VC Summit 2022: Game Changers
In 2022 we celebrated Game Changers. We learned from the investors who know the rules of the game -- and were brave enough to break them. Venture does not have to be a zero sum game. When one of us wins, it raises the game for all of us.
VC SUMMIT 2022: GAME CHANGERS
In May of 2022, we gathered 500+ amazing female and non-binary VCs for the 4th Annual VC Summit in San Francisco where we shared insights and built community together. The summit was designed to maximize learning and connections via inspirational speakers, game-changing breakout sessions, and extraordinary networking opportunities.
of attendees were Black, Latinx, and indigenous. The most diverse Summit in All Raise history so far!
of attendees were brand new to the All Raise Community
Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon
CEO, All Raise
Paige Hendrix Buckner
Chief of Staff, All Raise
Founder and CEO, Haun Ventures
Chief Marketing Officer, Google Cloud
Co-Founder and CEO, CloudTrucks
Dr. Jennifer Aaker
Co-Author of Humor, Seriously
Co-Author of Humor, Seriously
Head of Venture, Republic
General Partner, Reach Capital
Founder + CEO, Planet FWD
Senior Associate, Harlem Capital
Founder and CEO, Promise
Heather Mirjahangir Fernandez
CEO & Co-Founder, Solv
Global Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Consumer Revenue, Condè Nast
General Partner, Greylock
Co-Founder and General Partner, Reach Capital
Founder & General Partner, f7 Ventures
Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures
Freada Kapor Klein
Co-founder, Kapor Capital and the Kapor Center
Michelle MiJung Kim
Author of The Wake Up & CEO of Awaken
Founding Partner, Cowboy Ventures
General Partner, Freestyle Capital
Managing Partner, Threshold
Co-Founding Partner, Floodgate
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Partner, Google Ventures
Co-Founder & General Partner, January Ventures
Managing Partner, Upfront Ventures
Co-Managing Partner, Kapor Capital
Co-Founder and CEO, Project Include
Partner, Venture Investing
Early Stage Investor, Cowboy Ventures
Founder & CEO, Maven
Marketing Partner, Greylock
Co-Founder and CEO, Equip
Partner, Lux Capital
Managing Director and Global Head of Software Banking, Morgan Stanley
Founder, Sarah Smith Fund
Partner and Founder, Precursor Ventures
Managing Partner, Forerunner
Maitree Mervana Parekh
Principal, Acrew Capital
Principal, Redpoint Ventures
Agenda at a Glance (all times in PT)
All Raise VC Summit 2022: Game Changers The All Raise VC Summit is specifically for active investors in US-based, venture-backed technology startups. We welcome all female/non-binary investors in venture capital, growth equity, and the corporate VC world from across the US and at different stages in their careers.
Tuesday, May 24
Speakers: Aileen Lee + Jenny Lefcourt
Keynote- State of Play: by All Raise CEO Mandela SH Dixon
State of Industry: Current status for women VCs / founders. What's going well, what's not.
Moderated by: Meera Clark
Keynote- It Takes Two: Founder & Funder Success Stories
Speakers: Kate Ryder + Deena Shakir + Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins + Ellen Pao
Moderated by: Julia Collins
The Half-Time Know Networking Lunch
Keynote- Covering the Bases: The Macroeconomic Overview
Speaker: Brittany Skoda
Keynote- An Offer They Can’t Refuse: Winning with founders in this environment
Speakers: Kristina Saffran + Ben Huffman + Tobenna Arodiogbu + Jennifer Neundorfer
Flagship Sponsor Speaker- Changing the Game: 5 Tips from a Founder, Funder and Exec
Speaker: Alison Wagonfeld
*Level Up: Getting my company to Series B and beyond
Speakers: Sarah Pinto + Sarah Guo
Moderator: Sydney Sykes
*Board Games: How to be the best of the best
Speakers: Ellie Wheeler + Emily Melton + Deirdre Findlay
Moderator: Wayee Chu
*Sharpening Your Competitive Edge: Personal Brand Workshop
Speakers: Elisa Schreiber + Nicole DeTommaso
*WAGMI: Breaking through the barrier of “industry experts” & Web3
Speakers: Laura Du + Gaby Goldberg
Moderator: Maitree Mervana Parekh
*Raising a Fund in this Environment
Speakers: Carolina Huaranca + Monique Woodard + Charles Hudson
Moderator: Kelly Graziadei
Keynote- Power Play
Winning the game by listening to, believing in, and advocating for yourself - creating your own rules and carving your own path. Strategies for success: strategic advice on navigating a male-dominated ecosystem
Speaker: Katie Haun
Moderator: Aileen Lee
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Cocktails & Dinner
Wednesday, May 25
Breakfast of Champions: Networking Breakfast
Emerging Manager + LP Breakfast
Partner Cohorts Breakfast
Principal Cohorts Breakfast
Associate Cohorts Breakfast
Keynote- HUMOR, SERIOUSLY
Taking Humor Seriously
Speakers: Jennifer Aaker + Naomi Bagdonas
Keynote- The Cost of Code Switching Keynote
The Costs of Code Switching / Myth of Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work
Speaker: Michelle MiJung Kim
Moderator: Cheryl Campos
Keynote- Angels Among Us
How should VCs work with Angels strategically?
Speaker: Candice Morgan + Amanda Robson
Moderator: Sarah Smith
Keynote- Climb and Lift
Team/firm diversity; Cultural and talent development; succession planning, shifting the diversity at
the fund level to influence investing, etc
Speakers: Freada Kapor Klein + Ulili Onovakpuri
Moderator: Mandela SH Dixon
Keynote- Making Room at the (Cap) Table
Solv Series C Case Study
Speakers: Heather M. Fernandez + Kara Nortman
Moderator: Natasha Mascarenhas
Game, Set, Match Networking Lunch
Sponsored by Insight Vision Capital
Keynote-Calling the Shots
GOATs who pave the way, what being an icon means to the winners of tomorrow, and investing in the future with your own lens
Speakers: Rebecca Kaden + Eurie Kim + Ann Miura-Ko + Shauntel Garvey
Moderator: Jenny Lefcourt
Closing Remarks & Celebration!
Speaker: Mandela SH Dixon
2:45pm: End Game
What is All Raise?
All Raise is a nonprofit organization and community on a mission to accelerate the success of female and non-binary founders and funders to build a more prosperous, equitable future.
What is the VC Summit?
Our annual VC Summit is the largest gathering of female and non-binary investors in the US. We bring together hundreds of funders to inspire each other, create lasting connections, and accelerate the growth of diverse new leaders in tech and venture capital. Please check back for details on our 2023 event.
All Raise VC Summit is THE gathering for female and non-binary venture investors to network, share deals, and be inspired.
In 2022, we celebrated game changers. Game changers have never been more essential. VC is not a level playing field. At last year’s summit, we learned from the investors who know the rules of the game -- and are brave enough to break them. Because for us, it is not a zero sum game. When one of us wins, it raises the game for all of us.
Who should attend: all active female and non-binary investors in technology from venture capital and corporate VC firms, as well as our most engaged male allies based in the US.
Who can attend?
VC Summit is designed for women and non-binary venture investors. We welcome all active female or non-binary investors at venture capital and corporate VC firms to apply. All Raise offers other programs for founders, operators, and women who are looking to break into investing and suggest subscribing to our newsletter at the bottom of this website for further opportunities to get involved
Is this a women-only summit? Why?
86% of decision makers in venture capital are men, and we’re here to change that. All Raise’s VC Summit is the biggest gathering for female and non-binary venture investors, in an environment designed to specifically support them in their career so that they can be wildly successful. We do select some of our most engaged and supportive male allies to share their perspective and their spotlights for the women of venture.
How are attendees chosen?
We aim to make the content of the VC Summit as actionable and helpful as possible, which is why we limit attendance to active investors. Women and non-binary investors come to personally network and share deals in a candid and safe environment. Being mindful of capacity limitations, we do our best to be as inclusive as possible across geographies, racial/ethnic/gender background, volunteer involvement, sectors, and stages of career.
Do you have an age requirement to attend?
You must be over 21 to attend in person, and please note the qualifications listed above for who may attend.
Do you offer any kind of discount?
We do not offer discounts. Thanks to our sponsors, we offer scholarships if the ticket price is a barrier to your attendance. We also encourage firms to cover the tickets of attendees, supporting the growth and success of women and non-binary individuals in their firms.
Will I be able to expense my ticket with my firm?
We encourage all VC firms to allow the women and non-binary investors in their firms to expense their tickets. All Raise is a nonprofit powered by the support of volunteers, personal, and company contributions. The content of VC Summit is designed to help women and non-binary investors supercharge their professional development and insights as an investor. Venture is a relationship business and All Raise VC Summit attendees connect, deepen their network, and create new relationships; while learning new skills and receiving guidance on how to be wildly successful.
Are tickets tax-deductible because you’re a nonprofit?
Because tickets include items such as food and swag, tickets are not tax deductible. However, donations to sponsor scholarships and other event costs are tax-deductible!
Can I sponsor a woman or non-binary investor to attend?
Yes! Support the Summit here.
Why should my firm sponsor the VC Summit?
All Raise is a non-profit powered by the support of volunteers, personal and company contributions.
How can I become a sponsor of the summit?
We’re excited that you care as much about accelerating the success of women in the venture capital and start-up world as we do. Please contact Jody Mahoney firstname.lastname@example.org directly for more information. Sponsorship opportunities are available on a first come, first serve basis.
How do I submit a speaker nomination for the summit?
All content is designed by and with our community. Keynotes and main stage panel speaking opportunities are offered by invitation only. Breakout panel topics are created months in advance, and the schedule and speakers will be set before registration opens.
Will you be sharing the content after the summit?
We never want access to be the reason why our community members are not part of game changing conversations. We’ll be sharing the recordings of the VC Summit keynote sessions on our YouTube channel . Make sure you subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to be notified when the videos go live.
If I am not able to make it to the summit, how else can I get involved?
All Raise has programs for people in all stages of their career. Visit our website and complete the Get Involved form to stay in the loop on Funder programs such as VC Cohorts and VC Champions, and local chapter programming.
Will the VC Summit happen again?
We’re thrilled that our 4th annual event in 2022 was a success! Be on the lookout early 2023 for more info on the next event.
“Women are drastically underrepresented in VC, and shout out to the All Raise team for making the effort to increase diversity and thus quality in the program year over year — expanding the attendee numbers and opening the Summit to investors who may not be at traditional firms (like investors who run accelerators, angel groups, etc.). This led to stronger conversations and the ability to connect with investors who came to Summit from underrepresented cities like Omaha, Kansas City, and more. We believe in the work that All Raise is doing and the positive impact that they are having on the ecosystem.”
“When I first started in venture capital back in 2013, I did not fully appreciate how isolating it felt to be a woman in venture. In the past few years, All Raise has been instrumental in blowing the doors wide open for women, especially through their VC Summit. Coming from Nashville, I was able to gather with hundreds of fellow investors, share deals, and make new, lifelong friends. I love that while progress can feel painstaking at times, I now have a community and a quickly growing one at that.”