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Culture Shifting Awards Honors Unsung Leaders in Tech and Innovation

Culture Shifting Weekend Honorees

Management consulting firm Culture Shift Labs hosted the Culture Shifting Awards in the Valley last month.

Now in its fifth year, Culture Shifting Awards Silicon Valley recognizes unsung leaders in tech, innovation, and social impact. The awards celebrate diverse high-flyers working at the forefront of their respective fields.

This year’s honorees include the CEO of a global computer security software company and a partner at the multi-billion dollar VC firm. Awardees are Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO, TaskRabbit; Tyson Clark, General Partner, GV Ventures; Deirdre Findlay, CMO, Stitch Fix; and Chris Young, CEO, McAfee. Actor, producer, and comedian Chris Spencer was the MC for the awards ceremony.

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The invitation-only event attracts socialites, technologists, and industry heavyweights from the Bay area and across the globe. Well-heeled guests who attended this year included Caretha Coleman, Shellye Archambeau, and Ken Coleman, among others.

The awards are the culmination of Culture Shifting Weekend, an annual bicoastal event that takes place in NYC and Silicon Valley. These are the only events of their kind in the U.S. that unite over 400 accomplished Black & Latinx tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, and social impact leaders to celebrate and enable deals and collaborations.

Each coast has a different format; Silicon Valley is the largest gathering of Black and Latinx leaders in tech, innovation, and social impact. Silicon Alley is the largest gathering of Black and Latinx Venture Capitalists. Both annual events are invite-only.

Culture Shifting Weekend Silicon Valley Andrea HoffmanSpearheaded by Culture Shift Labs founder and CEO Andrea Hoffman, guests attend to network with a vetted circle of like-minded influencers. The New York native describes the signature event offerings as a “mission disguised as an event” focused on enabling deals and collaborations. Examples include attendees receiving grant money, getting seats on boards, and obtaining investment for their venture fund or venture.

Culture Shifting Weekend kicked off in 2010 in the Hamptons and expanded to Silicon Valley in 2015.

Culture Shifting Weekend Silicon Valley


Culture Shifting Weekend Silicon Valley guests with Ken Coleman from UberCulture Shifting Weekend Silicon Valley Ken Coleman

Inaugural Culture Shifting Weekend & Awards Silicon Valley


Photos Courtesy of Culture Shift Labs

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    Kunbi Tinuoye
    Kunbi Tinuoye
    Kunbi Tinuoye is the founder and CEO of UrbanGeekz. Previously, she worked as a News Correspondent for NBC’s theGrio. Prior, she was a senior broadcast journalist for the BBC in London. Tinuoye currently sits on the SXSW Pitch Advisory Board and CES Conference Advisory Board. She is a key player in the Atlanta tech startup ecosystem and serves as a mentor for Comcast NBCUniversal’s The Farm Accelerator. Tinuoye has received several awards and accolades, including being honored with a Resolution from the Georgia Legislative.