Leanne Pittsford is an entrepreneur, investor, and thought leader in technology and diversity. After creating a global network of over 20,000 LGBTQ women and allies as the CEO and Founder of Lesbians Who Tech, she noticed a gap in how companies recruit and retain diverse tech talent. Last year, she founded TechUP, an events-driven platform for diversity training and tech hiring, to tackle this challenge. In 2017 she’s launching include.io, a digital recruiting platform to source non-traditional technical talent. TechUP has partnered with TechHire on the 2015 White House Initiative to fill 500,000+ tech jobs and build a tech sector that reflects the diversity of America. Her previous ventures include Start Somewhere, a design & technology agency, and Lean Impact, which she sold to Lean Startup in 2016. From 2006-2010 Leanne was Senior Director at Equality California, the largest statewide LGBTQ organization in the U.S. Leanne lives San Francisco and Washington, DC.