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Inclusion in the Industry: Driving Diversity in Tech

Inclusion in the Industry: Driving Diversity in Tech
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Historically speaking, the tech industry hasn’t been the most representative—for an industry built on forward thinking, there are still some areas where they fall short.

Technology becomes more accessible when leadership is representative of the end users; AKA we need more diversity in the rooms where decisions are made.

In order for technology to add value for end users, it needs to be built by people who mirror their experiences, identities and perspectives.

In this panel, we cover matters of accessibility, gaps in representation, lack of opportunity for marginalized groups, unconscious biases, and how all of those things have an impact on the technology we use today.

Each of our panelists will dive into their strategies for dismantling biases in tech, adding more seats to the leadership table, and paving the way for the next generation to build technology through a more accessible lens.

Meet The Panelists:
SAY Yang
Employer Brand & Diversity Lead

As a professional drummer, filmmaker, poet, and comedian, SAY is a magnetic and animated speaker on diversity, equity & inclusion, employer branding, and creativity. They've delivered talks to global audiences at Grace Hopper Celebration, Lesbians Who Tech, Cisco, Oracle, and Women Who Code. SAY is based in Oakland, California and loves collecting passport stamps.

Ram Jean-Louis
Global Head of Diversity
Verizon Media

Ram is the Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and belonging at Verizon Media. He is responsible for strategic outreach, external relations, stakeholder engagement and philanthropic efforts related to Verizon Media’s global diversity & inclusion efforts. He works collaboratively across the enterprise, as well as with all senior leadership, to educate, engage and create momentum in relation to Verizon’s company-wide diversity & inclusion brand, reputation, and community engagement strategy. He represents Verizon Media’s multicultural and D&I efforts externally and upholds a culture where diversity & inclusion, corporate social responsibility, supplier diversity and community investment are valued and respected.

Hannah Olson
Co-founder and CEO
Chronically Capable

Hannah Olson is the co-founder and CEO of Chronically Capable, a recruiting platform that connects people with chronic illnesses and disabilities to flexible work opportunities. Hannah’s own experience navigating her career while undergoing intensive treatment for Lyme disease sparked the idea for her company, which was founded last year in Washington, D.C. Her hopes are that through Chronically Capable’s innovations, nobody will ever have to decide between their health and work ambitions again.

Laraine McKinnon
Talent & Culture Strategist & Founder
LMC17

Laraine McKinnon is a Talent & Culture Strategist. She runs LMC17, a diversity & inclusion consulting firm that uses behavioral science and big data to help companies unlock productivity, innovation, and profitability. She is also an Advisor and Strategist for Emtrain, a CultureTech platform that uses behavioral science and analytics to help prevent harassment, bias and ethical lapses in the workplace. Previously, Laraine was a Managing Director at BlackRock where she worked with HR and Finance executives at 500 companies on employee financial wellness and engagement.

Laraine is the President of The CLUB Silicon Valley, a women’s leadership non-profit, and runs their talent Incubator to help accelerate the careers of diverse women. In 2018, Laraine was named a Silicon Valley Business Times “Woman of Influence." She holds a women's studies and political science degree from Wellesley College.

Our Partners:

Verizon 5G Labs

Verizon's 5G Labs works with startups, academia and enterprise teams to build a 5G-powered world. We work on 5G trials, hackathons, industry partnerships, prototyping challenges and more.

Write/Speak/Code

Write/Speak/Code is a 501c3, tax-exempt non-profit that hosts an annual conference and meetup events designed to help you fully own your expertise through writing, speaking, and open source. We're on a mission to promote the visibility and leadership of technologists with marginalized genders through peer-led professional development.

Change Catalyst

Change Catalyst builds inclusive tech ecosystems through strategic advising, startup programs and resources, and a series of events around the globe. Using culture and behavior change strategies, we convene and advise the tech ecosystem to drive solutions to diversity and inclusion together: across education, workplace, entrepreneurship, policy, media/entertainment and ecosystem builders.

Fullstack Academy

Fullstack Academy is an immersive software engineering coding bootcamp located in New York City and Chicago. Students of the full-time flagship course learn full stack JavaScript over the course of a 13-week, on-campus program.

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