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Tuesday, September 17 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Miller Thomson presents 'Building Inclusive Cultures'

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Before Google, Facebook, and Uber were sued for gender discrimination, they were startups with a great idea and passionate people.  How can startups attract and retain diverse talent, market to a broad audience, and not (accidentally) marginalize potential investors?  Instead of correcting costly blindspots down the road, startups can build a collaborative, inclusive culture from the beginning.  Founders are often so focused on the product that organizational culture becomes not only a tertiary concern, but an overwhelmingly complex topic.  In addition, increasing inclusion will only improve overall potential for a greater audience and a greater capacity to increase exposure to your brand, culture and services/products.  Experts in tech, startups, organizational culture discuss your concerns (yes, your actual concerns because this is an interactive session!) in a pub quiz and give tips on how to address them.  We will be discussing:

  • Creating a strong inclusive culture that attracts diverse applicants and is receptive to course corrections
  • Marketing strategies that showcase your organization’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Raising money for underrepresented entrepreneurs
  • Reaching international (greater!) audiences


Don’t end up in the annals of discrimination history; do culture well from the start to launch your organization to greater heights.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. I-Chant A. Chiang

Dr. I-Chant A. Chiang

Vice-President, Sea to Sky Alliance for Education
Dr. I-Chant A. Chiang is a cognitive psychologist, with a focus on language and culture.  She is a sought-after speaker and consultant and has published on topics ranging from political psychology to student motivation to innovation and risk-taking.  A passionate educator and educational... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Berdahl

Jennifer Berdahl

Professor, Sociology, University of British Columbia
Jennifer Berdahl (PhD, Social Psychology) is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on the social psychology of gender and power at work, with emphasis on the relationship between organizational culture and sexual harassment... Read More →
avatar for Vivian Chan

Vivian Chan

COO, Eyexpo Technology
Vivian Chan is a technology executive who has been involved in launch, monetization, sales and marketing for 3 waves of disruptive technology: Big Data; Cloud ; and now AR/VR. She has over 18 years of experience working with companies of all sizes from startups to taking mid-sized... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Mitchell

Ashley Mitchell

Partner, Miller Thomson LLP
Ashley Mitchell is a partner at Miller Thomson LLP and practices in the areas of employment, human rights and privacy law.  Ashley acts for and advises provincially and federally regulated employers on a broad range of workplace matters including wrongful dismissals, terminations... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Pennefather

Patrick Pennefather

Assistant Professor, Film & Theatre, University of British Columbia
Keywords to describe Patrick Pennefather: disruptor, 'professor', composer, clown, sound designer, researcher, facilitator, writer, hybrid, CDM, UBC, adaptive
avatar for Ellie Rubin

Ellie Rubin

Advisor, Thinkwire
Ellie Rubin is a bestselling business author, entrepreneur and business advisor, with a background in journalism and international speaking.  Ellie began her entrepreneurial journey as the President & Co-founder of Bulldog Software - a Digital Media Asset Management Platform with... Read More →
avatar for Loretta Todd

Loretta Todd

Filmmaker & Producer
Loretta Todd is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker, producer, writer and show runner. Her family is Cree/Metis from northern Alberta, Canada. Her work encompasses documentaries, television, webseries, Apps and now she has directed, produced and co-wrote her first... Read More →



Tuesday September 17, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Miller Thomson 725 Granville St Suite 400, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1G5

Attendees (40)