"To me, Black Lives Matter is more than just a hashtag on a marketing piece-- it means lowering the barriers for inclusion and opportunity, and allowing people of all backgrounds to aspire to their greatest potential-- and Tech with all of its’ promise and aspirations-- has yet to achieve that!"
DEITECH Conference and Career Fair is a transformative, 3 day virtual event (+30 days on demand access), packed with powerful, immersive learning experiences, networking, and career opportunities. Come engage with world-renowned thought leaders, sharing their knowledge and insights on race, diversity, equity, inclusion, intersectionality, and the impacts of each in today's environment. Learn real world, actionable strategies you can utilize in order to unleash the power of inclusion within your organization-- and your life.Attend Event (Free to attend)
We are proud to present over 30 world-renowned activists, educators, and thought leaders
Arlan Hamilton, founder at Backstage Capital and Runner, is a serial entrepreneur, author and master multi-tasker.
Hamilton founded Backstage Capital in 2015 to invest in founders who are people of color, women and/or LGBTQ. Since its founding, Backstage has raised nearly $30 million and invested in 200 startups led by underestimated founders.
In 2021, Hamilton founded talent operations startup Runner to connect outstanding operations talent with inclusive companies. Runner has already raised $2 million from investors like Precursor Ventures, Lunar Startups, Kapor Capital and others.
Arlan published her book, “It’s About Damn Time,” in 2020, detailing her journey from homelessness to venture capital. Arlan also hosts podcasts “Your First Million” and “Demystifying Faith,” and is the executive producer on “The Valley,” a daily soap opera that is like “General Hospital” but for the tech industry.
Arlan is a proponent of paying it forward and supporting other underestimated people in the tech industry and beyond. She’s a limited partner in funds at Collab Capital, Ganas Ventures, Lightship Capital, RareBreed Ventures and several others. Meanwhile, Arlan and her mother, Mrs. Earline Butler-Sims, founded a scholarship program for Black students at Oxford University and HBCU Dillard University.
Netta Jenkins, TEDx speaker is a leading voice in the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, Anti-Racism field whose soaring audience engagement was doubtless a key factor in Forbes naming her as one of the top 7 anti-racism consultants in the world. An acclaimed author with a deep background in communications, leadership, and behavioral psychology.
Netta has been advising corporations and audiences of all kinds for years on the most effective strategies to address systemic gaps in the workplace and has over 150k LinkedIn followers. As a result, she was listed as 2020 Linkedin top voice.
Netta founded two startups, Holistic Inclusion Consulting LLC; focused on helping organizations advance their DEI and anti-racism efforts, and Dipper, a review and ratings platform for professionals of color.
Netta has been featured in Black Enterprise, Forbes, Business Insider, CNN, and more for her work. Along the way, Netta has won multiple awards for her impact on corporate and startup diversity.
College Professor with more than ten years experience teaching American literature and history at several colleges and universities including Broward College, Miami-Dade College, Florida State College-Jacksonville, and Keiser University.
Instructional Design Manager with seven years experience developing and deploying online college courses.
Founder and course developer for Black History & Culture Academy a subscription-based, unlimited access, e-learning platform with 20+ self-paced courses on African history and literature, African-American history and literature, and Diversity, Equity, and inclusion
LinkedIn Top Voice, Education - October 2020
Social Justice Advocate with CNN Op-Ed piece published November 2020, featured interview published in NY Times October 2020, and Forbes Magazine interview published December 2020
Podcast Co-host for The EdUp Experience podcast with more than 140 episodes and 30,000 downloads in the past year
Ruchika Tulshyan is the author of Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work (MIT Press). She’s also the founder of Candour, an inclusion strategy practice. A former international business journalist, Ruchika is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Harvard Business Review.
As a keynote speaker, Ruchika has addressed audiences at organizations like NASA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S. Congress.
Ruchika’s first book is The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality in the Workplace.
Ruchika is on the Thinkers50 Radar list, LinkedIn’s 2022 Top Voices on Gender Equality and named among Hive Learning's Most Influential D&I Professionals for two years in a row. She's a Singaporean foodie who currently calls Seattle home.
Kimberly Jones is a native of Columbus, OH and is fortunate to have lived and worked across the country. She is a proud graduate of Wilberforce University and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management. The entirety of her professional career has been spent in Human Resources, specifically Talent Acquisition, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She has worked for some of the most globally recognized corporate brands including Nationwide Insurance Company, Honda, Raytheon, GE Aviation, Northrop Grumman, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Kimberly has managed talent acquisition teams dedicated to the pursuit of talent in a multitude of career disciplines: Accounting, Actuary, Engineering, Science, and Operations. Reflective of these career disciplines, Kimberly proudly boasts that she has staffed positions on all 7 continents. Most notable of her accomplishments is the successful completion of a 6-week deployment to Antarctica, including 3 days at South Pole. Additionally, she previously held a Top Secret Security Clearance.
Kimberly has always been a fearless advocate for diversity and has managed programs in support of INROADS, Tom Joyner Foundation, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, United Negro College Fund, National Black MBA, Society of Women Engineers, Reaching out MBA, National Society of Hispanic MBAs, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and American Indian Scientist and Engineering Society.
After having spent 20+ years as a member of corporate teams Kimberly founded Kelton Legend in February 2017. Kelton Legend is a multi-dimensional talent acquisition consulting organization focused in the areas of talent acquisition strategy, process, resource management, diversity, career coaching, and HR technology. Kelton Legend is partnered with a number of technology companies across the talent acquisition space. Kimberly has spoken at numerous industry conferences such as National Diversity Council, ERE, Smart Recruiters, and Human Capital Institute.
In an effort to expand her career Kimberly joined University of California, Irvine November 2017 as an Instructor in the Department of Continuing Education teaching a course on Technology Applications in Talent Management. She was selected for a new appointment and joined the Human Resources Division full time July 2020 and now serves as Senior Director, Enterprise Talent Strategy, which includes the UCI campus, hospital, and medical college.
Cynthia Owyoung is Robinhood’s Vice President of Inclusion, Equity and Belonging, partnering with business leaders, employee resource groups and the people experience team to support Robinhood’s mission to democratize finance for all.
Cynthia is also the Founder of Breaking Glass Forums, developing strategies to accelerate diverse leadership and inclusive organizations. She has established and led diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives for over 15 years as an executive at organizations in multiple industries, including Charles Schwab, GitHub, and Yahoo!. Cynthia is known for driving cultural transformations, integrating a diversity and inclusion lens into all aspects of a company from talent management to product development.
Prior to her calling in human resources, Cynthia launched a strategic planning consultancy, increasing the capabilities of nonprofit and for-profit organizations in organizational development, brand marketing, and business strategy. She also built a decade-long career as a Brand Strategist for leading global brands and advertising agencies, developing campaigns for Microsoft, Levi Strauss, and Apple.
Cynthia currently serves on the Board of Directors for AbilityPath, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering people with special needs to achieve their full potential. She earned an MBA in organizational behavior from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, a bachelor’s in marketing and finance from UC Berkeley’s Haas Business School, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, also from UC Berkeley.
Dr. Nika White is a national authority and fearless advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. As an award-winning management and leadership consultant, keynote speaker, published author, and executive practitioner for DEI efforts across business, government, non-profit, and education, Dr. White helps organizations break barriers and integrate diversity into their business frameworks. Her work has led to designation by Forbes as a Top10 D&I Trailblazer.
Lily Zheng (they/them, she/her) is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultant and Executive Coach who works with organizations around the world to create high-impact and sustainable change. With their clients, they leverage organizational design, strategy, and culture to find novel solutions to systemic inequalities. A dedicated change-maker and advocate recently named a Forbes D&I Trailblazer, Lily writes for publications including the Harvard Business Review, Berrett-Koehler, and HR Executive. They recently published their second book, The Ethical Sellout: Maintaining Your Integrity in the Age of Compromise.
Farzin Farzad is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practitioner with experience in higher education, local government and the private sector. Holding two master's degrees in international affairs and diplomacy as well as a certificate in conflict resolution skills, Farzin leverages his unique academic background, extensive travel experience, and experiential knowledge to provide comprehensive, thought-provoking local and global approaches to DEI work. Farzin has developed a number of trainings and facilitated dialogues across a wide range of subjects from Respectful Workplaces to Anti-Racism Fundamentals to Bias Mitigation.
Along with DEI training and education programs, Farzin is a seasoned DEI project manager with expertise in developing strategies that build equitable workplace environments, equitable government services, as well as Employee Resource Group events and programs. Currently, Farzin is the owner and principal of Critical Equity Consulting, LLC, a boutique DEI consulting firm focused on helping organizations rebuild with a primary focus on creating equitable outcomes.
In addition to his DEI work, Farzin serves on the Fairfax County Government Civil Service Commission and was recently appointed board member of Service Never Sleeps, a northern Virginia-based non-profit focused on social justice advocacy. A list of Farzin’s media engagements and articles can be found at criticalequity.com
Farzin’s experience includes:
5+ years working in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion area with a background in advocating for global minority rights;
Specialization in equity-focused workplace training programs (details below);
DEI project management with an emphasis on structural change, including:
Development of bottom-up DEI initiatives through employee resource group framework,
Development of diversity and inclusion committees, and
Equity audit of organizational practices.
Review of recruitment strategies targeting diversity in the workforce;
Experience building racial equity in local government;
Member of the Fairfax County Civil Service Commission; and
Recent graduate of Anti-Defamation League Glass Leadership Institute.
About Critical Equity Consulting
Critical Equity Consulting, LLC, was developed with the goal of centering equity and justice in DEI. We are a boutique, Virginia-based consultancy that uses a systems-oriented approach to probe critically into daily operations in order to bring about revolutionary progress to your organization. Our approach is to focus on foundation, values, and structure, helping you rebuild into an institution that focuses on equitable outcomes for your workforce and the clients you serve. With the right framework and training, creating dynamic and inclusive working environments can blossom organically, allowing you to catalyze a more healthy and psychologically safe workplace. Once this solidarity is achieved, a mission-driven organization that centers employee well-being naturally translates to an institution that delivers the best outcomes for your clients.
Shana is a black, queer womxn who is the Principal Marketing Manager, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Community Programs at HubSpot. Shana has experience launching diverse spaces and initiatives within online communities. Shana is also the creator and co-host for the podcast “Bad Queers” which discusses breaking stereotypes in the LGBTQ+ community, served with a big side of shade. Shana has had the opportunity to speak on multiple panels (as panelist and moderator), podcasts, private events and stages as both a speaker and keynote speaker. Shana has been recognized as a community leader by CMX and App Growth Summit
She is a New Englander at heart but moved to Austin in 2017. Her work is focused around creating equitable spaces, talent, people development and on-boarding. She is an outspoken advocate for diversity, belonging and the ability to be human at work.
She is a self-proclaimed start-up enthusiast and is passionate about building inclusive teams from the ground up with early stage companies. Madison is committed to helping change the narrative around what it looks like to be “human at work”, and hoping to help alleviate unconscious bias in corporate America.
Based out of Houston, TX, Zach Nunn is a “Big 4” Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant and thought leader, with over 9 years of experience leading cultural and organizational transformation in a variety of industries. As the CEO and founder of Living Corporate, Zach amplifies and centers marginalized voices at work by interviewing Black and brown executives, activists, educators, elected officials and influencers which provides practical insight and that reaches over 25 thousand majority Black and brown Millennial and Generation-X listeners a month. Despite all this work, his biggest passions are his wife, Candis and daughter, Emory.
Dr. Omékongo Dibinga is the UPstander. His life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. A John Maxwell Team “Top 30 speaker”, he is an international speaker, trilingual poet, TV talk show host, rapper, and professor of Inter-cultural Communication at American University, where he also serves as a faculty affiliate to the Antiracist Research & Policy Center. His Urban Music Award winning work has best been described by Nikki Giovanni as “outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old.” His book, From the Limbs of My Poetree was described by Essence Magazine as “a remarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred places within your spirit.” He was one of 5 international recipients out of 750,000 to win the first ever “CNN iReport Spirit Award.” He has received over 1,000,000 views on CNN.com.
Omékongo’s writings and performances have appeared in O Magazine, as well as on TV and radio from CNN, BET, and the BBC to NPR, Music Choice, and Voice of America in millions of homes in over 150 countries. He has also written songs for major motion pictures as well as organizations such as NASA and the Enough! Project. He has spoken before the United Nations, partners with the State Department to conduct leadership trainings overseas, and speaks to corporate, government, and educational organizations across the country on issues centered on leadership, antiracism, diversity, and inclusion.
Omékongo’s music and writings have appeared alongside artists such as Sheryl Crow, Angelina Jolie, Norah Jones, Damien Rice, Angelique Kidjo, Don Cheadle, and Yassine Bey. He has shared the stage with Jane Fonda, Joaquin Phoenix, Martin Sheen, OutKast, Sonia Sanchez, The Last Poets, and NFL great Aaron Rodgers. Internationally, he has shared his work in over 20 countries on 3 continents.
Omékongo has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and The Fletcher School, where he earned his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy. He earned his Ph.D. in International Education Policy at The University of Maryland (UMD) where his dissertation centered on the global hip-hop phenomenon and JAY-Z. A book based on the dissertation is in the works. At UMD, he also worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Diverse Students Initiative.” Across the country he has worked with school districts on culturally relevant instruction including Washington DC, Texas, New York, Ohio, Florida, Massachusetts, and California. He worked for four years as the lead Teaching Assistant to Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at Georgetown University. He provides leadership, educational and diversity empowerment as a consultant and motivational speaker for organizations, associations and institutions.
Omékongo he has featured/lectured nationwide in venues from TEDx and Harvard to Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit and the Nuyorican Poets Café. His rap mixtape series “Bootleg”
promotes positive hip-hop with remixes of songs by Tupac, Notorious BIG, JAY-Z, Nas, 50 Cent, and others. His 1,000,000 Youth Campaign has directly impacted over 750,000 youth across the globe to date. He has also partnered with Intel on its campaign to make their computer processors free of minerals that come from the war in the Congo.
Omékongo has published and produced 7 books, 8-fusion music and motivational CDs, and one independent DVD. His motivational book G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness! 10 Steps to Living Your Best Life has received praise from great motivational speakers such as Les Brown and Willie Jolley. His most recent book “The UPstander’s Guide to an Outstanding Life” is a life balance book for students.
L. Michelle Smith is the CEO/founder of no silos communications llc, the parent company for six media, content, talent development and strategic communications consulting brands, all fueled by tech. She has more than 25 years of experience as an elite, award-winning communicator and integrated marketer at global agencies, her own boutique agencies and a Fortune 10 technology, telecom and media company. She is a certified executive and business coach, principal of NSC Coaching, a professional private practice. She has worked with executives at American Express, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, AT&T, Lenovo, Zapier, Mary Kay, Warner Media, CNN and more.
She is also the lead trainer at NSC eLearning, a knowledge platform which houses online courses and other digital content for e-learning centered on leadership. Recently an official contributor to Black Enterprise, LMS is also the author of the recently released No Thanks, I’ll Just Include Myself: A Guide to Rockstar Leadership for Women of Color in the Workplace, available on Amazon. She is also the creator, executive producer and host of The Culture Soup Podcast® which is heard in 38 countries and has been consistently at the top of the rankings on Apple Podcasts in the Business/Business News and Business/Entrepreneurship categories. Black Enterprise editors named it one of the top 35 podcasts for 2019, and the show’s episode “The Coaching Corner” has also been added to LinkedIn LIVE, Facebook Watch, Twitter/Periscope and YouTube Live Events.
Previously, she raced to the officer ranks in no time in her career, making vice president before the age of 30. Then she “fell” into entrepreneurship, marking her agency’s million-dollar milestone in year 5. She’s held officer-level positions for about half her career, but most recently answered the call at Fortune 10 company AT&T to build their D&I corporate communications capability from scratch. She did that in two years, then built another innovative, award-winning business model to compliment it, inclusion marketing.
She is one of the most-sought after contemporary keynote speakers, facilitators, panelists and hosts on topics surrounding technology, business and culture, and has been featured across the country on some of the most important stages across multiple industries. She is an adjunct professor of strategic communications at the Texas Christian University Bob Schieffer College of Communications where she also sits on the Board of Visitors. She is also a member of the International Coaching
LeRon L. Barton is a writer from Kansas City, Missouri currently living in San Francisco, CA. A graduate of Paseo Academy of Fine Arts, LeRon is the author of two books, Straight Dope: A 360 degree look into American Drug Culture and All We Really Need Is Love: Stories of Dating, Relationships, Heartbreak, and Marriage. In addition to his books, LeRon is an essayist whose topics cover racism, mass incarceration, politics, gender, and dating. These works have appeared in Black Enterprise, Salon, Harvard Business Review, The Good Men Project, Your Tango, Media Diversity, Raconteur, Elephant Journal, East Bay Times, and MoAD. LeRon is an international speaker who has given multiple talks and appeared on TEDx, Al Jazeera, the University of San Francisco, Navis, Speakers Who Dare, Nas Dubai, Glide Memorial Church, The City of Cupertino, Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, Square, and Defy Ventures. In his spare time, LeRon enjoys mentoring African-American youth, teaching Creative Writing at the San Francisco County Jail, and backpacking around the world.
www.leronbarton.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/leron-barton-cwna-2b700b1/ Facebook.com/LeRonLBarton
Patrice M. Palmer (they/them/theirs) hails from both the Sea Islands of South Carolina & Detroit, Michigan. Patrice is an award-winning DEI advocate, motivational speaker, and DEI strategist. Working in both academia as an adjunct professor of Organizational Leadership and the inaugural Director of Social & Cultural Inclusion for the College of Business, Patrice has also brought their talents to the U.S. craft beer industry where they are the inaugural DEI Specialist for New Belgium Brewing Company the 4th largest brewing company in the U.S. Voted as one of the Most Important Voices in craft beer by Hop Culture Magazine, Patrice has appeared on podcasts, panels, and other media speaking about intersectional leadership and workplace inclusion. As a United States Fellow of the RSA of London, Patrice’s passion has taken them internationally working with major agencies around the world in creating inclusive workplace cultures.
Sacha Thompson is the founder of The Equity Equation, LLC, a diversity coaching and consulting firm based in the Washington, DC area. With nearly 20 years of experience within the education, non-profit, and tech industries, Sacha has seen the challenges faced by executives with good intentions struggling to make decisions around diversity; where executives are motivated to do the ‘right thing’ regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) but may be hindered by their own biases and fears. She’s also seen and experienced the damage endured by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) employees when they feel they are not centered/valued in their company’s DEI efforts.
Sacha’s work is about removing barriers or providing support in order to get to a place of equality. She helps executives and leaders have that meaningful dialogue and coach them to the necessary, long-term changes that develop institutional cultures of DEI. Sacha is a Certified Professional Diversity Coach and 4 Stages of Psychological Safety Certified Coach. Sacha received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology, concentrating on Cultural Diversity & Ethnicity and a Master’s in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership from The College of William and Mary. She has also acquired her Masters of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University, where she focused on management and marketing.
Tara Robertson is an intersectional feminist who uses data and research to advocate for equality and inclusion. She brings over 12 years of experience leading change in open source technology communities, including 3 years leading Diversity and Inclusion at Mozilla. She now works with technology and engineering companies as a DEI consultant.
Honorably discharged from the United States.Army following 12 years of service, Chiriga Moore, affectionately known as Zoe (pronounced ZOH) completed an M.S. in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism and then started an event planning company in Oakland, CA. Learning that Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) were not prioritized in the meetings, events and tourism industry, she became an advocate to help spark dialogue and action in the areas of supplier diversity, organizational culture and diverse representation in leadership.
Initially, spearheading the formation of an Inclusion & Diversity committee with MPI’s Northern California Chapter, she decided to become a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)® to deepen her knowledge and place the focus on equity as a strategy. Having dissolved her company, LB Alliance due to COVID-19, she became the co-founder of Moore Consulting Agency LLC along with her son Jourden Moore. Doing business as Grow with Zomo she seeks to support hospitality organizations assess the FIVE Cs:
Characteristics, Commitment, Capacity, Climate & Culture to develop EDI strategies that are measurable and sustainable.
As an independent Hospitality EDI Strategic Consultant, she engages leaders of organizations through her speaking, writing, educational courses and consulting. The outgoing co-chair for MPIs 2021 Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee, Zoe is committed to holding industry leaders accountable to their expressed commitment to effective change.
Zoe is a contributing writer to The Meeting Professional, Meetings Today, and her personal blog Unsolicited Advice. She resides in Marietta, GA with her 17 year old son, Jourden Moore of JEM Innovations. She loves homemade chocolate chip cookies, photography, and traveling.
A mother (#BraxtonsMom), a sister, a truth-teller and justice advocate, and the creator of Liberated Love Notes: Critical Self-Reflections and Affirmations For The Culture. I facilitate spaces and design tools that support Black folks in growing in our own critical consciousness, as individuals and in community. Put differently, I want us to not only #staywoke, but also stay whole as we exist in (and get free from) white systems.
I am from … Loretta & Corey -- two teenage parents who made it their business to interrupt generational curses and raise my brother and I on love. I am from… Lucille and Elmer, Lula Bea and Louis… their wildest dream, which I don't take that lightly.
By day, I am Vice-President of Learning & Innovation, at The Winters Group, Inc. a Black-woman owned and led diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting firm. In my role, I design and facilitate learning experiences that shift perspectives and ultimately lead to action in service of equity, justice and inclusion. I recognize my role and work with The Winters Group and our clients as a critical component within our broader social change ecosystem. I have come to understand it as necessary harm-reduction work, a means to an end, as we make strides towards liberation. You can learn more about my work with The Winters Group .
I am a graduate of Howard University, where I received my degree in Broadcast Journalism, and Georgetown University where I received my Masters in Human Resources Management with a concentration in diversity and inclusion.
I have enjoyed the pleasure of serving on the leadership teams for The Greater Baltimore Leadership Association and Pinellas County Urban League Young Professionals. More recently I served on the curriculum advisory board for Baltimore City Public Schools’ BeMORE Me Initiative, and have previously served on boards for The Florida Diversity Council and Women in Cable Telecommunications Florida.
I am currently based back home, in the Baltimore area.
Among their multitude of past positions and accomplishments, Vince and Chris are both former Culture Executives for large (10,000+) federal agencies. Over the past 9-years, their combined culture facilitation and assessment experience has amounted to over 5,000 culture sessions across more than 190 federal and private industry spaces. This includes the Charlottesville Race Riots, the aftermath of the Kavanaugh confirmation, the aftermath of the George Floyd murder, and several other high-profile culture challenges.
They are highly sought after for their ability to assess highly complicated and nuanced situations, specifically around culture and diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging. Additionally, they train and certify Culture and Diversity-to-Belonging Facilitators who are adept at exploring, understanding, and resolving sensitive workplace and societal matters.
Certified Diversity Executive (IDC)
Certified Master Facilitator (INIFAC)
Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner (OKA)
Certified Coach (ICF)
Ashanti Martin is a veteran communications specialist whose work focuses on the intersection of communication, technology, and Black culture. In 2020, Ashanti wrote an article for the Sunday New York Times about LinkedIn that galvanized a movement to transform the workplace experience for Black and other marginalized communities. Her podcast, “EdUp Explained,” is centered on media literacy, critical thinking, and social justice. Ashanti is a native of Yonkers, N.Y., and holds a master’s degree in communication and media from the Rutgers School of Communication and Information. Over the course of her career, she has worked for The Record of Hackensack, N.J., Rutgers University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Wharton School.
Damian is a Business Operations & Excellence professional at Microsoft. Currently he serves as Business Manager Xbox Gaming Ecosystem, supporting Gaming Executives within the Xbox Organization to meet xbox’s most critical business goals. Prior to his current role in tech, Damian focused on Business Architecture and process improvement for a leading insurance provider and was a former athlete. What really motivates Damian is creating space, mentorship, and being an example for people who come from where he comes from. He strongly believes in the Jay Z quote “Everybody in the world is born with genius-level talent. Apply yourself to whatever you’re genius at and you can do anything in the world”
Damian holds both an MBA and B.A from Aurora University. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc and is a member of the 100 Black Men of Central Illinois. He lives in Seattle Wa, with his wife Andrea and daughter Dallas.
Google- Talent and Organizational Development Leader, Diversity Coach
Education & Certifications
● MBA, Strategy & Marketing, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
● BA, Social Thought & Analysis & French, Washington University Certifications
● Professional Diversity Coach
● Hudson Institute of Coaching
● International Coaching Federation, ACC
Rachel Kay is a talent and organizational development leader at Google and a certified professional diversity Coach. Currently she leads organizational development and culture strategy for a global technical organization of 14k people, owning location strategy, organizational health, leadership development and diversity, equity and inclusion. Prior to her current, role served as the Head of Product Localization Strategy, managing an operational budget of $53M and leading a team responsible for localizing 50+ Google products globally to ensure native user experiences. Rachel has also led enterprise-wide executive talent management processes, served as the learning and development consultant for Google’s technical organizations and managed multiple cross-functional leadership programs for senior executives.
What really makes Rachel tick is leveraging her background in learning and organizational development to drive equitable outcomes for all. Among Rachel’s proudest professional accomplishments is serving on the board of an internal organization with the goal of making the business unit a place where Black+ women thrive. In that role, her focus is on driving manager capability to create equitable and psychologically-safe teams for every employee. In her coaching and consulting practice, Rachel works with individuals and groups. She specializes in helping dominant group members lead with cultural awareness to drive equity in their organizations and working with members of historically excluded groups on defining what success looks like for them and how to meet their goals.
Rachel holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A in Social Thought and Analysis and French from Washington University. She is a Certified Professional Diversity Coach through the CoachDiversity Institute, a Hudson Institute certified executive coach and certified through the International Coaching Federation (ACC). Rachel lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children. When she’s not facilitating leadership, organizational development and coaching programs, you can find her baking challah with her kids, exercising, or reading with a cup of coffee in her hand while listening to some of her favorite jazz artists.
Leads a Quality Assurance team supporting Privacy and Compliance across the Meta Family of apps. A graduate of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership for Girls, she is passionate about empowering women, first-generation students, minorities in Tech, and HBCU students through intentional and infrastructural programming. Klaas is also an advocate for nurturing confidence and belonging in women in tech and engineering and has for the past year worked with Discover E to connect thousands of women around the world for uplifting conversations to help them persevere and thrive in engineering and technology careers through the Discover E monthly virtual speaker series - as a host and moderator of the Discover E Persist series.
Diya is a Global Diversity Equity Inclusion speaker, facilitator, consultant with 20 year’s experience in profit, non-profit, and tech. She worked at Amazon where she led CORE+ (Conversations on Race and Ethnicity), an annual internal conference for 1.3 million employees. Her work is focused on developing DEI programs, strategies, policies at scale. She has developed global work plans for 14 Employee Resource Groups and led courses on the Future of Work and How to Rebuild Workplaces from an Intersectional Lens. She is a proven subject matter expert and is known for big vision and tactical implementation. Diya has a life-long mission of increasing access and opportunity of people across race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, accessibility, sexual orientation, social class, military, status, religion, age, and language in every professional industry. She worked as a DEI consultant in Canada, Japan, Singapore, Germany and the US. She was a DEI columnist for The Seattle Times, a board member of the Asians@Amazon global board and was appointed to the Seattle Women’s Commission in 2018.
Diya received her Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University and Masters of Education with a focus on Curriculum Development from the Comparative and International Development Education Centre at University of Toronto. She has published papers on Anti-Racism Curriculum and Multicultural Education.
Maurice Wiggins is a proven leader with expertise in human capital management, DEI, communications strategy, inclusive leadership, and organizational development. With 15+ years of experience in both the public and private sector and across multiple industries, Wiggins offers a unique perspective on leadership, vision, and communication. In addition to his thoughtful execution, Wiggins' passion for individual and collective growth has aided in building impactful people management initiatives and positioned him as a transitional leader recognized for helping companies grow from a crisis.
Maurice joined Google in 2020 as a Global Lead Diversity Business Partner supporting multiple Product Areas (P.A.) and the face of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team to the P.A. Maurice'sMaurice's role is to develop, elevate, and expand the DEI strategy within the P.A. In Maurice'sMaurice's professional capacity, he operates as a trusted advisor to senior executives and guides the P.A. on appropriate DEI. solutions at the global and regional levels.
Wiggins is a proud alumnus of Florida A&M University, where he earned his B.S. in Business Administration; and Columbia University, where he earned an executive M.P.A. in Advanced Management & Finance and an M.S. in Strategic Communications. Wiggins is also an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Candice Bristow has over 20 years of recruiting and human resources experience with a particular emphasis on equity, inclusion, and diversity (EID). She is currently the Director, EID for Expel, a managed security provider, delivering solutions that enhances workforce engagement, reduces biases in hiring processes, and creating a culture that welcomes everyone to do great work. She works in collaboration with executive leadership to develop and execute strategies to build connections, increase the dimensionality of diversity within our teams, and embed EID into all our employee programs.
Candice’s expertise spans the talent lifecycle from increasing access to opportunities for underrepresented groups through recruiting, retention, and creating space for communities to feel safe and included. She has successfully spearheaded the creation of inclusion statements, developed frameworks to create sustainable ERG groups, and implemented systems and processes that reduces biases.
Candice’s superpower lies in her cultural dexterity, giving her the ability to engage with anyone, have meaning dialogues, and assist in conflict resolution. She loves to mentor up and commers, plan events and social functions, and is a world traveler.
Candice attended the University of Virginia and holds a B.A. in English. She received her certification in Diversity and Inclusion and Executive Presences from Cornell. She is also the author of a TechCrunch article - Why DEI Programs are Failing. Outside of work, Candice also participates in and been a board member for two organizations: The Twelve Days of Christmas, Metro Chapter and The Girl Friends, Inc., Loudon County Chapter.
Monday, October 24
Tuesday, October 25
Dr. Omekongo Dibinga
Brittany Janay Harris
Rachel Kay and Damien Lewis
Andronica Klass and Diya Khanna
Madison Butler and Zach Nunn
L. Michelle Smith
Wednesday, October 26
Dr. Nika White
AJ Vaughn and Michael Ogunsanya
Steve Jones (tentative)
Thursday, October 27
Chris and Vince
Zoe (ZO) Moore
Chris and Vince
THE PATHWAY TO INCLUSION STARTS HERE
Past speakers have included names such as Jane Elliott, Minda Harts, Angel Rich, Arlan Hamilton, and David Johns to name a few.
DEITECH will feature more than 30 renowned thought leaders and multiple learning tracks, giving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion education and insights from both a foundation and fundamental perspective, as well as the perspective of leadership looking for strategies to advance DEI within their organization.
Join our career fair to explore amazing opportunities from entry-level to senior roles with renowned organizations that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion as a core value. Research, apply, interview, and network all within our virtual platform.
Whether you are a diversity, equity, and inclusion leader driving change, a professional looking for new career opportunities, or just passionate about creating more diverse and equitable environments-- the training, education, and takeaways from DEITECH Conference and Career Fair will provide networking, strategies, and insights to increase the success of your initiatives.Reserve My Seat (Free to attend)
30+ world-renowned speakers, educators, and thought leaders providing both fundamental learning and advanced concepts for organizational DEI leadership.
Over 20 highly rated keynotes, panel discussions, interview style chats, and workshops, all designed to provide you with actionable strategies and takeaways to improve your DEI initiatives.
Join us for our pre-event watch party and virtual happy hour, and during any of our scheduled networking breaks. Create community and relationships by sharing experience, pain points, strategies, and knowledge with peers and other like minded attendees.
On-demand access to recorded content post live event. Re-watch your favorite speakers and presentation or catch a session you missed during the live presentation at your own leisure.
We have carefully curated some of the world’s most prestigious companies with thousands of career opportunities. These organizations prioritize DEI as a core value for their organization and are looking to engage with Black professionals from all entry, mid-career, and senior-level backgrounds.
"The speakers/content were outstanding. They all provided insight as well as practical take-aways to implement following the conference. I also liked the ability to engage the speakers as well as fellow participants in discussions. I made several new connections as a result… Thank you!"
"The content really was the showstopper, and I was thrilled to have access to it after the conference because I couldn't attend everything I wanted to."
"It was AMAZING. The speakers, tracks, keynotes, attendees - all was fantastic… It was the best show of all of 2020, if not my career."
"The speakers were all excellent, really powerful to meet virtually with so many people that are aligned on the importance of making tech more equitable."
"Exceptionally well-done conference - from the incredible quality of the speakers and keynotes to the fantastic incorporation of networking throughout the event. The "tables" feature at the kickoff event really set the stage for prioritization of networking and connection. Watching the video TOGETHER at kickoff really brought us all into a shared headspace to launch the event. This was an incredibly well-thought-out event."