I've been making more of an effort to get out more for these events. After all they are ubiquitous here in the Bay Area, and I'm sure people don't take enough advantage of it. Believe me, you'll miss it when you live somewhere that has them few and far between. Not only is DIVERSITY a hot topic right now in Silicon Valley, but there are some awesome people out there doing awesome things. I love being exposed to it. This panel was more dynamic and offered more inspiration and information than others I have attended. Far too many don't get past the initial hiring for representation discussion, which is extremely frustrating for me. When will people understand that they can recruit until the cows come home and still fail because they don't do enough to create the conditions where diversity thrives?
Note to self for the next time I host a panel: Curate the Q&As. This is not because I want to censor anyone by any means, but there wasn't enough time for other good questions because some audience members decided to take the opportunity to pitch their startups to the VC panelists for interest/funding. Really?! Here are three criteria for great questions:
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