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Mind the Gap: Talking Impact, Identity & Accessibility w/ Microsoft & Verizon

Mind the Gap: Intersectional Accessibility w/ Microsoft & Verizon
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Accessibility isn’t linear, it’s intersectional. For this month’s Mind the Gap discussion, we’re talking about emerging technologies built for users across a spectrum of identities, ethnicities, and abilities. Tune in as we hear from Heather Dowdy, Senior Program Manager of AI & Accessibility at Microsoft and Margaux Joffe, Manager of Accessibility & Corporate Social Responsibility at Verizon about emerging accessible technologies.

Meet The Panelists:
Heather Dowdy
Heather Dowdy
Senior Program Manager
AI & Accessibility

With fifteen years of experience developing and demonstrating accessible technology in mobile, web and artificial intelligence, Heather Dowdy is passionate about connecting the dots across disability, race, and tech. She currently leads Partner Strategy for the Microsoft AI for Accessibility grant program. Heather is responsible for nurturing the growing number of global partnerships with startups, researchers, and NGOs and providing grantees with resources to scale the impact of technology for people with disabilities. As the oldest daughter of Deaf parents, Heather is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). She loves using the design thinking process to create solutions that empower marginalized communities and improve usability for everyone. A strong believer in empowering communities through education and benevolence, Heather is the co-founder of Microsoft Ninja Camp and a Board member of deaf kids CODE, providing STEM leadership training to high school students with disabilities.

Margaux Joffe
Margaux Joffe
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Accessibility
Verizon

Margaux Joffe is a passionate changemaker and creative leader, working to create a more inclusive world. She currently leads Accessibility and Disability Inclusion for Verizon's Corporate Social Responsibility team, using the power of Verizon's technology for good.

Margaux serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of People with Disabilities, and is a member of the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame. Margaux earned a B.A. from Duke University and is trained in documentary storytelling as a tool for social change.

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Verizon 5G Labs

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.

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