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9:00 am

Tech Change Agents for Diversity

March 12 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 pm CDT

Diversity in the tech sector workforce is imperative. It is imperative for the bottom line – it’s proven that diverse businesses are more innovative and profitable. And it’s imperative for society. During this meet up, hear from the people making this a reality – from our current change makers, to our future innovators. Join us […]

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9:30 am

Hack Diversity by Capitalizing on Human Potential

March 12 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am CDT
JW MARRIOTT, ROOM 201-202 Austin,TXUnited States + Google Map

Despite the best intentions, many organizations still fail at attracting, promoting and retaining diverse talent. This begs the question, is there a better way? Our panel reveals how focusing on potential vs. competencies alone, can unlock an organization's capacity to hire and promote diverse talent. The ability to objectively and accurately assess what someone is […]

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11:00 am

The Rise of Black Tech in Brazil

March 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
HILTON AUSTIN DOWNTOWN SALON G, 500 E 4th St
Austin,TX78701United States
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Brazil’s business eco-system is beginning to undergo a huge transformation. Latin America’s largest nation is awakening to the potential of its 110 million Black citizens who represent 54% their population. This panel will provide an introduction to the opportunities that exists in partnering with and providing services for members of the world’s second largest Black […]

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Get Funded: Beating Bias in Early Stage Venture

March 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
HILTON AUSTIN DOWNTOWN SALON J, 500 E 4th St
Austin,TXUnited States
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Venture capital is not equitable: 17% of venture-funded companies are run by women; 4% of those women are African American. What is causing this funding gap? How can founders increase their chances of getting funded? Filmmaker Robin Hauser (CODE, Bias), Julie Hanna (Obvious Ventures) and Mike Maples (Floodgate) discuss the hidden forces behind the lack […]

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New Bosses/New Voices: Diversity in Media Ownership

March 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

Media shapes culture and popular opinion, and informs our democracy. But there is no true democracy without diverse media voices and a free and open press. Some popular new shows, movies and hires certainly demonstrate progress, but how can we REALLY promote sustainable diversity? The Cap Table Matters! When media ownership changes, underlying culture changes. […]

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12:30 pm

FinTech’s Achilles Heel: Reaching the Underserved

March 12 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm CDT

Over the past decade, the FinTech revolution has been heralded for it’s democratization of financial services. FinTech companies have been pushing the financial space forward by using technology to reshape services that were once exclusive to banks and financial institutions. FinTech has always been about increasing accessibility, but despite major strides in these sectors there […]

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Featured Session: Changing the Narrative with Zoe Saldana

March 12 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm CDT

Actor Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, Avatar) turned entrepreneur will be discussing the importance of positive messaging and role models on social platforms for millennial and Gen Z audiences. Interviewed by on-air personality and What's Trending CEO Shira Lazar, the session will dive into Zoe’s new media company, BESE, and how it is […]

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3:30 pm

The Rejuvenation Zone

March 12 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm CDT
WESTIN AUSTIN DOWNTOWN PARAMOUNT 1, 310 E 5th S
Austin,TX78701United States
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While sharing thought leadership and knowledge is important, the mission of the REBEL + REST (R+R) Rejuvenation Zone is to provide a customized social media unplug space to encourage mental wellness. The Zone will offer a storytelling seminar aimed to assistance attendees in learning how to document their stories as process for reconciliation and healing; […]

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The Power and Profit in Partnership for Black Women

March 12 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm CDT

Black women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs according to the 2017 AMEX OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses report. Although this is promising news, the data shows that Black women on average earn less annually ($26K) than every other minority and non-minority group of women-owned firms. The reasons for this are varied, including a […]

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Building New Pathways to Tech

March 12 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm CDT
JW MARRIOTT, ROOM 201-202 Austin,TXUnited States + Google Map

“Diversity and inclusion” has become something of a buzzword in tech. And yet, the tech industry still struggles to make progress increasing diversity and promoting inclusion, especially for members of underrepresented groups. This honest, transparent session will focus on apprenticeship and other preparation programs that aim to correct for social inequities in access to education, […]

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8:00 pm

T’s Box House Party ft. DJ Jazzy Jeff

March 12 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm CDT
Empire Control Room, 606 East 7th Street
Austin,TXUnited States

Come party with us as we kick off Music Week of SXSW! Featured DJs: DJ Terry Hunter DJ Jazzy Jeff DJ Kelly G DJ Emmaculate DJ Wayne Williams +Special Guests! ** Note — RSVP Does Not Guarantee Entry. The showcase is Subject To Capacity ** Free with SXSW Badge / Wristband **

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