Advisors

 

Julie Parker Benello

Julie co- founded Chicken & Egg Pictures in 2005 with a shared belief that diverse women storytellers have the power to catalyze change at home and around the globe. Chicken & Egg has supported Academy Award winners Saving Face and Freeheld in addition to Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry, Brooklyn Castle, Semper Fi: Always Faithful, The Square, Sonita, Trapped, Motherland and Whose Streets. Julie is also a Co- Founder of Gamechanger Films, the first for profit fund dedicated to financing narrative features by women directors. Gamechanger supported films have screened at Sundance, Toronto, SXSW, Tribeca, and have won an Independent Spirit Award. Julie is currently producing the feature length documentary, Untitled Ohio Factory Film by Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar as well as the digital series Fundamental: Women’s Rights in a Volatile World with director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. Previously, she Executive Produced Jill Soloway’s Sundance award-winning debut feature, Afternoon Delight and Dee Rees’ feature film Pariah.

Cedric Brown

Cedric is the Chief of Community Engagement at the Kapor Center for Social Impact. He has over 20 years of experience as a funder and activist, steering over $60 million in grants to community efforts through working with the Kapor Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco Education Fund, Switzer Foundation, and SF Cultural Equity Grants among others. He has worked steadily to ensure access, inclusion, and greater empowerment for people of color.  He is the founder of Brothers Code, the Oakland Summit on Blacks in Tech, and is co-founder of the College Bound Brotherhood. Cedric was recognized as as a Changemaker by the San Francisco Chronicle and on TheRoot.com for his leadership participation in the launch of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. He is also a proud board member of Color of Change and ABFE, as well as a published author and creative artist.

Chris Edmonds-Waters

Chris is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Silicon Valley Bank, leading the development of programs to support SVB Financial Group's ability to effectively provide diversified financial services on a global scale. Chris is also a member of SVB Financial Group's Executive Management Team, working with Compensation Committee Directors in all pertinent compensation-related matters.  During Chris's tenure, SVB has consistently achieved outstanding client and employee satisfaction scores, earning a place on the Fortune 100 Top Employers list.  Prior to joining SVB, Chris held numerous senior human resources positions at Charles Schwab & Co., and both revenue-producing and human resources roles at Macy's California.

Danielle Feinberg

Danielle is a cinematographer and Director of Photography for Lighting at Pixar. She began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in 1997 on the feature film A Bug's Life. She quickly discovered her love for lighting and went on to light on many of Pixar's feature films including Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., the Academy Award®-winning Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Feinberg was the director of photography for lighting on Pixar’s Academy Award-winning films WALL-E and Brave and is now working on Pixar's upcoming film, Coco. Danielle’s love of combining computers and art began when she was eight years old and first programmed a Logo turtle to create images. In addition to her Pixar work, she mentors teenage girls, encouraging them to pursue code, math and science.

Freada Kapor Klein

Freada is Co-chair at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, which aims to make the technology ecosystem and entrepreneurship more diverse and inclusive.  She is an entrepreneur, activist and leader in the field of organizational culture and diversity. She is also an advocate for entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds, especially people of color and women. Her consulting firm, Klein Associates, specializes in employee surveys, training, and consulting on all forms of bias, harassment, and discrimination in the workplace. Klein’s client base ranges from Harvard Business School to the World Bank to top tier international professional services firms, and tech start-ups. In 2001 she founded the Level Playing Field Institute, a nonprofit which promotes innovative approaches to fairness in higher education and workplaces by removing barriers to full participation; it houses the SMASH (Summer Math and Science Honors) Academy for low income high school students of color. Freada is the author of “Giving Notice: Why the Best and the Brightest Leave the Workplace and How You Can Help Them Stay”.

Aileen Lee

Aileen is Founder and Partner at Cowboy Ventures. She has many years of experience helping startups build products that customers love, and helping companies scale, both as an investor and operator. Prior to Cowboy Ventures, she joined the venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 1999. At KPCB she worked hands-on with a range of consumer, enterprise, media and greentech companies including Bloom Energy, Blue Nile, Good Technology, One Kings Lane, Plum District, Rent the Runway, Shopkick,Tellme, and Trendyol. During that time she was also founding CEO of RMG Networks, the leading digital out-of-home media company. Aileen started her career at Morgan Stanley and has held operating roles at Gap Inc., The North Face and Odwalla. She has degrees from MIT, Harvard Business School, and Millburn High School; and she's the proud mom of 3 kids plus a dog, chickens and bees, and the wife of a series A stage co-founder/CTO.

Jane Margolis

Jane is a Senior Researcher at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.  Her research focuses on equity in education and how fields become segregated. Since 2004, she has been involved in building university/K-12 partnerships around democratizing computer science knowledge for all students. She is the lead author of two award-winning books about how these issues are manifested in computer science education:  Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing and Stuck in the Shallow End:  Education Race, and Computing. Jane was a 2016 White House Champion of Change for her work addressing underrepresentation of students of color and women in computer science.

Avis Yates Rivers

Avis Yates Rivers is the President and CEO of Technology Concepts Group International, LLC. (TCGi), a global asset, expense and procurement management firm.  She possesses more than 35 years of general management experience in the information technology industry and has been a successful tech entrepreneur for over 30 years. Avis is a long-time advocate for the increased participation of girls, women and people of color in technology, and has served in many leadership positions for national non-profit organizations over the years.  She is a nationally recognized thought-leader and in-demand global speaker.  Her first book is ‘Necessary Inclusion; Embracing the Changing Faces of Technology.

Kris Timken

Kris is an artist, writer and educator who has presented her scholarship and exhibited her artwork throughout the United States and Europe. She holds a dual degree, an MFA and MA, in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts and a BA from Stanford University. Currently, Timken is a doctoral student at University of California, Santa Cruz in the department of History of Art and Visual Culture. She is the author of The New Explorers: Making Meaning in the Twenty-First Century Landscape with a foreword by Lucy R. Lippard. She is interested in rural landscape with particular attention to race relations and visuality. Her current research focuses on the legacy of colonialism and the American West.

Peter Vitale

Peter is a lawyer, entrepreneur, and real estate developer.  He works in New Market Development for Stok, a Boulder, CO real estate services firm focused on creating a radically better built environment. Peter supports operations, legal, and development for building projects and portfolio-scale efforts.  Peter is also on the Planning Board for the City of Boulder, is a Founding Co-Chair of the Society for Construction Solutions and is a Board Member for Santa Fe Performing Arts.  He is most passionate about working on projects that leverage real estate for environmental and social good.

Judith Michelle Williams

Judith specializes in working with organizations to mitigate unconscious bias and prejudice in hiring and promotion.  As the former Global Head of Diversity at Dropbox, she lead all diversity and inclusion programs, as well as, corporate social responsibility. Prior to Dropbox, Judith was the Diversity Programs Manager at Google where she directed the unconscious bias work stream, and built strategies for recruiting, retention, and advancement of Google's technical employees.  Judith was instrumental in the Internet giant's widely praised unconscious bias training program that was the first to call out hidden prejudices as a major contributor to the systemic lack of diversity in the tech industry. She has also expanded her training to Hollywood, where she addressed unconscious gender bias in the entertainment industry and led a training for J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot productions crew before filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Britta Wilson

Britta is the Vice President of Inclusion Strategies at Pixar.  She is leading the charge to discover, nurture and empower a wide variety of voices to shape the stories that Pixar tells to ensure meaningful films that resonate with global audiences. Prior to Pixar, Britta served as Chief Inclusion Officer/Vice President, Inclusion Strategies at Expedia and brought with her a her nearly 30-year career in human resources. She’s held executive posts at Paramount Pictures and AON/Hewitt Associates, and began her career as a senior professional staffing rep at The Walt Disney Company.

Jacquelyn Zehner

Jacki is the President of The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation and dedicates her time and resources towards the advancement of women and girls. Jacki funds and works with a variety of organizations and initiatives, with a particular focus on women’s rights, women’s foundations, movement building, and media. She is an advisory board member to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, The Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Institute Council, and Sundance Institute’s Women at Sundance. In 2009, Jacki became a member of Women Moving Millions and went on to serve as their founding President, and today continues to serve as their Chief Engagement Officer.

 

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