On behalf of the entire Culture Shifting Weekend team, thank you for supporting the 10th Annual Culture Shifting NYC: the largest gathering of Black and Latinx Venture Capitalists and investors to solve for the inequity in this sector. The weekend offered institutional investors, social impact investors, corporate venturers, angel investors and the investment community-at-large direct face-to-face engagement with our vast and growing GP ecosystem. This year's goal? To turn that $100M we've enabled over the last two years for GPs who showed up and turn that into $300M before this time next year.

It was inspiring to watch each of you operate with an "abundance" mentality and "generosity" behavior during our mission disguised as an event; 2 days, 25 sponsors, 200 guests, including 50 Venture Capitalists, 45 investors, and numerous deals and collaborations in motion among attendees.

Our plan is working!

Over the weekend we were honored to host people like former NFL Player Will Allen, Knight Foundation CFO Juan Martinez, Zume Pizza Founder Julia Collins, Partner at Fenwick & West, Gordy Davidson, Producer and Director F. Gary Gray, Senior Director of Diversity Relations at Wal-Mart Tony Waller, Vice Chairman of Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor of Morgan Stanley Carla Harris, Chief Legal Officer at Hearst, Eve Burton, and SVP & Chairwoman of HearstLab, Clearlake Capital Founder Jose Feliciano, and Founder of SUPERCHARGED® Summit Kwanza Jones, CEO of Dynex Capital Byron Boston, and top executives from Alabama Power, Silicon Valley Bank, USAA, Carnegie Corporation, University of California, SAP, HorizonX, SamsungNEXT, Toyota AI Ventures, Motley Fool Ventures, Delta Airlines, HubSpot, CapitalG, Bessemer Trust, Pacific Western Bank, VMS, Lightspeed Ventures, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Verizon Media and others.


And a special thank you to Charles Phillips, Board Chair of Infor and Founder of the Black Economic Alliance who underwrote the kick-off party at The Apollo.


Thursday, October 31


  • Impact Investing

    • Led by Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, Executive Director; Social Venture Circle​

  • Emerging Managers

    • Led by Angela Matheny, Head of Diverse Manager Equity, Colonial Consulting, LLC® and Jasmine N. Richards, CFA, Senior Investment Director, Cambridge Associates LLC.

  • Angel Investing

    • Led by Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder & CEO, Pipeline Angels and Kimberly Strong, Co-Founder of Strong Connexion, LLC

Hosted by​

Culture Shifting Weekend NYC Kick-Off Party

Time: 6:30PM - 9:30PM

Location: The Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th St, NYC

Sponsored by:

Friday, November 1

Venture Capitalist Deal-Making Lunch, Panels & Fireside Chat

Location: Salesforce

VC Luncheon, Fireside Chat & Panels. The day consisted of 2-minute “lightning talks” presented by successful Venture Capitalists along with networking and private pre-scheduled 1:1 meetings.

1:1 Pre-Meetings between GPs and LPs (invite-only)

Sponsored by:

Fireside Chat:
Conversation with Juan Martinez; CEO, Knight Foundation and Iqram Magdon-Ismail, Co-Founder of mobile payments company Venmo and audio-sharing app Ense.

Panel: Corporate VC

Alternative Investment Synopsis
Presentation by Daryn Dodson, Managing Director, Illumen Capital

Panel: Institutional Investors

Sponsored by:

Fireside Chat
Conversation with Rik Willard, Founder of Agentic Group and Global Blockchain Expert​ (Blockchain & Equality) and Andrea Hoffman, Founder & CEO, Culture Shift Labs

I Am a VC

VC Lightning Talks and Investor Table Rotation

Sponsored by:

Panel: Latinx VC Female Panel

Sponsored by:

Entrepreneurs with Successful Exits


Sponsored by:

Ecosystem Networking Reception & Dinner hosted by Hearst Corporation and SVP & Chairwoman of HearstLab, Eve Burton and Chief Legal Officer

Sponsored by:

Friday Photo Gallery

Saturday, November 2

Venture Capitalist Deal-Making Breakfast, Lunch, Panels & Fireside Chat

Location: Salesforce

VC Luncheon, Fireside Chat & Panels.

1:1 Pre-Meetings between GPs and LPs (invite-only)

Sponsored by:

Panel: Fund of Funds

Panel: Family Office

Fireside Chat with Carmichael Roberts, PhD.,
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Material Impact
Moderated by Tiffany Moore, SVP, Political & Industry Affairs, Consumer Technology Association, producer of CES®

State of the VC Union with Maryam Haque, SVP, Industry Advancement, National Venture Capital Association

Panel: Meet the Impact Investors

Sponsored by:

Rhythm, Reels & Wealth:

Fireside Chat with F. Gary Gray

Sponsored by:

Fireside Chat: Opportunity Zones
Featuring Aron Betru, Managing Director, Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets speaking with Candice Cook Simmons, Managing Partner, The Cook Law Group, LLC.

Saturday Photo Gallery

Lead Sponsor

Other Sponsors


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