Keynote Speaker


Aline Lerner, CEO of

Aline is the co-founder and CEO of Before that, she wrote code, ran hiring at Udacity, and wrote a lot of angry stuff on the internet. Her data-driven posts about how typos matter more than pedigree, how resumes are a low-signal filtering tool, and how technical interviewing performance is arbitrary have reached millions of people, and her work on the subject has appeared in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and Fast Compan



Kofi Callender, Executive Director of Smarter in the City

Kofi is Executive Director of Smarter in the City, a high-tech accelerator in Dudley Square with a mission to diversify Boston’s startup sector by providing support and resources for local minority-run ventures. He is a graduate of Babson Graduate School of Business with a concentration in entrepreneurship. He has taken the practicality of classroom theory and deployed it in service of urban entrepreneurship.  Over the past decade, Kofi has worked with a number of corporations and startups developing growth strategies.


Natalie Bartlett, Early Stage Venture at General Catalyst Partners

At General Catalyst, Natalie supports Rough Draft Ventures’ founders. Rough Draft Ventures backs student-led teams with up to $25k in funding, provide resources, mentorship, and a community of like-minded peers. RDV has backed over 150 founders that have started over 100 companies to date. Helping young companies grow is a natural extension of her graduate work in technology and innovation at Harvard. When she began working with the Rough Draft Ventures team, Natalie identified the needs common to student founders and developed the infrastructure to support student teams, as well as the university entrepreneurship ecosystem.


Barbara Oddo, General Manager at Lincoln Property

Barbara is President-Elect of CREW Boston, the region’s leading professional organization promoting the advancement of women in commercial real estate. In over 74 markets with more than 10,000 members globally - CREW provides its members with the infrastructure to excel in their careers and become influencers in the industry.  CREW programming emphasizes networking, mentoring, leadership development and community involvement.  Additionally, CREW is the leading producer of research on women in the commercial real estate industry – including its 2017 white paper, “Diversity: The Business Advantage – Best Practices for Gender Equality and Inclusion in Commercial Real Estate”.

With more than 20 years of experience in management services, Barbara joined Lincoln Property Company in 2007, where she is responsible for oversight of close to 1M square feet of office space in downtown Boston. 

Robbin Chapman, Associate Provost and Academic Director of Diversity & Inclusion At Wellesley College

Robbin Chapman, Ph.D., is Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at the Harvard Kennedy School.  She was formerly the Associate Provost and Academic Director of Diversity & Inclusion, and Lecturer of Education at Wellesley College.  Dr. Chapman taught a design-based learning technology course, Learning and Teaching in a Digital World, that challenged her students to re-imagine how learning flourishes in partnership with digital technologies.  Chapman earned her S.M and her Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she conducted research at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the MIT Media Laboratory. Her research interests include design and use of computational tools for learning in public spaces, equity issues as they relate to learning technologies, and technologies for scholar activism.