Annual meeting agenda

Monday, June 12, 2023

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)

Registration and Refreshments

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM (EDT)


11:05 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)

Keeping Business Human

Featuring Josh Silverman, CEO, Etsy


In this post-pandemic, possibly recessionary economy, e-commerce companies and the small businesses who sell on their platforms are facing stiff headwinds. How does a beloved marketplace navigate this uncertainty, drive growth, and incorporate more AI, all while keeping commerce “human”? The chief executive responsible for Etsy’s financial turnaround and ESG accountability talks about what’s next, what’s needed to help small businesses thrive, and how he continues to balance profit and mission–even in uncertain times.

11:30 AM - 11:55 AM (EDT)

Navigating the “Perfect Storm” of Hunger

Featuring Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO, Feeding America


Tens of millions of Americans face heightened levels of food insecurity as grocery prices keep rising, emergency pandemic benefits expire, and relief measures such as the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, resurface in partisan budget debates. How does America’s largest hunger-relief organization manage this “perfect storm,” and how can businesses help—and not hinder—its efforts? Its leader talks about rethinking and depoliticizing our food systems, the innovative community solutions and partnerships that are already at work, and how she stays focused and hopeful about her mission to end hunger.

11:55 AM - 12:20 PM (EDT)

More Than One Hollywood Story

Featuring Lena Waithe, Founder, Hillman Grad and Rishi Rajani, CEO, Hillman Grad


While the push to diversify representation in Hollywood has made important gains, there’s still a temptation for industry executives to think of racial and ethnic groups as monoliths, rather than communities within communities. The Emmy Award–winning actor and creator behind The Chi, Master of None, and Ain’t No Mo’ is working with her business partner to change those perceptions and tell more authentic stories. They join us to discuss how they push past the obvious in storytelling and mentor the next generation of creative talent to do the same.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)


Members will attend a networking lunch session.

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM (EDT)


Members will attend one of the below roundtables.

You can view additional details about each roundtable I session here.

Age (and Ageism) and the AI Era

Battling the “Anti-Woke” Warriors

How to Actually Use AI

Skills, Not Degrees: Rethinking the Labor Force

Shaping Your Company’s Culture in 2023

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)


Members will attend one of the below roundtables.

You can view additional details about each roundtable II session here

How to Go Viral (The Art and Science of Viral Marketing)

Staying the Course on DEI

Finding a Way Back to Togetherness

Where's the Exit? The Outlook for Tech Startups

What Does It Really Mean to Have Privilege?

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)

Coffee Break and Networking


4:30 PM - 4:55 PM (EDT)

Calling BS on AI    

Featuring Meredith Whittaker, President, Signal Foundation


The launch of ChatGPT last November set off existential alarm bells, prompting fears among many about the end of humanity as we know it. Not everyone buys that premise. The head of the encrypted messaging app Signal—also a former Google manager and FTC adviser on AI—shares insights on what AI can and can’t do, the importance of data privacy, and what we should really be worried about when it comes to Big Tech's handling of artificial intelligence.

4:55 PM - 5:20 PM (EDT)

GenZ, Decoded

Featuring Kyla Scanlon, Founder, Bread


Members of Gen Z are entering the workforce in a volatile economy, on top of having spent the first years of their careers with little in-person mentorship. How are they grappling with their situation—and what will their experiences mean for the rest of us? A popular finance influencer shares her insights on the twentysomethings who are building the future.

5:20 PM - 5:50 PM (EDT)

Session to Be Announced

5:50 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)

Closing Remarks 

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)

Cocktail Reception