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Technology has transformed the way society interacts. Every year new apps, businesses and companies are launching to use technology as a way to solve the world's issues and promote social justice. In this talk we will hear from tech experts who are utilizing tech to make the world a better place.
Aaron is the Founder & CEO of Justice Reskill, A reskilling platform that teaches both technical and essential skills to justice-involved individuals centering economic justice and equity. Aaron is a Board Member of Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute, a Twilio Champion, an A* member, and facilitator of /dev/color. He currently leads the Equity Initiative for Energize Colorado, acts as the Chair of Inclusion & DEI Track Captain for Boulder Startup Week, was recently named to Colorado's 2020 Inno on Fire list and is active in multiple community workforce development projects.
VP of Engineering & Founding Team Member,
Erica Kangas is VP of Engineering and a founding team member at Dough, and has served in a variety of technical roles over the past decade. Her work has spanned multiple industries, guided by opportunities to build technology and use data to tackle challenging problems that require the collaboration of diverse groups.
Erica earned her undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Michigan State University. She began her career in the nonprofit sector as a data analyst for the City Year National Evaluation Team, pioneering the organization’s use of publicly available data to better understand the scope and impact of nation-wide programming, contributing to an equity-based approach to research and evaluation practice. An alumna of Launch Academy, Erica has since worked on engineering teams in a variety of Boston-based startups. From education technology, to competitive intelligence, to advancing women+ led businesses, she has gained a unique vantage point from having worked across a range of industries and wide spectrum of team diversity.
Erica is passionate about equity in access to educational and economic opportunities, advocating for inclusive hiring practices, team environments that foster a culture of continuous learning, and product development processes grounded in values and ethics. She is currently a mentor and Community Advisory Board member at Hack Diversity.
cofounder & CEO,
Anu Parvatiyar is an engineer and ethnographer at the intersection of medtech and public health. She is the cofounder & CEO of Ananya Health, a medical device company building platforms that prevent cervical cancer in the highest-burden regions of the world.
Prior to founding Ananya Health, Anu led the Global Programs team at eHealth Africa, where she managed a team of 300 staff that helped eradicate polio in Nigeria. She has built & supported surveillance programs for collecting field-level data to detect and prevent larger outbreaks, and advised large global health organizations on product adaptations for developing countries.
As an engineer in the medical device space, she has designed and launched medical devices with revenues of more than $10M.
Anu has a bachelors of science in biomedical engineering from Georgia Tech. She loves yoga, reading, making pottery, and spending time with her dog Sawra.
Meet Dough. They are the premier platform to discover, support, and shop from women-led companies.
More than ever, we care about the businesses we are funding with our purchases. While many want to support small and women-owned businesses, oftentimes it can be challenging to know how we can best play a role in the success of women entrepreneurs. Whether it’s providing individual shoppers an easy way to support women-owned, or enabling teams to harness their collective purchase power through its Corporate Benefit or Corporate Gifting offerings, Dough is here to empower you to support women-owned.
When you shop on Dough, you’re not only supporting women-owned brands. You have the opportunity to shop by your values and support underrepresented communities. 90% of brands on Dough encompass a value — from Eco-Friendly to Not on Amazon — and 50% are helmed by a woman of color.
Women in Data has been rated as the #1 Community for Women in AI and Tech, and is leading the movement to get more women into relevant tech jobs, and support them on their journey to the C-Suite. Currently, Women in Data is in 15 countries with over 45 chapters, and has a community of over 20,000 individuals.
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