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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Diversity In Tech


“When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become a wiser, more inclusive, and better organization.” — Pat Wadors, Head of HR at LinkedIn

It's no secret that the tech industry is not as diverse and inclusive as most of us would like. Representation matters at every table. When we are inclusive we create better solutions, which are more suited to the diverse market that is being served.

Lighthouse Shoutout | by Joy Buolamwini, explores the intersection of social impact technology and inclusion. Listen to her informative TED Talk on fighting coding biases.

Current Events 

The market for diversity and inclusion (D&I) tech solutions is rapidly expanding, according to a report by Mercer and Red Thread Research, a human capital research and advisory firm. The two companies gathered responses from 105 D&I technology vendors for an analysis of a market with an estimated global market size of $100 million. In short, “companies are renewing their focus on D&I”.

Be The Change (Tech Innovator Morgan DeBaun)

Morgan DeBaun is an African American entrepreneur. She is the cofounder and CEO of Blavity, Afro Tech, 21 Ninety and has acquired Travel Noir. Morgan is also the founder of M.Roze Essentials a natural skincare line. Morgan DeBaun is leading the charge for a more diverse and inclusive tech field.

Tech Events

Afro Tech is an informative and inspiring conference, featuring a wide array of panels for aspiring entrepreneurs, startups, and in particular black people in field of technology. Afro Tech also gives individuals in the job market a place to meet with recruiters from companies such as Uber, Adobe, American Express, and other tech firms and corporations. Afro Tech is the place to be most certainly if you are rising African American in tech.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS | Afro Tech 2019 is taking place November 7th – November 10th in Oakland, CA.
We are all personally responsible for leading the charge for diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are better for it, and better because of it. Together we lead, innovate, and together we shine.

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