The panel will feature participants from Facebook, Oracle, CODE2040, salesforce.com and TechCrunch, and will take place Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway (at 23rd Street).
BUILDUP “Building Innovation: Creating an Inclusive Technology Ecosystem panelists include:
· Barbara Williams, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Oracle. She has received numerous awards, including Women of the Year, Most Powerful Women of the Bay, Women Leading the Way and as a Technology All Star at the Women of Color STEM Conference.
· Leah McGowen-Hare,Master Technical Trainer with industry at salesforce.com. She has more than twenty years of experience in the technology field; mastering a variety of roles including Consultant, Developer, Manager and Technical Trainer.
· Kiva Wilson, Diversity Program Manager at Facebook.
· Amy Schapiro, Director, Fellows Program for CODE2040. She leads program operations, student and company recruitment, and other strategic pipeline partnerships.
· Samantha O'Keefe in charge of TechCrunch Include and the Startup Battlefield. In her role, Sam supports social enterprises selected to participate in Include,TechCrunch's recently launched diversity partnership program.
BUILDUP was founded in 2014 by Wayne Sutton, Kristina Omari and Christian Anderson, who together have more than 30 years experience in technology and investing. Sutton is a three-time startup founder and co-founder of the first minority lead startup accelerator/
“It’s important that the tech community and local areas, like the City of Oakland find ways to foster innovation and ensure its future in the ever-changing and competitive technology industry,” said Christian Anderson, general partner of BUILDUP. “There is no way the tech industry can remain competitive and drive innovation without factoring in the experiences of women, minorities and others with diverse backgrounds. Solving the world’s most critical challenges starts with achieving global inclusion.”
The firm is dedicated to increasing innovation globally by bringing innovators together from an array of backgrounds and experience – from the technology, education, health, design, environmental, social and political sectors. BUILDUP hosts networking events featuring successful founders, designers, investors and thought leaders to assist in providing valuable information to first time and experienced entrepreneurs.
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BUILDUP is a global impact firm designed to support an inclusive ecosystem of entrepreneurs focused on building new technologies to solve the world’s most critical challenges. For more information, visit www.buildup.vc.