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Ellen Pao

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Co-Founder & CEO of Project Include, Diversity & Inclusion Advocate, Former Interim CEO of Reddit

Ellen Pao

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Co-Founder & CEO of Project Include, Diversity & Inclusion Advocate, Former Interim CEO of Reddit

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Ellen Pao Biography

Ellen Pao is a technology investor and activist, the former CEO of Reddit, and the co-founder and CEO of the award-winning diversity and inclusion nonprofit, Project Include. A long-time entrepreneur, she is the former Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Kapor Center and a former venture capitalist for Kleiner Perkins and Kapor Capital.

With over two decades in the tech industry, Pao is a frequent advisor to tech leaders and keynote speaker at women’s and tech conferences. She draws from her own gender discrimination suit to offer practical and effective solutions to promote diversity and inclusion.

Her memoir, "Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change," following Pao’s workplace discrimination suit against a powerhouse Silicon Valley venture capital firm, was shortlisted for the Financial Times and Mckinsey Business Book Of The Year. For the toxic culture and homogeneity she exposed, Pao was hailed as “the face of change” by TIME. Named Best Fall Book by both Elle and Bustle, Reset “has blown open a conversation about the status of women,” according to the New York Times.

Pao joined Reddit in 2013 as the head of business development and strategic partnerships, running its mobile, growth, and business development efforts. She went on to become the interim CEO, where she made notable changes to the site and company structure to address harassment and protect privacy. Pao was the first head of a major social media platform to ban revenge porn, unauthorized nude photos, and harassment. Following her departure from Reddit in 2015, Pao went on to found "Project Include" with seven other women from the tech industry. Aimed primarily at startups, Project Include uses data and advocacy to accelerate diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.

Before moving into tech, Pao practiced corporate law in New York and Hong Kong for Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She received an MBA from Harvard Business School, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, where she also received a certificate in public policy. She is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow. Her writing has appeared in WIRED, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Lenny, and Recode.

Ellen Pao Speaking Topics

  • RESET: MY FIGHT FOR INCLUSION & LASTING CHANGE

    In 2015, Ellen K. Pao sued a powerhouse Silicon Valley venture capital firm for workplace discrimination. Her suit rocked the tech world—and exposed its toxic culture and homogeneity. Although Pao lost her suit, she revolutionized the conversation at tech offices, in the media, and around the world.

    In this speech, Pao tells her full story, from growing up the daughter of immigrants and earning multiple Ivy League degrees to working at top startups and rising in the ranks — only to be excluded from decisive meetings, uninvited from networking events, and undercut by male executives.

    As Pao spotlights the troubling issues plaguing today’s workplaces, she shares her own efforts to find solutions, such as her progressive actions at reddit to change the status quo for the company, banning revenge porn and unauthorized nude photos and shutting down harassing subreddits.

  • PROJECT INCLUDE: DIVERSITY & INCLUSION AT WORK & BEYOND

    According to Ellen Pao, the benefits of true diversity include better teams, better innovation, increased financial returns, improved companies, and inevitably, a better world.

    As CEO of the diversity non-profit, Project Include, Pao’s mission is to give everyone a fair chance to succeed. Using a holistic approach informed by data, Pao brings audiences a breakdown of the most effective ways to accelerate diversity and inclusion solutions in the tech industry. From inclusion to comprehensiveness and accountability, Pao will outline practical, inspiring, and achievable goals for a better future.

Ellen Pao Videos

  • Keynote: A Conversation with Ellen Pao on Leadership, Advocacy ...
    Fireside Chat with Ellen Pao CEO Project Include former Reddit CEO moderated by Tina Tang Head of Marketing WiDS Worldwide.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith and Ellen Pao Red Table Talk | The 2019 ...
    Jada Pinkett Smith leads a dynamic Red Table Talk with Ellen Pao, Founder, Project Include, on the importance of believing women. Watch the ...
  • A Conversation With Ellen Pao: Diversity & Inclusion in Tech and ...
    Ellen Pao, chief diversity and inclusion officer at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, has been on a mission to fight discrimination since she ...

Ellen Pao Books

  • Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change
    Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change

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Ellen Pao is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as RESET: MY FIGHT FOR INCLUSION & LASTING CHANGE and PROJECT INCLUDE: DIVERSITY & INCLUSION AT WORK & BEYOND. The estimated speaking fee range to book Ellen Pao for your event is available upon request. Ellen Pao generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Cynthia Marshall, Cassandra Worthy, Carla Harris, Stacy Brown-Philpot and Reshma Saujani. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ellen Pao for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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