The Race Chasm:

Addressing Underrepresentation of Black Professionals in B2B Tech

Addressing Underrepresentation of Black Professionals in B2B Tech

Thursday, October 8th
@ 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST

Thursday, October 8th
@ 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST

Moderator

Crystal Banks
Director,
Diversity & Inclusion
Ulta Beauty
Crystal Banks
Director,
Diversity & Inclusion
Ulta Beauty

Panelists

Meredith
Douglass-Morales
Senior Global Program Manager, ERG Leadership Development & Recognition (DIBs)
LinkedIn
Meredith
Douglass-Morales
Senior Global Program Manager, ERG Leadership Development & Recognition (DIBs)
LinkedIn
Regina Lawless
Global Director,
Equality & Inclusion
Micron
Regina Lawless
Global Director,
Equality & Inclusion
Micron
Alexia Narcisse
Account Executive
Workday
Alexia Narcisse
Account Executive
Workday
Glenn E. Newman Jr.
Head of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Belonging
UserTesting
Glenn E. Newman Jr.
Head of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Belonging
UserTesting
Corliss Udoema
CEO/Founder
Contract Solutions
Corliss Udoema
CEO/Founder
Contract Solutions

About the Program

The Race Chasm: Addressing Underrepresentation of Black Professionals in B2B Tech is a video-based virtual event that will gather leadership from the software and technology industries with three goals in mind:

  • To gain insight and a broader perspective from the panel and group discussions
  • To build meaningful connections with a group of diverse thinkers
  • To leave the meeting with actionable steps for your team and yourself

About the Content

There is a major opportunity to improve racial disparity in enterprise tech. Black employees comprise less than 1% of the workforce at U.S. software companies according to 2019 data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. With more than 8 million new tech jobs predicted over the next decade, companies in the industry can change to promote greater diversity with the goal of eliminating discrimination in the hiring process, workplace culture, support from leadership, and career advancement. By offering equal opportunity to all individuals, regardless of race or background, businesses can escape the limited perspectives of a homogenous workforce and benefit from the increased productivity, employee satisfaction, and improved outcomes that result from having diverse teams.

Making the changes to underlying biases within a company requires introspection from all team and organizational leaders. Having challenging conversations, reflecting on areas of failure and opportunity, and most importantly, taking action are essential responsibilities of the business community.

Under the leadership of our panel and in our small group discussions, we’ll explore common blindspots and address areas where racial inequality is most problematic in the tech industry. Our hope is to provide an opportunity for significant reflection and a foundation for initiating conversations that lead to meaningful changes in the community.

We hope you’ll join us.

Discussion Topics

  • Ways to foster a pipeline of diverse leadership internally and in the community
  • The difference between importing ‘Diversity Training’ vs. investing in diverse leadership
  • The ramifications of homogenous engineering or product teams in the tech industry
  • Inequality pitfalls and failures to root out of hiring practices and employee development programs
  • Resources to initiate and sustain tough conversations
  • Ways organizations can go beyond optics to make diversity a true part of their fabric
  • How to call teams to action and implement tangible changes
  • Approaches to finding diverse vendors and employees

Event Details

Date

Thursday, October 8th 

Time

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST

Attendee Profile

Leadership from the software and technology industries

Agenda

1:00PM     Attendees Enter Virtual Event & Welcome Remarks

1:05PM     Video Networking in Breakout Rooms

1:15PM     Panel Discussion

1:55PM     Audience Q&A

2:10PM     Breakout Networking Sessions

1:00PM

Attendees Enter Virtual Event

& Welcome Remarks

1:05PM

Video Networking in Breakout Rooms

1:15PM

Panel Discussion

1:55PM

Audience Q&A

2:10PM

Breakout Networking Sessions

Reserve Your Spot Here

Organizer

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BDI believes there is a big opportunity to address the underrepresentation of Black people in the B2B technology industry. We are producing this event to do our part in raising awareness of the problem and to contribute to the solution by hosting this important discussion.