Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion Across CES 2024

Overview A central theme of CES 2024, diversity and inclusion programming, networking and events are taking the spotlight in Las Vegas this January. Take a look at the highlights and be a part of the conversation.

For innovation to reach its full potential, diverse voices and perspectives must be heard and amplified for businesses in the tech industry to flourish. That’s why CES 2024 is celebrating D&I champions, founders, thought leaders and pioneers.  
From conference programming to networking opportunities, policy discussions and more, CES is highlighting diversity on a grand scale. Here’s an overview of what’s in store to showcase how businesses, and the industry as a whole, are strengthened when more people from underrepresented backgrounds get a seat at the table. 

Startups and Entrepreneurship 

The CTA Foundation’s Accessibility Contest and the Innovation for All Startup Experience will return to CES 2024. Both programs work with U.S. and Canadian-based startups, and recipients receive a complimentary booth at CES’s Eureka Park, the show's flagship marketplace for startups.   

Innovation for All Programming  

CES is amplifying women and diverse voices in innovation across the conference stages. A snapshot of programming includes:  
Women in Tech Q&A – Live at CES: Join Stephanie Dismore, managing director of HP NW Europe. She will host a conversation about the critical role women play in shaping organizations. 
The Future of the Chief Diversity Officer: What’s Next?: With corporate diversity practices in transition, discover how the shifts affect current and future initiatives. Industry leaders discuss the current state of D&I and what lies ahead. 
Emerging Technologies Shaping the Tech Workforce: AI and other emerging technologies can shape the workforce to strongly promote inclusive and efficient practices. Hear from speakers at the forefront of creating and applying these technologies. 
Driving Innovation Through Inclusive Design: Innovation is fostered through inclusive product design. Companies and entrepreneurs will showcase their transformative technologies for creating inclusive and accessible products. 
Closing the Gender Equity Gap: Hear from companies and entrepreneurs creating solutions that surpass barriers and inspire actionable strategies for greater gender representation in the tech workforce. 
Masterclass: How to Maximize (Social) Media Exposure for your Startup: Join Omi Bell for insights on social media, and how to use it for growth and unprecedented exposure. 

Investing in the Future of Innovation 

CES 2024 will amplify CTA’s continued $10 million commitment to investing in venture firms and funds that support women- and diverse-led startups. To date, CTA has invested in ten venture funds that model passion and commitment to ensuring that the next great idea is empowered to change the world.  
Sessions discussing the importance of investing in women and diverse entrepreneurs can be found on our stages. Panels of note include:  
A Look at the Funding Landscape for Women and Diverse Entrepreneurs: Decreased access to funding has widely affected the tech ecosystem, especially for women and diverse-led startups who have historically faced funding barriers. Join leaders as they discuss the effects on future innovation.   
Empowering Women’s Entrepreneurship: Hear from policy makers and business leaders as they discuss how to empower more women founders in tech. 
LGBT Tech’s partnership with CES is a bold step toward a more inclusive and innovative future. It’s more than just a partnership; it is advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community within the tech space. Diversity is not a challenge but an indispensable catalyst for the highest levels of tech innovation.

Chris Wood
Executive Director and Co-Founder, LGBT Tech

D&I Networking and Events  

A full plate of D&I activities at CES reflects the tech industry’s growing awareness of valuable new voices. This year, we look forward to partnering with LGBT Tech, The Female Quotient and Black Girl Ventures to host events and meetups centered on building a robust community for all. A partial list of CTA’s D&I events, including CES exhibitor events, is included below. 
CES is an ideal and important partnership for the Black Girl Ventures Foundation because it provides a dynamic platform to showcase and amplify the innovation, entrepreneurship and brilliance of people of color in technology and innovation, ultimately fostering diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.

Omi Bell
CEO, Black Girl Ventures

CTA Events 

  • January 9: CTA Foundation hosts the invitation-only Accessibility Roundtable and CTA Foundation Reception.  
  • January 10, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Join CTA and LGBT Tech, presenting sponsor Quickplay, for an LGBTQ+ & Allies Meetup at the Innovation For All Hospitality Suite at the Encore. 
  • January 11: CTA, The Female Quotient and Black Girl Ventures host the invitation-only second annual Women in Tech Brunch convening women and allies to celebrate women’s contributions in the tech industry.   
  • January 11, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Join CTA and Black Girl Ventures for the Innovation for All D&I Meetup, a networking opportunity featuring Black and Brown founders, tech leaders, entrepreneurs and allies in the Innovation For All Hospitality Suite at the Encore. For more information on these events, contact diversity@cta.tech. 
The Female Quotient is more than a business; we are in the business of equality. We strategically partner with the world’s largest companies to elevate the tech workforce. As the official equality partner of CES, we propel women in tech, making the invisible visible, changing the equation and closing the gap.

Shelley Zalis
Founder and CEO, The Female Quotient

More Venues, Programs and Activities 

  • TheAList launch of The Suite, the organization’s new membership space for BIPOC C-suite and senior executives. It’s on Tuesday, January 9. from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Email events@thisisTheAList.com to request an invitation.  
  • The Equality Lounge @ CES presented by The Female Quotient provides networking opportunities for women from a community of doers and changemakers. Check out the lounge on Tuesday, January 9, from noon to 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday, January 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the ARIA Sky Suites. 
  • WiCT Legacy Awards 2024 is hosted by Women in Consumer Technology on Tuesday, January 9, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
  • The Women of Inforum@CESnetworking reception is hosted by Magna and 360ofme. It’s on Wednesday, January 10, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Magna booth 3725 in the LVCC West Hall.  
  • Cultural Connections, hosted by Forbes in partnership with TelevisaUnivision, will bring together thought leaders from the Latin community for a cocktail reception on Wednesday, January 10, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Sistas in Sales x Walmart Connect Fireside Chat takes place Wednesday, January 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  
With so much to see and learn at CES 2024, audiences will experience how tech is changing, and how tech is driving change. For more information about diversity and inclusion at CES 2024, check out our Innovation for All programming and visit us online

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