Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Toju Duke, Responsible AI Program Manager at Google

Mar 9, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Join Startup Grind Grand Rapids’ Chapter Director Corey Hart and Beneventure Partners Managing Director Yorgo Katsanos as we host an event series featuring check-ins with innovators, investors, ecosystem builders, and Startup Grind Chapter Directors from all corners of the world. Joining us for this event: Toju Duke, Responsible AI Program Manager at Google.

Virtual event

About this event


Through our Startup Grind event series Hunting for Silver Linings, we check in with innovators, ecosystem builders, investors, and business leaders from around the world.

We dig for deeper context around challenges and opportunities found in markets around the world, as well as mine for insight that can better inform biases about regions, their talent, and potential for investment.

Then, we connect the dots.


Corey Hart | LinkedIn
Chapter Director, Startup Grind
Co-founder & CMO, Telebehavioral Health.US

Yorgo (George) Katsanos
Managing Director, Beneventure Partners


Tuesday, March 9th, we are pleased to host Toju Duke, Responsible AI Program Manager at Google. 

Toju is responsible for Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA), She has over 15 years of experience spanning across Advertising, Retail, Not-For-Profits, and Tech. She designs Responsible AI programs focused on the development and implementation of Ethical AI frameworks amongst Google’s product teams. 

With a proven track record on business success and project management, she is a Manager for Women in AI Ireland, Head of Black and Brilliant AI Solutions, Tech start-ups Mentor, Business Advisor, and Founder of Refyne

Toju is a public speaker and advocates for transparent and bias-free AI aimed at reducing systemic injustices and furthering equality. She is committed to driving social justice through AI while acknowledging the diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities of society, and ensuring Responsible AI frameworks are applied to developing AI technologies. 


We spend our time checking in with investors, entrepreneurs, founders, and Startup Grind Chapter Directors from around the globe to get accounts of what's happening in their areas and learn of what their challenges and opportunities are. 

  • We learn about our guest, their story
  • We dig into their area & industry of expertise, and their region or regions of focus
  • We identify specific challenges & opportunities they are close to
  • We ask what their outlook is for the next 6, 12 months, and beyond
  • Finally, we ask how our network of global Directors, entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors can help them

Check out what happened


  • Toju Duke


    Responsible AI Program Manager



Tuesday, March 9, 2021
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM UTC


Podcast Interview


  • Corey Hart

    Startup Grind Grand Rapids

    Chapter Director

  • Yorgo Katsanos

    Beneventure Partners



  • Corey Hart, Startup Grind

    Startup Grind

    Chapter Director

  • Renee De Haan

    Principal Financial Group

    Chapter Co-director

  • Vanessa Mahoney

    Chapter Co-Director

  • Margaret Periard

    Startup & Venture Capital Intern

  • Whitney Allred

    WhitMarie Media

    Social Media Manager

  • Sophie Gu

    "Hello My Name Is..." Producer

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