Join us this Thursday, July 9, 3-4 p.m., EST, for “AnitaB.org Presents: Child Care During Times of Change,” 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.
Carlene Kyte, Advocate for Babies@Work at Cisco
After being told by a former manager that she should avoid being branded as a “mother” at work, Carlene Kyte has embraced her #motherworking brand. As an advocate for babies-in-the-workplace programs and family-friendly work practices, Carlene is focused on building programs that will enable and empower talented women with children to remain active in the workforce and she is focused on making it easier for future parents to be a working parents.
Carlene is a Digital Manager at Cisco by profession who is committed to building high performing, high retention, diverse global teams. Her side passions at work include being an Innovation Leader and Champion for HackIT, Cisco’s largest 24-hour global hackathon, acting as a Mentor for Cisco’s Innovate Everywhere Challenge program, co-leading the San Diego Chapter of Women of Cisco, and volunteering as part of the Cisco’s global team for the ERO Back2Business. You can read her latest blog on LinkedIn, “How I Made Working Next to My Babies a Success” here.
Ami Gadhia, Chief of Policy, Research & Programs at Child Care Aware
Ami Gadhia is Chief of Policy, Research and Programs for Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA). Prior to coming to CCAoA, Gadhia was with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), where she was Director of Federal Advocacy and Regulatory Affairs. During her five years at AAP, she worked on critical federal policy related to numerous child- and family-centered issues, including early childhood, child abuse and neglect, toxic stress, environmental health, injury, violence and poison prevention, Native American child health, foster, adoption and kinship care. Before joining AAP, Gadhia spent seven years in the Washington office of the Consumers Union (CU), the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports. At CU, she worked on federal legislation and regulation related to areas such as product and food safety, among other issues. Skilled in public speaking and communication, Gadhia has testified before Congress and federal agencies numerous times and has appeared in the national print and TV press on various policy issues. A former practicing attorney, she is a member of the Connecticut and New York State Bars. Gadhia received her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Cornell University.
Shadiah Sigala, Co-founder and CEO of Kinside
Shadiah Sigala is a serial tech entrepreneur, now founding Kinside, a modern child care benefit. Kinside serves thousands of employers by connecting their employees to nearly 1M spots at the most reputable and safe centers and home daycares nationwide. Previously, she cofounded HoneyBook, a SaaS tech company that powers over 50,000 freelancers in managing their business and clients. She broke ground in her first-gen Mexican-American family by receiving degrees from Harvard (Master’s in Public Policy) and Pomona College (BA in Latin American Studies) by the age of 24. She has authored groundbreaking studies regarding the gender pay gap and sexual harassment in the freelance economy, published on Fortune, Forbes, and Huffington Post, among others. She currently live in Los Angeles with her two gorgeous, rambunctious tots.