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Opinion: How To Be An Ally

We’re all no doubt distressed with the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and sadly, countless other Black Americans who lost their lives to police brutality.  I think it’s a good start that people and organizations are recognizing the impact that these events have had on their Black colleagues and friends, and …

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Breaking Through, Launching Up Launch Event @ NPower

NPOWER

Advancing Young Women of Color in Tech Careers – NPower the Future Non-profit organization NPower will share their latest research report, 40 by 22 Impact Report: Advancing Young Women of Color in Tech Careers, during an online Zoom event on June 18. This report is being presented in partnership with the Citi Foundation. I have …

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7 things women of color should know about joining the tech industry

In my article for Wiley’s Diversity in Research Career Center, I outline some key stats and resources for women of color considering a career in tech. From the diverse types of careers available (not just coding) to the wealth of support and professional organizations available to help WoC throughout their careers, there has never been a …

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Systers Tech Talk: Foundations of Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to give a webinar for Systers (the online community for women in technical professions founded by Anita Borg) on cloud computing. Aside from it being the technology space I currently work in, I gave the talk because the term itself is quite a bit, but the name doesn’t …

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Working on AI Together – A Brief Recap of the Leadership in AI Panel Discussion @ IEEE Women In Leadership AI Summit

Trust. Bias. Safety. Ethics. Inclusion. Sex robots. These and many, many more topics came up during my wonderful panel discussion on “Leadership in AI” at the IEEE Women in Engineering AI Leadership Summit, held at Nokia Chicago/Naperville on September 20. The all-day, sold-out event, sought to provide a forum for women (and men) to explore …

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Pivot or Perserver​e?

Last week, I noticed a Twitter post from a Black female engineer who was wondering whether or not to stay in technology. She said the emotional weight of being the “only” in her team of white, male peers was becoming burdensome. The responses were very interesting. Collectively, everyone felt terrible that she was suffering. But …

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Mavens I/O Black Women In Tech Conference

Mavens I/O

I attended the recent Mavens I/O Conference by We Build Black, a welcoming community looking to foster the growth of black technologists across the US. The inspirational day-long conference, held in New York City, brought together phenomenal women from diverse technical fields and backgrounds. Speakers from Google, JP Morgan, Gartner and other prominent tech companies …