Marcelo Claure, CEO of SoftBank Group International and Dan Schulman, CEO of PayPal, Headline Culture Shifting Weekend NYC, Largest Gathering of Black and Latinx VCs

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More than 60 limited partners and corporations seeking to bridge the inequality gap in Venture Capital will be in attendance November 6th-7th.

Culture Shifting Weekend New York 2020 (CSW NYC) is an annual conclave produced by Culture Shift Labs (CSL), a diversity and innovation management consultancy focused on diversity, equity and inclusion and ESG outcomes. Created to narrow the inequality gap in the venture capital sector, this event presents a much-needed opportunity for leading companies and investors to meet, vet, and invest in the fast-growing ecosystem of venture funds managed by Black and Latinx founders. The Weekend offers institutional investors, social impact investors, angel investors, corporate venturers, and the investment community-at-large, direct engagement with the burgeoning Black and Latinx venture capital general partners (GPs). The goal of this invite-only event is to increase limited partner (LP) capital flowing to this vast and growing ecosystem. There are more than 300 Black and Latinx GPs currently seeking the right partners and paths forward for their funds. To date, the Culture Shifting Weekend has enabled over $150M in investments in Black and Latinx VCs who have attended past CSW NYC events.

CSL's annual three-day Culture Shifting Weekend NYC, going virtual this year, is title sponsored by Samsung NEXT, and will feature many established and ascending GPs, while offering an inside look at the current state of this niche asset class: what trends are emerging, what partnering models are working, and what deals are getting done.

“CSL has built the largest database of Black- and Latinx-owned venture capital firms (more than 300) that seek the right partners. Historical lack of awareness of this community has limited companies’ ability to access new revenue streams, co-investment opportunities, competitive advantages, acquisitions, and initiatives that can propel their businesses forward. Our event fills this unique and unmet need in the marketplace,” said Andrea Hoffman, Founder and CEO of Culture Shift Labs.


Title Sponsor: Samsung Next
Attending: 15 Sponsors, 200 Guests, 60 Venture Capital Firms, 100 General Partners; Corporate VCs, institutional investors, nonprofit foundations, fund of funds, family office CIOs, pension funds and angel investors, including:

  • Crewcial Consulting
  • Goldman Sachs - Launch With GS
  • Google
  • HorizonX
  • LinkedIn
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Motley Fool Ventures
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Ventures
  • Siebert Williams Shank & Co, LLC
  • UBS
  • Vista Equity Partners

November 6th

Keynote & Fireside Chat regarding SoftBank’s $100MM racial equity commitment:

  • Marcelo Claure, CEO, SoftBank Group International
  • Jose Feliciano, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Clearlake Capital, a $10B private equity fund

Pop-Up on Diversity Trends: discussions on the direction and speed of change in the marketplace
What Matters to Family Offices Panel, featuring:

  • Moderator: Rebecca Emmanuel-Rooney, Executive Director, UBS Wealth Management Americas
  • Steve Braverman, Co-CEO, Pathstone
  • Esther Tricoche, Director of Investments, Kapor Capital
  • Mike Wohl, CIO, CEAS Investments, LLC

Geography Trends & Opportunities Panel, featuring:

  • Lewam Kefela, Senior Investment Lead, Village Capital
  • Anna Mason, Partner, Rise of the Rest Seed Fund

November 7th

Keynote & Fireside Chat regarding purpose-driven leadership:

  • Dan Schulman, CEO of PayPal

Big Banks Sparking #CultureShifts: Recent racial equity commitments, why and how?

  • Moderator: Devin Banerjee, Senior Editor, Financial Services, LinkedIn
  • Vanessa Colella, Chief Innovation Officer, Head of Citi Ventures and Head of Citi Productivity
  • Margaret Anadu, Partner at Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division, Head of Urban Investment Group, Lead Investor for Launch with GS

Impact Investors Panel, featuring:

  • Drake Hicks, Sr. Analyst, Investments & Impact Investments, The JPB Foundation
  • Rashmi Pendse, Vice President, Citi Impact Investing

Corporate Venture Fund Panel, featuring:

  • Osei Van Horne, Managing Director and Co-founder, Wells Fargo Strategic Capital
  • Moderator: Jackson Cummings, Investors, Salesforce Ventures
  • Mario Ruiz, Investor, PayPal Ventures
  • Mark Crawford, Managing Director, Stanley Ventures
  • Erin Yang, VP & Chief Technologist, Workday Ventures

For the complete agenda and list of participants, please visit Culture Shifting Weekend New York 2020.

Culture Shifting: A Weekend of Technology, Innovation & Social Impact is an annual invite-only bicoastal event that takes place in Silicon Valley and New York City. These are the only events of their kind in the United States that unite over 400 accomplished Black and Latinx tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and social impact leaders to celebrate, collaborate, and consummate deals. Each coast has a different format; Silicon Valley is the largest gathering of Black leaders in tech, innovation, and social impact to narrow the inequality gap on boards, in tech, the c-suite and entrepreneurship. CSW NYC is the largest gathering of Black and Latinx venture capitalists and aims to narrow the inequality gap in venture. CSW is an annual signature event of Culture Shift Labs.

Ms. Hoffman is an advisor, dealmaker, strategist, speaker, author, and the founder and CEO of Culture Shift Labs. Leveraging more than 20 years of strategy, business development and advisory experience, she consults with senior leaders and C-suite executives across a wide range of industries on finding new growth opportunities. By helping clients see past long-held perceptions regarding the intersection of innovation, inclusion, and diversity, she guides clients to insights that unlock growth. Her advisory services help clients to see how business, technology and demographic shifts are related, and how leveraging those forces to improve business and societal impact are both possible and profitable. Ms. Hoffman's second book, 50 Billion Dollar Boss: Stories from African American Women Entrepreneurs on Leadership and Success(Palgrave Macmillan) was published in 2015, and nominated for a 2016 NAACP Image Award. She has been quoted in a wide range of media outlets, from Bloomberg and the Christian Science Monitor to Fast Company and Washington Post. She has spoken or led panels at Milken Global Conference and National Association of Corporate Directors.

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