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Business as a Force for Good: Fireside Chat with Sameer Dholakia of Twilio Sendgrid

- MDT

Sameer Dholakia
CEO of Twilio Sendgrid
Amy Lesnick
Pledge 1%, Chief Executive and President

Amy Lesnick is the Chief Executive and President of Pledge 1%, a global movement to integrate social impact into the DNA of every company.  Founded by tech luminaries such as Marc Benioff (founder of Salesforce.com) and Scott Farquhar (co-founder of Atlassian), the Pledge 1% movement has rapidly grown to over 11,000 companies in +100 countries. In 2017, Fast Company named Pledge 1% the most innovative non-profit in the world. 

With over 20 years of experience leading, scaling, and advising early-stage, high-growth ventures, Amy is a tech industry veteran. She’s especially passionate about the intersection of technology and social change, as well as initiatives that simultaneously empower individuals and engage communities.

Amy’s previous experience includes, Full Circle Fund (CEO), Indiegogo (Head of Cause), McKinsey & Company, American Airlines/SABRE, and Netscape, where she launched Netscape’s first web-based email product and led Netscape’s first online news stand.

Amy holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.  She serves on the Advisory Board of the Jefferson Awards, has been an advisor at Stanford University’s StartX accelerator, and co-founded the Strategic Philanthropy course at Berkeley Haas School of Business.   

In 2008 and 2009, San Francisco Business Times named Amy one of the “Bay Area’s Most Influential Women”.  In 2010, she was inducted into the “Forever Influential” Hall of Fame.


Join us for a fireside chat with Sameer Dholaki, CEO of Twilio Sendgrid, where we sit down to chat about being a force for good through business. Sameer took Sendgrid public in 2017 and feels strongly that giving back is both the right thing and smart thing for companies to do. Learn from a CEOs personal experience with boards and tips on how to get it through.

We will be chatting about how to embed giving back into the DNA of your company and why setting aside equity is both a smart and right thing to do (now more than ever).  This session will be focusing on helping founders better understand why/how to set aside equity as well as the models, tools, resources available to help them.