The SXSW Guide to Diversity & Inclusion


It’s happening…SXSW 2019 is right around the corner. In preparation for the upcoming multi-media festival and conference, Cream Media Group has curated a list of our top picks for Diversity & Inclusion panels, parties, and networking events.

We know that SX can be an overwhelming experience with countless of options, so we narrowed down the selection to our top sixteen.

Panels (Badge Required)

Equal Opportunity Behind the Lens: Media Diversity

March 9

5 - 6 p.m., Fairmont, Congressional B

Industry leaders will discuss what steps companies in the production space, from various perspectives, can take to continue to make progress toward media and storytelling to encompass a much more inclusive creative perspective.

Avoid Diversity Myths to Avoid Diversity Failures

March 10

12:30 - 1:30 p.m., JW Marriott, Room 201-202

This presentation will examine some commonly held misperceptions about work diversity, inclusion, and discrimination and unpack their myths and truths to highlight the complexity of managing the heterogeneous workforce of the future.

Diversity is the New Superfood

March 11

11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Courtyard Marriott, Rio Grande Ballroom

In this session, you will learn how to leverage the voices, perspectives, and experience from diverse and underrepresented groups in your organization to unlock the growth potential of one of the biggest opportunities for businesses, customers, investors, and society as a whole.

Fashion's Fit Issue: Representation and Tech

March 11

11 a.m. - 12 p.m., JW Marriott, Brazos Room

In this session, you will discover how the issue of fit is a complex topic in the fashion industry consisting of innovation, sustainability, inclusive practices, representation, and economic advantage.

How Diversity Became Our Implicit Bias

March 11

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Fairmont, Congressional C

We all know that diversity can make an agency more effective and more profitable. Implementing it though can be a slow process that takes a toll on existing staff and new hires alike. But what happens when diversity comes from the top down? When leadership represents many points of view? Join Dailey’s leadership for a discussion about how diverse leadership can create a space in which all kinds of people thrive.

Diversity in Video Games: Hard Talk for a Change

March 16

11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Austin Convention Center, Room 8C

This panel will discuss the challenges creating a more balanced workforce and development team. Speakers will share success stories and review best practices to accelerate change and increase the diversity of the video game industry.

Parties + Networking (RSVP Required)

Inclusion House

March 8-10

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., OLA 201 E. 5th St. #104, Austin, TX 78701


Usable Tech Co will host the 3rd 'Inclusive Innovation House' at two convenient and fun venues at #SXSW 2019. The venues are a quick skip from the convention center and will continue to be a place for attendees to experience some engaging and ‘socially conscious’ programming, networking, and food.

2019 #BigGayKickoff Party (Unofficial SXSW)

March 8

6 - 8 p.m., Oilcan Harry's, 211 West 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701


Hosted by therepubliq and the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Oilcan Harry’s, the #BigGay Kickoff is celebrating the the launch of SXSW and the LGBT community. The event is free and open to the public.

SXSW Opening Reception @ The Carver

March 8

6 - 10 p.m., George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin, TX 78702


This opening reception will celebrate International Women's History Day with a special panel featuring women of color who are making history as leaders in the tech industry.

Queer Filmmakers Brunch presented by aGLIFF

March 9

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., The Iron Bear, 121 West 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701


Meet up with friends and local and visiting filmmakers, actors, actresses, producers, directors for food, drinks, networking and an amazing raffle to help support aGLIFF's fundraising efforts for 2019.

Black Girls CODE SXSW Pop-Up: Meet Your Future Tech Boss

March 10

1 - 5 p.m. ConsenSys House, 606 East 3rd Street, Austin, TX 78701


Black Girls CODE PopUp @ SXSW is a destination for Black innovators, visionaries, and changemakers in STEM. Join Black Girls CODE for a day filled with tech talks, presentations, panels and networking.

Women Funding Women Austin

March 10

2:30 -5 p.m., THE EXPERIENCE by Dell Technologies, The Sunset Room, 310 E 3rd Street, Austin, TX 78748


The Women Funding Women international event series, co-hosted by Dell and the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) and Springboard Enterprises, will shine a spotlight on the investments made in women-led companies while encouraging more women to invest.

Woke Beauty: An Intimate Discussion with Celebrated Austin Women

March 10

3 - 6 p.m., Space 24 Twenty, 2420 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78705


This panel will bring together four incredible women who have showcased power and beauty through their very own self-grown businesses.

The Official 2019 SXSW Black Tech Meet-up

March 10

5 - 6 p.m., Wisteria Room, Fairmont Hotel


Avant-Garde Network will be hosting their second annual Official 2019 SXSW Black Tech Meet-up. The event is designed to bring together black tech founders, entrepreneurs, professionals and those interested in breaking into the tech space.

Diversity Advocates SXSW Meetup

March 11

12 p.m., WeWork Congress, 600 Congress Avenue Austin, TX


This casual meetup for diversity advocates is your chance to meet the group, make connections, and share your experiences.

2019 Women in Digital SXSW Rally

March 11

4:30 - 7:30 p.m., Google Fiber Space, 201 Colorado Street, Austin, TX 78701


Come prepared to trade a favor or two (or three), to lift another woman up and also to experience first-hand why Women in Digital has grown to 2K members nationwide by word of mouth alone. No matter your stage - Executive, Director, Mid-Sr, or Early-Career - we all have something to give and to gain from each other. You'll also enjoy the debut of the new Women in Digital brand, adult beverages and some seriously delicious BBQ.

Did we miss a panel or event on your radar? Share it with us in the comments so we can check it out. See you in Austin!