How President Obama’s Timeline of Hope Inspired Me To Create An Inclusive Tech Ecosystem

During President Obama eight years of being President of the United States of America I had the opportunity to visit the White House three times. Each time was related to work I've been doing to create a diverse and inclusive tech culture. But the journey began eight years ago.

Like many African-Americans before my generation if you would have told me I would see a black president in my lifetime I would not have believed you. Growing up as a black man from a small town, Teachey, NC with a population of 200, if you would have told me I would visit the White House not once but three times [...]

2017 – Plan. Execute. Repeat!

2016 taught me that I could hope, only to be slowly crushed by a thousand paper cuts. 2016 showed me I could work towards change but continue to fill a pinch of pain constantly breaking me. Now I have a choice. I can choose to focus on the pain or can focus on healing. I choose to fight back. 2016 also showed me the pain can make me stronger.

Join Us at Dreamforce for the Diversity in Coding Panel with Telegraph Academy, Black Girls Code, and The Hidden Genius Project!

The Opportunity Equality — Diversity in Coding Panel Thursday, October 6, 01:00 PM — Thursday, October 6, 01:40 PM

Both “Learn to code” and “diversity in tech” are two topics at the heartbeat of innovation opportunities in the tech world. Both intersect at creating solutions empowering future diverse leaders in all STEM fields.

Bringing the best of both worlds together at Dreamforce, Salesforce will host The Opportunity Equality — Diversity in Coding Panel featuring key thought leaders and doers creating change in the tech industry.

The The Opportunity Equality — [...]

Attending #SXSL Representing Change Catalyst & Tech Inclusion At The White House

President Obama Will host South By South Lawn (#SXSL): A White House Festival of Idea, Art, and Action Monday October 3, 2016

I’ve been attending and speaking at SXSW in Austin,TX for seven out of the past eight years. The 2016 SXSW was special. Both President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended and spoke on panels and a fireside chat. I had the opportunity to see the President Obama fireside chat in person during the SXSW this year.

When the White House announced the South By South Lawn (SXSL) festival on Twitter, I immediately shared it and was dreaming I would [...]

Announcing Tech Inclusion Conference 2016 Programming Agenda

The 2015 Tech Inclusion Conference featured over 137 speakers, over 1000 attendees, several workshops and a career fair with 27 companies. It was a two day, two track conference. We learned a lot since planning last year’s conference, such as more talks about accessibility which lead to the Ability In Tech Summit and taking into consideration one of the biggest requests from attendees last year; a larger space. We’re excited to host the 2016 conference at the Innovation Hangar. Our goal is to double attendance from the 2015 conference.