“We can’t find any women of color in tech!” A guide to this weekend’s Tech Inclusion Conference
Against the backdrop of a rapidly changing American landscape, there has been a major push for the technology industry to ensure that its employees and leadership structure reflect the diversity of our nation. Established technology companies like Twitter, Slack, Facebook, Google, Pinterest and Yelp have released their statistics as a result of this demand for transparency. The data demonstrates that certain groups, particularly Black people, Latinx and Native Americans are heavily underrepresented. One thing remains clear: the time for change is now.
The Indigenous/Native American, Latina and Black women listed below are each making huge waves in the industry. Next time you hear someone say that it’s nearly impossible to find speakers from diverse backgrounds for technology conferences, you can simply point them to this article.
Our founder — entrepreneur, writer & web developer Elen Awalom will be speaking on a panel discussing Intersectionality in Tech from the through the lens of Black women. The panel, moderated by Vanessa Mason, will also include investor Sarah Kunst, Slack engineer Erica Joy, & technology entrepreneur & designer Sian Morson. It takes place on Saturday from 4:00–4:45 PM.
We’ve taken the time to assemble a list of panels & workshops that are not to be missed if you are invested in a more diverse technology ecosystem.