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In celebration of InnoMAYtion, join BEACON, DCFemTech and Get Found + Get Funded for an engaging evening sharing the stories and triumphs of women in tech. Following a fireside chat and panel discussion, stick around for drinks, bites and networking.
Fireside Chat - Beyond the Code: DCFemTech Awardees
Panel Discussion - What Does It Mean to be in Tech?
Presented by Get Found + Get Funded
Hear Me Code
Shannon Turner is the Founder of Hear Me Code, an organization offering free, beginner-friendly coding classes for 3,000 women in DC. Hear Me Code focuses on leadership development, peer mentoring, and turning students into teachers. In 2015, Shannon was named one of Washington’s Tech Titans by the Washingtonian. She currently serves on D.C.’s Open Government Advisory Board and hopes to empower DC residents to participate in local government.
Dr. Charlene Brown MD, MPH Public Health Physician Expert
Dr. Charlene Brown is a public health physician expert with 17 years of diverse health, leadership and management experience. Her work for the US Agency for International Development has brought her to nearly 20 countries across 3 continents. She has served domestically as the Deputy Commissioner for Medical Operations at the Baltimore City Health Department and as a regulatory physician for the FDA where she evaluated the efficacy and safety of select investigational medications. Years ago, she founded a global health consulting company that provided multiple international NGOs with technical & strategic advice and is in the throes of founding a health technology startup company. Dr. Brown pitched and led a team to create ReciproCare for Startup Weekend DC: Flip the Ratio; they won first place and will present ReciproCare at DC Tech Day 2015.
After studying engineering at Princeton, Dr. Brown attended medical & public health school at Harvard. She completed medical residency training in both internal medicine and preventive medicine and maintains Board-certification in preventive medicine. She also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Emory School of Medicine.
Black Code Collective
Taylor Poindexter is a proud UVA Alum, the Co-founder of Black Code Collective and currently works at Crowdskout as a Back End engineer. She was named one of DC’s Top Power Women as well as DC’s Top Technologist in 2017. In the past five months, she has organized five inclusive, beginner-friendly hackathons and civic tech days. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, whiskey tastings, and spending time with her two amazing nephews.
Economic Intelligence Analyst,
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)
Joy Whitt is a Developer at the Office of the Chief Technology Office (OCTO), and an Economic Intelligence Analyst at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED). She works on open data APIs, and visualization & analysis projects utilizing real estate, affordable housing, and business development data. She also organizes civic hackathons on behalf of the Mayor’s office and with various tech inclusive groups like TechLady Hackathon in Washington, DC.
In 2015, Joy transitioned into a career in tech by learning to code with organizations and individuals committed to teaching coding and programming to women and people of color.
Although born and raised in Michigan, Joy has called DC her home since 2009. She resides in Bloomingdale with the most handsome pup ever, Ellis.
President and CEO,
Xina Eiland, President and CEO of X+PR, is a visionary leader and recognized authority in multicultural communications, digital media and event planning. Xina brings a wealth of experience to clients, helping them effectively connect with diverse and hard to reach populations. Her dedication and tenacity, complemented by energy and drive, have earned her a well-deserved reputation as an innovator who gets the best results. She is known for taking on projects that tackle issues of diversity and inclusion and that help reach disenfranchised and underserved.
Xina is also the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Black Female Founders (BFF), an organization that serves as a convener to provide conversations and solutions for Black female tech founders. Because of her work in the tech and startup space, she is also a board member of BEACON, a Washington, D.C. initiative to make D.C. the number one ecosystem for women entrepreneurs. She recently won one of the Trending 40 Women of the New Power Women of DC Tech.
Xina began her career working on public health campaigns, where she was a vital part of developing and launching a national health campaign entitled “A Healthy Baby Begins with You.” The initiative, sponsored by Department of Health and Human Services, was designed to raise awareness about infant mortality in the African-American community. This four-year campaign included celebrity engagement with Tonya Lewis Lee, the wife of Spike Lee, as well as significant social media outreach at a time when campaigns had yet to capitalize on or build awareness with social media.
As an expert on social media brand engagement, Xina’s company has achieved great success in all areas of the public relations arena. They have worked with numerous and diverse clients such as Digital DC, a national marketing campaign and economic initiative to increase the visibility of Washington, D.C. as a leading community in the innovation and high-tech economy; Blogalicious, a blogging community that celebrates diversity in digital media; Ford Motor Company Fund, a nonprofit arm of Ford Motor Company that creates community outreach service programs; Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association to highlight the African-American sites in the city of Alexandria; and Booz Allen Hamilton, a management and technology company.
Xina has her Masters in Health Administration and Bachelors in Communications, both from the University of Michigan. In her spare time, Xina is an avid runner and enjoys traveling to and experiencing new places.
Athena Digital Media Group
Aurelia Flores, Managing Member of Athena Digital Media Group, has been in the digital marketing field for nearly 10 years. She also practiced law – intellectual and corporate business law – for nearly 20 years after graduating from Stanford Law School in the mid-90’s.
She has over 20 years of experience building and supporting businesses – both from the legal and non-legal sides. As a business and intellectual property attorney, she helped structure deals for Angel and VC investments during the late 90’s dot-com boom. She has assisted small businesses in formation, launching and getting to profitability – including assisting in putting together strategic partnerships, writing business plans and obtaining SBA funding for companies.
She’s also worked in the mergers & acquisition space, getting insight into what makes a company a good acquisition target, and also seeing what can torpedo profitability. Aurelia worked at a big law firm, as well as served as a Fortune 500 company Assistant General Counsel.
From the marketing side, she focuses on small and medium-sized businesses, especially startups and tech entrepreneurs. She brings a unique perspective into business building and marketing. She assists Athena clients on the strategy and business consulting side, as well as marketing.
In 2016, Aurelia joined the Pipeline Angels network of women and non-binary femme investors. She now takes her knowledge into investing as an angel investor. She has a lot of experience looking at startups and seeing what works. On the digital marketing side, she loves assisting startup businesses in building and increasing their profitability by connecting with their ideal clients online.
Aurelia is especially committed to helping her clients change the world with their work. She is deeply committed to their goals of changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for innovative social entrepreneurs.
She regularly speaks on the power of digital marketing, and was a featured speaker at the Legal Digital Innovator conference at Howard University in 2016. She was a speaker during DC Startup Week, has served as a judge for pitches for TechStars, and serves as a mentor for new angel investors.
She has seen the evolution of how people do business online for over 20 years.
When not working, you can find Aurelia with her kids, or reading a good book. She loves YA and sci-fi, and is a Next Generation Trekkie.
Founder and CEO,
Kristina Francis, Founder and CEO of EsteemLogic, is reimagining Technology Consulting and the technical career journey. EsteemLogic provides a hybrid apprenticeship and employment approach aimed to remove the impediments to success that often impact a large pool of untapped talent resulting in a workforce ready to consult and deliver in demand information technology solutions. Ms. Francis specializes in strategic planning, business automation, cyber, and training. Over her nearly 20-year career, she led design, development and implementation of large enterprise technical and cyber solutions for Department of Defense, Federal and commercial organizations. She also worked closely with organizations to hire, train, coach and retain diverse technical talent.
Ms. Francis received her BA from Georgetown University in Psychology and MS from George Washington University in Information Systems Management. Ms. Francis is passionate about education, equity, empowerment, and innovation. She serves as an advisory board member for a Community Development Financial Institute, is a member of Pipeline Angels, and serves as a strategy and business mentor to many entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs in tech. Ms. Francis enjoys watching “This is Us” with her husband Elliott and cheering on her kids Nyla(10) and Evan (9) in everything they do! She also enjoys time with her 2 year-old Newfoundland, Onyx.
Senior Product Manager,
Anika is a senior product manager with the Atlantic. She focuses on membership and community products. She received her Master's from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied online comments and audience engagement at media companies. She's taught audience engagement to students at Harvard, American University and the University of Miami, among others. She serves on the leadership team for DCFemTech, a Washington DC-based collective that advances women's leadership in technology. She grew up in Maryland and lives in Washington, DC.
Founder and CEO,
Even before being named the “Next Steve Jobs” by Forbes Magazine, Angel already earned the title of “Wealth Pioneer.” Rich founded The Wealth Factory with a mission to provide equal access to financial literacy across the world. Through her company, WealthyLife provides financial literacy education through technology games, walking people from birth to retirement in 12 subjects. The first game released, CreditStacker (a match-three game like Candy Crush), has been named the best financial literacy product in the country by the White House, Department of Education, and JP Morgan Chase. In August 2017, the company launched the full product version of CreditStacker, exceeding 200,000 downloads in 60 countries and 21 languages in two weeks. Google Top 50 Apps Deparment selected it as one of the ten most promising apps in the world.
Angel is also the author of The History of the Black Dollar, has been honored as Hamptonian of the Year, helped to found the Hampton University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute, and is a proud member of the 2016 HBCU 30 Under 30, Hampton 40 Under 40 and Google Top 30 Black Female Founders.
Information Architect & UX Advocate,
Emily Ryan is an Information Architect and UX advocate, better known as the UX competency and Senior Lead for Deloitte Digital. She received my BFA in Graphic Design and my MA in Computer Security with a specialty in investigations, aka “asking the right questions.” Having been a full-stack programmer and visual designer prior to going into UX at both small and large companies, her diverse background and heavy focus on user research means she is part of many different projects, particularly those in the healthcare, education and cyber-security fields. She’s been on a diverse set of teams and projects, all of which she’s been proud to be a member of. Emily enjoys exploring the world around her and spends alot of time understanding the "why" when part of a new project. To Emily, the user research is the most critical step in product development – without it, we’re just designing in the dark.
DCFemTech is a coalition of women leaders aimed at amplifying women in tech organizations, sharing resources, and bringing leaders together to close the gender gap. Bimonthly meetings are inclusive and open to any women in tech leaders. Members are affiliated with organizations with women attendance that is 50% or higher; who have a focus on technology; and have a primary focus in the mission statement about gender or women.
BEACON is a community-led campaign to make Washington, DC the most influential and supportive city for women entrepreneurs in the United States.
Get Found Get Funded takes pride in featuring companies led by entrepreneurs that are generally under-represented in the startup space. Although Get Found Get Funded is supportive of all entrepreneurs, we feature those on the show that are eligible for Angel and VC funding. We understand this is a small subset of entrepreneurs; however, our focus is on changing the startup space to be more inclusive for all and we are starting by shining a light on this particular space.
We understand that, sometimes, plans change. If you can no longer make it to a class or workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given to cancellations made within a week of the class or workshop.
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