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Exclusive: Black Ambition Opportunity Fund CEO Felecia Hatcher Talks Closing The Wealth Gap To Kick Off Black Future Weekend

Black Future Weekend, a three-day conference promoting equity in tech , is here. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Black Future Weekend (@blackfutureweekend)

Samantha Dorisca

Jun 24, 2022

A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your AfroTech World Experience

AfroTech World is one of the largest multicultural tech conferences in the United States, and this year, it will be an even more immersive event as a digital multi-day experience. From Nov. 9 to Nov. 14, conference attendees will be transported to a sprawling virtual campus complete with over 40 lounges, offices, houses, shops, theaters, and halls. Various locations, engineers, venture capitalists, recruiters, technologists, and culture enthusiasts from all over the world will curate conversations on the tech industry’s current opportunities and challenges. In addition, these leaders will gather in this digital space for community-building and exchange of ideas with the brightest minds in Black tech. As an avatar, you can hit the beach for a dance party, meet up with fellow conference-goers, pitch to investors, and level up your career all from the comfort of your home. Though you may be a whiz at Zoom meetings by now, this is a different experience altogether. So for first-timers...

Niki McGloster

Nov 9, 2020

Microsoft Engineer Michael Brown is Organizing a Virtual Juneteenth Celebration

If the past few weeks have taught us anything, it’s that not even a global health pandemic can quell racism and intolerance. While COVID-19 has severely affected our ability to convene in large numbers, one Black techie is determined to help Black professionals celebrate Juneteenth nonetheless. Michael Brown, a senior software engineer at Microsoft is hosting Juneteenth Conference , as a way for Black people to “t ake a moment to pause and reflect and celebrate where we are.” In early June 2020, as he was reflecting on his Microsoft anniversary as well as current affairs in Black America, he decided he didn’t want Juneteenth to slide under the radar. Brown decided to take advantage of society’s new relationship with virtual social events to create something special. He wasn’t sure he would be able to get everything ready in time for this year. In fact, several of his friends told him that events like these take at least one year to plan. However, Brown pressed on with the hope that,...

Colleen Williams

Jun 18, 2020

My First Experience at AfroTech Went a Little Like This

My first time attending AfroTech was an amazing experience. I got to connect with so many people from all walks of life (I even made some friends from Canada!). My goal for attending was really to expand my network and experience an environment where I wasn’t the only Latino/Black in tech. Day 1  JFK -> SFO 6 hours. Real Intimate Setting; Jackie Bavaro on the right. The first event I attended was the Product Manager Chat with Jackie Bavaro, co-author of “Cracking the PM Interview” (FYI: she has another book on the way called “Cracking the PM Career”) hosted by my now good friend, Olumide Longe . As someone interested in becoming a product manager, I thought it should be a priority this weekend that I push my narrative and promote myself as someone in that space. We traversed many topics from the road to PM to how to handle interviews, what makes a good PM, KPIs, etc. After the session, I got to ask an extra question to Bavaro which was: “How do you balance the relationship between...

Joel Durán

Dec 3, 2019

Black Women Talk Tech is Hosting its Third Annual Conference This Week in New York

For the third year in a row, the Black Women Talk Tech conference is convening in New York City to inspire founders and funders, alike. Backstage Capital’s Founder and CEO Arlan Hamilton will serve as the first day’s keynote speaker, followed by Founder and CEO of Planet Forward Ventures and Zume Pizza, Julia Collins, on the second day of the conference. Other conference speakers include Budgetnista CEO Tiffany Aliche, author and activist Luvvie Ajayi, and VisuWall founder, Kobi Wu. Black Women Talk Tech started in 2017 by Esosa Ighodaro, Regina Gwynn and Lauren Washington, three women who’d already founded their own startup companies. The trio wanted a place for Black women business owners to network and partner without the everyday hurdles of being a minority in tech. Washington said that although the collective’s goal is to create a safe space for Black women founders, the entire conference isn’t just about diversity and inclusion. “It’s not just a ‘woe is me’ kind of...

Arriana McLymore

Feb 25, 2019