OCTOBER 21-24, 2021

About the Event

Culture Shifting Weekends is an annual invite-only bi-coastal event that takes place in Silicon Valley, and Silicon Alley and Miami. These are the only events of their kind in the United States that unite over 400 accomplished Black & Latinx tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and social impact leaders in order to enable deals, collaborations and wealth creation.

Each coast has a different format; Silicon Valley is the largest gathering of Black leaders in tech, innovation and social impact to narrow the inequality gap in entrepreneurship, on corporate boards, in tech and in the c-suite. Silicon Alley is the largest gathering of Black and Latinx Venture Capitalists to narrow the inequality gap in this sector. Miami is a hybrid of the two.


Culture Shifting Weekend is an annual signature event of Culture Shift Labs; a diversity and innovation management consultancy.

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Thursday, October 21
Friday, October 22
Saturday, October 23
Sunday, October 24

Thursday, October 21

Kick-Off Party

8:30-10:00PM EDT 

Location:  1 Hotel - 2341 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL (Ocean Terrace Room)

Sponsored by:


Friday, October 22

8:00AM-6:00PM EDT

Evening open for continued networking & meetings.

Breakfast & Lunch included.

Location: Emanuel Luxury Venue, Miami Beach

8:00-9:30AM EDT

Networking Breakfast
GP:LP 1:1 Meetings


Time for C-Suite and business leaders to gather and network. We expect approximately 150 hand selected leaders, who not only have an abundance mentality and generosity behavior but who also care about the success of the community at large.

GP:LP Meetings - 1:1 Meetings Scheduled in separate room from Breakfast

9:45AM EDT
Opening Remarks


Mayor Daniella Levine Cava

Mayor, Miami-Dade County

10:00-10:30AM EDT
Fireside Chat


Fireside Chat with

Eduardo Medina

Co-founder & COO, BetterUp


Interviewed by

Alice Vilma

Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

10:35-11:05AM EDT
Corporate Venture Panel


The number of global active Corporate VC funds has tripled from 348 in 2011 to 965 in 2016, which includes 75 of the Fortune 100. More importantly, Corporates now represent almost 20% of the dollar volume of the global venture market. While Corporate VC funds as a group are a growing force in the market, they are not all built the same. In this panel, we will discuss some differences in structure (internal vs external), approach (lead vs join), focus (narrow vs broad), goals (strategic vs financial) and partnering.


Katie Thiry



Salesforce Ventures


Ollen Douglass

Managing Director,

Motley Fool Ventures

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Tamara Steffens

Managing Director,



Kange Kaneene


SAP.iO Foundries North America

11:15-11:45AM EDT
Impact Investors Panel


Impact Investors are working to revolutionize the way capital is allocated to opportunities by aligning the pursuit of profit and purpose. With the rise of a more purpose driven generation, the AUM of Impact Investors grew from $46B in 2013 to $114B in 2016. Despite the growth in the market, Impact Investors still face challenges with mainstream misperceptions about deal quality, clarity of definitions and quality of measurements. In this panel, we will meet some of the top Impact Investors and discuss their definition of impact, measurements they believe matter, and both the opportunity and imperative the mainstream is overlooking. AND Inclusive impact is increasingly on the minds of foundations and investors across the country and around the world. Who are the thought leaders and who are making big moves? What's coming next? And what do GPs need to know?


Mark Wilkins


Managing Director - Wealth Management,



Demetric Duckett

Managing Director,

Living Cities


Justin Nunez




Marla Blow

President & COO,

Skoll Foundation

11:55AM-12:25PM EDT
I am a VC

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10-12 VCs telling their stories in 2 minutes.

12:25-12:40PM EDT
Research Spotlight


1:30-2:00PM EDT
Family Office Panel


Family offices and high net worth individuals are the most likely LP prospects for smaller funds. They play a critical role in defining the landscape and opportunity set for new funds. So how do GPs get to know these power players in investing? And what matters to them? How are they reacting to COVID-19 and the recent civil unrest? And what's coming up next?


Lo Toney


Founding Managing Partner,

Plexo Capital


Barry Dorfman

President & CEO,

BLD Holdings


Charles D. Smith

Conference Chairman, Family Office Experience

2:05-2:35PM EDT
Fireside Chat: Institutional Investors


Increasingly, investors seek to allocate their investments in a purpose driven way. One of those ways is to actively seek out diverse owned asset management firms. Avance Investment Management is a Hispanic-owned firm that seeks to make transformative growth investments in U.S.-based middle market service and consumer sector companies. They have recently raised their first major fund. For over a decade, the John S.and James L. Knight Foundation has been intentional about investing its endowment with diverse-owned managers. Knight also conducts research on diversity of ownership in the asset management industry and the extent to which philanthropic endowments use diverse-owned asset managers. Join a conversation between Luis Zaldivar, Co-founder & Managing Partner of Avance and Juan Martinez, Knight Foundation VP/CFO & Treasurer that will discuss ways to increase diversity in the asset management industry, how increased diversity can add to both investor returns and positive impact in communities and entrepreneurial insights from starting a new business during a pandemic.


Fireside Chat with

Luis Zaldivar

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Avance Investment Management, LLC


Interviewed by

Juan Martinez

VP/Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

2:45-3:15PM EDT
Private Equity Panel 


This panel includes some of the nation's top Black and Latino leaders who have their own private equity funds. Hear from these impressive leaders on what's working (and not working) for them and learn about the opportunities to become an LP, as well as co-investing alongside them. We also welcome speakers that invest in these fund managers. The panel will be moderated by Sancia Dalley of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.


Sancia Dalley


Senior Vice President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights


Angela Matheny

Director of Investment Staff & Diverse Manager Equity, Crewcial Partners, LLC.

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Renae Griffin

Executive Director,

GCM Grosvenor

3:20-3:50PM EDT
Seeding, Anchor and Launch Investing Panel 


Early investors in new firms and strategies can make a big difference for any asset managers getting into business and accelerating growth, and especially for diverse managers. This panel brings together institutions committing early capital to managers of color in a variety of ways to talk about how a lasting, sustainable approach to this work benefits their organizations. Hear first-hand as they discuss their investment processes, qualities they look for in diverse managers for investment, and what matters to their success and that of the investors they back. GP:LP meetings will be arranged pre- and post- the panel.

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Liz Stiverson


Co-Head, TPG NEXT, Principal, TPG


Najada Kumbuli

Head of Investments, Visa Foundation


Jill Otto

Managing Director, Merrill Lynch

3:55-4:00PM EDT
Success Stories

4:00-4:15PM EDT
Black/Latino VC Report

4:20-5:20PM EDT
GP:LP 1:1 Meetings

4:20-5:30PM EDT
Networking Reception

Saturday, October 23

8:00AM-4:00PM EDT
Breakfast & Lunch included.

Location: Emanuel Luxury Venue, Miami Beach

6:30-9:00PM EDT

Ecosystem Dinner & DJ/Dancing 

Location: Cerveceria La Tropical