Panel: Building Innovation: Creating an Inclusive Technology Ecosystem

Panel: Building Innovation: Creating an Inclusive Technology Ecosystem

As the job markets are evolving more into technology, we want to ensure the face of the technology industry evolves with it as well. With that being said we’re hosting an exclusive panel discussion on “Creating an Inclusive Technology Ecosystem“. The event will take place Tuesday, June 24th, 7pm at Impact Hub Oakland.

Let’s explore creating a workplace that works for everyone and empowers diverse businesses and communities. Join our discussion at Impact Hub Oakland to help build a technology industry that is more reflective of the global population and more receptive to its needs, and in doing so, raise awareness about issues of diversity and inclusion.

Panelist Include:

Barbara Williams, Director, Diversity and Inclusion at Oracle Corporation

Barbara is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Oracle and is known for delivering results by creating and implementing sustainable and measurable action plans . She has been recognized for her strategic planning ability, her talent for developing and cultivating high-performing teams and her keen business acumen. Barbara’s mission is to unlock the untapped brilliance in all of us. Prior to Oracle, Barbara worked at Sun Microsystems were she focused on creating innovative strategic programs and partnerships that required strategy creation, talent resourcing, development planning, and technology integration. She also managed the compliance responsibilities for over $1.8 Billion dollars in government contracts. She has received numerous awards, including Women of the Year, Most Powerful Women of the Bay, Women Leading the Way and as a Technology All Star at the Women of Color STEM Conference.

Leah McGowen-Hare, Master Technical Instructor at
Leah McGowen-Hare is currently an accomplished and dynamic Master Technical Trainer with industry leader, Salesforce. She has more than twenty years of experience in the technology field; mastering a variety of roles including Consultant, Developer, Manager and Technical Trainer. Her career reflects the evolution of computing technology. She has worked in mainframe, personal computing, client-server and cloud computing environments. Leah holds a bachelors degree in computer science and a masters degree in technology education. She uses her knowledge and experience to demystify and make technology more accessible to youth, girls, and communities of color through organizations such as LIFE Course, Girls Who Code and BlackGirls Code.

Sarah P. Stuart, Manager, Global Diversity & Talent Inclusion, Google Inc.
On the Global Diversity & Inclusion Team at Google, Sarah provides leadership for the design and development of key workforce diversity and inclusion initiatives. Sarah currently manages a team focused on leveraging data to drive diversity strategies, engaging Googlers in diversity and inclusion initiatives, and managing company-wide diversity goals. She serves on the Human Rights Campaign’s Diversity & Inclusion Council and has spoken at numerous conference and events, including the Out & Equal Workplace Summit and the Creating Change Conference. Sarah joined Google in in July of 2007 on the University Programs Team, focused on MBA outreach and recruiting, and moved to the Diversity Team in February 2009.

Prior to joining Google in July of 2007, Sarah worked as a Marketing Specialist for MBA Admissions at Harvard Business School. Sarah holds a Bachelors’ Degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, CA. Sarah enjoys reading, cooking and yoga; and is training for her first half-marathon

Kiva Wilson, Diversity Program Manager at Facebook



Cedric Brown, Managing Partner at Kapor Center for Social Impact
Cedric Brown is the Managing Partner of the Kapor Center for Social Impact, overseeing programs and philanthropic partnerships as well as day-to-day operations. He has over 20 years of experience as an educator and funder, steering over $60 million in grants to community efforts. In his current role, he works to devise and implement strategies to ensure that Oakland builds the most diverse tech community in the nation while retaining its energetic pluralism and character. His recent projects include creating or advising Live WorkOakland’s tech ecosystem database, Brothers Code, #YesWeCode, 2.Oakland, and Vator Splash Oakland. Cedric was recognized as a Champion for Change by Startup Weekend Oakland – Black Male Achievement and was profiled as a San Francisco Chronicle Changemaker. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina and Stanford University and executive certificates from Georgetown and Rutgers universities.

Amy Schapiro, Director, Fellows Program at CODE2040
Amy Schapiro manages CODE2040 program operations, student and company recruitment, and other strategic pipeline partnerships. She has worked in capacity building and organizational management for organizations throughout the US and abroad. Amy earned her BA from Emory where she studied Political Science and Spanish and her MSW at Columbia. Amy is fluent in Spanish, passionate about providing awareness and access to life-changing professional and educational opportunities for marginalized communities, and excited about cultivating an inclusive, data-driven and high-impact workforce.

Samantha O’Keefe, TechCrunch Include
Samantha O’Keefe, leads TechCrunch Include and the Startup Battlefield. In her role, Sam supports social enterprises selected to participate in Include,TechCrunch’s recently launched diversity partnership program. As part of the Startup Battlefield, she scouts, selects and coaches early stage companies to launch at TechCrunch Disrupt. Previously, Sam led business development for MicroEval, a Y-Combinator company. In her former life, she conducted off-grid water quality and policy research, working in India, Ghana and France. Sam holds a BS and dual MS degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she is also a member of the Board of Trustees.

Panel Moderator

Kristina Omari, General Partner,

Kristina Omari is an experienced senior business leader with extensive experience in M&A, finance, investments, business development and strategic partnerships as well as the operational implementation of M&A and strategic initiatives. Demonstrated track record of driving value creation through deal/transaction structuring and effective execution planning. Brings a breadth of industry experience across enterprise software, SaaS, digital media, digital marketing, advertising and collaboration technologies.

Twitter: @kkomari




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