Join us this Friday, June 19, 3-4 p.m., EST, for “AnitaB.org presents: Building an Antiracist Society Part 2”, a virtual conversation hosted by AnitaB.org President and CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson.
Brenda Darden Wilkerson
AnitaB.org President & CEO
Brenda Darden Wilkerson is an advocate for access, opportunity, and social justice for underrepresented communities in technology. She currently serves as the President and CEO of AnitaB.org, an organization that connects, inspires, and strives for greater equality for women technologists in business, academia, and government. She founded the original Computer Science for All program, building computer science classes into the curriculum for every student in the Chicago Public Schools, and serving as the inspiration for theObama administration’s national CS4All initiatives.
Chief of Staff to Brenda Darden Wilkerson at AntiaB.org
Mitali Chakraborty is an event producer, executive consultant and business development professional who has worked with many Fortune 1000 companies, nonprofits and fast growing startups since graduating from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She’s a dynamic individual who generates creative solutions and then leads the teams to execute them. Self-proclaimed intrapreneur she has worked with Live Nation, Atlanta Braves, Lonely Planet, Sundance Film Festival, First Book, Meeting of the Big Minds, Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology and so many more companies and social good movements to help them scale with her creativity and expertise in project management, stakeholder engagement, sponsorship sales & activation, operations, curation, research & strategy, brand management and event production. Whether it’s an exclusive retreat for 10 C-level executives or a 300,000 person music festival – size doesn’t matter. Mitali is always focused on the individual experience and getting the job done. She’s also an established entrepreneur and diversity & inclusion advocate who has worked across the country with deep ties in Atlanta, NYC, Washington D.C. and the San Francisco Bay area. In 2017 she launched & produced the Tech Jobs Tour, a continuation of President Obama’s Tech Hire initiative. In less than a year she brought together close to 50,000 individuals, 500 corporate companies and 300 educational institutions & civic organizations to help individuals with non-traditional backgrounds connect to jobs in the tech sector in 25 different markets across the U.S. She’s a moving target who has been to almost every state in the U.S. and over 50 countries. Her personal motto is ‘Go Left. Feels Right To Do The Unknown.’ Mitali has thrived to keep social activism and impact at the core of any project or client. A Dreamer at heart but proud to be known as more of a Doer. @GoLeftMitali (Twitter & Instagram) to track her whereabouts and get a seat at her next dinner party.
Dr. Kamau Bobb
Global Lead, Diversity Strategy & Research at Google
Kamau Bobb is the Global Lead for Diversity Strategy and Research at Google and the founding Senior Director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech. He is an engineer and science and technology policy scholar whose work focuses on the STEM enterprise, large educational systems, and the structural conditions that influence contemporary American life.
He brings to his current position a wealth of experience as a former Program Officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF). At NSF he was responsible for $30 million annually of investments targeted on improving computing and STEM education. In that role Dr. Bobb worked to help shape the national research agenda for effective means of delivering equitable and quality computational education to all students. He has worked with members of the Office and Science and Technology Policy in the Obama Administration to set the national strategy for STEM education at both post-secondary and secondary school levels. He was selected as a member of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper STEM + Entrepreneurship Taskforce to help U.S. cities craft strategies to engage young men and boys of color in the STEM landscape. Prior to his federal appointment, Dr. Bobb was the Director of the STEM Initiative for the University System of Georgia, a collaborative effort with the governor’s office to improve STEM education across the 30 public institutions serving approximately 325,000 students in the state.
Dr. Bobb holds a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy from Georgia Tech and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Lead Principal, Strategic Innovation & Technology at PWC
Mitra M. Best is an entrepreneur, technologist, and innovation leader. As PwC’s Lead Principal for Strategic Innovation and Technology, Mitra is responsible for ideation, incubation and development of new technology platforms and business models that solve critical challenges faced by organizations, the ecosystem of stakeholders, and the workforce.
Mitra’s commitment to fueling innovation through diversity inspires her as the PwC Leader for Women in Technology, promoting gender parity in STEM professions both inside her organization and in the community.
Additionally, she is a frequent speaker at corporate conferences, leads C-Suite workshops with clients, mentors startups and entrepreneurs across industries, and guest lectures at major universities.
Mitra holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science & Linguistics from UCLA, Graduate Management Certificate in Innovation & Strategy from MIT Sloan, and an Innovation Masters Certificate from Stanford University. She is a lifelong learner who values continued education as an imperative for growth and development.
Lead Data & Analytics Manager @ Eurostar International Ltd
Liza is an experienced Technical Strategic leader of BI & Analytics for over 15 years, which has seen her become a known champion and advocate for inclusion and diversity in tech. Currently working at Eurostar International Ltd as a Lead Data & Analytics Manager and is also an active member of its Inclusion and diversity committee. With a degree in Computer Science and a master’s in Business Intelligence and Analytics, she started her career in Tech by working in financial services as an IT Support Analyst and eventually onto a path of working in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics.
Her support of driving for inclusion started by being one of the founders of a London Credit Union serving as a Director, holding the posts of General Secretary and Compliance Officer from 2009 to 2011.
Joining AnitaB.org in 2017 as a volunteer has driven her to forge growth in AnitaB.org’s London Chapter which led to being invited to speak at AnitaB.org Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), the world’s largest gathering of women technologists in 2018 and 2019.
Her vision is to empower women to get into tech and stay in there! She is an active member of AnitaB.org volunteer communities serving as joint-conference chair for the 2019 AnitaB.org London Hopper x1, Chapter Point of Contact for AnitaB.org London, inaugural member AnitaB.org’s Membership Mid-Career committee and GHC Data Science CFP reviewer.
Senior Program Manager at Twitter
Alexandria Noel Butler, affectionately known as Lexi B, is considered one of Silicon Valley’s candid and most prominent voices. Her thought provoking advice and opinions on how to create a more equitable work environment stem from her own experiences working in some of the most popular tech companies. In April 2017, Lexi B founded Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech, a community that supports Black women in tech companies and related professions. This 6100+ international community has partnered with organizations such as Phenomenally, Instagram, Youtube, LinkedIn and Slack. Lexi’s main mission is to inspire people to create their desired life journey by understanding their purpose and life goals. In her own words, “People deserve to live the life that caters to their strengths and passions.”