Dominica Rice-Cisneros is a chef, entrepreneur, mother, wife, community activist, and urban gardener who believes that every single person deserves access to high-quality foods. She honed her fine dining skills over the course of her 30+ year career, where she spent six years working closely with her mentor, Chef Alice Waters at Chez Panisse, interned with Chef Alex Lee at restaurant Danielle in the Four Seasons Hotel in NYC, and Chef Antonio Rivera in Mexico City. In 2011, she opened her own restaurant, Cosecha, in Oakland. In 2017, Dominica was inducted into the Les Dames d'Escoffier, San Francisco, a philanthropic group of women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage, and hospitality and named one of the “Female Titans...

Monique Woodard is a venture capital investor at the intersection of technology and newly powerful consumer groups. She has invested in startup ecosystems across the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa. Her investments as Venture Partner at 500 Startups (a venture capital firm with +$350M AUM) and an angel investor include Blavity, UrbanLogiq, Mented Cosmetics, Silvernest, and many others. Today, Monique invests in the future of technology being driven by major demographic trends like the shift to majority-minority, an increase in the spending power of women, and an aging Baby Boomer population. She invests in companies with global ambitions who are creating technology products that meet the needs of tomorrow’s internet users. Monique is also the co-founder of Black Founders—a organization with...

Cheryl Contee is the CEO of Do Big Things and the CEO and co-founder of Fission Strategy, which helps the world’s leading non-profits, foundations, and social enterprises design digital ecosystems that create change globally. She is the co-founder of groundbreaking social marketing software Attentive.ly at Blackbaud, the first tech startup with a black female founder on board in history to be acquired by a NASDAQ-traded company. Cheryl is also proud to be a co-founder of #YesWeCode, which represents the movement to help low opportunity youth achieve high quality tech careers. Amongst many accolades, Cheryl has been named one of the "Most Influential Women in Tech" (Fast Company), a "Top Female Tech Founder To Follow on Twitter" (HuffPo, Black Enterprise), and...

Amanda Booth is an actress, model, and mama based in Los Angeles. She has appeared on network television shows, including "Hot In Cleveland," "Maron," and "Community." Her campaign work includes advertisements for Lancome, Fiat, Hersheys, Target, and Old Navy. Her focus has broadened since becoming a mother in 2014 to her son Micah, who has Down Syndrome. Amanda is now an ambassador for Changing The Face Of Beauty and Global Down Syndrome Foundation, as well as a social media advocate....

Rajni Jacques is the Fashion Director of Teen Vogue and Allure. Before joining these Condé Nast titles full-time, she developed a robust consulting portfolio and worked with a variety of brands (Madewell, Nike, Nordstrom, Coach, etc.). With a background in both fashion and writing, Rajni holds degrees from Rutgers College and The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, and has worked at a plethora of publications, including Nylon, Glamour, Vibe, The Fader, InStyle, and Honey. She was also once Public Relations Director at Christian Louboutin. The Brooklyn-based, bona fide fashion expert is the mother of a toddler son, Diego, and is expecting her second child at the end of the year. ...

Clare Vivier is the founder of Clare V., a handbag and accessories line born and made in Los Angeles and known around the world. After noticing a lack of functional yet stylish laptop cases while working as a journalist for French television, she decided to create her own. Since that time, the iconic indie brand has become synonymous with classic shapes, modern details, and Parisian charm. Clare now operates seven stores across the country, is a member of the CFDA, and has collaborated with the likes of Apple, Steven Alan, and Goop. She currently resides in Silverlake with her husband and son, Oscar....

Christy Turlington Burns is a mother, advocate, social entrepreneur, filmmaker, and founder & CEO of the maternal health organization Every Mother Counts. Founded in 2010, Every Mother Counts is aimed at heightening awareness about the global maternal health crisis, engaging thought leaders and partners to achieve quality, respectful, and equitable maternity care and investing in programs around the world to ensure all women have access to quality maternal healthcare. Every Mother Counts’ latest film, Giving Birth In America: California, comes out in October 2018. ...

Returning speaker Jodie Patterson is a mother of five and an active LGBTQI advocate. A beauty industry powerhouse, Jodie is the co-founder of Doobop, an online beauty marketplace named one of the top ten beauty companies for women of color, and the all-natural line of skincare, Georgia by Jodie Patterson. She’s the former PR Director of Zac Posen, current co-owner of Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York, and also serves on numerous advisory boards for organizations focused on gender, equality, and human rights. Her first book, The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation, is inspired by her transgender son and will be published in February 2019....

Erika Hayasaki is a journalist, author, and associate professor whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, and countless other publications. She is a 2018 Alicia Patterson Fellow, receiving an award for science and environmental reporting, and previously spent 9 years as a staff reporter and national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. Additionally, she is an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine, and published her first book, The Death Class: A True Story About Life, in 2014. She is working on a forthcoming book about adoption, identity, and one mother’s epic quest to reunite Vietnamese identical twins separated at birth. Erika lives in Southern California and is the proud mother of a 5-year-old...

Jeni Britton Bauer is an ice cream maker, entrepreneur, and New York Times best-selling author. A pioneer of the artisan ice cream movement, she opened her first scoop shop in 1996, then founded Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002. In 2012, she won a James Beard Award for her first cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home. Today, Jeni’s is a Certified B Corporation with 34 ice cream shops nationwide, an online store at jenis.com, and distribution in top grocery stores. One of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, the busy mom of two remains the beating heart of the Columbus-based company and is in charge of all creative output as Chief Brand Officer. ...