Inclusive Innovation

While women have made great strides in growing businesses and creating jobs over the past few decades, significant challenges still remain. We'll explore two of the greatest challenges for high growth women entrepreneurs:

  • Access to networks. Men and women in different networks is a societal issue that is magnified in the investment or fundraising scenario and a gender inclusive approach is needed. Currently there are too many women-only solutions and this approach excludes women from opportunities to which they should have access.
  • Self-assurance. Women still self assess lower than men, and therefore their business aspirations are often understated. With access to diverse networks and advisors and the opportunity to scale the business, women succeed.
Our panel, "Tech's Future is Female: Inclusive Innovation" Sharon Vosmek (Astia) and Jennifer Billock (Ozlo) will sit down with Bill Malloy (Sway Ventures) to discuss bias in the workplace and how managers and executives can work to create a more inclusive and diverse company culture. They will show us how behavior shifts in entrepreneurial ecosystems can lead to more robust levels of inclusive innovation, and highlight research on how access to business networks, expertise and capital play out across gender lines.

speaker-sharon-vosmek.pngSharon Vosmek

speaker-jen-billock.pngJennifer Billock
VP Product


6:00pm Networking
7:00pm Fireside Chat
8:00pm Networking

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sway Ventures
325 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94111

Participation is by invitation only, we do not accept walk-up requests.
To request an invitation, please fill out the form.

Spotlight Guests

Our June pop-up event features industry veterans forging a path toward a more inclusive and diverse tech ecosystem.


Sharon Vosmek has transformed Astia during her tenure as CEO since 2007, having previously served as COO from 2004. Under Ms. Vosmek’s leadership, Astia is now the pre-eminent organization working to ensure the success of high-growth startups founded and led by women. Ms. Vosmek has led Astia’s growth from 20 individuals in Silicon Valley to the global community of more than 5,000 investors, entrepreneurs, family offices, industry leaders and individuals that it is today. Ms Vosmek was one of the founding managers and members of Astia Angels, the global investment group launched in 2013 to invest directly into women-led high-growth companies. Ms. Vosmek is well-regarded around the globe for her opinions, research and commentary on the importance of women leaders as integral to innovation and high-performing entrepreneurial companies.

A highly sought-after speaker, Ms. Vosmek has most recently spoken at the United Nations, the Milken Institute CA Summit, given lectures at numerous Universities most notably on the topic of building inclusive ecosystems at Stanford and MIT, was invited to participate in The White House Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference; the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and in 2011 she as a US Delegate to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy Summit. She is also a member of Astia Angels; on the Advisory Boards of two venture capital firms, StarVest Partners and Illuminate Ventures; the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst Experts Advisor Group; the AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Advisory Committee; and on the “Making Value for America” expert advisory committee for the National Academy of Engineering.


Jennifer Billock is a product executive with nearly 20 years' experience leading performance-driven teams. Demonstrated ability to lead through complex challenges and deliver and evolve timely, useful products and services.

Sway Ventures Pop-Up Event Series

A chance to learn from the best and the brightest in an open and fun format. These events center on providing actionable information for entrepreneurs to use, to navigate challenges and scale their companies. Through insightful panels and interviews with some of today’s most innovative founders and industry experts, to solutions-focused workshops and demos, Sway Ventures Pop-Up Events are designed to provide actual value to a select group of entrepreneurs and be hands-on with the learning process. Conversations around marketing, operations, talent, culture, and innovation, give founders and entrepreneurs the insight and ideas to win in today’s tech environment.

* Food and drinks will be provided.