Diversity Forward Summit (Virtual)

SVLG’s inaugural Diversity Forward Summit activates the conversations about racial justice and equity in the premiere innovation ecosystem in the world. With the theme, Innovating Culture, Activating Change, panels tackle the business imperative around diversity head on. With panelists from the nation’s top business schools to leading Silicon Valley executives. From examining representation at the highest levels of board culture to engaging on the ground organizers seeing corporate policies in play. Diversity Forward is about the steps that Silicon Valley can take to innovate corporate culture and activate change to achieve equity.

John Hope Bryant

Opening Keynote Speaker:
John Hope Bryant

John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignity. Mr. Bryant is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc., the largest non-profit, best-in-class provider of financial literacy, and economic empowerment services in the United States for youth and adults. He is also the Chairman and CEO of Bryant Group Ventures, and Founder and Principal of The Promise Homes Company, which is the largest minority-controlled owner of single-family rental homes in the U.S.

Alex Padilla

Closing Keynote Speaker:
U.S. Senator Alex Padilla

Senator Alex Padilla is the proud son of Mexican immigrants, his father a short-order cook and his mother a housekeeper. Alex was sworn in as California’s first Latino Secretary of State on January 5, 2015 and was re-elected in 2018, receiving the most votes of any Latino elected official in the United States. As Secretary of State, Alex worked to make our elections more accessible and inclusive, while fighting to protect the integrity of our voting systems. In December 2020 Alex was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to finish the term of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Opening Keynote
Featuring: John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc.

The Capitol events of January 6, 2021, and a continuous Movement for Black Lives reminds us of the collective responsibility we hold in addressing racism within our companies and communities. Bringing the conversation of racial equity into every dimension of our society, the Spotlight Talk will feature national leaders in an intimate discussion on moving Diversity Forward within and beyond the innovation economy to take action and sustain meaningful change.

9:00 – 9:03 Welcome

9:03 – 9:19 Intimate conversation:15 minutes
Moderator: Ahmad Thomas, CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Spotlight Speaker: John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Operation HOPE

9:19- 9:42 Building the Business Case for Diversity 21 minutes
Moderator: James Gutierrez, Chairman of the Board, Listo
Panelist 1: Dr. Stephanie Creary-Assistant professor of management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Panelist 2: Dean Brian Lowery, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Panelist 3: Dr. Robin Ely, Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration
Faculty Chair, Gender Initiative, Harvard Business School

9:42 – 9:57 Pledge 25 X 25

9:57 – 10:19 Chief Diversity Officers Making Gains: 21 minutes
Moderator: Lori Castillo Martinez, SVP of Global Employee Relations & Equality, Salesforce
Panelist One: Damien Hooper-Campbell, CDO, Zoom
Panelist Two: Angela Lovelace Morris, CDO, SVB
Panelist Three: Roger Crockett, CDO, Western Digital Corporation

10:24 – 10:47 Boardroom Diversity: Policy + Perspectives : 21 minutes
Moderator: Ibi Krukrubo, Managing Partner, EY
Panelist One: Treasurer Fiona Ma, State of California
Panelist Two: Alan Lowe, President & CEO, Lumentum
Panelist Three: David Chun, CEO, Equilar

10:47 – 11:11 Advocating Change: From Communities to Conference Rooms: 21 minutes
Moderator: Dr. Robyn Rodriguez, Founding DIrector, Bulosan Center for Filipinx Studies & Professor, Asian American Studies, UC Davis
Panelist 1: Senator Maria Elena Durazo, 24th District, State of California (Chair of Hispanic Caucus)
Panelist 2: Senator Steven Bradford, 35th District, State of California, (Chair of Black Caucus)
Panelist 3: Rick Callender, President, California-Hawaii State Conference of the NAACP

11:11 – 11:26 Closer 15 min
Moderator: Ahmad Thomas, CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Closing Keynote: Senator Alex Padilla

11:26 – 11:30 Closing


Feb 19 2021


9:00 am - 11:30 am