September 15th, 2023

Funding Diversity
and impact

New York City, NY @ O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Times Square Tower, New York, NY 10036


September 5th - 29th, 2023

AGENDA (in progress, subject to change)

1:30 PM - 1:40 PMWelcome Remarks
Kaustav Chaudhuri, Founder and EIR Pitch Global
Axel Tillmann, EIR Pitch Global
1:40 PM - 1:55 PMOpening Remarks:
to be announced soon
1:55 PM - 2:05 PMPresenting:
California Inclusivity Fund
2:05 PM - 2:15 PMSBDC's Inclusivity Project - and how Corporate can have impact
2:15 PM - 2:30 PMInterview of Dr. Roshawnna Novellus (CEO of Enrich Her) by Axel Tillmann (Founding EIR Pitch Global)
2:30 PM - 2:45 Presenting:
Brilliant Minds Collective by Tyesh Harris
2:45 PM - 3:00 PMPresentation:
Ariana Lucera, MassMutal Catalyst Fund "How MassMutual is making Impact"
3:00 PM - 3:15 PMPresentation:
Citi Ventures
3:15 PM - 3:30 PMPresenting:
Create Impact, Rhona Bennet
3:30 PM - 3:45 PMRoundtable Discussion
4:00 PM - 4:45 PMNetworking

Below is a representative example of last participants

Past Speakers

Rhona Bennett

Create Impact

Jeff Meyers

Citi Impact Fund

Dr. Roshawnna Novellus

CEO, Enrichher

Tyesh A. Harris

Founder, Brilliant Mind Collective

Thomas Kluz

Partner at NGK CVC

Nate Gallon

Partner O'Melveny & Meyers

Chris Horton

CEO & Founder NBEP

Axel Tillmann

Founding EIR Pitch Global

Ariana Lucera

MassMutal Impact Ventures

Anna Shen

Raiven Venture Capital

Eugene Cornelius

Senior Policy Advisor
Milken Institute

Kaustav Chaudhuri

Founding EIR Pitch Global

About DEI

Diversity 91

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion addresses un-equal access and encouragement for starting and funding entrepreneurial ventures, for certain parts of society, Brown and Black, Latinx, and women.  We must change this.

Funding diversity initiatives is an important step towards promoting equity and inclusion, but it is true that without proper checks and balances, the funds may not achieve the intended results. Here are some ways to improve and extend the effectiveness of funding diversity initiatives:

  1. Set clear goals and metrics: It is essential to have clear goals and metrics that define what success looks like for the diversity initiatives. This will help to ensure that the funds are being used in a targeted and effective way.

  2. Monitor and evaluate: Regular monitoring and evaluation of the initiatives can help to ensure that they are on track to meet their goals. This will also help to identify any areas where the initiatives may need to be adjusted to achieve the desired results.

  3. Work with diverse stakeholders: It is important to work with a diverse range of stakeholders, including the communities being served by the initiatives, to ensure that the initiatives are meeting their needs and addressing the root causes of inequality.

  4. Foster accountability: Foster accountability by setting up systems to track the impact of the initiatives and report back to donors and stakeholders. This will help to ensure that the funds are being used in the most effective way possible.

  5. Invest in capacity building: Investing in capacity building can help to ensure that the organizations implementing the diversity initiatives have the resources and skills needed to achieve their goals.

  6. Address systemic barriers: In addition to funding diversity initiatives, it is important to address the systemic barriers that contribute to inequality. This may require a more comprehensive approach that goes beyond funding alone.

By taking these steps, funding diversity initiatives can be more effective in achieving their intended results, promoting equity and inclusion, and addressing systemic barriers to equality.

Three Initiatives with ROI and Accountability

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Event Sponsor:

O’Melveny & Myers LLP was named to Newsweek’s list of “America’s Greatest Workplaces 2023 for Diversity.” The publication noted that the rankings list “1,000 companies that employees say really respect and value different kinds of people.” The publication based its scoring on its “review of publicly available data, interviews with HR professionals and an anonymous online survey of a diverse pool of employees at companies with 1,000 or more employees in the US.” The survey garnered more than 350,000 company reviews.

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