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MAY 22, 2017 I 9am - 5pm

Westin Boston Waterfront

MAY 22, 2017

9am-5pm

Westin Boston Waterfront

Empowering Diverse Talent To Shatter The Glass Ceiling

The inaugural Inclusive Innovation Leadership Conference is a one day conference dedicated to empowering underrepresented professionals to shatter the glass ceiling in the innovation economy by building their executive presence.

 

Join us as we enable diverse professionals to step into their leadership power and strategically advance their career.

 

Our seasoned speakers deliver a unique blend of strategic career advice, inspiration,  practical steps to advance your skills that will take your career to the next level.

Empowering Diverse Talent To Shatter The Glass Ceiling

The inaugural Inclusive Innovation Leadership Conference is a one day conference dedicated to empowering underrepresented professionals to shatter the glass ceiling in the innovation economy by building their executive presence.

 

Join us as we enable diverse professionals to step into their leadership power and strategically advance their career.

 

Our seasoned speakers deliver a unique blend of strategic career advice, inspiration,  practical steps to advance your skills that will take your career to the next level.
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FEATURED SPEAKERS

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Nneka Nwosu Faison

Mistress of Ceremonies

 

Nneka Nwosu Faison is a reporter & producer at  WCVB. An Ivy League Educated and Emmy Nominated Journalist, Nneka earned her Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University & her Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She was Columbia's first recipient of the Pulitzer-Moore...  Read more....

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Melissa James

Founder & CEO of The Tech Connection

 

Melissa James is Founder and CEO of The Tech Connection, their mission is to connect diverse talent to the innovation economy by disrupting the resume. The Tech Connection not only inspires people to realize their full potential we connect them to high performing companies that will accelerate their  Read more...

CoreyThomas

Corey E. Thomas

CEO of Rapid7

 

In addition to being president and CEO, Corey is also a member of the Rapid7 board of directors. In 2016, he was appointed to serve on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors. Corey has more than 15 years of experience in leading companies to the next stage of growth and innovation. Read more...

 

Wayne Chang

Wayne Chang

  Founder of  Crashlytics

 

Wayne Chang is a Taiwanese-American serial entrepreneur and angel investor. His latest company, Crashlytics, was acquired by Twitter in its largest acquisition at the time. He has been involved in other notable startups such as JetSmarter, Dropbox, Napster, and others, now valued at over $10 billion. At only 33-year Read more...

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Pradeep Aradhya

CEO of Novus Laurus LLC

 

Pradeep Aradhya brings a unique perspective to building commercial success in Technology, Fashion, Food and Film. With the strategic approach of building a "minimum viable business" he guides Novus Laurus as well as mentors and invests in other businesses. Towards eclecticism and diverse experience he funds  Read more...

Elsa Sze

Elsa Sze

Founder & CEO of Agora

 

Elsa is the Founder & CEO of Agora, a venture-backed tech startup with a mission to reimagine democracy in the 21st century. Elsa created Agora, an online town hall platform for building engaged communities while pursuing her joint degree at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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Kiki Mills Johnston

Managing Director,  MassChallenge

 

Kiki Mills Johnston is Managing Director of MassChallenge’s flagship program in Boston. In this role, she oversees the Boston accelerator and key initiatives, including PULSE@ MassChallenge, MADE@ Masschallenge, and the Newton Innovation Center. Previously, she served as the Chief Innovation for  Read more...

MyKim Dang

Mykim Dang

Video Editor at Facebook & Instagram

 

Mykim works at the Creative Shop Studio at Facebook. She is a full stack creator who believes in the purpose and power of storytelling. She has been producing strategies, content, digital products, and curating communities and experiences since 2004. She   Read more .....

Alessandra Brown

Alessandra Brown

Director at Roxbury Innovation Center

 

Alessandra is the Director at Roxbury Innovation Center. Originally from Boston, Alessandra has always been interested in the entrepreneurial spirit of the city. She previously worked for the Boston Public Schools and is passionate about creating opportunities for entrepreneurs to learn and grow. She is also working on starting a production  Read more...

Joselin-Mane

Joselin Mane

CEO of LITBel Consulting

 

Joselin Mane, CEO of LITBel Consulting, a new media marketing, event planning and training consultancy. Joselin is also co-founder of BostonTweetUp, a new media event planning and promotional service. He combines proven networking strategies every day for himself as well as his clients.  Mane is also  Read more....

Jody Rose

Jody Rose

Executive Director of NEVCA

 

Jody Rose is the Executive Director of the New England Venture Capital Association where she works in partnership with the venture and entrepreneurial communities on initiatives focused on positioning Massachusetts as the best place in the world for entrepreneurs. Born in the borough of Brooklyn, New York City, Jody has   Read more...

Kanda Alagappan

Kanda Alagappan

Dir. of Talent Acquisition at Carbonite, Inc

 

Kanda Alagappan is the Director of Global Talent Acquisition at Carbonite, Inc., a leader in backup, disaster recovery and high availability solutions for any size business. He is responsible for developing, executing and adopting best practices, methods, systems and metrics to attract and retain the best minds, as well as  Read more...

Amri B. Johnson

Amri B. Johnson

Global Head, Diversity & Inclusion@Novartis

 

Amri B. Johnson is an author, speaker, organizational change and innovation professional working to create new possibilities in organizations. Currently, as Global Head, Diversity & Inclusion at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), Amri leads a team focused on acting as catalysts for an organizational   Read more...

Anthony-Williams

Anthony Williams

VP of Diversity & Inclusion @Akamai

 

Anthony Williams is Vice President of Talent Acquisition and Diversity at Akamai in Boston.  Anthony appreciates the innovation that diversity can infuse into a company and wanted to increase the percentage of diverse workers at Akamai.  While the ranks of engineering and technology graduates from diverse Read more...

Damian-Wilmot

Damian Wilmot

Interim Head of HR@ Vertex

 

Damian Wilmot is Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel for Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated in Boston, Massachusetts. In tandem with his litigation responsibilities, Damian previously served as Chief Compliance Officer and has been the interim head of Human Resources since    Read more...

Nicole-Fichera

Nicole Fichera

Sr Mgr, Innovation Engagement, AutoDesk

 

Nicole's background is at the intersection of the innovation economy and the built environment.  Her work centers around the powerful role that space plays in supporting and amplifying human and economic potential. She is the co-founder of FWD Partners, a consultancy and development firm with particular expertise Read more...

Rob-May

Rob May

CEO of Talla

 

Rob May is the CEO and Co-Founder of Talla, which builds intelligent assistants to help knowledge workers better do their jobs. Previously, Rob was the CEO and Co-Founder of Backupify, (acquired by Datto in 2014). Before that, he held engineering, business development, and   Read more...

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Jules Pieri

 

Ms. Jules Pieri is Co-founder of The Grommet, Inc(also known as Daily Grommet Inc) in 2008 and also serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Pieri founded Daily Grommet in 2008 and it is her third startup. She served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Ziggs, Inc. She has been building   Read more...

Ayana Pressley Boston City Councilor-

Ayanna Pressley

Boston City Councilor-At-Large

 

Pressley’s career has been marked by history-making campaigns and a relentless determination to advance a political agenda focused on women and girls, building healthy communities, and breaking cycles of poverty, violence, and trauma. She is the first woman of color to be elected to the council in its 106-year history. Read more...

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Shirley Leung

Columnist @ Boston Globe

 

Shirley Leung is a columnist for The Boston Globe writing on everything from the intersection of business and politics to gender issues in the workplace. She is also a WGBH contributor to "Boston Public Radio" and "Greater Boston," as well as a regular guest on New England Cable News.
She was a 2015 finalist  Read More...

Ali-Fernandes

Ali Fernandes

Chief Marketing Officer @ Parameters

 

Ali Fernandes is currently the Director of Technology at Dedham Country Day School and Chief Marketing Officer of Parameters, a technology firm offering data-driven solutions for entertainment. A Boston Native, Ali has combined his interest in entrepreneur-ism, social justice, service, technology,  Read more...

Donna Levin, Founder of Care.com

Donna Levin

Founder of Care.com

 

Donna Levin, co-founder of industry-leading online care resource Care.com, has an admirable background of social entrepreneurship. Care is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. They deliver caring, compassionate support services using trained volunteers with special concern for the elderly and  Read more...

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Nneka-Nwosu-Faison-high-res

Nneka Nwosu Faison

Mistress of Ceremonies

 

Nneka Nwosu Faison is a reporter & producer at  WCVB. An Ivy League Educated and Emmy Nominated Journalist, Nneka earned her Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University & her Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She was Columbia's first recipient of the Pulitzer-Moore...  Read more....

melissa-james(1)

Melissa James

Founder & CEO of The Tech Connection

 

Melissa James is Founder and CEO of The Tech Connection, their mission is to connect diverse talent to the innovation economy by disrupting the resume. The Tech Connection not only inspires people to realize their full potential we connect them to high performing companies that will accelerate their growth.  We have a strong track record of   Read more...

CoreyThomas

Corey E. Thomas

CEO of Rapid7

 

In addition to being president and CEO, Corey is also a member of the Rapid7 board of directors. In 2016, he was appointed to serve on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors. Corey has more than 15 years of experience in leading companies to the next stage of growth and innovation. Read more...

Wayne Chang

Wayne Chang

Founder of Crashlytics

 

Wayne Chang is a Taiwanese-American serial entrepreneur and angel investor. His latest company, Crashlytics, was acquired by Twitter in its largest acquisition at the time. He has been involved in other notable startups such as JetSmarter, Dropbox, Napster, and others, now valued at over $10 billion. At only 33-year Read more...

Pradeep-Aradhya

Pradeep Aradhya

CEO of Novus Laurus LLC

 

Pradeep Aradhya brings a unique perspective to building commercial success in Technology, Fashion, Food and Film. With the strategic approach of building a "minimum viable business" he guides Novus Laurus as well as mentors and invests in other businesses. Towards eclecticism and diverse experience he funds and mentors   Read more...

Elsa Sze

Elsa Sze

Founder & CEO of Agora

 

Elsa is the Founder & CEO of Agora, a venture-backed tech startup with a mission to reimagine democracy in the 21st century. Elsa created Agora, an online town hall platform for building engaged communities while pursuing her joint degree at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

kiki-mills(1)

Kiki Mills Johnson

Managing Director,  MassChallenge

 

Kiki Mills Johnston is Managing Director of MassChallenge’s flagship program in Boston. In this role, she oversees the Boston accelerator and key initiatives, including PULSE@ MassChallenge, MADE@ Masschallenge, and the Newton Innovation Center. Previously, she served as the Chief Innovation Officer for Mission Capital, a Central   Read more...

MyKim Dang

MyKim Dang

Video Editor at Facebook & Instagram

 

Mykim works at the Creative Shop Studio at Facebook. She is a full stack creator who believes in the purpose and power of storytelling. She has been producing strategies, content, digital products, and curating communities and experiences since 2004. She has worked with standout organizations   Read more ...

Alessandra Brown

Alessandra Brown

Director at Roxbury Innovation Center

 

Alessandra is the Director at Roxbury Innovation Center. Originally from Boston, Alessandra has always been interested in the entrepreneurial spirit of the city. She previously worked for the Boston Public Schools and is passionate about creating opportunities for entrepreneurs to learn and grow. She is also working on starting a  Read more...

Joselin-Mane

Joselin Mane

CEO of LITBel Consulting

 

Joselin Mane, CEO of LITBel Consulting, a new media marketing, event planning and training consultancy. Joselin is also co-founder of BostonTweetUp, a new media event planning and promotional service. He combines proven networking strategies every day for himself as well as his clients. Mane is also a super connector and has been  Read more...

Jody Rose

Jody Rose

Executive Director of NEVCA

 

Jody Rose is the Executive Director of the New England Venture Capital Association where she works in partnership with the venture and entrepreneurial communities on initiatives focused on positioning Massachusetts as the best place in the world for entrepreneurs. Born in the borough of Brooklyn, New York City, Jody has held   Read more...

Kanda Alagappan

Kanda Alagappan

Dir. of Talent Acquisition at Carbonite, Inc

 

Kanda Alagappan is the Director of Global Talent Acquisition at Carbonite, Inc., a leader in backup, disaster recovery and high availability solutions for any size business. He is responsible for developing, executing and adopting best practices, methods, systems and metrics to attract and retain the best minds, as well as to improve employer Read more...

Amri B. Johnson

Amri B. Johnson

Global Head, Diversity & Inclusion@Novartis

 

 Amri B. Johnson is an author, speaker, organizational change and innovation professional working to create new possibilities in organizations. Currently, as Global Head, Diversity and Inclusion at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), Amri leads a team focused on acting as catalysts for an organizational culture  Read more....

Anthony-Williams

Anthony Williams

VP of Diversity & Inclusion@Akamai

 

Anthony Williams is Vice President of Talent Acquisition and Diversity at Akamai in Boston.  Anthony appreciates the innovation that diversity can infuse into a company and wanted to increase the percentage of diverse workers at Akamai.  While the ranks of engineering and technology graduates from diverse backgrounds is certainly  Read more...

Damian-Wilmot

Damian Wilmot

Interim Head of HR, Vertex

 

Damian Wilmot is Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel for Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated in Boston, Massachusetts. In tandem with his litigation responsibilities, Damian previously served as Chief Compliance Officer and has been the interim head of Human Resources since January 2017.  Damian is responsible for  Read more...

Nicole-Fichera

Nicole Fichera

 Sr Mgr, Innovation Engagement @ AutoDesk

 

Nicole's background is at the intersection of the innovation economy and the built environment.  Her work centers around the powerful role that space plays in supporting and amplifying human and economic potential. She is the co-founder of FWD Partners, a consultancy and development firm with particular expertise in Read more...

Rob-May

Rob May

CEO of Talla

 

Rob May is the CEO and Co-Founder of Talla, which builds intelligent assistants to help knowledge workers better do their jobs. Previously, Rob was the CEO and Co-Founder of Backupify, (acquired by Datto in 2014). Before that, he held engineering, business development, and management positions at various startups. Rob has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering   Read more...

 

Jules-Pieri

Jules Pieri

CEO of The Grommet

 


Ms. Jules Pieri is Co-founder of The Grommet, Inc(also known as Daily Grommet Inc) in 2008 and also serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Pieri founded Daily Grommet in 2008 and it is her third startup. She served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Ziggs, Inc. She has been building leading brands and developing innovative products for over   Read more...

Ayana Pressley Boston City Councilor-

Ayanna Pressley

Boston City Councilor-At-Large

 

Pressley’s career has been marked by history-making campaigns and a relentless determination to advance a political agenda focused on women and girls, building healthy communities, and breaking cycles of poverty, violence, and trauma. She is the first woman of color to be elected to the council in its 106-year history. Read more...

shirley-leung.updated(1)

Shirley Leung

Columnist @ Boston Globe

 

Shirley Leung is a columnist for The Boston Globe writing on everything from the intersection of business and politics to gender issues in the workplace. She is also a WGBH contributor to "Boston Public Radio" and "Greater Boston," as well as a regular guest on New England Cable News.  She was a 2015 finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for  Read more...

Ali-Fernandes

Ali Fernandes

Chief Marketing Officer @ Parameters

 

Ali Fernandes is currently the Director of Technology at Dedham Country Day School and Chief Marketing Officer of Parameters, a technology firm offering data-driven solutions for entertainment. A Boston Native, Ali has combined his interest in entrepreneur-ism, social justice, service, technology, and entertainment   Read more...

Donna Levin, Founder of Care.com

Donna Levin

Founder of Care.com

 

Donna Levin, co-founder of industry-leading online care resource Care.com, has an admirable background of social entrepreneurship. Care is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. They deliver caring, compassionate support services using trained volunteers with special concern for the elderly and Read more...

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Mass Technology Leadership Council
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Resilient Coders
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INCLUSIVE INNOVATION LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

CONTRIBUTORS

Black Tech Boston Meetup
District Hall 
Epicenter Community
Exquisite Design Concepts
Hubweek
Mass Technology Leadership Council
Donna Levin, MIT Trust Center
Jeff Bussgang, Flybridge Capital and Harvard Professor
Jesse Mermell, The Alliance for Business Leadership
Jodi Charles, Boston Chamber of Commerce 
 Jody Rose, New England Venture Capitalist Association
Osborne Design
REG Solutions
Resilient Coders
Roxbury Innovation Center
Smarter In the City
Venture Cafe Foundation

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