2018 Keynotes

2018 Keynote Speaker

Emily Chang


Anchor & Executive Producer, Bloomberg TechnologyBrotopia

2018 BVC Keynote Speaker

Friday’s keynote, Emily Chang, is the anchor and executive producer of Bloomberg Technology, a daily TV show focused on global technology. She regularly speaks with top tech executives, investors, and entrepreneurs in her podcast, Bloomberg Studio 1.0. The Harvard University graduate has won five regional Emmy awards for her reporting and was previously a CNN correspondent in both Beijing and London. She is also the bestselling author of the groundbreaking book, Brotopia, a look at the world of Silicon Valley and what it is like to navigate the “boys’ club” culture as a woman in tech.

Innovation is fueled by diversity. Emily’s keynote will address the numerous studies that have been done to show how diverse teams outperform non-diverse ones, particularly when a customer demographic is represented in a company’s workforce. This comes into conflict with human nature and our tendency to surround ourselves with similar people, with the question if diverse teams can be created “naturally.”

Emily will explore this topic in depth and other learnings from her book Brotopia. She will explore what optimal diversity looks like, the impact of her book both positive and negative, and what it’s like to speak to some of the most powerful voices and personalities in global technology.


2018 Impact Keynote Speaker

Breanna DiGiammarino


Senior Director of Social Innovation, Indiegogo

2018 BVC Impact Keynote Speaker

Thursday’s Impact keynote, Breanna DiGiammarino is the Senior Director of Social Innovation at Indiegogo. She actively raises awareness about the value and best practices of crowdfunding for social entrepreneurs, working to empower many of the most impactful campaigners on the site. She’s worked on campaigns such as blogger Humans of New York’s fundraiser to address bonded labor in Pakistan with a $2.3 million raise and the B Corp Cotopaxi’s Allpa Travel bag campaign with a $1.3 million raise. Before Indiegogo, Breanna was the Senior Associate at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a leading social venture fund and an Associate Consultant at The Bridgespan Group, the non-profit arm of Bain & Company.

At the Bend Venture Conference, Bre will share the power of crowdfunding in the social entrepreneurship space, including:

  • Standout campaigns by social entrepreneurs building their businesses and changing the world
  • How crowdfunding enables everyone to become a social venture capitalist
  • How crowdfunding provides financing opportunities to companies outside of traditional venture capital’s purview, including across historic geographic, topic and growth model lines
  • What it takes to put together and run a strong campaign
  • When to consider crowdfunding for your social business


2018 Keynote Moderator

Corey Schmid

Friday’s Keynote Moderator

General Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures

Corey is a General Partner with Seven Peaks Ventures. She leads the digital healthcare and health IT investment portfolio for Seven Peaks, and is an active innovation advisor and consultant to regional healthcare systems, and works as a tireless connector and diverse voice of growth and evolution within our industry. Corey is also the spark behind the Seven Peaks Ventures Bonfire Series.

Prior to joining Seven Peaks as a partner 5 years ago, Corey served 8+ years as Business Director for several products and medical device divisions at Philips Healthcare, spanning locations from Bend, Oregon to Vienna, Austria. She scaled up small acquisitions for the corporation, helped with the turnaround, product-line divestiture, business growth strategy, new market penetration, and overall general management for stand-alone facilities. Prior to that, she lead Product Management teams at two start-ups, one in medical software serving the Pharmaceutical industry, and the other partnering with AT&T in the telecom market. Corey graduated from Boston College with her BA in Human Development/Psychology and received her MBA from Portland State University.



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