Building Innovation with  Diverse People, Perspectives and Products

Join the Gaming Alliance Leadership and Diversity SIG at the Game Developers Conferene on 2/28 (1pm-5pm) for an afternoon of insights from female CEOs, world-class VCs with 1-on-1 pitching opportunities, and legal roundtables.

This event is open to anyone with a focus on supporting inclusive leadership and diversity in business. Admission is complimentary (no GDC pass required), but space is limited.

The VCs, Investors, Crowdfunders and Platform/Publishing Companies Participating:

Alsop-Louie – Stewart Alsop

The VR Fund – Marco DeMiroz, Tipatat Chennavasin

The Fig – Justin Woodward, crowdfunding

HTC – Jenna Seiden – Head of Content Acquisition & Partnerships, HTC Viveport

MassDigi – providing academic cooperation, entrepreneurship and economic development

* More to be confirmed

Sign up required for Pitching Sessions: 15 minute Pitch Sessions with investors are open to anyone


1:00 – 1: 30  Networking

1:30 – 2:00  CEO Fireside Chat – Mary Spio, CEO of CEEK and TBA

2:00 – 4:30  Private Pitch Sessions – open to anyone. Sign up required. VC’s include – Alsop-Louie, the VR Fund, the Fig (more to be announced)

2:00 – 3:00  Open Business Roundtables – legal, funding and business discussions

3:00 – 3:30  Open Discussion on the Immigration Ban and Your Studio – Mona Ibrahim, Associate Partner, IE Law Group

3:30 – 4:00  Open Discussion TBA

2:00 – 5:00  Open Demo opportunity – Sign up required.


The Box – 1069 Howard Street, San Francisco

Tuesday, February 28th

1pm – 5pm

Catered event


  • Mary Spio – CEO, CEEK – Live VR event experiences
  • Megan Gaiser – CEO, Spiral Media LTD – AR entertainment for inspired experience
  • Sherri Cuono – Cofounder and CEO, Forward Reality – VR storytelling
  • Mona Ibrahim – Associate Partner, IELaw Group
  • Margaret Wallace – CEO, Playmatics – Discovery through play
  • Amy Jo Kim – CEO, Game Thinking
  • Penka Kouneva – World-famous film and games composer
  • Nicole Lazzaro – CEO, XeoDesign – Engagement and game design
  • Sonya Kim – CEO, One Caring Team – VR company for aging adults with alzheimer’s
  • Jenna Seiden – Head of Content Acquisition & Partnerships, HTC Viveport
  • Lolita Amica – University Relations Diversity and Inclusion, Unity Technologies
  • Fiona Cherbak – Lead Recruiter, Sony Interactive Entertainment

Companies Participating

Intel – CPU, Graphics, Hardware

Unity  – Game Engine & Developer Community

HTC – VR Hardware/Platform

The VR Fund – VR investors

The Fig – crowdfunding

IE Law Group – Law firm focused on games industry

Open Gaming Alliance – supporting the video game ecosystem

Gaming Business Review – business resource for entrepreneurs

MassDigi – providing academic cooperation, entrepreneurship and economic development


OGA Organizers

Board of Directors, Wanda Meloni

Leadership and Diversity SIG: Cindi Wiggin

Leadership and Diversity SIG: Megan Gaiser

Investment Liasion: Fiona Cherbak

For More Information Contact: Wanda Meloni