This year, we're celebrating Game Changers. At this year’s summit, we'll learn from the investors who know the rules of the game -- and are 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
APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED
On May 24-25, 2022 at The Midway SF, join 500+ amazing VCs at THE gathering for female and non-binary venture investors to share insights and build a supportive community together. Our summit is designed to maximize learning and connections via inspirational speakers, game-changing breakout sessions, and extraordinary networking opportunities.
Given skyrocketing travel costs, we still have a number of highly qualified women who are unable to come due to the cost of airfare, hotels, etc. If you are able to provide financial support to other amazing women VC leaders for their travel to the summit, please reach out to us directly and we’ll get you matched with someone. Or you can donate through the link below.
Hear from amazing experts in each session, which will supercharge your insights as an investor and your professional development. Check back for more updates.
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. This year, the 2022 VC Summit will be held on May 24 & 25, 2022 in San Francisco, CA at The Midway.
All Raise VC Summit is THE gathering for female and non-binary venture investors to network, share deals, and be inspired.
This year, we are celebrating game changers. Game changers have never been more essential. VC is not a level playing field. At this year’s summit, we will learn 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. Given COVID in-person restrictions, all interested parties must apply to attend. 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.
Will I be able to attend the event if I submit an application?
While this year our capacity is restricted due to COVID, we encourage you to apply to attend. We will notify all applicants by April 29, 2022 of their status.
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. This year, we are prioritizing active All Raise volunteers and active investors within venture or corporate venture firms.
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.
I am an All Raise volunteer. Do I get a free ticket?
Volunteers who do not have the support of their firm are eligible for a scholarship that covers 50% of the admission fee and associated processing fees. We have limited spots for scholarships, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible.
Who is coming?
We will not share attendee information or lists. This event is designed for women and non-binary investors to connect and network, and we encourage you to share your information!
Can I share my registration link with others?
No, do not forward your unique invitation link. It’s a one time use link and tied to your name. If you forward your link to someone else and they register before you do, your link will become invalid and we are unable to issue you another one. We recommend you do not share your link or forward your registration confirmation.
What is the price and what is included?
In person: $1,485.80 ($1,399 ticket price + 6.2% processing fee), includes programming, scheduled meals, and conference space. Participants are responsible for their travel and hotel costs. We encourage firms to allow female and non-binary investors to expense their tickets, supporting the growth and success of women and non-binary individuals in their firms.
How was the price of $1399 + 6.2% fee determined? It feels expensive.
We feel you! The cost of producing an in-person event with COVID capacity restrictions has increased dramatically since the last time we came together live in 2019. We did a thorough benchmarking of other VC conferences to ensure our price was still accessible and at the lower end. Over 35% of conference attendees will be receiving scholarships to attend (please see details here). If you are at a firm that has the budget for you to attend and wants to support more women being able to attend the conference, please encourage your firm to sponsor a scholarship!
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. We have suggested language to provide your firm in our scholarship FAQs. 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!
How do I register?
You will need to complete an application by April 15th to attend. Our team will review applications on a rolling basis and accept qualified investors. All applicants will receive a response by Friday, April 29th.
Can I sponsor a woman or non-binary investor to attend?
Yes! Support the Summit here.
What is your refund policy? What happens in the case of a canceled event?
All Raise does not issue refunds for sponsorships or individual tickets. Should the 2022 Summit be canceled due to Covid-19 or any other unforeseen circumstances, All Raise will apply any sponsorship or ticket sales received for 2022 to the 2023 VC Summit. If you’re not able to attend both days, we do not offer partial refunds of any kind.
Can I purchase my ticket to attend the day of the event?
No, registration will only be open through May 6, 2022 and tickets are not available on the day of the event. We encourage you to purchase your ticket once accepted as we typically sell out of tickets!
Why should my firm sponsor the VC Summit?
All Raise is a non-profit powered by the support of volunteers, personal and company contributions. Consider reaching out to your company to sponsor this year's virtual All Raise VC Summit and show your commitment to women and non-binary investors. See our Donation Page for more details on how to sponsor.
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. Current sponsorship opportunities can be found here. Please contact Jody Mahoney firstname.lastname@example.org directly to be one of 6 flagship sponsors of the event this year, which includes a VIP gathering, social media, Summit shoutouts, branding, marketing, and more! Sponsorship opportunities are available on a first come, first serve basis and will close by May 20, 2022.
Who can sponsor the 2022 All Raise VC Summit?
VC Firms, CVCs, Corporations, selected nonprofits and other firms can sponsor the VC Summit.
Can I donate my complimentary tickets?
If you are a sponsor from 2021 who received complimentary tickets that carry over to this year, the answer is yes! We will happily provide your comp tickets to underrepresented female and non-binary investors. Please let Jody Mahoney know that you are interested in this option by emailing her at email@example.com.
What are you doing about COVID-19?
In consideration of the health and safety of our community, COVID-19 proof of vaccination will be required for in-person attendees, verified through CLEAR HealthPass. More details, requirements and enrollment instructions to follow. All Raise will follow all current CDC and local guidelines and safety procedures will be in effect at the venue.
Will there be onsite parking?
The Midway is located in an industrial park in the Dogpatch area of SF. We strongly recommend using ride share services to get to the conference as public street parking is very limited and first come basis. For further questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a conference app I can download?
No, but the program will be available on mobile devices and you will have a personalized agenda based on the sessions you register for. More information will be provided upon check-in at the event.
Is this an ADA accessible event?
We will try our best to accommodate your accessibility needs. Please indicate them in the registration form so we can ensure you’re comfortable for the duration of the event.
Can you accommodate my dietary restrictions?
Our caterers can provide vegetarian and vegan options in addition to the meat offerings on the menu. Please indicate any food allergies you might have in the registration form.
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 following the live event. Make sure you subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to be notified when the videos go live.
Are we encouraging attendees to share their experiences via social media during the summit?
Yes, the summit is on the record and while attending the VC Summit is by invitation only, we are open and encourage attendees to share their experiences via social media. We’ll social media friendly activations and will provide attendees with hashtags.
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 this is our 4th annual event, and are planning on the 5th! Be on the lookout early 2023 for more info.
“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.”