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7 Black Women In Tech You Need To Know

Nowadays, people are more aware that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) are not simply the future. Arguably, both are the most important sectors driving economic growth and academic tracks today. From an professional standpoint, both STEM and STEAM are natural segues into the technology industry. With concerns around digital divides and achievement gaps, it is understandable that leaders in the Black community are pushing even harder to ensure that youth and adults, making career pivots have access to opportunity. More importantly, pointing to representation in the tech field gives prospective employees and students choosing academic paths a relatable and attainable goal. Which happens to be the perfect pivot into; currently, women make up 35% of the current tech workforce. This is such a significant improvement from the early 2000’s when women made up approximately 9%. In 2023, women held only...

Op-Ed: Why We Must Close The Black Tech Talent Gap Now

Tech moves at a fast clip. I’ve seen this firsthand in my career, the last eight years of which I’ve spent at McKinsey & Company helping businesses use tech more efficiently, by developing cloud and security transformations. The systems and technology may evolve, but one thing has remained largely the same: I’m often the only Black woman in a room full of technologists. We might speak the same technical language, but our experiences couldn’t differ more. I’ve tried to embrace everyone’s differences, relating to people in other ways. Because this has been my journey, this topic was incredibly important to me as it is so to so many others. Closing the Black tech talent gap — which persists despite diversity efforts from the world’s leading businesses — is now more important than ever. Black people make up 12 percent of the U.S. workforce but only 8% of employees in tech jobs, and an even smaller 3% of technology executives in the Fortune 500, no surprise to many of us who are...

Jan Shelly Brown

Mar 17, 2023

Pinterest Links Up With /dev/color For Multi-Year, Multi-Million Dollar Partnership To Invest In Black Tech Talent

Pinterest is investing in the future of Black tech! Under the mission of increasing diverse representation across the workforce, the platform has teamed up with dev/color — an accelerator for advancing Black technologists — for a multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership, according to a blog post. “At Pinterest, we’re on a mission to bring everyone the inspiration to create a life they love, and that mission starts with building a workforce that is representative of the world we live in and where everyone feels a sense of belonging,” the blog post writes. “We believe that diverse and inclusive teams build better products and are essential to growth and innovation. That is why we are specifically making a strategic investment in Black tech talent.” Pinterest and dev/color will work together to empower Black engineers and leaders through advancing their careers and recruiting Black technologists at all levels and specialties. Additionally, they aim to spur relationships,...

Ngozi Nwanji

Jul 27, 2022

Musician Masego Plans To Further Break Into Tech, But First He Says He's Heading To Business School

When speaking about the definition of multi-faceted, you have to put respect on Masego’s name. From trailblazing in his own musical lane to being able to smoothly switch from singing to playing the saxophone in a split second, there’s no box to contain his talent. With his upcoming endeavors, the musician is proving that “What can’t Masego do?” is merely a rhetorical question.

Ngozi Nwanji

May 17, 2022

This CEO Says He Sold His Company And Made The Employees Millionaires — 'We’re Minting Over 25 Millionaires'

When looking for a job, one of the critical things prospective employees consider is the benefits. Beyond healthcare, people hold stock options and spending accounts in high regard when choosing employment. Take, for example, the folks at Global Data Consortium.

Josh Rodgers

May 4, 2022

10 Black Women Tech Influencers That Are Using Their Platforms To Help Others Break Into The Industry

Seeing a Black woman break into the tech industry is always an accomplishment to celebrate, but what makes the win even more major is how they lift up others along with them. In the age of social media, the underrepresented group is not only sharing their experiences in their fields but also using their platforms to create a domino effect of Black talent going from sending in their resumes to signing job offer letters. Here are 10 Black women tech influencers who are working with big names like Google, Meta, and Microsoft that are teaching the ins and outs of the industry to help bring more of the community on board.

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 9, 2022

Black Girls Code CEO Kimberly Bryant Makes A Statement After Being Placed On Leave

Earlier last week, the unprecedented announcement of Black Girls Code CEO and founder Kimberly Bryant being removed as the nonprofit’s head came in as a shock to the tech community. Kimberly Bryant alerted the public about the breaking news with a “press release” on Twitter. “Press release: So it’s 3 days before Christmas and you wake up to discover the organization YOU created and built from the ground up has been taken away by a rogue board with no notification,” Bryant wrote via Twitter. Press release: so it’s 3 days before Christmas and you wake up to discover the organization YOU created and built from the ground up has been taken away by a rogue board with no notification. VC: @BlackGirlsCode — kimberlybryant.eth (@6Gems) December 21, 2021 The tweet caused an uproar from her counterparts and followers who wanted to learn more details of the indefinite suspension and how to support Bryant. Recently, Bryant shared a statement with TechCrunch to further clear the air.

Ngozi Nwanji

Dec 29, 2021

Kelauni Jasmyn’s BTN.vc Raises $25M To Invest In Black-Led Tech Startups

Navigating the tech space as a Black entrepreneur requires a certain level of perseverance to ultimately see their innovative ideas turn into reality. It’s this relentless determination that took Kelauni Jasmyn’s paper napkin idea to recently closing in on $25 million for her national technology venture fund — Black Tech Nation Ventures (BTN.vc) — in under a year.

Ngozi Nwanji

Dec 13, 2021

Meet The Forbes 30 Under 30 Black Honorees Trailblazing In Their Fields

When the Forbes 30 Under 30 list releases each year, it’s a time to give young leaders and innovators their flowers. The annual list also serves as a moment for readers to praise honorees, discover new talent, and be inspired to excel within their own endeavors. Forbes’ Black honorees in categories such as science, technology, healthcare , and gaming , in particular, are ones to revel on as the Black community is underrepresented within these spaces and deserves proper recognition. Take a look at this year’s Black honorees that are breaking barriers in their respective fields. Editorial Note: This piece has been updated to reflect additional honorees on Dec. 6, 2021.

Ngozi Nwanji

Dec 3, 2021

Through Black Tech Street, Tyrance Billingsley II Plans to Boost the Black Tech Community In Tulsa

On the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre on June 1, Tyrance Billingsley II decided to launch an organization to aid Black entrepreneurs living in the area once known as Black Wall Street . The native Black Tulsan entrepreneur teamed up with SecondMuse to launch Black Tech Street , a national initiative and tech hub on a mission to mobilize resources and companies to build a community for Black-owned technology companies. “I am a born and raised Tulsa entrepreneur, ecosystem builder and community leader. I excel in visioning and convening people to work together toward building collective progress,” Billingsley told AfroTech. “I am passionate about the tech industry and envisioning ways we can use technology to enhance quality of life.” SecondMuse has a decade of experience incubating entrepreneurial ecosystems to create equitable economies. With 13 global offices, the global innovation company will be lending personnel and resources to Billingsley to execute Black Tech Street’s...

Michelai Graham

Jul 3, 2021

31 Black Women in the Tech Sector Who Deserve Their Flowers

In honor of International Women’s Day, we here at AfroTech thought it was only fitting to recognize the work of 31 Black women in tech. Too often, Black women’s accomplishments, especially in the technology field, are overlooked or overshadowed. We encourage you not only to check out these women’s profiles and businesses but also to help shine a light on other Black women in tech this month and throughout the rest of the year.   Check out the list of 31 Black women in the tech sector below: Asmau Ahmed, CEO of Plum Perfect, an app that helps women find beauty products in line with their skin tone Sheena Allen, Founder and CEO of CapWay, which works to service the underbanked Shellye Archambeau, Current Board member of numerous tech companies, former President of Blockbuster.com, and CEO of MetricStream Angela Benton, Founder and CEO of Streamlytics, which helps make transparent what users are consuming on streaming services Jean Brownhill, Founder and CEO of Sweeten, which helps to...

AfroTech

Mar 8, 2021

These Young Black Men Created a Tech Resource for Sexual Assault Survivors

The tech industry is always on the hunt for fresh talent to bring forth new ways of thinking and innovative concepts to build a better future for our society. Michael Jordan, Princewill Imouokhome, and Gentill Abdulla — three young Black men who graduated from Texas A&M University — are a part of that rising generation of innovators who are on track to be tomorrow’s tech leaders. Together, these three created an anonymous sexual assault reporting system under their company The Garden with the help of blockchain technology, which has the potential to simplify and add greater security to data management, according to Forbes . In the summer of 2017, Jordan, Imouokhome, and Abdulla had an idea to create a tech resource that could be of great use to sexual assault survivors, which today is known as OYA . Oya – noun: An African Goddess of change Now it also stands for an anonymous mobile blockchain sexual assault reporting system. Help us give survivors of sexual assault a voice. Download...

Njera Perkins

Jun 15, 2020

Impact Ventures is Cultivating a Thriving Space for Black Entrepreneurs in Dallas

As more economic and diverse professional opportunities for African-Americans present themselves in regions other than Silicon Valley, Black entrepreneurs are beginning to look into migrating down South to start their businesses. Similar to Atlanta, which has become a new hub for Black techies, Dallas is developing into a strong corporate business and philanthropic sector for Black entrepreneurs. Among those businesses in Dallas looking to lead the charge as the country’s emerging cultural hub is a startup accelerator and impact-first fund Impact Ventures . Designed with a vision of collaboration and entrepreneurship, Impact Ventures believes that while talent knows no geographic bounds, access and opportunity do. “Impact Ventures has worked strategically to build more equitable and inclusive local economies through its culturally responsive business support structure focused on stimulating job growth and driving equity within the Dallas economy,” said founder and Chief Executive...

Njera Perkins

May 29, 2020

Impact Ventures is Cultivating a Thriving Space for Black Techies in Dallas

As more economic and diverse professional opportunities for African-Americans present themselves in regions other than Silicon Valley, Black entrepreneurs are beginning to look into migrating down South to start their businesses. Similar to Atlanta, which has become a new hub for Black techies, Dallas is developing into a strong corporate business and philanthropic sector for Black entrepreneurs. Among those businesses in Dallas looking to lead the charge as the country’s emerging cultural hub is a startup accelerator and impact-first fund Impact Ventures . Designed with a vision of collaboration and entrepreneurship, Impact Ventures believes that while talent knows no geographic bounds, access and opportunity do. “Impact Ventures has worked strategically to build more equitable and inclusive local economies through its culturally responsive business support structure focused on stimulating job growth and driving equity within the Dallas economy,” said founder and Chief Executive...

Njera Perkins

May 29, 2020

U.K. School Hires 10-Year-Old Tech Genius as a Coding Instructor

Meet Emmanuella Mayak i, the future of the tech industry. According to Face 2 Face Africa, when Mayaki was just 10-years-old, the coding and programming genius was appointed by the Southfields Primary School located in Coventry, England as an after school code club teacher. Her position at the Southfields Primary School involved her teaching HTML and CSS to her peers and sharing her tech knowledge with the code club. Mayaki’s journey in the tech industry started when she was just 7-years-old . In 2016, she received a diploma in Desktop Publishing, Advanced Excel, CorelDraw, Adobe Page Maker, and Advanced PowerPoint. Her list of accomplishments and qualifications doesn’t stop there. In 2018, Mayaki created her own app and designed her own site after enrolling at Tech24 to study Mobile App Development. It’s no secret that the future is bright for Mayaki as she has dreams of becoming an engineer. “I want to become a machine learning engineer because I have experience in programming and...

Devin Crudup

Mar 11, 2020