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CBE Summit

February 21, 2020, SF Hyatt Regency
A Summit With Dynamic Speakers Across Sectors

CBE Summit ‘20:
Elevating Our Voices, Amplifying Our Impact


The CBE Summit brings together Black professionals across a variety of industries for a unique, well-rounded educational and networking experience. It is the one-stop-shop of Black Excellence. The Summit is for all ages!


CBE Summit 2020 covered five professional tracks featuring vibrant keynotes and panels with Fortune 500 executives and board members, government officials, leading activists, health professionals, and entrepreneurs.

  • Tech & Life Sciences
  • Health & Wellness
  • Finance & Entrepreneurship
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Social Justice & Impact

CBE Summit speakers included: Minda Harts, CEO, The Memo LLC; Kimberly Glynn, PayPal; Jasper Smith, Founder, The #Buildwealth Movement; Danny Guilory, Head of Diversity, Dropbox; Dennis Ward, Founder, Green Tracking Service; Patty Dingle, Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Visa; Chris Lyons, Chief of Staff, Andreesen Horowitz, Tamara Steele, EVOLVE, Global Women’s Collaborative Community.

Keynote Speakers

Ben Horowitz & Shaka Senghor: Redefining your path: a one-on-one conversation on what it means to transform a culture and elevate your community

Ben Horowitz is the co-founder and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz and the author of NYT bestseller What You Do Is Who You Are. Shaka Senghor is the President of Shaka Senghor, Inc. and the NYT bestselling author of Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison.

Book signing opportunity followed, with the first 50 attendees to arrive at the Summit receiving a free book!



Summit schedule - FRIDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2020

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Against the Grain: Innovating in business and technology


Melanie Akwule, CEO & Founder, MinWo Chris Lyons, Culture Leadership Fund, A16Z Riana Lynn, CEO & Founder, Journey Foods

Moderator: Ben Wanzo, CBE Pitch Competition Director

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Networking Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Breakout 1 | Breaking the Code: Optimizing the social media secrets for success (Sponsored by Facebook)

Panelists: Cliff Worley, Digital Engagement Director, Kapor Center Edua Dickerson, Head of Strategy and Operations, YT Trust & Safety Operations, Google Godfrey Powell, Jr., Director – Partner Product Marketing, Emerging Products, Media Partnerships, Facebook Nene Kalu, Strategic Partner Manager, Facebook Adtech Partnerships Ashley Tucker, Instagram Policy Programs Associate Manager

Moderator: Shawna Scarlett, Manager, Product Growth, Facebook Media Partnerships

Location: Grand Ballroom

Breakout 2 | Building Your Established Brand: Unleashing your purpose and driving your career to the next level.

Panelists: Saafir Rabb Jr., CEO, Interculture Kimberly Glynn, Global Site Coach, PayPal John Graham, Jr, Senior Manager Global Employer Brand & Recruitment Marketing, Amgen

Moderator: Eva Pulliam, Partner, Arent Fox

Location: Seacliff A

Breakout 3 | Investing in You: Smart money and tax strategies to create generational wealth

Panelists: Jasper Smith, Founder, The #Buildwealth Movement Chika Obih, CPA/Profit & Growth Advisor, Obih Collective, Inc.

Location: Seacliff B

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Career Fair (The Career Fair will take place all day with a focus hour during lunch)
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Breakout 4 | The Professional Philanthropist: Perspectives on careers in social impact, driving community initiatives, and influencing change

Panelists: Loren Harris, Chief Program & Strategy Officer, Kenneth Rainin Foundation Brandi Howard, Chief of Staff, San Francisco Foundation Maya Thornell-Sandifor, Director, Racial Equity Initiatives, Borealis Philanthropy

Moderator: Cedric Brown, Chief Foundation Officer, Kapor Center

Location: Seacliff A

Breakout 5 | Quality vs. Quota: Recruiting and retaining a diverse workplace

Panelists: Lybra Clemons, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion Danny Guillory, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dropbox

Location: Seacliff B

Breakout 6 | Tech Trends to Watch in 2020: Where you work and play

Panelists: Dennis Ward, Founder, Green Tracking Service Whitney O’Banner, Senior Engineering Manager, Medium Ian Villa, Head of System Simulation, Uber Technologies

Moderator: Leslie Spencer, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

Location: Grand Ballroom

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Breakout 7 | Finding Our Voice: Exploring our complex identities in politics, at work, at home and in our communities [Sponsored by Visa]


Patty Dingle, Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Visa

Neysa Fligor, Senior Counsel, Global Supply Chain, HP Inc., Vice Mayor – Los Altos Regina Wallace-Jones, Mayor – East Palo Alto Cecilia Taylor, Mayor – Menlo Park

Moderator: Monica Monroe, Partner-in-Charge, San Francisco, Tucker Ellis LLP

Location: Grand Ballroom

Breakout 8 | Buying Back the Bay: Laying the foundation to buy or invest in the Bay Area

Panelists: Kevin Coleman, Partner, Urban Farmers Inc. Jerry Beverly, Real Estate Advisor, Compass Steve Peterson, Infinity Investments

Moderator: Lisa Blackwell, Real Estate Advisor, Lisa Blackwell Properties

Location: Seacliff A [ Finance & Entrepreneurship Track ]

Breakout 9 | Black Burnout: Incorporating acts of wellness in the workplace

Panelists: Dr. Rosche Brown, Psychologist, Doctor of Rethinking Art Taylor, Senior Director, Global Compliance and Ethics, PayPal

Location: Seacliff B

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Keynote Introduction: Shellye Archambeau, Former CEO of MetricStream, Board member for Verizon, Nordstrom and Roper Technologies, Okta Inc Advisor to RBC Capital Markets

Keynote Conversation

Redefining Your Path: A one-on-one conversation on what it means to transform a culture and elevate your community Ben Horowitz & Shaka Senghor

Grand Ballroom

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Book Signing & Networking Reception

Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison, Shaka Senghor

What You Do is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture, Ben Horowitz

Grand Ballroom Foyer

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