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" will discuss bias in the workplace and how managers and executives can work to create a more inclusive and diverse company culture. We'll examine 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-bw-trina-van-pelt.pngTrina Van Pelt
Vice President
Intel Capital 

speaker-kboyle.pngKatherine Boyle
General Catalyst


6:00 - 7:00 PM: Networking
7:00 - 8:00 PM: Panel Discussion
8:00 - 9:00 PM: Networking

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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


Trina Van Pelt is Vice President of Intel Capital and Managing Director of the Internet of Things and Automated Driving Groups at Intel Corporation. She directs the team of equity investment, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and strategic business development professionals who identify, evaluate, lead, and negotiate strategic transactions in businesses focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) and autonomous driving segments. She is responsible for fostering strategic thinking and growth initiatives that link Intel’s business strategy with strategic transactions.

Van Pelt also co-leads Intel Capital’s Diversity Fund, which invests in businesses founded and/or managed by women, under-represented minorities, U.S. military veterans, physically disabled, and the LGBTQ community. Van Pelt has over 20 years of experience in technology M&A, investments, strategic planning and business development. She has led more than 70 technology acquisitions and investments worth >$30B over the course of her career, spanning the computing, communications, software, IoT and mobile industry segments.

She joined Intel Capital in 2004. Before joining Intel, Van Pelt was a director of corporate development at CNET Networks and an investment associate at TA Associates. She began her career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers and Ernst & Young’s financial advisory services group.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and earned a master’s degree in management from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.


As a reporter for the Washington Post when Jeff Bezos bought the paper, Katherine Boyle investigated entrepreneurship in many forms. Every industry she covered, including her own, was being turned on its head by founders with fresh ideas. She finally decided to leave reporting and be part of this world and help uncommon people accomplish epic missions.

While getting an MBA at Stanford, she worked in venture capital and saw that the founders she was drawn to didn't have perfectly polished narratives. Like heroes in great literature, they’re quirky, daring and driven to have an impact that lasts. So when she meet with founders, she still thinks like a reporter: search for the big story, one where its telling will make the future different for all of us.

Like her colleagues at General Catalyst, she's eager to champion startups that shake up highly regulated industries, from healthcare to transportation to labor. She welcomes that extra layer of challenge because it means we’re addressing complex problems. She's also drawn to really “unsexy” spaces and startups that tackle tired industries in need of an upgrade. Last but not least, she comes from a small college town, so her door will always be open to innovations that touch everyone, not just people living in big cities.

Before Stanford, she received a BA at Georgetown and an MA from the National University of Ireland in Galway. She's a lifelong fan of the arts, particularly classical music. She's also an avid reader with a yen for history and foreign affairs. If there’s an obscure book that you couldn’t put down, she'd love to hear about it.

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.