On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 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 the New York Headquarters.
Spearheaded by Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, head Of Black Community Engagement of Google and Lauren Marquez, head Of Latino Community Engagement of Google, the inaugural event attracted 300 Black and Latino entry to mid level professionals to provide access by networking with Google team members, exchanging ideas, exploring employment opportunities and discussing 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 discussion titled “The Inclusion & Innovation In Technology & Society” featured Angela Benton, founder/CEO, NewME Accelerator; Andrew Herrera, founder/CEO, Remezcla.
On why he started Remezcla (a Latin American outlet that highlights music, culture, and entertainment)…
“I am New York-born and of Ecuadorian descent. Children of immigrants reach an age where you want to discover more about your culture. There weren’t a lot of outlets available to facilitate it in a way that is useful, smart and progressive.”
The second discussion titled “Tech Culture: Perspectives on Working and Leading In Tech” featured Johnathan Priester, account strategist, Google, Victor Scotti, internal community advocate for Google; Paulita David, head of multicultural sales for Google.
The last discussion titled “Racial Justice: Social Innovation & Disruption For Good” featured Calena Jamieson, program manager for Black Girls CODE; Jana Landon, tech diversity for Google and Errol King, experience manager for 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.