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Friday, February 17 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Five Steps to Use to Diversity & Inclusion to Improve Your Bottom Line

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In 2016 Techstars partnered with Chase for Business to survey more than 700 founders of tech startups from around the world to gain insight into the challenges they face when working to build a diverse and inclusive company. 

The report concluded that while diversity is important to 72% of founders, only 10% are taking action, and only 23% of founders say that a diverse workforce improves financial performance. 

Walk away from this session with five ways (below) to be a diversity leader in your startup & examples of how it’s impacted the bottom line of the businesses of our panelists.

  • How to hire
  • How to retain
  • How to evaluate pay
  • How to offer flexible benefits
  • How to build a diverse board and/or create a diverse mentoring program

Check out the full report at: techstars.com/bealeader

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Rachelle Oribio

Rachelle Oribio is the Program Director heading up Techstars++ for the Techstars Corporate Development team. In this role she coaches startups, brokers partnerships, and builds business development programs. She graduated from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets with a degree in Business... Read More →

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Joanne Persinger

Senior Vice President, Information Technology, Americas Region, TechData
Joanne has served as a Tech Data Information Technology Executive since 2000. Joanne joined Tech Data in 1989 and has held various leadership positions including Marketing Manager, Director of Customer Relations, Director of Business Analysis and Vice President of Logistics systems... Read More →
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Rodney Sampson

Partner & Chairman, Tech Square Labs & Opportunity Ecosystem
Rodney Sampson is a veteran tech entrepreneur (with two exits), venture investor, selective advisor, four time published author and experienced authority of the evolution of the innovation, entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem for all. He currently serves as Chairman at Opportunity... Read More →
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Erik Smith

Director, Cultural Competence and Inclusion, Valpak
Erik C. Smith  is currently the Cultural Competence and Inclusion Director at Valpak where he has developed a cultural competency rubric to show how diversity coupled with inclusion creates opportunities for innovation, drives revenue and enhances recruitment, retention and professional... Read More →
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Toni Warren

The Iron Yard, The Iron Yard
Toni Warren is the Campus Director of the only (and best!) code school in Tampa Bay, The Iron Yard. She was born in South Carolina, raised in Virginia, and lives in Florida, where she learned to love the southeast, sunny weather, and chihuahuas. After receiving her MBA at the University... Read More →

Friday February 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Station House Iron Yard 260 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701