Washington, D.C. (December 5, 2016)-- The current story of Silicon Valley is one of two competing narratives. A place that embodies the “American dream” and the democratizing power of technology is also a place where women and people of color still make up a fraction of the workforce, especially in management roles. In the valley itself, there is a stark economic divide between the digital haves and have-nots. On Wednesday, December 14, “Inclusion in Silicon Valley: An Atlantic Workshop” will convene leaders from top technology companies, venture capital firms, local government, schools, and non-profit organizations for a day of intensive conversation and collaboration on how to build equality and equity in and around Silicon Valley.
“Inclusion” will take place from 9AM-4:30PM at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View (1401 N. Shoreline Blvd). The event is open to press. To RSVP or to explore broadcast or interview opportunities, respond directly to this email or contact the media leads below.
Across the day, “Inclusion” will feature conversations and workshops geared toward understanding what is required to create a more equitable Silicon Valley. Among the planned topics and speakers:
CEO Snapshot: Two one-on-one conversations with Silicon Valley CEOs about the reality of inclusion in their fields: with eBay President and CEO Devin Wenig interviewed by The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons, and Gusto CEO Josh Reeves.
Mayors on the Front Lines: Four Valley mayors join together for a conversation on the role of civic leaders in building more inclusive communities: Palo Alto Mayor Patrick Burt, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, East Palo Alto Mayor Donna Rutherford, and Mountain View Mayor Pat Showalter, moderated by Kim-Mai Cutler of TechCrunch.
Defining the Issue: Representatives from Slack, Google, PayPal, Paradigm, and Project Include ask and answer the central question: why is the nation’s technology hub so white and so male?
Behind the Money: A conversation about the role of venture capital, money, and the gender politics of the valley with Vayable and 500 Startups.
Priced Out of Home: Palo Alto Housing President and CEO Candice Gonzalez, California Department of Housing and Community Development Director Ben Metcalf, and Former Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commissioner Kate Downing discuss the obstacles to affordable housing and its implications across Silicon Valley and surrounding communities.
A complete agenda and speaker list will be available in the coming days.
PayPal, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation are Presenting Level underwriters of “Inclusion in Silicon Valley.” Intel is a Supporting Level Underwriter. Capital One, Google, and Steelcase are Contributing Level underwriters.