Monday, October 15th –
Workshops – 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Tuesday, October 16th –
Conference + Happy Hour
9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Wednesday, October 17th –
Career Fair – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
This is our fourth annual Tech Inclusion Conference, 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 workshops on day one, day two features keynotes, panel discussions, solo talks and an interactive session focusing on inclusive innovation across the tech ecosystem. Day three features opportunities to connect tech companies to candidates during our career fair.
Spend the three days learning new solutions, meeting diverse people who care, being stretched in a safe environment, and gaining new tools and strength to advocate for change.
CEO at The Justice Collective
Danielle DeRuiter-Williams, MBA, MA, MURP is a social change strategist and CEO of The Justice Collective. She is committed to organizational transformation that unapologetically centers race and class equity in every context. A gifted trainer and facilitator Danielle brings both humor and vulnerability to her engagements. With clients, Danielle works closely to surface underlying barriers to change and to build the capacity of clients to go beyond what they perceive to be possible to do what is necessary to achieve their equity goals. While leading TJC, Danielle founded and led the development of the San Francisco Planning Department’s first Racial and Ethnic Equity Initiative which includes the creation and implementation of a comprehensive organizational strategy that identifies and leverages opportunities to advance racial equity. Danielle holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Grand Valley State University, Master’s Degrees from the University of California Los Angeles in both Urban and Regional Planning and Afro-American Studies and an MBA from Mills College with a concentration in Equitable Organizational Development and Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.
Director at Blockchain for Social Justice
Daisy Ozim is the founder of Resilient Wellness, a public health blockchain protocol designed to reestablish cultural medicine access for marginalized communities. As a board member for the Bay Area Entrepeneurship Alliance, she works to ensure access to resources and support for emerging entrepreneurs. She is a Commissioner for the Alameda Public Health Commission and her work is centered around decolonizing philanthropy, technology and public policy. Daisy also runs the Blockchain for Social Justice collective. A platform designed to promote education and access of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency for marginalized communities.
CEO at CodeSignal
Tigran Sloyan is the CEO of CodeSignal (formerly CodeFights), a skills-based assessment platform whose mission is to discover, develop and promote technical talent. Companies of all sizes have been using CodeSignal’s assessment platform to test and interview potential candidate. The widely accepted Coding ScoreTM is becoming the standard in technical assessment as a measure of a developer's overall implementation and problem-solving ability. By leading the industry in objective skills-based assessments, CodeSignal has been a pioneer in removing conscious and unconscious bias from the hiring process.
Founder, Managing Partner of Accel Impact
Laura is the Founder and Managing Partner of Accel Impact, which includes Accel.AI, a global Non-Profit Institute lowering the barriers to entry in engineering artificial intelligence, and the Latinx in AI Coalition an initiative to create harmony and opportunity for Latinx in AI. She has been described as a natural and versatile leader with a passion for AI, Computer Science, Research, and Psychology. She has a Bachelors of Science in Biology, Physical Science, and Human Development. She jumpstarted her career in software engineering at Intuit revamping their Quickbooks online platform. She is a Director with Women Who Code, a global non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.
Inclusive Design Lead at Airbnb
Benjamin Earl-Evans uses design-thinking to help everyone - from creative professionals to business leaders - create more inclusive products and services. Currently, he works as Inclusive Design Lead for Airbnb where he leads a cross-functional product team dedicated to solving problems like racism, sexism and bias.
Founder, CEO at ModelExpand
Paria Rajai is the Founder and CEO of ModelExpand, a diversity and inclusion advisory firm that specializes in employer branding and talent acquisition. Paria has been working on diversity initiatives for nearly a decade and some of her notable work includes designing global women in tech events for Yahoo, influencer campaigns with the UN and being selected as a mentor for the State Department’s TechWomen program. Paria led the marketing team at Hackbright Academy - the country’s first coding school for women - working with companies such as Amazon, Yelp and Slack to diversify their teams. She also helped organize the inaugural Women of MENA in Tech Conference in Silicon Valley. Paria was recently profiled in Forbes for being a leader and advocate in the world of tech and diversity.
Senior Vice President of Technology at Hired
Nidhi Gupta is Senior Vice President of Technology at Hired, a marketplace that matches tech talent with the world’s most innovative companies. Nidhi leads the company’s global engineering, developer operations and product teams. Nidhi is a skilled engineer and product executive who is passionate about building and growing thriving product and engineering organizations that deliver world-class products at scale. Prior to Hired, Nidhi was Senior Vice President of Product and Engineering at Tophatter and Upwork. Previously, she was instrumental in leading mobiTV and Ning through hyper-growth and expansion.
CHRO at Symantec
Amy Cappellanti-Wolf is Chief Human Resources Officer for Symantec, the world’s largest cyber security software company. In addition to serving on the executive team and managing Symantec’s global human resources function, she leads Symantec’s workplace/workforce strategy and planning, real estate and facilities functions. During her career, Cappellanti-Wolf has led human resources teams in high tech, entertainment and consumer products industries. She has extensive experience in organizational effectiveness, leadership and talent development, and business transformations, including extensive M&A and divestiture experiences. Prior to joining Symantec, Cappellanti-Wolf was Chief HR officer for Silver Spring Networks, where she was part of the leadership team that delivered a successful IPO for Silver Spring Networks in March 2013. Cappellanti-Wolf previously held key human resources leadership roles at Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems, The Walt Disney Company, and Frito-Lay. She holds an M.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations and a B.S. in Journalism and Public Relations, both from West Virginia University. Amy serves on the non-profit board, Silicon Valley Children’s Fund, focused on foster children and also serves an advisor to several private companies.
CEO at Symantec
Mr. Clark has more than 23 years of leadership experience successfully growing technology companies through innovation, focus and execution. He has a strong technology background that spans security, cloud services, supply chain and network management. During his tenure at Blue Coat, Mr. Clark has led the company through several strategic acquisitions that have accelerated the company’s growth and position in the rapidly growing cyber security market. In March, Mr. Clark guided Blue Coat through the sale of the company from private-equity firm Thoma Bravo to Bain Capital for $2.4 billion, with the intent of returning the company to the public markets. Prior to joining Blue Coat, Mr. Clark was President and CEO of Mincom, a global software and services provider to asset-intensive industries. At Mincom, he expanded the company’s market opportunity and revenue with the addition of cloud-based solutions. The company was acquired by the ABB Group in July 2011. Before joining Mincom, Mr. Clark served as President and Chief Executive Officer at E2open (NASDAQ: EOPN), a leader in supply chain networks. Mr. Clark was one of E2open’s founders and transformed E2Open from an early startup into a market-leading solutions provider supporting more than 15,000 customers worldwide. Earlier in his career, Mr. Clark founded security software firm Dascom. In 1999, IBM acquired the company, and the technology became the foundation for the Tivoli security product line. At IBM, Mr. Clark was a Distinguished Engineer and vice president of IBM's Tivoli Systems, where he was instrumental in defining and selling IBM security and management products. He previously held senior roles with global IT companies, such as AT&T Unix Software Operation and Unix System Labs. Mr. Clark holds a B.S. from Griffith University.
CIO at Symantec
Sheila Jordan is senior vice president and chief information officer at Symantec, the global leader in cyber security. She is responsible for driving Symantec's information technology strategy and operations, ensuring that the company has the right talent, stays ahead of technology trends and maximizes the value of technology investments. Her mission has been to transform the company while driving increased productivity, revenue optimization, and more simple and intuitive experiences overall for Symantec’s global workforce, customers and partners. Since joining Symantec in February 2014, Sheila has driven transformational change in the following areas: • Insourced all of IT operations from a global outsourcer, resulting in significant cost savings and increased agility. • Completed two significant divestitures and six acquisitions, enabling Symantec to become a more focused cyber security company. Sheila was responsible for driving the integration and transformation required to ensure those M&A activities were successful. • Migrated most of the Consumer Business applications and workloads to public cloud—over 200 in one year’s time with no business disruption. • Built a globally diverse, world class IT organization with over 50% of employees based in India. Prior to joining Symantec, Sheila served as senior vice president of Communication and Collaboration IT at Cisco Systems. Within her purview at Cisco were collaboration platforms, user experience and support, and communications, collaboration and mobility services. In addition, she ran most global applications across the company, including Finance, HR and Engineering for a workforce of 65,000 employees. Earlier in her career Sheila worked at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where she was senior vice president of Destination Disney. A key architect of the strategic planning process, she was responsible for delivering profitable growth. She was instrumental in integrating marketing, sales, and services across the organization as Disney transformed its business from a product-centric to a guest-centric organization. In June 2016, Sheila joined the Board of Directors of FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS) (NASDAQ:FDS), a $1.2 billion global company that delivers the world's best insight and information to investment professionals through superior analytics, service, content, and technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology.
EVP & GM at Symantec
Samir Kapuria is Executive Vice President and General Manager of Symantec’s Cyber Security Services business in which he has overall responsibility for more than 1000 cyber warriors encompassing Symantec’s global SOC services, consulting services, and worldwide intelligence organization. Kapuria joined Symantec in 2004 through the acquisition of @stake, a leading cyber security consulting firm, where he served as an executive advisor for global enterprise customers, and led the business strategy and services organization. During his tenure at Symantec, Kapuria has demonstrated innovation agility in driving market evolutions, including Symantec's first to market intelligence solutions and its industry leading cyber war simulation programs. His unique blend of domain expertise, technical execution and dynamic leadership has delivered wide impact results for his business area, to customers in the field and across the industry. Kapuria is a senior executive recognized for driving business strategy into structured execution, resulting in value growth for employees, customers, shareholders and the community. Kapuria regularly speaks at prominent security conferences, think tanks and leadership events on the topics of innovation, business strategy, threat intelligence and cyber security. He has been invited to share his insights at the Harvard Kennedy School, GCHQ, the World Knowledge Forum, NATO, RSA and many more. Kapuria serves on several corporate and technical advisory boards and often counsels high-level government officials and leading enterprises worldwide. He possesses a distinct view on next generation global influences and is regularly turned to by leading broadcasts and publications for his perspective on information security industry trends and drivers.
Software Engineer at Google
Ran is a software engineer on Daydream, currently working on augmented reality (AR) features in ARCore. He actively participates in the Daydream Accessibility efforts and has a keen interest in making augmented and virtual reality (VR) useful to those with disabilities. He graduated from University of California, San Diego with a bachelors degree in computer science, where he studied machine learning and computer graphics. Previously he worked on implementing user interfaces in Google Earth VR, improving Google Ads machine learning pipeline, and building VR testing automation. He is a full time wheelchair user after a snowboarding accident in 2016 injured his spinal cord. However, he holds a bright outlook towards the future of immersive computing and robotics in improving the lives of those with mobility impairments, and hopes to make these technologies more accessible to those who need it.
VP of New Products at Greenhouse Software
Lauren Ryan is the Vice President of New Products at Greenhouse. After leading the Greenhouse Recruiting and Growth Marketing teams, she is building the New Products department to further the company’s mission of creating solutions that help customers make Talent a strategic business function. Before joining Greenhouse, Lauren worked at Google as a Financial Operations Manager. If you see someone crossing San Francisco on a white Vespa with a yoga mat...that’s her. Connect with her on LinkedIn.
CEO at Hired
Mehul Patel is CEO of Hired, a marketplace that matches tech talent with the world’s most innovative companies. Hired combines intelligent job matching with unbiased career counseling to help people find a job they love. Through Hired, job candidates and companies have transparency into salary offers, competing opportunities and job details. This level of insight is unmatched, making the recruiting process quicker and more efficient than ever before. Hired was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with over 200 employees in offices in the United States, Canada, France, and the UK. Prior to Hired, Mehul was Executive-in-Residence at Crosslink Capital, where he focused on marketplace companies. He has held leadership positions at Lyft, Kaggle, (a marketplace for data scientists) and Axiom (a marketplace for lawyers). At Axiom, he led global expansion as the company scaled to more than $150mm in revenue.
Senior Vice President of Engineering at Skillz
Miriam Aguirre is the Senior Vice President of Engineering at Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, which was recently named the fastest-growing company in America by Inc. Magazine. As a vital member of the Skillz leadership team, she has seen the importance of fostering a strong, diverse engineering team firsthand. Prior to this, she worked as a software engineer and architect for companies including HubAnalytics, Krush Inc., Financial Engines and Hewlett-Packard. An avid gaming enthusiast, she has been featured in VentureBeat and CIO Magazine for her passion and efforts to bring diversity to the technology and gaming industries. Miriam grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area after graduating from MIT. Today, she can be found leading the Skillz engineering team and working to advance diversity in the eSports industry.
Dr. Jaana Remes
Partner at McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Dr. Jaana Remes is an economist and a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey & Company's business and economics research arm, based in San Francisco. Since 2003, Jaana has led MGI's research on urbanization, productivity, competitiveness, and growth. Her latest research maps the deployment of smart city solutions and sizes the potential benefits to urban citizens’ health, safety, commute times, and other factors impacting quality of life. Jaana leads MGI’s Urban World research series that includes mapping of economic power of cities, identifying global consumer groups shaping global demand, and mapping of the global company landscape; as well as the patterns of urban growth across the Americas. Her long term research interests also include productivity prospects in the digital age, global growth prospects in an era of demographic decline, analyses of how different policies have contributed to industry competitiveness and growth; as well as in-depth assessments of the barriers to competitiveness and growth across a range of economies, including the US, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, UK, Finland, Sweden, and South Korea. She has led MGI's research on energy, with a focus on understanding the microeconomic underpinnings of global energy demand and the opportunity to reduce energy consumption through higher energy productivity. She advises global business and government leaders on related topics and frequently contributes to policy debates through articles and conference presentations. Jaana has a Ph.D. on applied economies from Stanford University and an MSc degree in economics and philosophy from the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is a nonresident senior fellow at the Strategic Foresight Initiative of the Atlantic Council. She also serves on the Board of directors of Girl Scouts Heart of Central California.
Vice President of Recruiting at Zillow Group
Annie Rihn is the vice president of recruiting at Zillow Group. Annie leads Zillow Group’s recruiting team, which supports hiring for nine locations and ten consumer and business brands. Since Annie joined Zillow as one of its first ten employees in 2005, the company has grown into the largest real estate network on the Web and mobile, with over 2,500 employees nationwide. Prior to joining Zillow, Annie was a corporate recruiter at T-Mobile and Washington Mutual. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Biology from Whitman College.
Vice President of Premier Agent Platform at Zillow Group
Aldona Clottey is a Vice President of Zillow Group’s Premier Agent Platform, where she leads the product and engineering teams focused on building mobile and desktop apps to help real estate professionals successfully manage their businesses. Aldona started her career as a mechanical engineer designing jet engines for Pratt & Whitney. Since then she has held product roles at Trulia (part of Zillow Group), Amazon and Siebel Systems. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Harvard University and MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Aldona currently serves on the board of The Bay Area Children’s Theatre. On weekends, she focuses on how she can mold her two young daughters into women who build.
Founder, CEO at APPCityLife
Lisa is Founder and CEO of APPCityLife and Cofounder of Hautepreneurs. In 2017, she was named the 7th most influential voice globally on government technology, and her company, APPCityLife, has been named a top 100 Civic Tech Company in 2016, and 2017, 2018. The company was a winner of the 2017 Smart Cities Innovation Showcase and the 2017 New Mexico Innovation awards. Lisa serves on the Congressional Small Business Advisory Council to Congresswoman Michell Lujan Grisham and also serves in leadership for City Alive. Since 2013, she has been a judge for the prestigious International Stevie Business Awards for Women. She is also a former recipient of the New Mexico Women of Influence and New Mexico Technology Council’s Women in Tech awards. She is a columnist for Inc. Magazine and is a frequent speaker on the issues of government, technology and women in leadership.
Silicon Valley Initiative Director at Amnesty International
Danielle Cass is Director of Amnesty International’s new Silicon Valley Initiative, which aims to connect with the technology sector to transform the human rights movement. She explores how technology can expand Amnesty’s reach and impact, how to mitigate the risks of technologies that pose a human rights issue, and how to leverage technologies to protect human rights and human rights defenders. Danielle joined Amnesty International in October 2017 from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Global Development Lab, where she established USAID’s first-ever Silicon Valley presence in January 2015 to engage the technology, innovation and investment communities in global development.
Vice President of Community and Culture at Zillow Group
Rebekah Bastian is Vice President of Community & Culture at Zillow Group, leading efforts around Equity & Belonging, Social Impact Products and Cultural Engagement. Rebekah was one of Zillow's first employees, coming over from Microsoft in 2005, and spent her first 12 years leading product development across many areas of the company. Rebekah serves on the Board of Directors of Bellwether Housing and the Advisory Board for the University of Washington School of Mechanical Engineering. She is also an advisor to technology startups, a respected thought leader and community partner. She writes articles in multiple publications and is a frequent speaker at conferences and community events. She has been recognized in the Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40, the Inman 33 People Changing the Real Estate Industry and the Female Founders Alliance Champion Awards. Rebekah earned her Master of Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington. She is also a mentor, a mother to two boys and an aerial acrobat.
Co-Founder, COO at The Rise Journey
Jes Osrow gets sh*t done, has the energy of four people, and only puts her name on things that represent her best. Her goal is to talk transparently about HR, recruitment, and talent development to contribute to conversations of fundamental change in approaches and assumptions in the People Ops realms. As Co-Founder of The Rise Journey (www.therisejourney.com), Jes works with growth stage companies around strategy to build their best team and an empowering workplace culture. With a commitment to community and social change, Rise provides purpose-driven, results-oriented support with the underlying belief that every company has the power to positively impact the community and the world. And you don't have to sacrifice success or profitability to do it. As a Talent Development Specialist (www.josrow.com), her domains include career coaching, creating and leading workshops (D&I, Invisible Disabilities, Combating Imposter Syndrome, etc), and as of late, the creator of a series of self-paced e-workbooks around personal branding.
Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager at Google
Lia Garvin is a Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager at Google, where she focuses on driving strategic programming and initiatives across hiring, progression, team culture, and product inclusion for the Daydream AR/VR team. Prior to this, she worked as a UX Program Manager/Producer at Google, Apple, and Microsoft, building processes and tools for her design teams centered around inclusion and transparency in communication.
Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs at Zillow Group
Racquel Russell is the Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs at Zillow Group. In her role, she is responsible for the team that creates key public-private partnerships with government and non-government organizations (NGOs) at the local, regional and national level. Previously, Racquel led President Barack Obama’s Office of Urban Affairs and Economic Mobility where she focused on numerous issues including affordable housing, and community and economic development. Prior to joining the White House in September 2010, Racquel held leadership positions for U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Bob Graham, as well as for the National Governors Association. Racquel received her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Miami.
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.
Founder at The Black Bay Area
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Tyne Johnson is the creator and founder of The Black Bay Area, a social media platform that connects the Black community in the Bay. Tyne currently works as a Technical Sourcer, finding diversity and technical talent. She holds a Master's of Public Administration from California State University East Bay and a undergrad degree from San Francisco State University. You can follow The Black Bay Area on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Lus RC Mendel
Director of Interviewing at Karat
Lus RC, they/them, Director of Interviewing at Karat, a company that specializes in technical interviewing. Karat interviewer engineers have conducted over 20,000 interviews with a focus on predictability, consistency and candidate experience. By analyzing feedback and outcomes, Karat has identified specific best practices for screening in top talent and leveling the playing field. Before Karat, Lus managed engineering teams at Indiegogo and Rackspace, founded a couple startups of their own, worked as a software engineer and research consultant, and graduated with a couple computer science degrees from MIT. Lus has given talks and workshops at Velocity, NCWIT, Apple, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and various universities and schools. PS - If you're an engineer or middle manager with a specific mentor-type question, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a phone call or coffee chat. I'd be honored to hear your story and offer encouragement if not actual advice on topics such as asking for a raise, negotiating an offer, handling workplace frustrations and figuring out career goals and stepping stones.
CEO at NextBillion.org
Naitik Mehta is a 22-year old entrepreneur passionate about social impact and the CEO of NextBillion.org. He is the recipient of the 25 Under 25 Award from the founders of the Internet, BCBusiness' Top 30 Under 30, one of Canada's Top 3 Student Entrepreneurs and 25 other awards around the world. Having previously worked with Microsoft and Facebook, Naitik is now leading NextBillion.org — building the largest online community of students with disabilities in tech by providing 100% free access to mentors & jobs from inclusive employers.
Interaction Designer at Google
Rebecca Ackermann is a designer who loves collaborating on complex challenges. Currently, she's crafting immersive experiences for education with Google Expeditions. Before that, she worked at agencies and startups in New York and San Francisco, launching healthcare transparency tools at Amino, redesigning the LA Times online with Code & Theory, and simplifying financial literacy with NerdWallet.
Founder at Lady in Tech
Hayley Leibson is an empathetic technologist and inclusion advocate with an entrepreneurial drive aspiring to make an impact and pursue interesting work that matters. She is the founder of Lady in Tech, an award-winning technology and lifestyle media company for next-generation female tech leaders and entrepreneurs. She writes a column for Forbes that inspires, motivates and moves millennial women to enter the tech industry and build impactful products at scale to improve the world. Hayley is featured in BBC World Service, ABC, Tech Forward, BBC 100 Women and OZY.
Co-Founder at PRI Leadership
Tina is a dynamic facilitator who lights up a room. As an introvert, Tina shied away from presenting early in her career. Through training, practice, and mentoring, she learned to overcome anxiety and now loves to inspire others to communicate with impact. Tina designs and delivers customized workshops on leadership, executive presence, emotional intelligence, and team inclusion. She is co-author of A Practical Guide to Working with Diversity. As a Master Certified Coach with the Hudson Institute, Tina coaches executives and emerging leaders. Based in the Bay Area, she works with diverse clients including high tech, Fortune 500 companies, and professional services firms.
Global Head of Computational Design + Inclusion at Automattic, Inc.
John Maeda is an American executive spearheading a new convergence across the design + technology industries. He is Global Head of Computational Design + Inclusion at Automattic, Inc. and previously served as a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), a world-leading venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. An internationally recognized speaker and author, his books include The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code and Redesigning Leadership. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering + Computer Science from MIT, an MBA from Arizona State U, and a PhD from University of Tsukuba in Japan.
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.
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