2017 Technical Executive Forum Program Agenda

The 2017 TEF theme is “Intersectionality in Tech.”

Intersectionality is defined by Merriam-Webster as:

“The complex and cumulative way that the effects of different discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, and yes, intersect – especially in the experiences of marginalized people or groups.”

A group of women talking at the GHC 16 Black Women in Computing ReceptionAt the Anita Borg Institute, we use intersectionality framework to guide our advocacy for better diversity and inclusion. It helps us step out of our comfort zones and have the difficult conversations needed to advance more women technologists. We recognize the importance of intersectionality as a means by which we can more fully and intentionally support the advancement of all women technologists by focusing on the multi-faceted, interconnected dimensions of their lives.

Intersectionality, first coined by American civil rights advocate and scholar of critical race theory Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, was introduced at last year’s TEF with a focus on two aspects of intersectionality: temperament and gender. At the 2017 TEF, we will continue this in-depth discussion by attaining three goals:

  1. Build a common understanding of intersectionality as a framework for building greater diversity and inclusion in tech
  2. Continue our intersectional approach to diversity and inclusion with a focus on women of color in tech and computing
  3. Share actionable solutions and tools for executive participants, and develop executable calls-to-actions to advance and retain diverse talent

A woman and man talking to one another at the GHC 16 TEFThe all-day TEF session on Thursday, October 5 will host multiple subject matter experts on intersectionality in tech. Anchoring the day will be the TEF keynote, Dr. Freada Kapor Klein.

Freada’s work, at the intersection of tech, racial and social justice, and diversity and inclusion, is crucial in helping organizations create more inclusive and diverse work places. Freada is a subject matter expert in intersectionality as a framework for diversity and inclusion and a well-regarded social policy researcher.

To put theory to practice, a two-part interactive workshop on intersectionality will be led by Y-Vonne Hutchinson, JD, Executive Director of ReadySet. We will furthermore feature a panel of diverse leaders from various parts of the tech ecosystem for interactive discussions on how companies can further build diversity and inclusion strategies to advance and retain diverse talent, with a focus on women of color in tech and computing. There will also be a Q&A specific to the executive audience.

View the full Program Agenda here.

Featured Speakers

Keynote: Dr. Freada Kapor Klein, Founding Partner, Kapor Capital and Kapor Center for Social Impact

 

TEF Workshop (Part 1): Leave No Woman Behind: Understanding Intersectionality

Abstract: To put theory to practice, a two-part interactive workshop on intersectionality will be led by Y-Vonne Hutchinson, JD, Executive Director of ReadySet. Women are not a monolithic group. To be truly effective, our diversity and inclusion efforts must reach women across race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, age, and other areas of marginalization. This workshop introduces participants to the concept of intersectionality and the ways in which it impacts the experience of women in the workplace. Special attention will be paid to the tech context and participant experiences within it. It is hoped that participants will leave the session with a greater understanding of intersectionality and the ways in which it impacts diversity and inclusion efforts focused on women.

TEF Workshop Facilitator: Y-Vonne Hutchinson, J.D., Executive Director, ReadySet

 

TEF Workshop (Part 2): Leave No Woman Behind: Understanding Intersectionality

Abstract: After establishing a shared understanding of intersectionality, participants will examine the concrete ways in which intersectional challenges impact women of color throughout the employee lifecycle and the ways in which these challenges can be eliminated. It is hoped that participants will end the session with a greater understanding of the challenges that women of color face and robust solutions for increasing diversity and inclusion for them in tech and computing.

TEF Workshop Facilitator: Y-Vonne Hutchinson, J.D., Executive Director, ReadySet

 

TEF Panel: Are You Ready to Advance Women of Color in Technology & Computing?

Abstract: In recent years, the diversity and inclusion conversation in tech around race and gender has come to the forefront. But there’s been scant conversation about the intersectionality of the two. We see many companies releasing diversity demographics for race and gender. We see very few of those companies addressing their diversity and inclusion issues in an intersectional way. This panel will candidly discuss the reasons why there’s been little focus on women of color as a community, how we can be more intentional about moving forward, and what we could be doing to close the gap. Join us as we re-envision the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women of color in our tech communities.

Moderator: Cynthia (Cindy) Owyoung, Founder & CEO, Breaking Glass Forums

Panelists:
Aubrey Blanche, Global Head, Diversity & Inclusion, Atlassian
LaFawn Davis, Global Head, Culture & Inclusion, Twilio
Andrea Delgado-Olson, Founder, Native American Women in Computing and Program Manager, Systers and GHC Communities, Anita Borg Institute
Y-Vonne Hutchinson, J.D., Executive Director, ReadySet
Janet Ipka, Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, HIRED