50/50 Day 2018 Global Livestream

Scroll down to read bios and all the hosts and speakers for 50/50 Day, as well as details of the amazing events that we visited. Click here to watch all the videos.

Hosts

Dom Brassey Lead Host for 50/50 Day

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Dom Brassey Lead Host for 50/50 Day Growth and Analytics at Mapbox

Dom Brassey (she/they) runs experiments with the Growth team at Mapbox to help web and mobile developers launch amazing products. Before Mapbox, Dom toured the nation as a gender nonconforming menswear model and custom clothing entrepreneur. With Lesbians Who Tech + Allies and Tech Jobs Tour, she grew a global community of tech talent and convened regional tech inclusion summits with shift7 and the White House Tech Hire Initiative. In the social sector, Dom spent 7 years teaching with the Prison University Project in San Quentin. She currently facilitates Women in Management (WIM) groups at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Tiffany Shlain Co-founder 50/50 Day & Director of 50/50 film

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Tiffany Shlain Co-founder 50/50 Day & Director of 50/50 film

Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of The Webby Awards and co-founder of 50/50 Day. Her films and work have received over 80 awards and distinctions including premieres at The Sundance Film Festival, a Disruptive Innovation Award from Tribeca Film Festival, inclusion in NPR’s list of best commencement speeches and The US State Department’s American Film Showcase. She runs Let it Ripple Film studio and is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute. @tiffanyshlain

Kim Brooks Co-Anchor of Nightline on Fusion

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Kim Brooks Co-Anchor of Nightline on Fusion

Kimberly Brooks is a versatile correspondent who has covered stories across the world including controversial gold mining in Dominican Republic, the music and culture of Easter Island, and the legacy of Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa (‘O Girls’). She is also one of the hosts of “The Feed,” a weekly look on subjects ranging from politics to pop culture Additionally, Kim serves as the co-anchor of ‘Nightline on Fusion’ along with ABC News’ Gio Benitez. The weekly extension of ABC News’ late-night newsmagazine, takes an unvarnished, behind-the-scenes look at the most interesting stories of the week. Before joining FUSION TV in 2014, Brooks was a fellow for ABC News where she produced stories for World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, and Nightline. Prior to ABC, Brooks worked behind the scenes in production -- beginning at The Oprah Winfrey Show. She then moved on to produce for NBC's lifestyle programs in Chicago and New York -- winning two regional Emmys with her team. Originally from Ohio, Brooks holds a degree from Northwestern University and a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University. She currently resides in Miami, FL.

Sawyer Steele Co-Founder of 50/50 Day and 50/50 Film

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Sawyer Steele Co-Creator of 50/50 Day and 50/50 Film

Sawyer Steele is an Emmy-nominated producer and Head of Productions and co-founder of Let it Ripple. He has co-produced, co-written, and co-edited several award-winning films including 50/50, Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death, and Technology, and many more. He also produced and co-wrote the Emmy-nominated AOL Original series The Future Starts Here, which includes an episode TransBoom, where he shares his experience being transgender. He and Tiffany Shlain co-founded both Character Day and 50/50 Day. @sawyersteel

Nomzamo Majuqwana Brand Consultant and Writer

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Nomzamo Majuqwana (Zumi) Brand Consultant and Writer

Nomzamo is a British-South African brand consultant, writer and diversity advocate. She believes every business should stand for something, so she redesigns them around big ideas. She also knows diversity makes every culture richer, so she champions inclusion wherever she operates. Nomzamo's lived and worked in London, Johannesburg, San Francisco and now New York City. She's written and spoken about her passions extensively, published in The Guardian and presented at SXSW.

Julie Hermelin Co-founder of 50/50 Day & co-creator 50/50 Film

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Julie Hermelin Co-founder of 50/50 Day & co-creator 50/50 Film

An award winning filmmaker, entrepreneur and activist, Julie Hermelin was a creative producer on the Emmy-nominated AOL Original series The Future Starts Here with @TiffanyShlain, co-founded the social recommendation site, Momstamp and, executive produced the pro-choice benefit compilation, “Spirit of ’73: Rock for Choice.” Julie leverages her social network for social change, founding and chairing The XX Fund, a women’s philanthropic collective that supports non-profits for LA’s most vulnerable women and girls. @juliehermelin

50/50 Day Schedule

9am PT - Live from the 50/50 Day Studio:

Welcome from 50/50 Day Hosts and Co-Founders Premiere of new 4 minute film Why I Pledge 50/50 Introduction to 50/50 Action Pledge Tool

9:15am PT - Tapping into Live Events Around the Globe:

Sarasota Military Academy, Sarasota, FL KIVA Headquarters, San Francisco, CA Amy Emmerich of Refinery29 introducing Ladies Room Broadcast, New York

9:30am PT - 50/50 Day: Imagining a New Future Together Introduced by Nomzamo Majuqwana:

Jacquelyn Zehner Co-Founder of Women Moving Millions

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Jacquelyn Zehner Co-Founder of Women Moving Millions

Jacki Zehner is a Co-Founder of Women Moving Millions (WMM), a community of over 280 members who have collectively given over $1 billion to organizations and programs that focus on females. Prior to her philanthropic focus, she was a Partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where she was the youngest woman and first female trader to make partner. www.jackizehner.com @jackizehner

Gary Barker President and CEO of Promundo

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Gary Barker President and CEO of Promundo

Gary Barker is President and CEO of Promundo. He has conducted extensive global research and program development around engaging men and boys in gender equality and violence prevention, and is a leading voice for the worldwide effort to establish positive, healthy masculinities. Gary is the co-founder of MenCare, a global campaign to promote men’s involvement as equitable, non-violent caregivers, and co-founder of MenEngage, a global alliance of more than 700 NGOs and UN agencies working toward gender equality.
9:45am PT - Tapping into Live Events Around Globe:

Cal State University, San Bernardino, CA Highlighting 50/50 Day Ambassadors around globe

10am PT - Speakers: Changing Cultures of Tech and Politics Speakers interviewed by Tiffany Shlain

Glynda Carr Co-Founder of Higher Heights

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Glynda Carr Co-Founder of Higher Heights

Advocate and political strategist Glynda C. Carr is recognized for her innovative leadership style, commitment to expanding the civic participation of communities of color and advancing progressive public policies that build sustainable communities. Glynda is the Co-Founder of Higher Heights for America a national organization building the political power of Black women from the voting booth to elected office by creating the environment for Black women to run, win and lead. Under Glynda’s leadership, Higher Heights has become the leading political organization for Black women to harness their power to elect Black women, influence elections and advance progressive policy. A sought after speaker and trainer, Glynda’s writing has also appeared on TheRoot.com, BET.com, Ebony.com and Huffington Post and NBCBLK.com and has appeared on Fox News Live, MSNBC and several other media outlets.

Ellen Pao CEO and Co-Founder Project Include

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Ellen Pao CEO and Co-Founder Project Include

Ellen Pao is a long-time entrepreneur and tech investor, and a more recent activist. She was the interim CEO at reddit, where she notably implemented changes to the site and company to address harassment, including banning revenge porn, unauthorized nude photos, and several harassing subreddits. She previously ran its mobile, growth, and business development efforts. Ellen has written and spoken extensively about diversity and inclusion in tech, and is one of the co-founders of Project Include, an Oakland non-profit providing practical, effective diversity and inclusion recommendations for tech startups. Prior to reddit, Ellen helped build startups for seven years as a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where she served on the boards of Flipboard, Datameer and Lehigh, and worked closely with RPX and Jive. She started her tech career in business development roles at early-stage startups Tellme Networks and Danger Research, and at WebTV and BEA Systems. Before moving into tech, Ellen practiced corporate law in New York and Hong Kong for Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She received an MBA from Harvard Business School, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, where she also received a certificate in public policy. Ellen is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow.
10:15am PT Tapping into Live Events Around Globe: 

April Six Headquarters: Co-Creators of Action Pledge Tool Val-ED Initiatives, Bangalor, India

10:15am PT Speakers: Impact Philanthropy on a Global Scale

Cynthia Nimmo President and CEO of the Women’s Funding Network

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Cynthia Nimmo President and CEO of the Women’s Funding Network

Cynthia Nimmo is the President and CEO of the Women’s Funding Network. She leads the network with a focus on collaboration, shared data and best practices, and cross-sector partnerships. A proven leader with a passionate commitment to systems change, she has consulted for foundations, nonprofit organizations, and Fortune 500 companies wishing to advance social causes. Cynthia first joined Women’s Funding Network as Vice President of Member Services, and then as Chief Operations Officer, providing the strategic direction and implementation of special initiatives. In her tenure, she oversaw the development of multiple impact tools, including a social change measurement tool which has been used by hundreds of organizations around the world, and was licensed to corporations such as Nike Inc. Prior to joining the philanthropic sector in 2003, Cynthia helped to develop iVillage.com, the first online network for women. iVillage.com pioneered the notion of online community during the “new media” era with a membership of over one million women. Cynthia piloted innovative online tools to support women’s leadership and entrepreneurship, and went on to oversee the development of online communities for dozens of companies. A passionate advocate of the power of discourse as a tool for change, Cynthia began her career as a Legislative Aide in the United States Senate to Senator Dianne Feinstein during her first term as Senator. She was appointed to the Sustainabilty Commission for the City of Sausalito, where she served as Chair. Cynthia is a graduate of Santa Clara University with degrees in Political Science/International Relations, and Spanish. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa (national honor society) and Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society). As the daughter of an immigrant, raised in a bi-national family, Cynthia is deeply committed to global relationship and dialogue.

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro President and CEO of Global Fund for Women

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Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro President and CEO of Global Fund for Women

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is globally recognized for her leadership of organizations and initiatives that advance women’s and girls’ human rights, and philanthropy for communities. She is currently President and CEO of Global Fund for Women, one of the world’s leading foundations for gender equality. During her time at Global Fund for Women, Musimbi has seen the organization surpass $140 million in grantmaking.
10:40am PT Tapping into Live Events Around Globe:

Hosts introduce 50/50 Film Screening of 20 min film 50/50

11am PT Speaker: A Call To Men:

Tony Porter CEO of A CALL TO MEN

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Tony Porter CEO of A CALL TO MEN

Tony Porter is an author, educator and activist working to advance social justice issues. As the chief executive officer of A CALL TO MEN™, Tony is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood. He is a leading voice on issues of manhood, male socialization and its intersection with violence, and preventing violence against all women and girls. Tony’s 2010 TED Talk has been named by GQ Magazine as one of the “Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.”

Kim Brooks Co-Anchor of Nightline on Fusion

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11:15am PT Tapping into Live Events Around Globe:

OrkidStudio, Nigeria Screening of new film Why I Pledge 50/50 Live Action Pledges happening around globe

11:30am PT Speakers: Religion, Science, Gender and the New Definitions of Family

Helen Fisher Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute

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Helen Fisher Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute

Helen Fisher, PhD is Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute and Chief Science Advisor to Match.com. She studies the brain circuitry of romantic love and attachment, as well as why you fall in love with him or her, gender differences and current trends in family life. Fisher has written six internationally best-selling books, including: WHY WE LOVE; WHY HIM? WHY HER?; and ANATOMY OF LOVE (2ND ed). She is currently studying the biological basis of personality and the role these four personality styles play in mate choice and partnership happiness. She is a TED All-Star with over 11 million views of her TED talks and she speaks around the world.

Amichai Lau Lavie Founding Spiritual Leader of Lab/Shul NYC

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Amichai Lau Lavie Founding Spiritual Leader of Lab/Shul NYC

Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is the Founding Spiritual Leader of Lab/Shul NYC and the creator of Storahtelling, Inc. An Israeli-born Jewish educator, writer, and performance artist, he received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2016. Rabbi Amichai is a member of the Global Justice Fellowship of the American Jewish World Service, a founding member of the Jewish Emergent Network, a consultant to the Reboot Network, a member of the URJ Faculty Team and the Advisory Council of ORAM, an LGBT focused organization for refugees, asylum and migration. He was a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership Institute in Israel (2008-2009) and serves on the advisory committee of Faith House Manhattan. Rabbi Amichai has been hailed as “an iconoclastic mystic” by Time Out New York, a “rock star” by the New York Times, a “Judaic Pied Piper” by the Denver Westword, a “maverick spiritual leader” by The Times of Israel and “one of the most interesting thinkers in the Jewish world” by the Jewish Week. In 2016 The Forward named him one of the thirty-two “Most Inspiring Rabbis” in America, and in 2017 he was top five on “The Forward 50,” their annual list of the most influential and accomplished Jews in America. In June 2017 Rabbi Amichai published the JOY Proposal, offering a new response to the reality of Intermarriage and taking on a personal position on this issue, including his resignation from the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement.
11:45am PT Tapping into Live Events Around Globe:

Adobe Headquarters, San Francisco Yosemite Unified School District, Yosemite, CA Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA

12:00pm PT Jada Pinkett Smith in conversation with students at Sarasota Military Academy, Sarasota, FL

Jada Pinkett-Smith Actor and Philanthropist

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Jada Pinkett-Smith Actor and Philanthropist

Jada Pinkett Smith was born in Baltimore and has starred in many successful films. Her most recent film, Girls Trip, became the first film that was produced, directed, written by, and starring African American women to break $100 million at the U.S. box office. Smith has also produced several films, including The Secret Life of Bees, The Karate Kid, and Free Angela and All Political Prisoners. Other films she has starred in include The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, and The Nutty Professor, as well as voicing Gloria in the Madagascar films. In 2016, the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation launched Careers in Entertainment (CIE), a first-of-its-kind initiative designed to establish a diverse and inclusive pipeline of storytellers.
About the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation
The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation (WJSFF) seeks to create a world in which every person is inspired to bravely explore and discover their inner light so that it may be used to transform humanity.  The Foundation is at the convergence of philanthropy, media and social impact. We are an incubator and accelerator that ignites the next generation of “big” ideas, cutting edge artists, thought leaders, change-makers and social innovators.
Programming Break — watch speakers from the morning session here 2:30pm PT Tapping into Live Events Around Globe:

Refinery29, New York, NY Salesforce Headquarters, San Francisco, CA

3pm PT Speakers: The Next Frontier for Global Feminism

Matt McGorry Actor and Activist

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Matt McGorry Actor and Activist

Matt McGorry is an actor, activist and feminist dedicated to racial justice and gender equity. He is known for portraying “Asher Millstone” in ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, and “John Bennett” in Netflix series Orange is the New Black. Matt has inked multiple op-eds, key-noted at A Call to Men gala and was listed in Forbes’ “30 under 30.” Matt fights for a world where Black and Brown Lives Matter as much as white Lives and where the lives of women, girls and gender non-conforming people matter as much as the lives of cisgender men. He is a SURJ National Connector and a member of WP4BL.

Kimberlé Crenshaw Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School

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Kimberlé Crenshaw Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School

Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, is a leading authority on Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, Critical Race Theory, and race, racism and the law. Crenshaw’s groundbreaking work on “Intersectionality” has traveled globally and was influential in the drafting of the equality clause in the South African Constitution.
3:15pm PT Tapping into Live Events Around Globe:

Equal Voice Canada, House of Commons, Ottawa, Canada Quizlet Headquarters, San Francisco, CA

3:30pm PT Speakers: Money & Power in a Changing Business Landscape

Sallie Krawcheck CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest

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Sallie Krawcheck CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest

Sallie Krawcheck is CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest digital investment platform for women. She is Chair of Ellevate Network, a global professional woman's network. And she is Chair of the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund, which invests in top-rated companies for advancing women. Krawcheck was named among the top ten of Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People" list. Before becoming an entrepreneur, she was CEO of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and of Smith Barney.

Tony Prophet Chief Equality Officer at Salesforce

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Tony Prophet Chief Equality Officer at Salesforce

Tony Prophet is the Chief Equality Officer at Salesforce where he leads the company’s Equality initiatives, focusing on gender, LGBTQ, and racial issues. Prophet is also a board member at Gannett and College Track. Previously, Prophet held executive positions at Microsoft, HP and Booz Allen. Prophet holds a BSIE degree from General Motors Institute and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business attending as a GM Fellow.
3:45 - 4pm PT Tapping into Live Events Around the Globe:

ERA Coalition hosting events on campuses across country. Panel featuring Patricia Arquette, Carol Jenkins, and more Open to the Public Women in Management, Chile Rochester, New York Women Leading Change Celebration, Providence, Rhode Island New York Public Library, New York, New York

4pm PT Speakers: Women on the Front Lines of the Immigration Debate

Arturo S. Rodriguez President of United Farm Workers of America

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Arturo S. Rodriguez President of United Farm Workers of America

As president of the United Farm Workers of America, Arturo S. Rodriguez is continuing to build the union Cesar Chavez founded into a powerful voice for immigrant workers by increasing its membership and pushing historic legislation on immigration reform and worker rights. He seeks to fundamentally transform American agriculture by creating jobs offering workers decent pay, comprehensive health coverage, retirement security, protections against toxic poisons, job security and guarantees against discrimination and sexual harassment. Rodriguez has more than 40 years experience organizing farm workers, negotiating UFW contracts and leading numerous farm worker boycott and political drives across North America.

Diana Tellefson Torres National Vice-President of the United Farm Workers of America

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Diana Tellefson Torres National Vice-President of the United Farm Workers of America

Diana Tellefson Torres is the Executive Director of the UFW Foundation and a National Vice-President of the United Farm Workers of America. Founded by Ms. Tellefson Torres, the UFW Foundation has played a significant role at the national, state and local level as an advocate for farm workers and is now the non-profit with the largest number of immigration legal service providers accredited by the Department of Justice in rural America. Diana graduated from Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology.
4:15pm PT Tapping into Live Events Around the Globe:

Vision 2020, Philadelphia, PA Wilson Center's Women in Public Service, Washington, DC

4:30pm PT Speakers: The Safe Sports Act and Why We Need It

Nancy Hogshead-Makar CEO of Champion Women Advocacy for Girls and Women in Sports

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Nancy Hogshead-Makar CEO of Champion Women Advocacy for Girls and Women in Sports

Nancy Hogshead-Makar is an Olympic champion, a civil rights lawyer, and CEO of Champion Women, providing legal advocacy for girls and women in sports. Hogshead-Makar led the 8-year effort to protect athletes from sexual abuse in club and Olympic sports, that is, sports not associated with schools. Most recently, she galvanized the sport, child protection, and civil rights communities in support of a new federal law, the SafeSport Act, signed into law in February 2018.

Chris DeSantis Coach, Consultant, and Activist

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Chris DeSantis Coach, Consultant, and Activist

Chris DeSantis is a coach, consultant and activist in the swimming community. Through his website chrisdcoach.com he advocates for improving the state of coaching within the sport. He brings to that work his experience as a NCAA Division 1 and Danish Junior National Team coach. He was also the first full-time sports coach to graduate with a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology in 2009. He lives in Jersey City NJ with his wife Kate and daughter Olivia.
4:45pm PT Tapping into Live Events Around the Globe:

Wilson Center's Women in Public Service, Washington, DC ERA Coalition Campus events across country

5pm PT Speaker: Dispatch from the Front Lines of Cultural Change

Abigail Disney CEO and President of Fork Films

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Abigail Disney CEO and President of Fork Films

Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, activist, and the Emmy-winning director of The Armor of Light. As CEO and president of Fork Films, the documentary production company behind the groundbreaking Pray the Devil Back to Hell and PBS series Women, War & Peace, Abigail is committed to stories that create dialogue across divides and move the needle on social change. She has executive produced and supported over 90 projects through Fork Films’ funding program. Additionally, Abigail is the founder and president of Peace is Loud, a nonprofit that uses media and live events to highlight stories of women stepping up for peace. Recently, Abigail co-founded Level Forward, a new entertainment model and enterprise in which profit and principle go hand in hand. The company, formed in partnership with Killer Content, builds on the legacy of making stories that matter, with a commitment to innovation, inclusion and impact.
5:30pm PT Speakers:

Angelica Coleman Director of Community at Lesbians Who Tech

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Angelica Coleman Director of Community at Lesbians Who Tech

Angie is a tech aficionado who loves building community and bringing people together. With a background in history, she is always finding ways to use tech to further social good and solve societal issues. That and she loves talking nerdy to just about anyone. As an advocate for diversity and inclusion, Angie regularly speaks and writes on the topic, helping companies reimagine their internal culture. She's currently the Director of Community at Lesbians Who Tech, a global community of over 35,000 queer technologists and the founder of Reboot America, an Oakland-based non-profit that builds comprehensive community solutions by bringing together technologists and researchers.
5:45pm PT Tapping into Live Events Around the Globe:

University of California San Francisco Second annual 50/50 Day event in Dallas, TX

6:00pm PT Tapping into Live Events Around the Globe:

Silicon Valley: April Six with tech companies We Work, San Francisco

6:30pm PT Tapping into Live Events Around the Globe:

Mechanics Institute, San Francisco Twitter Headquarters with Film Hero, San Francisco Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall, Los Angeles Neuhouse, Los Angeles