CBEWeek 2018 Events

February 18- 25, 2018, San Francisco Bay Area


Bay area Urban Debate League Volunteer Event

February 19, 2018 - Volunteers from Deloitte and partnering CBEWeek companies  spent the day with students from the Bay Area Urban Debate League (BAUDL). The volunteers did everything from judging debate practice speeches and giving feedback, to providing students with professional development tips, to translating documents and stuffing recruitment envelopes.



CBEWeek KickOff

February 20, 2018 - The CBEKick off, organized by Lakeisha Poole, was an inspiration! A packed room heard thoughtful insights from Black ERG leaders: Terrell Jones, Visa’s first Black ERG chair and founder of Culture Cookies; Dominique Hollins, ebay’s first Seller Diversity Ambassador and founder of Black Employees at eBay; Kourtni Marshall, software engineer and outgoing Global Chair for Black Googler Network; Andrea Long, event planner at Lyft and co-founder of Our Collective; and Andrea Alphonso, Head of Partnership for Black Women Tech and program manager at Google.


CBEGivesBack - a service activity benefitting the SF community

February 21, 2018 -  Robyn Cross with ABD Insurance organized the CBEGivesBack event with Glide Memorial Church.  Volunteers came from companies across the Bay Area to serve breakfast to over 600 people from San Francisco.


Wise and woke: wellness for the black community 

February 21, 2018 - A packed room of diverse professionals got wise and woke about wellness in the Black community. Angie DeWitt-Moore and Mosaic, Zendesk’s employee resource group for people of color, brought together an amazing group of panelist that spoke to all facets of how to develop a balanced lifestyle. The openness about challenges, misconceptions, and triumph from audience and panelist alike showed the positive impact and power of community building. The conversation was so dynamic, it seemed as if no one wanted to leave the room!


American Paradise Movie screening and q&A

February 21, 2018 - Square, Inc. hosted a screening of American Paradise, a comedic film inspired by the true story of a bank thief in Ohio and featured at Sundance and SXSW. It was followed by a brief Q&A with its writer/director, Joe Talbot, and producer, Khaliah Neal. American Paradise is a precursor to the Sundance-supported feature, The Last Black Man in San Francisco


Innovation vs. gentrification: a public debate

February 22, 2018 - High schools students in the Bay Area Urban Debate League went toe-to-toe on a debate about diversity in the tech world.

The Bay Area Urban Debate League is a youth service organization that supports under-served Black students with professional development, college access, and tech literacy. Their mission is to work with Bay Area public school districts to make competitive policy debate available to every public high school student.


Macy's Celebrates Black History Month 

February 22, 2018 - Macy's celebrated black innovators and trailblazers for Black History Month! Mission Bit CEO Stevon Cook, led an in-depth conversation with Qubilah Shabazz, cofounder of Malcolm X Legacy clothing line and the human rights activist's second daughter, and Erik Moore, founder of angel investor firm Base Ventures discussing how Black History has influenced their careers and business ventures. 

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Twilio After Hours Presents: “Hidden Figures” A Celebration of Black Excellence & Achievement

February 22, 2018 - Given our current social climate, what better time is there than now to come together and celebrate black excellence & achievement within our community!

Twilio moderated a discussion with celebrity guest speakers Baron Davis & Marcus Bullock to recognize the great accomplishments of individuals who are doing amazing work in our communities.


Living outside the box: a conversation with ryan leslie

February 23, 2018 - Winston & Strawn LLP and Google hosted a fireside chat with Ryan Leslie, Grammy nominated recording artist, multi-platinum music producer, technology entrepreneur and CEO of SuperPhone. Ryan was interviewed by Taj Clayton, Chair of the Winston & Strawn Domestic ADR group, and Ryan’s long-time friend. During a far ranging interview, Ryan discussed his inspirational life story, which includes graduating from Harvard at age 19, becoming homeless while trying to make it in the music industry, working with some of the world’s biggest music stars, producing his own music albums, leveraging his personal network to drive over $2 million in gross revenue by selling his alum to just 15,000 fans, and founding his own technology company, SuperPhone. Over 80,000 people tuned in for the live interview.


Getting started: Early stage considerations for startups impacting diverse communities

February 23, 2018 - Michelle Behrens from Ropes & Gray LLP hosted a lively discussion about the challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurs, and how minorities are impacting the start-up industry. Criminal justice advocate Brandon Anderson is CEO of a tech nonprofit, Raheem AI, offering a secure and easy way of reporting police encounters. He told his life story and provide insight on how he launched his nonprofit that is having a tremendous impact on communities of color. Anthony Briggs has had years of experience as IP counsel to small and large companies. He shared the nuts-and-bolts of IP issues that entrepreneurs should consider. Anthony Heckman, an Entrepreneur in Residence at XSeed Capital and member of the US FinTech Advisory Board, gave an insider perspective on how VCs make decisions on early stage investments.


NextPlay Presents: Black History Month Jam Session

February 23, 2018 - Nextplay curates cultural events to build community and increase the representation and advancement of people of color in tech.  Nextplay hosted a Black History Month 90's themed Jam Session sponsored by Mapbox and Optimizely. Come dressed in your favorite 90's attire. All performances were influenced by the 90's era. 


POWER Presented by Toasted Life

February 23, 2018 - Power resides in all of us. We were born with it, we all live it daily by virtue of being ourselves – community driven, determined and ambassadors of our culture. This is our power! 

Toasted Life donated a portion of event proceeds to Aniniwah Medical Centre, Ghana's largest private hospital to help purchase medical supplies and to support patients who can't afford proper medical treatment.



February 24, 2018 - CODE BLACK was the culminating formal event for the Coalition of Black Excellence Week. Tech companies across the Bay Area came together to honor individuals and nonprofit organizations making a difference in communities of color. 

BET’s own Jeff Johnson was the Master of Ceremony and assisted with honoring the Inaugural Award Recipients: Morgan DeBaun with the Tech Innovation Award, Monique Woodard with the Impact Investor Award, Build with the Nonprofit of the Year Award, and Fam 1st Family Foundation with the Community Champion Award.  See more details about 2018   speakers and honorees on the program page. 

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February 25, 2018 - The Black Joy Parade exists to provide the Black community and allies a live experience that celebrates our influence on cultures past, present and future. Individuals throughout the Bay united in celebrating Black Joy in Oakland for a parade that created a space to express each of our unique contributions to the Black experience. 


MoAD Travel Panel

February 25, 2018 - As part of Airbnb's Black History Month Initiative, Airbnb’s Black Employee Resource Group in partnership with the Museum of the African Diaspora hosted a panel discussion examining the Evolution of Black Travel.

Working with Calvin RamseyNAACP and Nomadness, they honored Black History month by hosting a panel that examines Black travel in this country. Starting with the historical perspective, specifically, The Green Book, Author and Playwright, Calvin Ramsey, explored the constraints under which Black people traveled during segregation. Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP focused on the present state of Black travel including their partnership with Airbnb. Finally, Evita Robinson of Nomadness led a discussion on the future of Black travel - group travel and land investment.