Vanessa Slavich is pursuing a Master's in Interaction Design with a focus on social impact and innovation. She is applying her research at the Kapor Center, a family of organizations making the tech ecosystem and entrepreneurship more diverse, inclusive, and impactful. Prior to the Kapor Center, Vanessa led Diversity and Inclusion at Square, the company making commerce easy for everyone. Slavich joined Square in May 2011 from Apple where she worked in recruiting. A graduate with honors from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she went on to study International Business at the University of Cambridge. She is a board member of the San Francisco Unified School District and of Mission Bit, a non-profit that offers free programming classes to San Francisco public school students. A believer in the power of movement and community, Vanessa is an Ambassador to the SF Marathon and Tri-California and is a two-time Ironman finisher.