Yardstick “Tech” Institute – Ojai, Ca

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*Date: March 18th – 21st, 2024

Location: Ojai Valley Inn Ojai, California

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Navigating AI and New Tech for a
Diverse & Responsible Tomorrow

Spring 2024 | Ojai Valley, CA

March 18th-21st, 2024

Ojai Valley Inn
Ojai Valley, California



In a rapidly evolving technological landscape, the responsible integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and new technologies is essential for creating a sustainable and inclusive future. The conference will delve into the intersections of AI, diversity, reskilling, and access, fostering discussions on how to harness innovation while prioritizing ethics, equity, and empowerment.



Located 3 miles outside the Los Padres National Forest, Ojai is nestled in a valley between the Topatopa and Sulphur Mountains. The iconic Ojai Valley Inn is a luxury, Spanish hacienda-style resort on 220-oak studded acres. The resort features an abundance of offerings, including an award-winning spa, championship golf course, and The Farmhouse, a 50,000 square-foot epicurean event center. Having received numerous distinctions, the resort is one of the most revered retreat destinations in the U.S. Visitors will discover a majestic, hidden gem and create memorable moments at the Ojai Valley Inn.

Who and How


Leaders from a cross-section of industries will come together in an intimate retreat, where they’ll engage deeply with vital topics like the future of work, ethical AI, new innovations and applications, diversity and
inclusion in tech, and the impact of new tech in accessibility and social good. By intertwining these discussions with current global workplace dynamics and trends, these diverse leaders will collectively leverage their wisdom and expertise to forge lasting, meaningful, and measurable progress in navigating the complex but exciting world of AI and new technology.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Our Diverse Audience

Yardstick’s social audience reaches over 3 million people including our clients, their employees, their networks, and our executive search prospective job searchers.

Partnership Opportunities

Yardstick is a connector of industry opportunities, including publicity, business development, and speaking engagements.

Event Marketing Collateral

Full rights to relevant branded image and video elements for commercial and marketing use.

Vast Industry Networks

Our talent and leadership networks span across over 15 industries including entertainment, tech, gaming, venture capital, finance and more.

We Reach Decision-Makers

We work directly with the most important decision makers: CEOs, HR Leaders, DEI Practitioners, Operations Leaders, and Executives representing diverse demographics across the globe.


Everything we do centers around creating positive impact and doing meaningful work. We believe that leaders and organizations should do well while doing good.


Dr. Nworah Ayogu

Dr. Dennis Hong

Dr. Dennis Hong
Professor & Founding Director, RoMeLa

Yardstick Management | Diversified Search Group
Dr. Nworah Ayogu

Monica Miller-Smith

Dr. Nworah Ayogu
General Manager, Amazon Clinic

Yardstick Management | Diversified Search Group
Theresita Richard

Matty Ayers

Matty Ayers
Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

Misty Gaither

Misty Gaither

Misty Gaither
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB+)

Celena Roldan Sarillo

Kelly McKee

Kelly McKee
Vice President, Decentralized Clinical Trials and Patient Registries

American Red Cross Greater New York Region
Troy A. LeMaile-Stovall

Kunal D. Patel, Ph.D.

Kunal D. Patel, Ph.D.
Medical Director

Jack Fritzinger

Trey Causey

Trey Causey
Head of Responsible AI & Senior Director of Data Science

Timberline Strategies
Jack Fritzinger

X. Eyeé

X. Eyeé
Chief Executive Officer, Malo Santo

Timberline Strategies
Ebbie Parsons

Ebbie Parsons

Ebbie Parsons

Yardstick Management | Diversified Search Group
Reena Patel, Ph.D.

Reena Patel

Reena Patel
Global Managing Partner

Yardstick Management | Diversified Search Group
Slma Shelbayah, M.A.

Slma Shelbayah

Slma Shelbayah
Chief Communications & Marketing Officer

Diversified Search Group
Monica Miller-Smith, Ed.D.

Monica Miller-Smith

Monica Miller-Smith
Vice President, Research and Impact

Yardstick Management | Diversified Search Group


Do Robots Need to Look Human?

In Hollywood, robots are often depicted in the humanoid form. Thus, when we think of robots we naturally imagine humanoid robots. For robots to move around in a human environment and to do work using tools made for humans, it is natural to have robots that have the shape and size of a human. We have been developing humanoid robots at RoMeLa (Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory) for more than a decade for firefighting and disaster relief applications. However, such robots are still too slow, too unstable, too complex, too expensive, and too unsafe which prevents them from being used in real-life situations. Do robots really need to look like a human? We revisit this question and present some of the new exciting morphologies as solutions, discuss the creative process, and imagine our future with robots.

Speaker:  Dr. Dennis Hong, Professor & Founding Director, RoMeLa (Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory) of the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department,  University of California, Los Angeles

Technology and Healthcare: Opportunities and Barriers

Coming Soon

Speaker: Dr. Nworah Ayogu, General Manager, Amazon Clinic

The Feeling of AI: Creating Connectivity Between Brands & Consumers

Everyone is talking about how AI will change our world: the economics, the technology, the learning models, but no one is talking about how it will change the way we feel. Matty Ayers, the behavioral scientist, designer, artist, and entrepreneur who leads the global feelings studio TinyWins, joins to discuss how AI-centered businesses will need to lean into humanity more than ever to design memorable, emotionally resonant user experiences that will build consumer trust and loyalty.

Speaker: Matty Ayers, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, TinyWins

AI & The Future of The Work

There are countless questions about how AI will affect the future of work. At Indeed, they see a beneficial pathway for embracing AI. Employers and job seekers will experience extraordinary advancements from more efficient practices that help streamline the hiring process and save time. AI is creating greater opportunity, but humans still remain the center of everything at Indeed. Learn more about how Indeed is investing in AI to power the future of work in this dynamic Fireside Chat moderated by Misty Gaither, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, and featuring Trey Causey, Head of Responsible AI & Senior Director of Data Science. 

Speaker: Misty Gaither, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB+), Indeed

Speaker: Trey Causey, Head of Responsible AI & Senior Director of Data Science, Indeed

Bridging Gaps in Healthcare and Technology: A Comprehensive Approach to Patient-Centric Solutions

Healthcare faces numerous challenges, and understanding real healthcare problems and public health needs is crucial for implementing effective solutions. This session will explore a multifaceted approach to addressing these challenges, emphasizing compassion and an in-depth understanding of both the healthcare provider and patient journeys, two fundamental elements that now must be considered when using emerging technologies. 

Compassion and codesign serve as cornerstones for our discussions on leveraging Decentralized Clinical Trial (DCT) technologies to improve Diversity in Clinical Trials and how clinical trials should be viewed as a healthcare option. We will explore how incorporating technologies not only enhances patient experiences but also contributes to the development of more inclusive and patient-friendly healthcare solutions. The integration of Digital Twins, a cutting-edge concept in healthcare, will also be explored, shedding light on its potential to revolutionize personalized patient care. 

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion that explores the intersection of compassion, codesign, and technology in healthcare, paving the way for a patient-centric approach that addresses real healthcare problems and public health needs. 


Speaker: Kunal D. Patel, Ph.D., Medical Director, iheed
Speaker: Kelly McKee, Vice President, Decentralized Clinical Trials and Patient Registries, Medidata

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the cost of the event?

The registration fee is $3,500 and includes event registration, seminars/ sessions, meals, and all activities. Resort accommodations are available at a group discounted rate (link is available on the Institute page), and while flights and ground transportation are not included, our team is available to assist as needed.

There is a special Early Bird rate of $3,000. To access this rate, register by January 31, 2024 and use the Early Bird Code: YSMEARLY prior to submitting your payment.

Please note that Registration Closes on March 1, 2024.

What happens after I register?

You will receive a confirmation email upon registration with a receipt of payment and details for the next steps to take in planning your trip. We will be sending more emails throughout the duration of the time between registering and the actual day of the event to help guide your experience. All emails will be received from the institute@yardstickmanagement.com address. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us directly at the email address listed above.

How do I book my room?

Book your discounted room at Ojai Valley Inn here.

Can I arrive at Ojai Valley Inn prior to the start of the event or extend my stay after the event?

Yes, you can access the group room rate to add pre/post nights, based on availability, using the resort accommodations link that is provided on the Yardstick Management Institute page or by contacting the resort’s reservation department. Please note that attendees will only have the availability to extend their stay by one additional night, as the resort has a private event that starts on March 22nd and the entire property will be closed. If you have any questions, please contact the resort directly at (855) 697-8780.

How do I get to Ojai Valley Inn?

Located 70 miles North of Los Angeles and 12 miles off the ocean lies the world renowned Ojai Valley. Los Angeles International Airport, Santa Barbara and Burbank are easily accessed and offer a short transfer to the Inn. The resort does not offer free shuttle service; however, transportation services can be arranged through the resort’s Experience Planners, or through car rental options. Ojai Valley Inn is located at 905 Country Club Road, Ojai, CA 93023.

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What are the Ojai Valley Inn amenities?

Resort Amenities

  • 4 restaurants & In-Room Dining from 6:30 AM – 10 PM daily
  • 18-hole golf course
  • 4 pools
  • Spa & Fitness Center
  • Tennis Courts
  • The Farmhouse (an epicurean center)
  • Artist Cottage & Apothecary Center
  • Discover Ojai Center (contact number is (805) 640-3562)
  • Camp Oak (kid’s club)
Additional Offerings
  • High speed Wi-Fi in guest rooms, pool areas, resort lobby, and throughout the resort
  • Unlimited local and toll-free phone calls
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Full access to Fitness Center and daily Mind & Body Classes
  • Unlimited use of Ojai Valley Inn tennis courts
  • Daily Linus Bike use
  • Select newspapers & magazines available through in room customized iPad
  • Daily newspaper delivered upon request
  • Nespresso machine with high quality espresso or coffee
  • Ojai Valley Inn is pleased to offer electric vehicle charging to guests. They currently have seven 220 volt Tesla chargers.
What is the weather in Ojai during March?

On average, it is between 65° and 67°in March. The lowest temperature for this time of year is 44° degrees.

What happens if the event is canceled, or I can’t make it?

Registrants will receive a notification of cancellation via the institute@yardstickmanagement.com email with instructions on how to proceed. In the event a registered attendee is unable to attend, please contact us directly at the email address above. Please note that refunds will not be issued upon a registration purchase.

Yardstick Management Institute Data Dashboard

*This data was compiled from collective attendee information from past Yardstick Management Institutes.

Total Industries Represented

Technology 21%

Professional Services 17%

Venture Capital 12%

Non-Profit 14%

Entertainment 8%

Consumer Goods 7%

Manufacturing 4%

Law 3%

Healthcare 3%

Education 3%

Other 8%

Unmatched Access to C-Suite

Donut chart representing the seniority levels of institute attendees. There were 72 C-suite/president, 50 senior vice president or vice president, 27 director, nine manager, and 18 individual contributor.

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Unmatched Access to C-Suite

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85% Diverse* Executives

161 Companies