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The ability to spearhead culture change in today’s rapidly changing tech eco-system is the difference between thriving and barely surviving. According to a Digital Undivided report, the average amount of funding for a black female founder is just $36,000. For comparison, the average failed startup raises $1.3 million -- and the study notes that those are generally founded by white men. In addition, Only 4% of the estimated 2,200 women-led tech startups are led by black women.* The National Center for Women & Information Technology reported in a recent study that in 2014, women only held 26% of computing occupations which is down from 36% in 1991. However, only 3 % of Black women hold these positions along with Asian women at 5% and Latinas holding only 1%.* These stats are alarming and we're opening a dialogue on how the tech world can become more accessible and inclusive for this group of women. At this event, you will hear from an outstanding panel of thought leaders in tech. We'll learn about their triumphs and challenges, hear real life stories and chart a roadmap for real change.
6:30-7:00pm: Check-in + networking
7:00-8:00pm: Panel discussion
As this is a joint event with the Technology Association of Georgia, your email will also be entered into their system to record attendance for this event. Emails will not be given out to any third party vendors and are only kept in their system in relation to the event. You may receive emails from the Technology Association of Georgia notifying you of new events in your area.
Lite bites and beverages will be served.
Audience participation is encouraged
Chidi is a product guy and digital insurgent, with a day job of co-founder of aKoma, a content management and storytelling platform for Africa and fans interested in Africa focused content. He also is a product management consultant and trainer, working with product teams from whiteboard to launched product offerings.
Chidi has been instrumental in the development of new digital products via a variety of startup and senior corporate stints at well-known media and tech companies. Prior to aKoma, he co-founded The Core Venture Studio – a startup studio, and Collider - a co-working space in Atlanta’s Tech Square. He stays active in the Atlanta startup community, serving as a mentor and advisor to startups, in addition to his role as an instructor at General Assembly’s Atlanta campus, teaching the Product Management courses.
Chidi has enjoyed a prolific career in the tech, entertainment and media industries, serving in an assortment of product executive roles with tech and media companies including Turner Broadcasting, Time Warner, Sony Music and AT&T Wireless. Chidi holds undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from New York University.
PMP-Senior Business Analyst & Lottery Product Management;,
Jocelyne Williams, PMP is a dedicated problem solver, communicator, and leader. As an emerging trailblazer, she is excited about managing organizational products and processes for Scientific Games’ Lottery. As a leader among her peers, Jocelyne believes in creating her own lane, and empowering women around her to do the same. As a millennial on the rise, she knows there are no shortcuts to lasting success, and she won’t settle for anything less.
Diamonde Williamson Digital Undivided
While attending the University of West Georgia, Diamonde realized she wanted to be an entrepreneur so she started dedicating her time to starting a business. Whatever she was passionate about at the time, she pursued as an entrepreneurial endeavor. After graduating, Diamonde starting working as an Executive Assistant at Drexina Nelson Studios and as an EA to Mattie James of Mattieologie.com. During this time, she tried everything - photography, public relations, marketing at curlbox.com, and she even started her own women's group called, Pledge To Be Bella in an effort to empower women. While attending different networking events in Atlanta, Diamonde found that she was meeting tons of incredibly brilliant and talented women that were hustling to live their dreams, and building unique businesses. She also found that she loved working in television production.
After working for television networks such as OWN, VH1, USA and WETv, as a producer, Diamonde Williamson made it her mission to redefine what we know as reality tv by creating feel-good programming for multicultural women through her streaming network, Blossom. Her work with female entrepreneurs, girl bosses and tastemakers to produce content for their businesses as well as content for her network through Blossom:Studios, has created an unique opportunity for Diamonde to merge her passion for empowering women and producing video content.
TAG launched in January 1999 as a merger of three of the state's largest technology organizations: the Southeastern Software Association, the Business and Technology Alliance, and Women in Technology. This joint event is hosted in conjunction with the TAG Human Resources and Diversity society. TAG Human Resources and Diversity has the mission to assist professionals within technology and tech-driven companies with the development and management of their human resources and diversity initiatives, and to increase awareness regarding the positive impact on business goals when diversity is leveraged within organizations.
Plans change. We get it. But if you can't make it to a class/workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given after this timeframe.
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