valley headhunter, Rachel has a deep understanding of the... Read More →

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