On Tuesday, Dec. 6 technology powerhouse Google hosted an insightful discussion on technology and minority inclusion titled, A Seat at the Table: Inclusion and Innovation in Technology & Society at its New York Headquarters.
Spearheaded by Valeisha Butterfield-Jones (Head Of Black Community Engagement, Google) and Lauren Marquez (Head Of Latino Community Engagement, Google), this inaugural event drew out over 300 Black and Latino entry to mid-level professionals as an opportunity to network with Googlers, exchange ideas, explore employment opportunities and discuss the future of diversity in tech.
Celebrated Journalist, Lola Ogunnaike, moderated a series of “Lightning Rod” discussions that explored the intersections of technology, inclusion and innovation of underrepresented groups.
The first panel, entitled The Inclusion & Innovation In Technology & Society, featured Angela Benton – Founder/CEO, NewME Accelerator and Andrew Herrera – Founder/CEO, Remezcla.
The second panel, Tech Culture: Perspectives on Working and Leading In Tech, featured Johnathan Priester – Account Strategist, Google, Victor Scotti – Internal Community Advocate, Google, Paulita David – Head of Multicultural Sales, Google.
The last panel discussion, Racial Justice: Social Innovation & Disruption For Good, featured Calena Jamieson – Program Manager, Black Girls CODE, Jana Landon – Tech Diversity, Google,Errol King – Experience Manager, Google.
The evening’s activities concluded with a 45 minute networking reception where attendees had an opportunity to engage and interface with key level executives from Google. Music was provided DJ Flash.
- Google is the leading solutions provider to the tech industry’s diversity problem
- Google has invested millions ($115M in 2014 and $150M in 2015) in diversity programs
- Google’s diversity programs revolve around Four Pillars:
- Find diverse talent and bring them to Google
- Cultivate an inclusive workplace to ensure Google is a welcoming and equitable workplace for everyone
- Expand access to CS education for all students, early childhood and onward
- Bridge the digital divide in communities that aren’t fully benefiting from the web
Enjoy this photo recap from the event by photographer Bernard Smalls