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Project NorthStar is a 3-day tech conference that provides connections, education, and opportunities for current or aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals from the Black and Latinx community. 

If you are trying to make money by building a tech startup, or looking to level up your life with a career in tech, this is for you. 

 
 
 

**Schedule is subject to change**

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

DAY 1

The Innovation Economy, Funding & Launching Startups

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9:00AM

Doors Open | Registration Check-In

Welcome home. Grab your badge, your swag bag, a donut, and a La Colombe Draft Latte. Explore 2300 Arena and meet some new people before the program kicks off!


10:00AM | ARENA STAGE

Welcome to Project NorthStar

An introduction to Project NorthStar, how it came to be, and what to look forward to during the conference and beyond.

SPEAKERS

Aniyia Williams, Executive Director, Black & Brown Founders

Deldelp Medina, Director of Research & Strategy, Black & Brown Founders

 
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10:10AM | ARENA STAGE

Becoming a Guiding Light

with AN introduction by Francisco Garcia

The Mayor of Philadelphia welcomes you to share in the experience of Project NorthStar and consider the opportunities that lie ahead.

SPEAKERS

Mayor Jim Kenney, City of Philadelphia

Francisco Garcia, Director of Business Development: Innovation & Technology, City of Philadelphia

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10:25AM | ARENA STAGE

From Entrepreneur to Investor and Beyond

As one of the few black female tech founders who has successfully raised capital and exited, Heather has a lot to share. She continues to break barriers and push herself everyday, having also held leadership positions at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, San Francisco Unified School District, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund and more. Heather will talk about her journey, where she is now, and the lessons she's learned along the way.

SPEAKER

Heather Hiles, CEO & Managing Partner, Imminent Equity

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11:05AM | ARENA STAGE

I Bootstrapped a Business to Multi-Millions, You Can Too

After an "Aha!" moment, Crystal set out to create a hygiene fashion brand with solutions for incontinence and menstruation. Since launching her company a couple years ago, she has seen her revenues grow by 400 percent, and sales are in the millions. During her talk, Crystal will share her journey and secrets to getting sales in the millions through organic growth.

SPEAKER

Crystal Etienne, Founder & CEO, PantyProp


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11:45AM | ARENA STAGE

Building a Badass Business By Any Means Necessary

There is a huge chasm between having a business idea and making your first dollars, especially when you're starting out cash-strapped. In this workshop, Black & Brown Founders' resident business coach, Francesca Escoto, will drop gems about how to get from 0 to 1 with modest resources.

SPEAKER

Francesca Escoto, Business Coach, Startups for Social Impact


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The Backyard Block Party

12:30PM | THE BACKYARD

After a morning filled with inspiration, get some lunch from food trucks and network or chill. Entertainment will be provided. Live painting with Ockimey will also be happening.


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Mentor Office Hours

12:30PM-4:30PM | THE BACKYARD

One-on-one mentor office hours will also start now in The Backyard. They are by appointment only, so don’t forget to reserve your spot! Ask your most pressing questions to experts and investors who have been there and done that. Backstage Capital will also host special office hours appointments for founders interested in their new accelerator program!


1:30PM | ARENA STAGE

Everything You've Always Wanted to Know about Investors

What’s all this talk about angels, VCs, and accelerators? If you are wondering whether you should look for funding from one of them, this is the session for you. Hear investors talk about how to get a meeting, how to pitch, and how to close, and how to know when to move on.

SPEAKERs

Jon Gosier, Founder & General Partner, Southbox

Sydney Thomas, Investment Associate & Head of Operations, Precursor Ventures

Carmen Palafox, Partner, Make in LA

Edward Dugger III, President, Reinventure Capital

 
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1:30PM | WORKSHOP STAGE

Play@Work: 3 Ways to Get Staff & Customers to Love You

Play at work sounds like a recipe for decreased productivity. Yet, many great businesses inspire staff and customers using play. This talk proposes 3 simple and effective strategies to improve the overall experience of engaging with a business by incorporating traditional play, creating a culture of play in the workplace, and using play-based design thinking techniques in the development of products and services. Both new and experienced entrepreneurs can benefit from implementing specific examples shared. 

3 related questions this talk answers:

1. What is one thing I can do to inspire my team?

2. How can I get my team to think differently? 

3. How can I save money and increase profits while keeping customers happy?

SPEAKER

Amy Baez, Founder, Playapy


1:30PM | THE BACKYARD

Get Your Mind Right: Sound Bath Meditation

Whether you’re hustling harder or working smarter, everyone needs to pause for self-reflection and self-care. Luna from Vitality Meditation will lead a sound bath session that will leave you relaxed and ready to live your best life.


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1:45PM | WORKSHOP STAGE

Content is Queen

Good content will help you attract the right audience and good copy will get them to do what you want. Learn how to sign people up for your product or service with a few tricks Opeola will show you around developing great headlines, telling people what they want to hear, and keeping your content exciting.

SPEAKER

Opeola Bukola, Deputy Director, Backstage Accelerator Philadelphia


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2:00PM | WORKSHOP STAGE

Live up to the Hype

So you've successfully marketed yourself, your business, and you've got a few bites. Now, you have to step correct to close the deal. This talk will share how to make sure you know how to represent the best version of yourself, how to focus, and how understanding your audience will get you the outcomes you need.

SPEAKER

Bruce Marable, Co-Founder & CEO, EmployeeCycle


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2:30PM | ARENA STAGE

Alternative Funding Solutions for Startups

We must evaluate many ways to fund the work of fearless, determined entrepreneurs. Especially when they are building social ventures that require alternative business models. In this talk, Camila will share insights into funding options that go beyond bootstrapping and venture capital alone.

SPEAKER

Camila Pazos, Deputy Director, Search & Selection, Echoing Green


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2:30PM | WORKSHOP STAGE

Meet People Where They Are: Understanding Your Users' Needs

In this session, Sara will show you how to understand user needs and how technology professionals can design and develop to meet them: learn about designing and developing on the right platforms for your audience; building functional tech; and knowing when its time to change up your offering.

SPEAKER

Sara Hall, Product Manager, City of Philadelphia


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2:45PM | ARENA STAGE

Changing the Game with Equity Crowdfunding

Lack of access to venture capital is a major disadvantage for minority founders, but equity crowdfunding presents new opportunity to level the playing field. Bianca Caban from Republic will share how the platform is changing the funding landscape for entrepreneurs, and if it's right for you.

SPEAKER

Bianca Caban, Director of Partnerships & Business Development, Republic


2:45PM | WORKSHOP STAGE

Make Your Skills Make Sense: Building a Business Around You

In this session, you'll learn how to evaluate your personal strengths and weaknesses, and how to turn that into a competitive business. Find out how you can become the best resource for everything your company needs.

SPEAKER

Ronethea Williams, Founder & CEO, Field LabX

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3:00PM | ARENA STAGE

How CDFIs Help Us Create Wealth

Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) play a major role in providing loans, credit, and financial services to underserved populations. They are investors and lenders to many Black and Latinx businesses, but many have not considered what they have to offer to tech startup founders. In this session, you'll learn about CDFIs, and how they help level the playing field.

SPEAKER

Jim Burnett, Executive Director, West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution


3:00PM | WORKSHOP STAGE

Building Hardware: The Good, Bad and Ugly

You may have heard the saying that "Hardware is Hard". There are no lies in that statement. But making physical products still represents a great opportunity to change the way that the world functions and interacts with technology. Every hardware journey is different, but in this talk, Tayo will share key things to keep in mind to best set yourself up for success.

SPEAKER

Tayo Adesanya, Founder, Agbara Life

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3:30PM | ARENA STAGE

Mo' People Mo' Problems: How to Hire, Develop, and Manage a Team for Your Startup

The dilemma? Your business is growing, and you need to find Google-level employees on a bootstrapped budget. How can you attract, develop, and retain the best talent without going broke? What are the top 3 systems/processes that must be in place to establish and HR structure for your startup? As a founder, you've been focused on perfecting your product or service, but you haven't spent as much time figuring out how to grow your start-up into a high-growth corporation. People can MAKE or BREAK your company. Learn how to leverage the talents of others to take your start-up to the next level.

SPEAKER

Dr. Brandi Baldwin-Rana, CEO, Millennial Ventures


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3:30PM | WORKSHOP STAGE

Leadership from the Margins

Many people believe that leaders are born from traditional halls of power and influence, but what if the solutions to today's problems actually come from those of us who are living the struggle? From people "in the margins"? In this talk, Adrian shares his journey of embracing being undocumented and unafraid, and how we can leverage online communities and digital storytelling to lead extraordinary social change.

SPEAKER

Adrian Reyna, Director of Membership & Technology Strategies, United We Dream


3:45PM | ARENA STAGE

Healthy Hustle Habits

Learn how to troubleshoot the barriers to healthy habit formation, how to identify healthy alternatives to negative practices, and how to implement positive habits for greater productivity and less stress and burnout.

SPEAKER

Vanessa Mason, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, P2Health Ventures

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3:50PM | WORKSHOP STAGE

Designing for Diversity: Best Practices for Building Inclusive Tech EcoSystems

Join a conversation with community builders who are empowering minorities in tech spaces. Panelists will discuss how they use the power of community to help people build social capital, get jobs, find their tribe, and launch businesses.

SPEAKERs

Brigitte Daniel, Executive Vice President, Wilco Electronic Systems

Josh Torres, Latinx Tech Program Manager, Kapor Center for Social Impact

Andrea Guendelman, CEO, BeVisible

Omar Duque, President, Hispanic IT Executive Council

Carina Boston Pinales, Founder & Co-Owner, Splash Coworking

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4:00PM | ARENA STAGE

Closing the Data Gap: Lifting Up Black Tech Leaders in the News

There is incredible innovation in Black and Brown communities, yet we don't see the mainstream media prioritizing our contributions to the tech community. If investors are looking for patterns in data, but that information is not shared in public, you get a knowledge gap that perpetuates long-lived problems in business. Sherrell will share why it's important to lift up our stories and how data plays a critical role in advancing our progress in tech.

SPEAKER

Sherrell Dorsey, Founder, ThePLUG | President & CEO, BLKTECH Interactive

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4:15PM | ARENA STAGE

Leave Your Comfort Zone

The best thing you can do for yourself to grow as a person, is to leave your comfort zone and take risks. We know, it's scary just thinking about it. Come to this session for tips on how look beyond your current surroundings and level up.

SPEAKER

Tiffanie Stanard, Founder & CEO, Stimulus


4:30PM-6:30PM | THE BACKYARD

Happy Hour: Get Buzzed with Bumble

Time to get your new connections growing and going with Bumble Bizz! There will be a photo booth to make sure your profile pic is looking legit, and the Bumble team will be there to help you get all set up in the app. Career opportunities come about when you expand your network. On Bumble Bizz, you can pursue a career change, meet collaborators, or your next co-founder.


 
 

THURSDAY, October 4th, 2018

DAY 2

Growing Tech Businesses & Hiring Equitably in Tech

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9:30AM

Doors Open

Welcome home. Grab your badge, a churro, and wake yourself up with a La Colombe Draft Latte. Get ready for a day of learning, connecting and fun!


10:00AM | ARENA STAGE

Welcome Back

Two of our fearless emcees and hosts of the #Techish podcast, Michael Berhane & Abadesi Osunsade, will kick off Day 2, where we’ll share more about growing a tech business, as well as working and hiring in tech.

EMCEES

Michael Berhane, Founder, People of Color in Tech (POCIT) | Host of Techish podcast

Abadesi Osunsade, Founder, Hustle Crew | Host of Techish podcast

 
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10:10AM | ARENA STAGE

Powering Diverse Startups with Microsoft

INTERVIEWED BY ANIYIA WILLIAMS

Microsoft is focused on creating much greater diversity within its startup ecosystem. They fundamentally believe great ideas come from anywhere and have repeatedly found that diversity fuels innovation. Jeana will share more about this vision and the opportunities available to startup founders thought Microsoft for Startups.

SPEAKERs

Jeana Jorgensen, General Manager, C+E Partner and Startup Experience

Aniyia L. Williams, Executive Director, Black & Brown Founders

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10:35AM | ARENA STAGE

It's About Damn Time: A Conversation with Arlan Hamilton

INTERVIEWED BY MARIA SALAMANCA

As highlighted by her recent cover on Fast Company magazine, venture capitalist Arlan Hamilton has no time for the BS. As one of few black women to build a venture fund from nothing, she exclusively invests in underestimated people of color, women, and LGBT entrepreneurs. Arlan has gone on a journey in the last 4 years that cements her place as a living legend in tech. You won’t want to miss this fireside chat, with Arlan being interviewed by investor Maria Salamanca from Unshackled Ventures, an early stage venture fund for immigrant founders.

SPEAKERS

Arlan Hamilton, Founder & Managing Partner, Backstage Capital

Maria Salamanca, Investor, Unshackled Ventures

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11:10AM | ARENA STAGE

Wakanda Forever: Exploring Emerging Opportunities in Tech

Entrepreneurs are best positioned for success when solving the problems they know intimately. But what technologies are out there that enable us to do this most effectively? This panel will discuss tech trends and emerging opportunities that founders could help founders stay ahead of the curve.

SPEAKERS

Kai Bond, Investor, Comcast Ventures and Catalyst Fund

Brian Brackeen, Founder & CEO, Kairos

Rosario Ballesteros-Casas, Founder & CEO, VR Americas

Bianca Jackson, Founder & Owner, JAX Digital

 
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11:15AM | WORKSHOP STAGE

Welcome to Careers @ NorthStar

Careers PROGRAMMING CURATED BY LABORX

Project NorthStar, the City of Philadelphia, and LaborX recognize the need to invest in solutions that enable more Black and Latinx people to take part in the innovation economy, make money, and carve their path to economic security. Yscaira Jimenez will kick off the Careers track sharing what employers and jobseekers can expect from the next two days.

SPEAKER

Yscaira Jimenez, Founder & CEO, LaborX


11:30AM | WORKSHOP STAGE

The Future of Work

We’ll start off in careers discussing the current workforce landscape, along with workforce trends around tech jobs. Panelists will dig into: what the opportunity is for employers recruiting tech talent in Philadelphia, and why workers from untraditional backgrounds are good for business.

SPEAKERS

Barry Wilkins, Director of Industry Partnerships, City of Philadelphia

Omar Woodard, Executive Director, GreenLight Fund Philadelphia

Melinda Brown, Site Director, Higher Education Programs, Year Up Greater Philadelphia

Yscaira Jimenez, Founder & CEO, LaborX

 
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11:55AM | ARENA STAGE

Limitless Breakthrough: Creating, Implementing and Monetizing

Have you reached a plateau in your professional position and feel trapped as if there is no room to grow? As an entrepreneur in a competitive world, are you ready for a confidence boost to shatter that glass ceiling and soar to new heights? This talk is sure to reignite your fire as you will be passionately empowered and encouraged to overcome your fears and find greater success by tapping into your core principles, values and beliefs. Dr. Langley’s explosive content is sure to move you from a state a complacency to massive action as she will equip you with strategies to overpower the competition.

SPEAKER

Dr. Sarah Langley, Business Strategist, LeadHer International


12:15AM | ARENA STAGE

Make Money Moves: Learning the Foreign Language of Finance

How could improving financial literacy in our households lead to increased prosperity? Even the concept of financial literacy can be difficult to comprehend. It brings up emotions of fear, embarrassment, frustration, and misunderstanding. But families who increase their understanding of household finances can design a life within their earning capacity that leads to economic empowerment and confidence. In this session, learn how to develop a strategic financial plan, how to create multiple streams of passive income, and where to start when it comes to learning about money and finance.

SPEAKER

Natalie Torres-Haddad, Managing Partner, Savvy Women Coexist LLC

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The Backyard Block Party

12:30PM | THE BACKYARD

After a morning filled with inspiration, get some lunch from food trucks and network or chill. Entertainment will be provided. Live painting with Ockimey will also be happening.


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Mentor Office Hours

12:30PM-4:30PM | THE BACKYARD

One-on-one mentor office hours will also start now in The Backyard. They are by appointment only, so don’t forget to reserve your spot! Ask your most pressing questions to experts and investors who have been there and done that. Backstage Capital will also host special office hours appointments for founders interested in their new accelerator program!


1:35PM | ARENA STAGE

Failfest: Hard Lessons Learned

Entrepreneurs share a key moment of failure that taught them something critical to their journey.

SPEAKERs

Xavier Hernandez, Founder, STEM and Create

Jamica “Afrodjiak” El, Founder, muvaboard

AJ Nolton, Chief Innovation Officer, Bizology Academy

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1:30PM | WORKSHOP STAGE

How to Attract and Keep Diverse Talent

Panelists will discuss the talent evaluation techniques they use within their own organizations, along with new hiring models that are helping their organizations attract and retain diverse talent.

SPEAKERS

Sara Ines Calderon, Lead React Native Developer, musx

Idalin Bobe, Social Justice and Technology Activist

Billimarie Lubiano Robinson, Web Development Director, Hopeworks Camden

Thalia Elie, DevOps Engineer, Elsevier

 
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1:55PM | ARENA STAGE

How To Consistently Close Six-Figure Deals & Multiply Your Business Growth

Come to this session if you want to: (1) Become fluent in #BigMoney talk. In order to win high-value clients, you must speak the language of outcomes and results. (2) Learn the key decision makers and executives you need to talk to and how to position your services so that you are co-creating solutions vs. pitching. Drake started from the bottom, you need to start at the top. (3) Figure out how to increase your pricing by as much as 2400% without changing your fulfillment methods.

SPEAKER

Liz Simpson, Chief Growth Officer, Bild & Company


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2:10PM | ARENA STAGE

Get the Sale and Close the Deal Using Social Media

Landing deals and selling your product or service on social media only works when you have a business development plan that aligns with your marketing goals. Posting your product is not enough. In this session, we will discuss how to prospect, build relationships and make more sales using a social media.

SPEAKER

Antoinette Minor, CEO, TYP Social Media Co.


2:30PM | ARENA STAGE

Doing Business For Us and By Us

We all want to support each other's businesses, but how can this be done in impactful ways? This panel will share the ways that we can get cash into the hands of the Black and Latinx community by elevating, educating, and hiring founders of color with the resources they have at their disposal.

SPEAKERS

Shelly Bell, Founder, Black Girl Ventures

Stephen Green, Founder, PitchBlack

Kahiga Tiagha, Founder & Lead Partner, The ITEM Ventures

Lili Gangas, Chief Technology Community Officer, Kapor Center

 
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2:35pM | WORKSHOP STAGE

Building Infrastructure for Entry-Level Talent

In tech, the demand for technical talent far exceeds the supply, and research shows that this problem will only get worse, unless company start to hire differently, and make room for entry-level talent. This panel will discuss challenges and solutions around building fast-moving teams that welcomes and supports junior talent.

SPEAKERS

Karla Monterroso, CEO, Code2040

Marco Rogers, Director of Engineering, Lever

Simone Hill, Talent Programs & Analytics Lead, Upstart

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3:30PM | ArENA STAGE

Developing Apps Without Being a Developer

Many people don't know that you can launch a startup without having a technical background. What's most important is that you are solving a problem, and that you have a way to validate your idea around a solution. In this session, Prashant will share how PowerApps can help you build solutions for the problem you are trying to solve as a non-technical founder.

SPEAKER

Prashant Sharma, Global Program Manager, Microsoft


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3:30PM | WORKSHOP STAGE

What It Takes to Lead Tech Teams

In a world where tech leadership is simply portrayed by popular media as visionary and innovative, what does it actually take under the hood to lead tech teams and organizations? In this talk, Carlos will share qualities and focus areas of good tech leaders who can drive organizations to produce positive outcomes. Listeners will leave with an appreciation of the difficulty of managing in tech organizations, some key insights on how to become a better leader, and the importance of team alignment, culture, and norms to building great organizations.

SPEAKER

Carlos Rymer, Engineering Manager, The New York Times


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3:45PM | WORKSHOP STAGE

Creating an Invitation to the Tech Community

They say the definition of diversity is being "invited to the dance." But what about being involved in picking out the music, curating the guest list, choosing the venue, and being a part of the other plans for the party? These things often get left out. Let's talk more about what a real invitation entails and learn how we can create a welcoming community for everyone.

SPEAKER

Kyree Holmes, Founder, Onyx Valley


4:05PM | WORKSHOP STAGE

Fair Chance Investments: Successfully Employing the Underserved

To ensure the future success of our nation, it is critical that we create a pathway for tech opportunities for formerly incarcerated citizens who are being navigated back to society. Technology is revolutionizing how people engaged in all aspects of life, and companies could make a big impact on their workforce and society by teaming up with reentry organizations to introduce or expand technology programming. Learn how we all win by providing inmates and the formerly incarcerated with access to technology.

SPEAKER

Jason Whyte, Director of Operations & Strategy, OIC of America

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4:30PM | WORKSHOP STAGE

Creating an Inclusive Environment for Diverse Talent

Leaders often say they want to create a atmosphere at work where employees can be themselves and do their best work, but they fail to create a culture where that can actually happen. Later, these leaders are left scratching their heads as to why employees are unhappy, don’t trust them, or just leave. This panel will provide best practices and real talk around how companies can do better.

SPEAKERs

Danilo Campos, Principal, Future Fluent

LaToya Tufts, LaToya Tufts, Site Director, SMASH Wharton

Kellie Wagner, Founder, DEI Collective

Rebecca Cruz-Estevez, Associate Director of Communications & Professional Networks, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

 
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5:00PM-6:30PM | THE BACKYARD

Happy Hour with Bree and The Reeds

Get into this group, whose sound is reminiscent of traditional R&B music with strong Jazz undertones. Live painting will also be happening during this musical happy hour.


6:30PM-10:00PM | ARENA STAGE

The Glow Up

brought to you by Comcast NBCUniversal

You don't want to miss this celebration, bring a 2nd outfit if you have to! After a full day of informative sessions, NorthStar is going to light up with a party like you've never seen. Stick around to connect, network and enjoy performances by local Philly artists like Chill Moody and Donn T from &More.

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FRIDAY, October 5th, 2018

DAY 3

Pipeline to Innovation, Getting Hired & Community

* This day is free for the public to attend, but registration is required. Click here for a Day 3 Only ticket.

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9:30AM

Doors Open

This final day of Project NorthStar is free to attend. Content on this day will focus on sharing information and resources with jobseekers, youth and other members of the community. We invite you to join us!


10:00AM | ARENA STAGE & WORKSHOP STAGE

Welcome

Francesca Escoto and Jumoke Dada lead us into Day 3, Project NorthStar’s day for the community.

EMCEES

Francesca Escoto, Business Coach, Startups for Social Impact

Jumoke Dada, Technology & Strategy Consultant, Signature Red

 
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Innovators Village

10:00AM-1:00PM | THE BACKYARD

BROUGHT TO YOU BY COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL

The Innovators Village will showcase startups, nonprofits, and other community organizations who will demo their products and share information about their programs. Connect and engage with them to learn of new opportunities!


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Mentor Office Hours

10:00AM-1:00PM | THE BACKYARD

One-on-one mentor office hours will be held in The Backyard. Ask your most pressing questions to experts and investors who have been there and done that. They are by appointment only, so don’t forget to reserve your spot! Badged NorthStar attendees will be given priority for reservations.


10:10AM | ARENA STAGE

Preparing the Next Generation of Tech Leaders

Sylvester Mobley has dedicated years developing dynamic tech education programs that fight the conditions that contribute to systemic poverty. In this talk he'll share his journey, and how tech has the potential to be a great equalizer for Black and Latinx communities.

SPEAKER

Sylvester Mobley, CEO, Coded By Kids

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10:30AM | ARENA STAGE

Storytelling to Brand Yourself

In order to successfully present yourself in tech, a resume alone is not enough. Storytelling techniques, in the right doses, can transform a resume from boring (or braggy) to compelling. Learn tips on how to leverage storytelling to brand yourself to employers.

SPEAKER

Yscaira Jimenez, Founder & CEO, LaborX


10:30AM | WORKSHOP STAGE

Developing Your Career Strategy

Learn the steps that people of color need to take for raises and promotions. Who are the 5 people needed to build your career? How do I ask for a raise? How do I show I'm ready for a promotion? Find out who you need as supporters and how they can help you climb up the ladder.

SPEAKER

Michele Heyward, Founder, PositiveHire

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10:50AM | WORKSHOP STAGE

Sin Verguenza: Own Your Path, Your Power, and Your Purpose

Without understanding your path, your power, and your purpose, your success will be limited. We cannot afford to wait for someone to open the door when we knock - we have to kick down the door! This lightning talk is about looking yourself in the mirror, knowing your worth, and asking for what you deserve.

SPEAKER

Amanda Keammerer, Deputy Director, Cybersecurity San Antonio | Founder, Javilud LLC


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11:15AM | ARENA STAGE

It Pays to Be Prepared

In the words of Whitney Young, "It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared". Well, how about both? In this session, learn tips and tricks for your how to optimize your digital profile and conduct an online job search that will get you results.

SPEAKER

Buddy Hall, Program Manager, OIC of America


11:20AM | WORKSHOP STAGE

No Steps Backward, Just Forward Progress

Ofo Ezeugwu, Co-Founder & CEO of WhoseYourLandlord, shares his story and how he has tackled roadblocks along the journey of building his startup.

SPEAKER

Ofo Ezeugwu, Co-Founder & CEO, WhoseYourLandlord

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11:35AM | ARENA STAGE

Ask for Sponsorship, Not Mentorship

While mentors can give you clarity, guidance, and confidence -- they may not be your weapon to break the glass ceiling. Learn about "sponsors" in the workplace, how they can be the tool you need to advance your career, and how to seek them out.

SPEAKERs

Yulkendy Valdez, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Forefront

Josuel Plasencia, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Forefront

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11:40PM | WORKSHOP STAGE

In Data We Trust: Lifting Up Communities with Hard Facts

Decisions that affect underrepresented communities are being made everyday, often without the real facts that are needed to create successful outcomes. These panelists are making sure our voices and experiences are seen, and most importantly -- measured. Come hear them talk about their work, why it's important, and the gaps they are seeing.

SPEAKERS

Fabian Elliot, Co-Founder & CEO, Black Tech Mecca

Paul Wright, Co-Founder & COO, Stimulus | Director - Vendor Management, LiftForward

Liz Brown, Director, Backstage Accelerator Philadelphia | Founder, Design Jawn

Deldelp Medina, Director of Research & Strategy, Black & Brown Founders

 
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12:05PM | ARENA STAGE

Playing to Win: How to Land the Job You Want

Learn how to sharpen your job-hunting skills, how to interview and present yourself in the room. These tips will help you stand out when being compared to other candidates.

SPEAKER

Tawanda Sydnor, Quality Assurance Analyst, Randstad Technologies | Founder, Interior Finishes by Sydnor


12:25PM | ARENA STAGE

Your Network is your NET WORTH

Join this session to find out how to develop an influential network of supporters, while building up your career and developing as a leader. You'll learn to use LinkedIn like a ninja and be more efficient in building relationships on and offline.

SPEAKER

Yai Vargas, Founder, The Latinista

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12:45PM | ARENA STAGE

Closing Thoughts

BY ANIYIA WILLIAMS

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. Let’s end it on a high note with some parting thoughts from the Executive Director of Black & Brown Founders.