2019 Innovation CO-LABoration: Women of Color in Tech Taking Center Stage

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Join AnitaB.org for this unique one-day experience bringing together innovators across the tech industry. Women in tech, DEI and HR professionals, government employees, executives, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, community-based organizations, activists, students, and artists will collaborate to create transformative and radical solutions for some of the most persistent and pressing issues in the industry: the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in tech. The Innovation CO-LAB will launch in Los Angeles, CA with a focus on women of color (WOC) and will also highlight WOC founders and entrepreneurs.

The AnitaB.org Innovation CO-LAB is a must-attend experience that is expected to sell out. Sessions, panels, workshops, and demos have been carefully curated to create an interactive experience that will engage your creativity, spark your curiosity, challenge your perceptions, and invite you to implement real change in your own organizations and communities.

Date and Location

Innovation CO-LAB
Friday, July 26, 2019
9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The Novo
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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Closing Celebration & Networking Reception
With Special Guest NANA Kwabena – Grammy-Nominated artist, producer, and DJ
Friday, July 26, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The Novo Rooftop Terrace


Limited Discount Registrations: $199 with code “CoLabDiscount006”

Regular Registration (Ends July 12): $375
Late Registration (Ends July 21): $450

Register Now

Registration includes food and refreshments throughout the day.


See full agenda here.

9-9:45 a.m. Check-in & Morning Mixer (LA.AnitaB.org Community demos and giveaways)
9:45-10 a.m. Welcome
10-10:45 a.m. Imagining a Future of Freedom from Algorithms of Oppression – Prof. Safiya Umoja Noble, Ph.D.
10:45-11:30 a.m. The Tech Ecosystem: Starting, Accelerating, and Flourishing
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Networking Lunch
12-12:30 p.m. Optional Professional Development Session: Six Strategies for Advancing the Careers of Women of Color
12:30-2 p.m. Spotlight on Demo Sessions, Accelerators, & Incubators
2-2:45 p.m. Leveraging Community for Innovation & Product Development
2:45-3:30 p.m. Take 1 – Interactive Lightning Workshops

  • Utilizing Storytelling in Social Media to Stand Out
  • Leveling Up Your Technical Expertise
3:30-3:45 p.m. Break
3:45-4:30 p.m. Take 2 – Interactive Workshop

  • Innovation & Design Thinking – How to approach mentorship, channeling your creativity, and finding resources
4:30-5:15 p.m. Closing Keynote – Nonny de la Peña

  • Immersive Journalism and the Reach.love Platform: The Democratization of VR
5:30-6:30 p.m. Closing Networking Celebration & Activation Experiences on NOVO Rooftop Terrace With Special Guest NANA Kwabena – Grammy-Nominated artist, producer, and DJ


Learn more about hotel options here.
Here are three hotel possibilities:

J.W. Marriott L.A. Live
(213) 765-8600
Deadline to register for hotel within event room block is Friday, July 15.
Register now.

Residence Inn Marriott
(213) 443-9200

Hotel Indigo
(213) 232-8800

Accessibility & Inclusion

Creating an accessible and inclusive experience for all of our participants and speakers is important to us at AnitaB.org.

Our host city, Los Angeles, is considered one of the most accessible cities in the country. The Novo is accessible via public transportation and is equipped with elevators, ramps, accessible restroom stalls, and accessible seating. In addition, we will maintain quiet spaces available for individuals who need sensory breaks. And, as a participant, you will have an opportunity to request ADA accommodations (e.g., ASL interpreter, etc.) when you register.

Gender inclusive restrooms will be located throughout the venue.


Click here to learn how you can sponsor this event.


Opening and Closing Keynote Speakers


Session, Panel, & Workshop Speakers

Demo Session Presenters


If you have questions or concerns, please contact our AnitaB.org Organizational Transformation (OT) team at OrgTransformation@AnitaB.org.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Guidance Group

  • Julian S. GreenDirector of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Guidance
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  • Crystal NgoProgram Manager of DEI Organizational Content and Outreach
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  • Jeanette PlascenciaSenior Program Manager of DEI Organizational Content and Outreach
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