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Discussing Over Documents

Friday, Feb 24th, 2023

All Times Listed Are in Pacific Standard Time

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Collect your name badge and have your last-minute questions answered

11:30 PM - 12:20 PM

Networking Lunch

Connect with other conference attendees 

12:30 PM - 12:35 PM


Paola Brignoni, President - Latino Management & Business Association
Suzanne Onasanya, President - Black Graduate Business Leaders

12:40 PM - 1:00 PM

Keynote Address

Leo Olebe, Global Head of Gaming​  YouTube

1:10 PM - 2:00 PM

Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Panel

Black and LatinX entrepreneurs share their journeys to building their companies and challenges faced around building capital while venture capitalist leaders discuss diversity realities and challenges in the VC industry and how they are helping the next generation of Black and LatinX entrepreneurs. ​

Nicole DeTomasso, Senior Associate​  Harlem Capital​
Patrick Harlom LopezPrincipal  B Capital Group ​
Valentina Rodriguez, Principal​  Wonder Ventures​
Michael Vega-Sanz
, Co-Founder and President​  Lula​
Monique Jackson
Founder & CEO​  L & F Project Management​

moderated by
Elisabeth Rosario
, Startup PR Strategist; Founder  The Latinx Collective​

2:10 PM - 3:00 PM

Emerging Industries Panel

Hear from Black and LatinX leaders working in new areas of business as they share their experiences and success stories, industry trends, challenges, and future outlook.​

Taj Ahmad Eldridge​, Co-Founder/General Partner​ – Include Ventures; Managing Director – Climate Innovations JFF
Ami Gilchrist
​, Marketing Program Manager – ​Supernatural
Marcela Oliva
, Board Member  USGBC LA; Architecture and Environmental Design Professor​
Tammy Pettigrew​Founder​ – The Cannabis Cutie​

moderated by
Michael Carney
, Business Strategist​ 
– Google​; Board Member​ – Defy Ventures

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM

Community Development Financial Institutions Panel

Learn from Black and LatinX leaders bringing affordable capital to the underbanked. Hear about the unique challenges that Black- and brown-led CDFIs face and their innovative pursuits to increase visibility and gain lending capital.​

Rudy Espinoza
, Executive Director – Inclusive Action for the City
Juan Hernandez III
, Co-Founder & CEO – ​Creser Capital Fund
Tate Hill
President  Access Plus Capital
Tunua Thrash-Ntuk
President​ and CEO  The Center by Lendistry​

moderated by
Gary J. PerezPresident/CEO – USC Credit Union

4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

Entertainment Panel

Learn about emerging disruptions in entertainment across multiple industries as Black and LatinX leaders share insights on trends, stories of success, and the unique challenges created in this new era of transformation and innovation.​

Ashli Cook, Manager, Original Movies Content Strategy​​ – Creative Artists Agency
Patricia Galera
, Manager, Entertainment Creator Partnerships​​ – TikTok
Gaelen LeMelle-Brown, Partner Services​​ – Amazon Amp
Jose Mangual, Global Production Lead – Youtube Originals

moderated by
Sope Ogunyemi​Brand & Content Partnership Marketing – Hulu

5:10 PM - 5:20 PM

Scholarship Award Ceremony

Scholarship winners announced

5:20 PM - 5:30 PM


Paola Brignoni, President - Latino Management & Business Association
Suzanne Onasanya, President - Black Graduate Business Leaders


5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Networking Reception

Continue to connect with other attedees and our esteemed guests

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