Katie McAuliffe, Federal Affairs Manager at Americans for Tax Reform and Executive Director of Digital Liberty, will be moderating a panel on diversity in the technology field at the music, film, and technology conference South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.
The panel is titled “Making Our Tech Look More Like Our Country” and will focus on the topic of diversity in the technology field and how to encourage more women and minorities to enter the field.
Kimberly Bryant, Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, an organization dedicated to teaching girls of color computer programming and entrepreneurial concepts. Since 2011, Bryant has grown Black Girls CODE into an international non-profit organization with chapters in multiple US cities and in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2013 Black Girl CODE was selected on BusinessInsider.com’s list of The 25 Most Influential African- Americans in Technology. In 2013 the White House honored Bryant as a Champion of Change for her work in tech inclusion. Before starting Black Girls CODE Bryant enjoyed a successful career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.
Lisa Lee, Senior Diversity Manager at Pandora: Lee started her career in the technology industry as one of Facebook’s earliest employees. During Lee’s seven years working for Facebook, she founded and chaired Facebook’s Asian American Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group. After Facebook, Lee began working for Pandora as the Senior Diversity Manager. In her position, Lee works closely with the recruitment team forming relationships with historically black colleges and organizations that work to develop students for the job market. Lee is also cofounder of the blog Thick Dumpling Skin, which addresses body image issues in the Asian American community. The blog was selected by Audrey Magazine as one of the best blogs of 2011. The blog also won an Embody Award by About-Face.
Adrissha Wimberly, Senior Advisor for the Mayor’s Office of Tech and Innovation for the city of New York: Wimberly formerly worked in the NYC Comptroller's Office where she headed civic-engagement applications and polices and managed open-data projects. Wimberly is also the co-founder and COO of the startup Smarteys, a paycheck management and personal finance product for millennials. Before co-founding Smarteys, Wimberly worked in the finance industry and also earned her MBA from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business, where she was a Dale Anne Reiss scholar. Wimberly also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Howard University.
With the vast knowledge and experience of these four women working in the tech industry, the panel is sure to be highly informative and interesting.