Date: Wednesday, June 27th
Conference: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Happy Hour: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
This is our third annual Tech Inclusion New York, convening the tech industry to focus on solutions to diversity and inclusion!
Our theme this year is “Voices of Innovation” – featuring diverse, underrepresented voices building the innovative technologies and cultures of our future. Join us for a full day of keynotes, panel discussions, solo talks and an interactive session focusing on inclusive innovation across the tech ecosystem.
Spend the day learning new solutions, meeting diverse people who care, being stretched in a safe environment, and gaining new tools and strength to advocate for change. Then join us for Happy Hour in the evening to network, debrief and unwind.
Saudia Ganie, Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager at Digital Ocean
Tech Recruiter who is passionate about building organizations that empower people to be their authentic selves in the workplace. Currently at DigitalOcean where I partner with Engineering teams and also lead diversity and inclusion programs.
Melinda Briana Epler, Founder, CEO at Change Catalyst
Melinda Briana Epler has more than 25 years of experience elevating brands and developing business innovation and inclusion strategies for startups, tech hubs, social enterprises, Fortune 500 companies and global NGOs. As Founder & CEO of Change Catalyst, Melinda empowers diverse, inclusive and sustainable tech innovation through events, education, mentorship and funding. Through Tech Inclusion, an initiative of Change Catalyst, she partners with the tech community to solve diversity and inclusion together. Her work spans the full tech ecosystem, from Education to Workplace, Entrepreneurship, Policy and Media. Melinda speaks, mentors and writes about diversity and inclusion in tech, social entrepreneurship, women entrepreneurs and investing. She is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker – her film and television work includes projects that exposed the AIDS crisis in South Africa, explored women’s rights in Turkey, and prepared communities for the effects of climate change. She has worked on several television shows, including NBC’s The West Wing.
Anil Dash, CEO, Fog Creek Software
Anil Dash is an entrepreneur, activist and writer recognized as one of the most prominent voices advocating for a more humane, inclusive and ethical technology industry. He is the CEO of Fog Creek Software, the independent New York City tech company that incubated landmark startups like Trello and Stack Overflow, and created Glitch, the friendly new community that helps anyone make the app of their dreams. Dash was an advisor to the Obama White House’s Office of Digital Strategy, and today advises major startups and non-profits including Medium and DonorsChoose. He also serves as a board member for companies like Stack Overflow, the world’s largest community for computer programmers, and non-profits like the Data & Society Research Institute, whose research examines the impact of tech on society and culture; the NY Tech Alliance, America’s largest tech trade organization; and the Lower East Side Girls Club, which serves girls and families in need in New York City. Described as a “blogging pioneer” by the New Yorker, Dash has a unique presence on social media, where he’s been maintaining his Webby-recognized personal website since 1999, with its analysis of the technology industry and its impact on culture earning recognition and citations in sources ranging from the New York Times to the BBC to TMZ, as well as hundreds of academic papers. In 2013, Time named @anildash one of the best accounts on Twitter, and it is the only account ever retweeted by both Bill Gates and Prince, a succinct summarization of Dash’s interests. As a writer and artist, Dash has been a contributing editor and monthly columnist for Wired, has had his works exhibited in the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and DJed the XOXO arts festival. Prior to joining Fog Creek, Dash cofounded Makerbase, an online community for people who make apps and websites, and Activate, the boutique management consultancy which defines strategies for many of the most important companies in media and technology. Earlier in his career, Dash founded the non-profit Expert Labs, a research initiative backed by the MacArthur Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) which studied online public engagement in policy making. He also helped start Six Apart, the seminal social media company that invented the technology behind many of the earliest and most influential social media sites on the Internet. Dash is based in New York City, where he lives with his wife Alaina Browne and their son Malcolm. Dash has never played a round of golf, drank a cup of coffee, or graduated from college.
Kelly Hoey, Author of Build Your Dream Network
Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures). If you don’t chat with Kelly at Tech Inclusion then find her on Twitter @jkhoey.
Katrina Jones, Director of People & Inclusion at Vimeo
Katrina Jones is an accomplished HR executive and fierce champion for diversity, equality and inclusion. She currently serves as the Director of People & Inclusion at Vimeo and is also an adjunct faculty at NYU Wagner. Katrina's HR experience has been focused on developing workplace solutions that increase organizational effectiveness, boost employee engagement, and foster equitable and inclusive work environments. Katrina received her Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from The Catholic University of America. She also holds a certification as a Professional in Human Resources from the Society for Human Resources Management. You can connect with Katrina via LinkedIn or catch her (almost) daily HR and diversity and inclusion related musings on Twitter.
Kristy Wallace, CEO of Ellevate Network
Kristy Wallace is the CEO of Ellevate Network, and is responsible for executing Ellevate Network’s mission to close the gender achievement gap in business by providing professional women with a global community to lean on and learn from. She directs the Network’s staff, is responsible for business growth and strategy, and works closely with Ellevate's Chapter Leaders, Business Partners, and Champions to further Ellevate's impact. Kristy is host of the Ellevate Podcast: Conversations with Women Changing the Face of Business and is also a regular speaker and thought leader on Leadership, Diversity, Social Entrepreneurship, Networking, and Entrepreneurialism. Most recently, Kristy was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the New York Business Journal. Kristy strives to support women and girls in achieving their dreams. She is an Angel Investor with Pipeline Angels, and organization creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs; a Member of the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change; an Advisor for the 92Y Women in Power Fellowship for Rising Female Leaders; on the Advisory Council for the Villanova University Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Institute; Co-Chair of the Leadership Advisory Board for the Girl Scouts of Greater NYC; and a Board Member at Workforce Professionals Training Institute. Prior to joining Ellevate, Kristy was a founding team member of Zeel.com, where she oversaw operations, business modeling, brand development, partnerships, and fundraising. Prior to Zeel, Kristy served as VP of North America Ad Sales and then GM of International Operations at Vault.com. Kristy obtained her BA in English/Sociology from Villanova University and began her career as a financial analyst at KeyBank. A passionate runner, reader and world traveler, Kristy lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with her husband and three wonderful children.
Bianca Jackson, VR Consultant at JAX Digital LLC
Bianca J. Jackson, MBA, PMP® is an award-winning project manager with 12+ years of experience managing IT infrastructure, web, mobile, video, and VR/AR projects for Fortune 500 companies such as UnitedHealth Group, Marriott, and USA Today. She was the project manager for USA Today’s The Wall VR project that won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. Bianca was selected as a 2018 speaker for SXSW and other international conferences to discuss marketing implications, content diversity, and the inclusion of women in VR and AR. Also, she was selected as one of 40 SH//FT, a community-driven company that celebrates and promotes diverse voices in the VR/AR industry, global diversity scholars for the Oculus Connect 4 virtual reality conference in 2017
Ivy Teng Lei, Founder at IvyTL
Ivy Teng Lei is a native New Yorker from Chinatown, Manhattan and is a proud product of the NYC public school system, a DREAMer, and an immigrant and education advocate. She is a regular op-ed contributor in The Guardian and her advocacy has been covered by NBC, Fox, ABC, NY Times and interviewed by other major news platforms. She led the effort to creative New York’s Asian American / Pacific Islander Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship and was elected as the Chair of Asian American Federation Professional Leadership Council, and most recently chaired a statewide campaign on college affordability. In 2016, Ivy founded a company dedicated to bridging the gap between multicultural and mainstream marketing strategies for public and private sectors and non-for-profits and is currently working to formalize a non-for-profit that provides scholarship opportunities for students in need regardless of immigration status. These experience created a unique perspectives as an advocate and an employee in the private sector. Her career started at Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG), and worked with Fortune 500 companies in their marketing strategy. After IPG, she worked at The Gap in Global Marketing where she oversaw global on-product marketing from conception to execution. Ivy was most recently the Account Strategy Director at Ladder.io, a tech marketing startup while serving as an Independent Board of Directors at the Baruch College Association. She was a 2013 DREAM Fellowship at the New York Immigration Coalition and an alumna of the CORO Leadership New York network.
Greg Reynolds, CEO & Co-Founder at g-dii
Greg Reynolds has dedicated more than 25 years to founding and building companies that curate, cultivate and celebrate diverse talent. Greg has harnessed his experience in executive search to realize his personal passion for and commitment to impacting under-represented groups in leadership in the workplace. Greg currently serves as CEO and president of two companies he co-founded, both Hadley-Reynolds (executive recruitment) and g-dii (AI Tech firm). Moreover, his devotion to the importance of diversity and inclusion has led him to further evolving his businesses to ensure multi-cultural candidates get a fair shake at the executive level worldwide. At its core, Greg believes that the innovative technology that g-dii is creating will only help to better the workplace and ultimately change the world. Greg was educated at Hampton University. Greg served on the Board of the Washington Halfway Home for women as well as on the National Board of GLAAD.
Brian Oduor, CEO at Cap of X
Brian Oduor is a serial entrepreneur. Opting out of academia for Wall Street, and after playing a key role in creating America’s first greenhouse gas market and closing billions of dollars in deals for media and technology companies, he found his passion: democratizing the business of business. As the founder & CEO of Cap of X, Brian designs and builds augmented business intelligence platforms, giving organizations the superpower to know how well they will capitalize on a brand / product strategy while still planning it. Cap of X’s platforms democratize the use of machine intelligence, allowing organizations to focus on the core quality of their growth. From marketing campaigns to retail location scouting, organizations take advantage of these superpowers to better understand what strategies are repeatable, durable and scalable and thus, worth pursuing. Brian is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at NYU, where he created and teaches a course on integrating data analytics and its ethics in public policy. Previously, he was a pioneering contributor to ‘Design x Exclusion’, a conference created by MIT Center for Civic Media and Automattic to address opportunities for and from inclusion in designing digital products. Brian’s undergrad studies and published work focused on network theory and machine learning, earning him a BA (summa cum laude) in Mathematics & Computer Science from Connecticut College. For graduate school at Yale, Brian won several product innovation awards while his academic interests were in behavioral economics and the business of climate change. He earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management and another masters from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Allie Schwartz, Director of People Operations at Healthify
Allie Schwartz is a People Person Person previously the VP People at Fog Creek Software and currently the Director of People Operations at Healthify. She's a Texan by birth, Brooklynite by choice, and an advocate for inclusion and humanity in tech.
Emily Ladau, Disability Rights Activist at Words I Wheel By
Emily Ladau is a passionate disability rights activist, writer, speaker, and digital communications consultant whose career began at the age of 10, when she appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about her life with a physical disability. A native of Long Island, New York, Emily graduated with a B.A. in English from Adelphi University in 2013. In 2017, she was named as one of Adelphi’s 10 Under 10 Young Alumni. In 2018, she was awarded the Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities. Emily is dedicated to harnessing the powers of communication and social media as tools for people of all abilities to become informed and engaged about disability and social justice issues. She is the Editor in Chief of the Rooted in Rights Blog, a platform focused on authentic representation of disability rights issues. Additionally, Emily manages and provides consultation services regarding online presence and communications for disability-related organizations. Her writing has been published on websites including The New York Times, SELF, Salon, Vice, and Huffington Post. All of Emily’s activism is driven by her firm belief that if we want the world to be accessible to people with all types of disabilities, we must make ideas and concepts surrounding disability accessible to the world.
Wayne Sutton, Co-Founder, CTO at Change Catalyst
Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Change Catalyst and its Tech Inclusion programs. Change Catalyst is dedicated to exploring innovative solutions to diversity and inclusion in tech through the Tech Inclusion Conference, training, workshops and the Change Catalyst Startup Fellows Program. Sutton’s experience includes years of establishing partnerships with large brands to early stage startups. As a leading voice in diversity and inclusion in tech, Sutton shares his thoughts on solutions and culture in various media outlets where he has been featured in TechCrunch, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to mentoring and advising early stage startups, Sutton’s life goal is to educate entrepreneurs who are passionate about using technology to change the world. Wayne has over 14 years experience in technology, design and business development. Wayne has been recognized as one of the Silicon Valley 100 coolest people in tech, one of the 52 hottest new stars in Silicon Valley, one of the 46 Most Important African-Americans In Technology by Business Insider and one of the Top 100 most influential black people on social media in 2014. In 2014 Wayne co-founded BUILDUP, a non-profit designed to support an inclusive ecosystem of entrepreneurs through educational workshops and fellows program for underrepresented tech founders. In 2011, Wayne co-founded the NewMe Accelerator, the first minority led startup accelerator/incubator in Silicon Valley which was featured in CNN Black in America 4. Prior to NewMe he worked in media in Raleigh, NC for NBC17 and the News and Observer. In 2009 Wayne was the co-founder of TriOut, a mobile location-based startup in Raleigh, NC which exited. Wayne has worked with large brands, Inc 500 companies and advises several technology startups. With a passion for community Wayne has organized Social Media Conferences, tech meetups, and hackathons such as the world’s first Food Hackathon, which assembled leading food innovators, chefs, developers, designers and entrepreneurs to collaborate on solutions in the food ecosystem. Wayne has been featured on CNN, BBC, USA Today, TechCrunch, Mashable, Black Enterprise, and various online media outlets. Being an early adopter Wayne was one of the first 1000 users on Twitter which as lead to a loyal following not only on Twitter, but Facebook and Google+. His blog SocialWayne.com has been ranked one of the 50 best technology and social media blogs in the world over the years. Wayne is a past TED attendee in 2012. With a passion for education and storytelling, Wayne has spoken at several universities and major internet and technology focused conferences such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, Duke, UNC, NC State, TEDx, World Wide Web(WWW) Conference, O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo, South By South West (SXSW), DockerCon 2015 and for the U.S. Embassy Jamaica during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015.
Alex Moura, Technology Curator at TED
Alex Moura is a designer, programmer and entrepreneur graduated at UFRJ (Brazil). He is TED Technology Curator, where he is a filter on new trends in technology to inspire and innovate, finding speakers and ideas to bring to the TED stage. Before TED, he worked in Google, Gazeus, Hanzo and CasaDigital with projects for Intel, Shell, Pepsi, Embratel, Abril, Globo and Rio City Hall. He also have founded two startups.
M. Alby Bocanegra, US Army Veteran & Interim CTO at the New York City Mayor’s Office
Alby Bocanegra currently serves the people of New York as Interim Chief Technology Officer in the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (MOCTO). He has dedicated his career to building expertise in talent architecture, business strategy, performance management with a passion for civic tech. He is professionally certified in talent strategy, diversity recruiting and sourcing combined with military training in Human Resources, Military Leadership, and Strategy. Alby credits his career success to one rare quality: grit. A gift he received from his life experiences as a Mexican immigrant, soldier in the US Army, college dropout, and disabled person. He prides himself on his unique ability to excel in varied capacities across multiple disciplines and thrive in fast paced environments while building cohesive teams of smart and ambitious hustlers. Alby is passionate about civic technology, diversity in tech, and veteran hiring. In his spare time he DJ’s, collects rare sneakers, and manages to avoid injuring himself while skateboarding or snowboarding.
Rachana Bhide, Global Talent Lead at Bloomberg Engineering
Rachana is global talent lead for Bloomberg LP's technology (engineering) division, focusing on organizational culture and leadership development for 5,000 software and infrastructure engineers. At Bloomberg she also reports headline news daily for Bloomberg News Radio. Rachana is founder of The Corner of the Court Project, a program for women to share success stories of male allies. The program's mission is to encourage men to play a positive role as gender partners in the workplace, by leveraging their natural relationships and abilities to support women's advancement. Rachana has 18 years of experience in leadership consulting; prior to Bloomberg she spent 14 years as a consultant with Accenture, leading the capability of the Austria/Switzerland/Germany change management practice. She holds a M.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of Virginia, both in psychology; and is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, where her passion for "the people side of tech" was sparked. Rachana lives in New York City.
Neal Conlon, Founder at The Press Forward Project
Mission-driven veteran focused on how four key areas - Marketing, Sales, Product, Finance - intersect and create profitability. Being a strategic growth guy, I appreciate alternative perspectives and purpose-driven collaborations teams. Seeking to be a better listener and add value to conversations by sharing my perspective of technology + data, and being more human. I love making organization out of chaos, I am always up for empowering people to find their 'why' and press forward.
Mia Manantan, Community Relations Manager at Samsung NEXT
Mia Manantan is the Community Relations Manager for Samsung NEXT in New York where she handles internal and external community initiatives. She is passionate about developing and sustaining relationships with individuals across fields in an effort to develop teams and communities inclusive to all. Prior to switching gears to the tech world, Mia spent several years in the non-profit sector focusing on people relations and conference/event operations.
Jeffrey Namnum, Partner at Touchlab
Usually, bios start with the person's name, but what fun is that? For over 20 years Jeff Namnum has been an entrepreneur, husband, and dad (not necessarily in that order). If you wanna know about the husband and dad stuff, ask him when you see him. As for the entrepreneur stuff, Jeff started in tech by taking PCs apart and putting them back together and was the Geek Squad before the Geek Squad was the Geek Squad. He learned the hard way about what happens when you grow a business too fast and because of it, he found out what it takes to start over … and over and over, until you succeed. Today, he's a partner at Touchlab, a mobile innovation firm in NYC that's: -helped change the way medical research gets done -simplified the way forest rangers in Western Africa and Southeast Asia patrol for illegal deforestation -enabled professional athletes to order pizza delivery using only their shoes In the age of mature mobile platforms, Touchlab knows better than you do what the future of mobile development is, teaches the best mobile orgs how to build for that future (while minimizing risk), and, for a few lucky clients, even builds that future alongside them. Sooooo many words already, good Lord. Two more sentences to round things out. Jeff's a conference organizer, conference speaker, community builder, and startup adviser, (but not an investor just yet...). He also loves long walks in the rain & is allergic to bullshit (for the record, he forced me to add that line).
Colleen Finnegan, Manager Employer Brand at Squarespace
Colleen is a digital, experiential, and content marketer and producer who loves to build. From concert production to employee experience program development to digital and social content marketing and everything in between – they focus on bringing unique stories and experiences to life. Currently, Colleen is focused on telling the story of Squarespace's unique, thoughtful, and design-focused culture, and bringing the Employer Brand and EVP to life across digital and experiential marketing channels. Prior to Squarespace, they developed Pandora's Employer Brand ("Life @ Pandora") and led the Employer Branding, Recruitment Marketing, and Employee Engagement teams. While at Pandora, they also led the LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group, ensuring that the company supported the LGBTQ+ Community both internally and externally (i.e., scoring 100% on the HRC CEI Survey, supporting LGBTQ+ nonprofits like Lesbians Who Tech, MavenYouth, the LA LGBT center, and representing the LGBTQ+ community in consumer-facing marketing campaigns). Before making the career switch to Employer Branding and Employee Experience, Colleen managed large scale concerts and events for Pandora. They have also worked in digital advertising at Twitter, as an account manager for venues and concert promoters at Sonicbids, and as an independent concert producer focused on LGBTQ+ artists and dance parties. Colleen also serves on the board of Maven Youth, an LGBTQ Youth Nonprofit that focuses on empowering LGBTQ+ youth to network, organize and educate for social change.
Suzanne Chapman, UX Generalist at U.S. Digital Service
Suzanne Chapman is a User Experience Lead at the United States Digital Service working with a team at the Department of Veterans Affairs. During her tenure, she’s contributed to the strategy, user research, content, and design for over 25 products. Suzanne is a UX Generalist who loves all aspects of UX but is especially passionate about inclusive design, untangling any kind of mess, and bringing order to chaos. Prior to working at USDS, Suzanne received a Masters in Information Science and spent 10 years in modernizing tech in higher education and proselytizing about all things UX.
Annie Jean-Baptiste, Global Product Inclusion Evangelist, Google
Annie Jean-Baptiste is Google’s Global Product Inclusion Evangelist. She is passionate about making the web and Google’s products work for underserved communities and ensuring that Google is a place where everyone shines for their differences. She’s responsible for working with Google product teams on the creation and execution of their diversity strategy, and creating programs related to Diversity talent management/career development within several technical product areas within Google. Annie began her career in Google’s Global Business Organization, helping large companies create holistic advertising strategies on Google’s platforms. Annie’s passion for inclusion led her to work towards empowering diversity businesses and earned her the international Google Leader award for philanthropic work around the community. Through this work, she also accepted the Ad Club’s Rosoff award for Diversity. Annie now focuses on helping teams create more inclusive products that reflect the diversity of Google’s users. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (go Quakers!) with degrees in International Relations & Political Science. She is an avid Boston sports fan & loves to bring her dog Hercules to work. She currently is based in Google’s San Francisco office. Outside of Google, Annie is an American Heart Association spokesperson and a One Young World ambassador, focused on healthy lifestyles in underserved communities. She most recently was featured in Sheryl Sandberg’s Option B campaign to help people find resilience in the face of adversity. She’s also been covered in Vogue, Milton Magazine and the Boston Globe.
Carola Ponce, User Experience Design Strategist at U.S. Digital Service
Carola is passionate about cultural expressions and human narratives, leading the intersection where design thinking and technology can influence social change. Carola migrated to the U.S. leaving behind a Civil War in El Salvador at the age of thirteen. Being an immigrant and having a bicultural experience gives her a unique perspective when it comes to gaining empathy and voicing the needs of users. She believes User Experience Research can help present different life experiences and collect the right data to best understand how to solve user needs. She works as a Design Strategist on products that aim to solve problems for vulnerable populations. She joined the U.S Digital Service in 2016, an initiative by President Obama to bring Tech Industry’s experts to improve the government services that are most needed and impact the most amount of people, such as Immigration, Education and Veteran Services. Pre-government, Carola specialized in product conceptualization and development, leading interactive end-to-end experiences for over fifteen years in a wide array of consumer and customer facing products for new brands as well as fortune 500 companies. She graduated from Cal Poly University with a degree in Graphic Design, and earned a Master’s Degree at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she focused on interactive tools for presenting human narratives of displacement and migration. Carola has been featured in Mic among the top 1,000 tech and science speakers who aren't men. When not designing, Carola enjoys navigating different creative urban spaces and ethnic dance practices; As well as taking long walks around D.C. with her two dogs Captain and Laika.
Chai Feldblum, Commissioner at Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Chai Feldblum has served as a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission since April 2010. She was recently nominated to serve a third term on the EEOC, with a term ending in July 1, 2023. Prior to her appointment on the Commission, Feldblum was a law professor at Georgetown University Law Center where she founded the law school’s Federal Legislation Clinic and worked on behalf of social welfare and civil rights organizations. Throughout her career, Feldblum has focused on social justice issues at the federal level. She played a leading role in drafting and negotiating the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. She helped draft the federal bill to protect LGBT people from discrimination and has led the EEOC in protecting LGBT people under existing sex discrimination law. Together with her colleague Commissioner Victoria Lipnic, Feldblum co-chaired a Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, which resulted in a comprehensive report issued in 2016 on harassment prevention. Feldblum is the first openly lesbian Commissioner of the EEOC and is the fourth person with a disability to serve on the Commission. She clerked for Judge Frank Coffin of the First Circuit Court of Appeals and for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun after receiving her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. degree from Barnard College.
Andy Saldana, Director of Operations at NY Tech Alliance
Andy Saldaña is the Director of Operations for NY Tech Alliance (NYTA), a non-profit organization that runs the largest Meetup group in the world with over 58,000 members and a mission to strengthen the NY tech industry through building community. He also co-organizes the Queer Tech Meetup NYC group, manages operations for a startup (Livecube) and advocates for increased diversity in tech. He's a lover of coffee, food, spirits and the conversation that happens while enjoying them.
Paolo Gaudiano, Founder and CEO at Aleria PBC
Paolo Gaudiano is Founder & CEO of Aleria and Executive Director of Quantitative Studies of Diversity and Inclusion (QSDI) at the City College of New York. Aleria and QSDI combine Paolo’s three decades of expertise in business, technology and academia to revolutionize how corporations think about diversity and what they do about it – and ultimately to make our society more inclusive. Paolo is a Forbes contributor and has written for and been interviewed by a number of other media outlets, including HBR, Quartz, the Dow Jones’s SectorWatch and the CBC. He holds degrees in Applied Mathematics, Aerospace Engineering and Computational Neuroscience. He was a tenured faculty member at Boston University and has also taught at Tufts University and CCNY.
Emma Schwartz, Senior Director of Product at Axios
Emma Schwartz (She/Her) is the Senior Director of Product at Axios Media where she oversees the development of all digital products, there she is the co-chair of the LGBTQIA employee resource group, and the Diversity & Inclusion group. A former startup founder, Emma draws on her personal experience in entrepreneurship, business leadership and product strategy to help organizations use creativity, innovation, and collaboration to create blueprints for tackling problems of all sizes. For over a decade Emma has served as an advisor for startups and SMBs at the intersection of tech and gender equity. As a consultant for Argo Collective, an organization that builds inclusion in innovative companies, Emma continues the vital work of innovative problem solving to improve safety and create thriving workplaces for all identities.
Emilie Hsieh, Co-founder & CEO at Allie
Emilie is on a mission to help companies build inclusive culture. She is the co-founder and CEO of Allie, a chatbot ally for diversity and inclusion that helps interrupt bias as it happens. Allie helps organizations measure how inclusive their culture and then provides lightweight content and training, all via chat. Emilie started her career as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies and has seen the impact of team dynamics and working styles on culture, inclusion and belonging. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and can consume a frightening amount of caffeine.
T. Annie Nguyen, Digital Service Expert at U.S.D.S.
I'm a lead experience designer & researcher interested in social impact and product work to solve complex issues, and improve people's lives. Currently at US Digital Service, I incorporate design research, help shape policy, and manage digital product on projects at various government agencies to meet the needs of all people.
Marion Daly, Engineering Manager at Mozilla
Marion Daly is an engineering manager at Mozilla working on the Firefox run-time team and previously for many years at the Linux Foundation as an engineering manager. She is passionate about open source and believes in making the world a better place through democratizing technology. She has many years of experience as a web application developer and CMS architect. She is a transgender woman with a strong focus on education and social outreach.
Matthew Ström, Design Director at The Wall Street Journal
Matthew Ström is the Design Director for The Wall Street Journal's web products. He has over a decade of experience designing digital products, from internal tools for GE and Google to media platforms for SoundCloud and The Daily Beast. Since 2017, he's lead a design team in building a world-class storytelling platform for exceptional journalism. He is an amateur curler, math & science enthusiast, and small dog owner.
Jaime Woo, Senior Communications Manager at Digital Ocean
Jaime Woo started his career growing E. coli in a university laboratory. Since then, he's written an award-nominated book on hookup apps, worked at a games studio, and become a proud dad to a puppy named Taco. He currently stewards content at DigitalOcean, and he wants to know the best omakase you've ever had.
Lateesha Thomas, Women Techmakers Partnerships Manager at Google
Lateesha is a conference organizer and speaker, occasional developer and workplace diversity & inclusion advocate. She's currently managing partnerships for Google's Women Techmakers initiative. Before that she was the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Corporate Training at Dev Bootcamp, where she created programs and curriculum aimed at fostering a transparent, inclusive, equitable and empathetic culture in technology. She serves on the board of Write/Speak/Code and is as an advisory board member for Lesbians Who Tech.
Netta Jenkins, Director and Head of Diversity & Inclusion at IAC Applications
As Director and Head of Diversity and Inclusion for IAC Applications, an IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) company, Netta Jenkins leads the charge on the company’s mission to foster an inclusive, collaborative and forward-thinking workplace by focusing on people, products, and programs. Jenkins creates programs that educate and inspire employees internally for all four businesses - Apalon, DailyBurn, Ask Applications, and Slimware - while launching mentorship programs that aim to empower youth and underrepresented groups in technology. She is currently focused on a career switch program; free tech classes; pitch competition for women of color; producing a web series called “Empowered in IAC Apps” which highlights employees and community members who have made meaningful contributions to Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace and encouraging her company to invest in the West African market. Jenkins’ launched a career switch program that will help increase representation and cure systemic issues within the workplace. Working professionals from under-represented groups will be partnered with leaders at IAC Apps that will mentor and ultimately hire mentee. Jenkins recruitment efforts include a diversified approach. She has partnered with Morgan State University, New York University, General Assembly, and App Academy to ensure talent recruitment is coming from all backgrounds. Under Jenkins charge, IAC Applications was named 2018 Top 1000 Company Worldwide for Millennial Women by Mogul! As well as named 2017 Profiles in Diversity Journal Excellence Award Winner and Google said: “IAC Apps is a star example of a partner pushing towards gender equality as well as overall cultural equality". Jenkins served as a thought leader alongside executives from Google and Foursquare in a Crowded Tech Jobs panel covering talent in the technology industry. Jenkins functioned as keynote speaker for 22nd Annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference at Marriot Marquis covering “How Allies Inside and Outside Your Organization Can Accelerate Your D&I Journey”. Jenkins is selected to speak during Essence Festival about being a woman in technology. Prior to IAC Applications, Jenkins was the CEO and founder of Global Glamour Casting, where she created a safe space for women to model and act. A full story about Jenkins transition from CEO to the corporate world will be featured in Women@Forbes in August 2018. Jenkins served as an executive recruiter to Liberty Mutual, and CyberCoders. She also worked as a career advisor to students at the University of Rhode Island. Jenkins holds a BA in Communications and concentration in Leadership from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA, Human Resources and Accounting fro
Gary Johnson, Director of Strategy and Operations At The New York City Mayor’s Office
Gary Johnson is a New York native, raised in East Harlem by a family of dedicated public servants. Gary currently works at the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer as the Director of Strategy and Operations on the NYCx, industry engagement program for breakthrough and emerging technology. NYCx is the first-ever municipal tech engagement program that calls on industry to develop new technologies that transform public life, spur economic growth, improve service delivery and increase digital access for all New Yorkers. Gary believes that while technology will disrupt the way live, work, and interact – emerging tech will play an important role in unlocking the potential of underserved communities through innovative workforce programming, collaborative community lead program design, and through developing strategic partnerships across the public, private and non-profit sectors; to ensure the opportunities in the tech market are equitable, and individuals are prepared for the jobs of the future. Gary has spent over eight years working in NYC local government to progress economic development policies and programs that support communities where the needs are greatest. Most recently serving as a Policy Advisor at the New York City Mayor's Office of Operations, where Gary managed mayoral, OneNYC initiatives related to homelessness prevention, advancing pedestrian safety policies through Vision Zero, expanding affordable broadband access, and workforce development strategy.
David Silva, Founder at Techqueria
David Silva is a web developer with 10+ years of experience, in Colombia, San Francisco and as of last year, New York. He's also a co-founder of Techqueria, the largest professional community for latinxs in tech.
Mariella Paulino, Founder & Principal at Project Hearing
I create systems and ideas that center on helping people interact better with the world around them. I have worked in government, nonprofits, education, and everything else in between vacillating between project, data, and community management. Currently, I'm at CUNY TechWorks as a Project Manager where I get to contribute my background in data, tech, entrepreneurship, and communications to lead a multi-borough tech initiative to diversify, and consequently increase, the numbers of non-traditional tech professionals in the city. I hold a Master’s from Georgetown University in Public Relations and Corporate Communications and an undergrad from NYU in Politics and Economics-- along with heaps of technical certifications I picked up along the way. Accessibility, open source, women of color in tech, strategic communications, community building, #444, and technivism are all things I love discussing.
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