Diversity Reboot Summit

Practicing Conviction, Partnership and Passion in Investing with Cathy Gao

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Practicing Conviction, Partnership and Passion in Investing with Cathy Gao

As the daughter of a software engineer and small business owner, Cathy Gao, a Partner at Sapphire Ventures, has been immersed in technology and entrepreneurship from an early age. She has experience investing at multiple stages, from traditional buyout to venture capital, and has also sat on the other side of the table as a business operator. For this one-on-one conversation, Cathy shares with us how through investing, she strives every day to express her core values of conviction, partnership, and passion.

Meet The Speakers

Cathy Gao
Cathy Gao
Partner at Sapphire Ventures
As the daughter of a software engineer and small business owner, Cathy has been immersed in technology and entrepreneurship from an early age. She has experience investing at multiple stages, from traditional buyout to venture capital, and has also sat on the other side of the table as a business operator. Her breadth of experience has shaped her passion for deeply understanding business models and working hand-in-hand with entrepreneurs to help scale high-growth companies. Through investing, Cathy strives every day to express her core values of conviction, partnership and passion.
DeAnnah Stinson Reese
DeAnnah Stinson Reese
Global DEI Consultant, PowerToFly

DeAnnah Stinson Reese is a Corporate Equity Strategist and Career Coach for minorities. She has 10+ years of experience in equitable hiring, retention, DEI education, and career development. DeAnnah educates, equips, and empowers minorities to advance in their careers using her proprietary career strategizing model while also partnering with companies to diversify their leadership by creating more equitable workplace cultures. As a corporate equity educator and strategist, DeAnnah helps companies to understand the power of biases, privilege, race, and social injustices to strategize ways to cultivate truly diverse and inclusive workplaces that retain top diverse talent. DeAnnah served as a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, a current member of For(bes) the Culture, a partner with Fortune 250 companies, and has been featured in a variety of media outlets. She's also an undiscovered tennis pro, novice guitarist, and travel enthusiast. Her superpower is activating the potential in others!