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Wednesday, October 3 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
University Track | The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion within Startup Culture (UT, Rowling Hall)

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Diversity and inclusion are equally important in the workplace, good for business and a core part of company culture. Hear from lead researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, co-working and accelerator CEO’s and startup founders alike on why DNI efforts are a vital part of any startup ecosystem. 

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Dr. Luis Martins

Professor of Management and Director, Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at UT-Austin

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Preston L. James II

CEO/Co-Founder, DivInc.
DivInc and Inclusive Entrepreneurship within the Tech Startup Ecosystem
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Charlie Jackson

Chief Happiness Officer, Diversity Fund
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Blanca Lesmes

Partner and Chief Commercial Officer, ConfirmX
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Christine McCarey

Founder & CEO, ImpactDEI, LLC
Before founding ImpactDEI, Christine founded and led RetailMeNot’s Diversity & Inclusion Program. Under her leadership, the Program was recognized by Glass Door as #1 and Built in Austin as #2. She holds a law degree from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree from... Read More →

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Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

Program Manager, The University of Texas at Austin
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The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program

The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program is a business degree out of Texas McCombs that teaches its students how to bring new technology products to market. They evaluate real-world technologies for commercial viability and learn the steps necessary... Read More →