You’re cordially invited to a Virtual Dinner Event, featuring Keynote Guest: Dr. Ruha Benjamin, associate professor of African American Studies at Princeton and author of Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code
The demonstrations that have swept across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd has elevated the discussion of race for us as a country, as individuals, and as leaders. Many organizations are taking a hard look at their diversity and inclusion practices and realizing they fall short.
As technology leaders, we need to examine this issue from the same three perspectives we examine many issues: people, process and technology.
● Blacks employed in tech only number about 8% of all tech jobs. Latinx in tech are only 7%
● Many of our internal processes only serve to perpetuate those numbers
● Unconscious biases and racism are being incorporated into our technology and algorithms
What can we do to raise awareness, educate ourselves and our teams, and listen to the voices of our black, brown, yellow and red peers and colleagues?
Dr. Benjamin’s address will be followed by a panel discussion of technology leaders from around the area. The panel will share their own experiences with race in the world of technology, insights into their thoughts and feelings this spring and summer, and key messages they want all of us to hear to enable our organizations to be inclusive and excel.
5:30 – Welcome & Introductions
5:45 – Dr. Ruha Benjamin
6:05 – Panel Discussion
7:00 – Wrap