Behind the Click: The Intersection of WoC in STEM + Social Justice


Dec. 13 2015, Published 7:00 p.m. ET

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COST: Free

VENUE: Impact Hub Oakland - 2323 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612

ADDRESS: 2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, USA

Black Girls CODE  invites you to join us for a spirited and lively evening of conversation and connection featuring some of the Bay Area's leading voices of Women of Color in STEM:  Behind the Click- The Intersection of WoC in STEM + Social Justice.

This panel will highlight women of color working in the STEM industry and explore the impact of intersectionality in their work and the parallels which exist in current social change movements.

Featured Panelists:

Melanie Araujo, Founder at Front and Center

Erica Baker, Build and Release Engineer at Slack Technologies, Inc.

Kelly D. Carlisle, Founder and Executive Director at Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project

Omoju Miller, Technology Portfolio Manager at Google

Kisha Richardson, Founder and Lead Engineer at cleanME

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Kamilah Taylor, Senior Software Engineer at LinkedIn

Aminatou Sow, Founder Tech LadyMafia

Panel Moderator:

Ashara Ekundayo, Co-founder/Chief Creative Officer Impact Hub Oakland

*Featuring: A special conversation on technology and activism featuring Black Girls CODE founder Kimberly Bryant and former Black Panther's Chairwoman and Civil Rights Activist Elaine Brown being interviewed by Ashara Ekundayo. 


6:00pm-6:30pm    Doors Open: Registration & Networking (30 min)

6:30pm-6:40pm    Welcome: Short BGC Film Clip

6:45pm-8:00pm    STEM Panel/Q & A with Panelists

8:00pm-8:30pm    A Conversation on Tech Activism +  Social Justice Activism

                                  (Moderated by Ashara Ekundayo w/ BGC Founder Kimberly Bryant,

                                  Author & Former Chairwoman-Black Panther Party Elaine Brown)

8:30pm- 8:45pm    Closing/Light Networking

(Event is FREE and open to the community including students ages 7 to 17, and their parents/guardians. Light refreshments will be provided.  Space is limited - please register ahead to reserve your seat.)


Panelists Bios:

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Melanie Araujo is the founder of Front and Center, an organization founded to increase diversity in Silicon Valley through design. Through Front and Center, Ms. Araujo works to demonstrate and promote high tech career possibilities to low-opportunity young adults, primarily through a free, six-month intensive design training program. The program focuses on youths from African-American and Latino communities, but is open to all groups.

Erica Baker, Build and Release Engineer at Slack Technologies, Inc.

Erica is a Senior Engineer at Slack Technologies with over 15 years experience in the technology industry.  She is one of the leading voices on diversity and inclusion in tech, and expanding access to tech education for  underrepresented groups.  Erica created the Twitter hashtag #RealDiversityNumbers, which urges companies to report things like the number of harassment cases settled out of court, retention and promotions. Her recent insightful Medium blog post: #FFFFFF Diversity highlighted the exclusion of WoC and PoC in recent industry diversity and inclusion efforts and shifted the discussion on the true impact diversity in technology.  Erica is on the Advisory Boards for Atipica and Hack the Hood, and is a Tech Mentor for Black Girls Code.

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Kelly D. Carlisle, founded Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project in 2010 after she returned to East Oakland and saw that the community of her childhood had few positive outlets and activities for youth.  She was selected as one of 200 U.S. Delegates to Slow Food International’s Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto in 2012 and 2014. In December 2011, she was listed as the Bon Appetit Good Food Fellow.

Omoju Miller, Technology Portfolio Manager at Google

Omoju is a partner at a venture backed technical education startup. She has spent time helping invest in entrepreneurial non-profits using technology to launch new solutions to old, persistent problems.  She is currently completing a doctoral program at UC Berkeley in Computer Science Education. Omoju also served in a volunteer capacity as an advisor to the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows, where she focuses on inclusion and diversity in technology (2012).

Kisha Richardson, Founder & Lead Engineer at cleanME

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Kisha is an inner-city kid turned investment banker, turned entrepreneur & engineer. She quit her cushy corporate job and moved across the country from New York City to the San Francisco Bay Area to fully devote time to sharpening her coding skills and “becoming her own technical co-founder”.  She is currently a Senior Software Engineer at Westfield Labs, a Lead Instructor of the Back End Web Development program at General Assembly and the founder and CEO of the tech startup cleanME.

Kamilah Taylor, Senior Software Engineer at LinkedIn

Kamilah is currently a Senior Software Engineer at LinkedIn, previously at Wolfram Research, and hails from the island of Jamaica. She’s worked on multiple projects, most recently Project Voyager - a totally rebuilt and redesigned LinkedIn app - and the new LinkedIn messaging experience. During her time at LinkedIn she's won hackday projects such as member to member blocking and Coursera - LinkedIn integration. Kamilah is a co-author of the upcoming "Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories”. She volunteers for organizations including BlackGirlsCode, Technovation, and MEDA, and has been featured in publications, including TechCrunch and the Jamaica Gleaner.

Aminatou Sow is a digital strategist who loves the Internet and who has enjoyed a long and happy life working with and consulting for big brands, media companies and government agencies. She is the Founder of Tech Lady Mafia and is one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Tech.


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