Forum Agenda

1:00 pmWelcome
Roy Bahat — Bloomberg Beta, First Principles Co-chair

Flow of the Day
Sawako Sonoyama Clarin — Stanford PACS

My Journey with Giving
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen — Stanford PACS, First Principles Co-chair

Our Journey with Giving
Jen Rubio — Away
Stewart Butterfield — Slack
Moderated by Raylene Yung — Former Facebook and Stripe, US Digital Response, First Principles Host Committee

Walking the Talk in Tech: Advocating for Workplace Equity
Rhonda Allen — /dev/color
Françoise Brougher — Former Pinterest
Kim Scott — Author, Just Work and Radical Candor Moderated by Roy Bahat
2:30 pmBreak
2:35 pmSmall Group Conversations — Round 1 
3:20 pmBreak
3:30 pmSmall Group Conversations — Round 2
4:15 – 5:00 pmQuestioning Big Philanthropy; Welcoming New Ways of Giving
Rob Reich — Stanford University Professor, Stanford PACS Faculty Co-director, Author, Just Giving and System Error
Moderated by Carla Eckhardt — Stanford PACS

Participant Reflections

Closing Remarks
Roy Bahat and Sawako Sonoyama Clarin
5:00 – 5:45 pmVirtual Happy Hour via Icebreaker

Small Group Conversations


  1. How to Navigate Different Approaches in Philanthropy —Erinn Andrews
    Hosted by Jocelyn Blumenrose
    So much jargon! What does effective philanthropy, effective altruism, trust-based philanthropy, and participatory grantmaking mean? How do I know which one is right for me? Join us for a discussion of the pros and cons of each approach as we map these philosophies and practices to the various stages of the “donor journey.”
  2. How to Make an Impact through Board Service — Sara Fenske Bahat
    Hosted by Karin Klein

    In this session, you’ll learn how to have the greatest impact through your board service—making the most use of your time and being smart with your service. The conversation will cover tactical issues like how to pick the right board for you, and how you can help drive value on a board.
  3. Addressing Structural Racism — Vincent Pan
    Hosted by Monica Long

    The past year has brought national attention to structural racism, calls for the criminal justice system to be reformed, and the rise in anti-Asian bigotry. Hear from one of the organizers of #StopAAPIHate and discuss how you can help combat racism, raise community awareness, and provide support for effective prevention and intervention solutions.
  4. Investing through the Lens of Race and Gender Erika Seth — Davies Hosted by Caroline Barlerin
    Learn about the importance of thinking through doing philanthropy through the lens of race and gender. Without understanding the history and root cause of whatever issue you are addressing, you are likely missing the whole picture. What is and how can you work on gender-based and racial-based investing and why is this intersection critical?
  5. Supporting Local: California Wildfires — Genevieve Biggs
    Hosted by Erika Reinhardt

    Californians have become accustomed to dreading the annual fire season. Whether you are recovering from a loss of a home, anxious about when to start packing, or concerned about the impact of debilitating smoke for extended periods of time, what are we doing about it? Learn about the decades-long structural, environmental, and political challenges and the opportunities for individuals and philanthropists to intervene.
  6. Political Giving Beyond 2020 — Hosted by Lisa Conn
    The 2020 election in the backdrop of a global pandemic inspired a record-breaking number of people taking action. But what now? Though the election has passed, with record wealth inequality, a lack of reliable information, and deepening political polarization, US democracy is at a critical juncture. Beyond elections and voting, what is the role philanthropy can play to strengthen democracy as a whole?


  1. How to Figure Out My “Giving Number” — Saran Chari and Kathy Kwan
    Hosted by Erinn Andrews

    Hear from your peers about their philanthropy story — from their wealth event(s) and their original involvement in philanthropy, to figuring out their giving number. How did they get started? How did they determine how much to give and in what way? How has their thinking evolved over the years? Bring your questions and learn from their experiences. During the Q&A, we welcome you to share your number (if you like) and what resonates with you from our speakers’ stories.
  2. Taking a Pledge Together with Your Company: The Equity for Impact Model — Hosted by Rae Richman and Phillippe Siclait
    Hosted by Danielle Gram

    What can companies and individuals do to encourage generosity around an exit event? Learn about a new program, Equity for Impact, which inspires equity holders within tech companies to give and supports them to maximize their impact when they do. Hear from one of the founders of this program for Airbnb’s community, and a leader of this initiative at atai Life Sciences, and about how other companies are replicating this model.
  3. Funding BIPOC and Latinx Communities as an Artist: Power Sharing and Vulnerability — Armando Castellano
    Hosted by Patience Yi

    When advocating for an underrepresented and historically marginalized community, understanding and challenging existing power dynamics is critical. This is especially true for philanthropy. Hear Armando Castellano’s unique perspective as a philanthropist and professional classical musician, and how he strives to empower BIPOC and Latinx communities.
  4. Building a More Equitable Economy Post-COVID— Rachel Korberg
    Hosted by Priya Shanker

    The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected the economic well being of people of color and those who live in poverty. But now, we have the unprecedented opportunity to rethink the future of work and build a more equitable economy that uplifts us all. Learn about a new model — a “pooled fund” approach — designed to support workers, families, and communities most devastated by the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, and how you can support both the immediate need for cash assistance as well as long-term structural change.
  5. Ways to Engage in Climate Change: Energy, Food, and More — Hosted by Chris Bryson
    Climate change is an existential threat to our humanity that affects all issues like energy, food and more. With so many areas and levels to intervene, what strategies are most effective? Join this roundtable discussion to learn what your peers are doing in this space, get insights on specific issue areas, and share ideas on how you can up your strategy.
  6. Angel Investing for Impact — Co-hosted by Susan Kimberlin and Veronica Juarez
    This discussion will help you think about aligning your investments with your expertise or passion, such as environmental sustainability, economic revitalization, underrepresented founders. The conversation will focus on managing your investments with impact in mind, with different strategies and best practices.

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