Pitch Event: Investing in Diversity

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




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



Open Gaming Alliance

Gaming Business Review

M2 Advisory Group

OGA Organizers

Board of Directors, Wanda Meloni

Leadership and Diversity SIG: Cindi Wiggin

Leadership and Diversity SIG: Megan Gaiser

Investment Liasion: Fiona Cherbak

More Information Contact: Wanda Meloni


Wanda Meloni

About Wanda Meloni

Wanda Meloni is a leading market analyst in the areas of digital and interactive media, VR/AR, development tools & graphics tech. As CEO and principal analyst of M2 Insights, Wanda has been quoted in Fortune, Fast Company, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. She also speaks at numerous industry conferences and events. She can be reached directly at wanda@M2-Insights.com