Diversity Innovation Forum

April 30 2019 

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049

9:15 AM: Check-in & Networking Coffee
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM: Program (includes lunch)

Join us for a discussion on how diversity of ideas, talent, and perspectives fuels innovation. We will explore the key areas where diversity and inclusion are crucial for a vibrant innovation ecosystem including:

  • Priming the STEM talent pipeline with diverse perspectives and underrepresented minorities
  • Investing in diverse founders and advancing diversity at VCs
  • Diversity at the top — diversity at the board and executive level
  • Creating an inclusive corporate culture to unlock innovation

You will hear from leaders implementing successful diversity and inclusion programs as well as discover resources and programs that address opportunities to improve D&I representation in your organizations and communities.

Why You Should Attend

Learn how to make your company and/or community more inclusive by incorporating best practices from other leaders implementing successful programs within their organizations

Connect with peers facing similar challenges and opportunities to benefit from an inclusive culture

Find resources and programs available to improve diversity & inclusion in your company and/or community


9:15 am    Check-in + Coffee Networking

10:00 am  Welcome

10:10 am  Keynote: Dr. Aaron Bruce

10:35 am   Panel: Priming Diversity in the STEM Talent Pipeline

11:25 am   Jessica Powell: Avoiding a Monoculture of Thought

12:00 pm   Lunch Break

12:35 pm   Therese Tucker + Susan Otto: Leadership in Diversity

1:20 pm      Panel: Maximizing Innovation Through Inclusive Cultures

2:10 pm      Break

2:20 pm     Warner Bros. Stage 13: Reaching Multi-Dimensional Audiences

2:40 pm     Panel: Funding Diverse Leaders and Ideas

3:20 pm     Wrap up

Thank you to our Sponsors

Keynote Address

Panel: Priming Diversity in the STEM Talent Pipeline

Avoiding a Monoculture of Thought

Conversation with Therese Tucker: Leadership in Diversity

Panel: Maximizing Innovation Through Inclusive Cultures

Warner Bros. Stage 13: Reaching Diverse Audiences

Panel: Funding Diverse Leaders and Ideas


How can I contact the organizer about Sponsorship or for exhibiting my organization at the event?
Please contact Steve Gilison at info@alliancesocal.org about sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities for this event.

How can I contact the organizer about speaking?
We would love to hear your suggestions and nominations for speakers. Know that we cannot accommodate all requests. Please contact Steve Gilison (info@alliancesocal.org)

Do you offer group discounts?
Yes, we offer group rates for 3 or more attendees. Please contact Vicki at info@alliancesocal.org about group rates.

What’s the refund policy?
Plans change, we get it. If you can’t attend, please try to transfer your ticket to a colleague who’d enjoy it (see instructions below). If all else fails, you can get a full refund (minus transaction fee) up to the day before the event. Please notify info@alliancesocal.org to let us know.

What is the parking situation?
There is no fee to park at the Skirball however carpoolers get extra karma points.

What about dietary restrictions?
Please contact Vicki at info@alliancesocal.org by April 22nd at 5:00pm PST with any dietary restrictions. Please note: there will be a vegetarian option for lunch. We will try our best to accommodate dietary requests.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No need. Proceed to the check-in desk and give us your name and company and/or show us your ticket on your mobile phone.

Is my registration or ticket transferable?
If you wish to transfer your ticket, please notify Vicki at info@alliancesocal.org no later than 5:00pm PST on April 25th. Please supply the first name, last name, email, company, title and cell phone number of the person you are transferring the ticket to.

Are there any volunteer opportunities available?
Yes. Please contact Vicki at info@alliancesocal.org if you would like to volunteer for the event.

About the Alliance for SoCal Innovation

The Alliance for Southern California Innovation (the “Alliance”) is a not for profit formed in 2017 that has successfully brought together the heft of Southern California’s top research institutions, local business leaders, and world-class advisors to focus on bridging critical gaps in the SoCal innovation ecosystem. The goal of the Alliance is to engage and unify SoCal’s compelling diversity of talent, ideas and perspectives in order to optimize the conditions for the region’s innovators to bring breakthroughs to the world.

The Alliance will focus on developing and connecting SoCal’s diverse nodes of innovation excellence while attracting new capital to Southern California by identifying, nurturing and matching high potential startups to leading venture investors. By working together with node leadership, the Alliance will begin to tackle more regional issues including retaining top STEM talent and growing the base of local institutional capital. Our efforts have the potential to generate 200k direct jobs and more than 1MM indirect jobs in Southern California.