Allies Committee

We have invited a group of 13 men to serve as active agents in closing the gender gaps in tech—a core priority of Women 2.0 this year.

Men are 50% of the equation, but we feel there needs to be a more active, central and consistent role for men at our table—the table where we discuss and discover solutions together.

This is not a committee of men to tell women what to do. It's a committee of active partners and leaders who can turn to their male peers and help them become change agents themselves.

We will be working through the remainder of the Fiscal Year (2017) with this committee, with consistent insights and discussion points available to you throughout.


COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Each of these men has a track record of caring about and advocating for diversity and inclusion, and are dedicated to finding better ways they and their male counterparts can be better change agents for women in tech.

 
Tod Plotkin Tod is principal at GreenBuzz Agency, which produces online and broadcast video content to help organizations and media outlets tell a story. Prior to starting Green Buzz Agency, Tod's production experience included national broadcast with ABC, Discovery Channel, and the Style Network. For four years, he organized the "What's Next DC" marketing communication conference. .

Tod Plotkin

Tod is principal at GreenBuzz Agency, which produces online and broadcast video content to help organizations and media outlets tell a story.

Prior to starting Green Buzz Agency, Tod's production experience included national broadcast with ABC, Discovery Channel, and the Style Network. For four years, he organized the "What's Next DC" marketing communication conference. .

Tod Plotkin, Chair

Principal at Green Buzz Agency & Committee Chair

Wade Davis Former NFL player Wade Davis is a thought leader, writer, public speaker, and educator on gender, race, and orientation equality. Davis played for the Tennessee Titans, the Washington Redskins, and the Seattle Seahawks, as well as for two different teams within the NFL Europe league. [Full bio]

Wade Davis

Former NFL player Wade Davis is a thought leader, writer, public speaker, and educator on gender, race, and orientation equality. Davis played for the Tennessee Titans, the Washington Redskins, and the Seattle Seahawks, as well as for two different teams within the NFL Europe league. [Full bio]

Wade Davis

Leader and Educator on gender, racial and orientation equality and Former NFL player

Micah Baldwin Micah works on products and programs for startups at AWS. A consistent founder, he has been part of the startup community as a founder, advisor and investor since he started his first company at 9. Most importantly, Micah fills his dislike of people with a wonderful cadre of pets.

Micah Baldwin

Micah works on products and programs for startups at AWS. A consistent founder, he has been part of the startup community as a founder, advisor and investor since he started his first company at 9. Most importantly, Micah fills his dislike of people with a wonderful cadre of pets.

Micah Baldwin

Startups at Amazon (AWS) and startup Founder

 
Aneesh Chopra Aneesh is the President of CareJourney, a member-driven company that harnesses open health data to provide insights and workflow for population health organizations. He served as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer and authored, "Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government.”

Aneesh Chopra

Aneesh is the President of CareJourney, a member-driven company that harnesses open health data to provide insights and workflow for population health organizations. He served as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer and authored, "Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government.”

Aneesh Chopra

President of CareJourney and former CTO of the US

Josh Constine Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently an Editor-At-Large for TechCrunch. Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook, where he covered Facebook product changes, privacy, ads, ecommerce, games, and music technology. [Full bio]

Josh Constine

Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently an Editor-At-Large for TechCrunch.

Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook, where he covered Facebook product changes, privacy, ads, ecommerce, games, and music technology. [Full bio]

Josh Constine

Editor-at-Large of TechCrunch

Davang Shah

Davang Shah

Davang Shah

Director of Marketing at Google

 
Sean Branagan Sean Branagan is a serial entrepreneur, interactive marketer, educator and evangelist for innovation and startups. He is the inaugural director of the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University's Newhouse School, Chief Instigator of Media-Nxt.org, as well as creator and "commish" of Student Startup Madness (at SXSW). He is also founder and president of a technology marketing firm and chairman of a new seed fund. He holds board and advisory board positions with several early-stage tech companies, including Women 2.0, and serves on a number of charitable boards.

Sean Branagan

Sean Branagan is a serial entrepreneur, interactive marketer, educator and evangelist for innovation and startups. He is the inaugural director of the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University's Newhouse School, Chief Instigator of Media-Nxt.org, as well as creator and "commish" of Student Startup Madness (at SXSW). He is also founder and president of a technology marketing firm and chairman of a new seed fund. He holds board and advisory board positions with several early-stage tech companies, including Women 2.0, and serves on a number of charitable boards.

Sean Branagan

Director of the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University's Newhouse School

Billy Draper Prior to joining Draper Associates, Billy founded Mobber, a social referral platform that allowed several users to tweet a message simultaneously (eventually kicked off Twitter API, a badge of honor). He then went on to work at Facebook and Apartment List. Billy was listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 for venture capital in 2016.

Billy Draper

Prior to joining Draper Associates, Billy founded Mobber, a social referral platform that allowed several users to tweet a message simultaneously (eventually kicked off Twitter API, a badge of honor). He then went on to work at Facebook and Apartment List. Billy was listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 for venture capital in 2016.

Billy Draper

VC at Draper Associates

Charles Hudson Charles Hudson is the Managing Partner at Precursor Ventures, a classic seed stage investment firm based out of San Francisco, CA. Precursor seeks to invest in a company's first round of institutional investment and focuses on investments in B2B software applications, B2C software and services, and connected hardware.

Charles Hudson

Charles Hudson is the Managing Partner at Precursor Ventures, a classic seed stage investment firm based out of San Francisco, CA. Precursor seeks to invest in a company's first round of institutional investment and focuses on investments in B2B software applications, B2C software and services, and connected hardware.

Charles Hudson

Managing Partner at Precursor Ventures

 
Matt Mullenweg Matt Mullenweg is the co-founder of the open-source blogging platform, WordPress, the most popular publishing platform on the web, and the founder & CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, and Jetpack. Additionally, Matt runs Audrey Capital, an investment and research company.

Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg is the co-founder of the open-source blogging platform, WordPress, the most popular publishing platform on the web, and the founder & CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, and Jetpack. Additionally, Matt runs Audrey Capital, an investment and research company.

Matt Mullenweg

Founder & CEO of Automattic, Co-Founder of Wordpress

Munish Walther-Puri Munish is the founder of Presearch Strategy, which identifies and uses innovative technology to analyze geopolitics, assess risk, and frame uncertainty. He values and promotes community, diversity, and service in advisory work with Women 2.0, the Fletcher Club of New York, the Boy Scouts of America, and the US State Department.

Munish Walther-Puri

Munish is the founder of Presearch Strategy, which identifies and uses innovative technology to analyze geopolitics, assess risk, and frame uncertainty. He values and promotes community, diversity, and service in advisory work with Women 2.0, the Fletcher Club of New York, the Boy Scouts of America, and the US State Department.

Munish Puri

Founder of Presearch Strategy

Paolo Guadiano Building upon more than 25 years of interdisciplinary research, teaching, entrepreneurship, consulting, public speaking and writing, Paolo has recently embarked on a mission to use everything he's learned to revolutionize the way people think about Diversity & Inclusion, and what they do about it. 

Paolo Guadiano

Building upon more than 25 years of interdisciplinary research, teaching, entrepreneurship, consulting, public speaking and writing, Paolo has recently embarked on a mission to use everything he's learned to revolutionize the way people think about Diversity & Inclusion, and what they do about it. 

Paolo Guadiano

CEO at Aleria

 
Adam Draper Adam Draper is the founder and managing director of Boost VC. Adam is a 2x entrepreneur and a 4th generation venture capitalist. He also has a very large comic book collection. [Full bio]

Adam Draper

Adam Draper is the founder and managing director of Boost VC. Adam is a 2x entrepreneur and a 4th generation venture capitalist. He also has a very large comic book collection. [Full bio]

Adam Draper

Founder & Managing Director of Boost VC