The Careers in Computer Science and Tech Opportunity Fair at Lehman College is an initiative powered by the New York Mayor’s Office Tech Talent Pipeline, CUNY 2X, and AnitaB.org New York. The goal of the Fair is to create an opportunity for Lehman College students in STEM-related field to meet the leading New York-based tech companies. This event is the first in its kind to be held at Lehman College, in the Bronx, and is expected to gather over 75 students.
This Fair aims to inspire and educate students about the vast educational and career opportunities that result from studying STEM-related fields. It is also an opportunity to connect tech companies to an amazing and diverse talent pool.
The final line-up of speakers and companies will be announced soon. Stay tuned!
Program Lead, Code Next
Peta-Gay Clarke is a well-rounded professional with broad experience as a Business, Information Technology and Community leader coupled with a passion for providing S.T.E.M. education to youth underrepresented in the technology industry. Peta is currently a Diversity Manager and the Program Lead for Google’s Code Next programs. Code Next is an initiative to expand social capital in Black and Latino neighborhoods by developing culturally engaging and community-centric tech innovation experiences. She is also currently an Adjunct Professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science. Previously, Peta was the Deputy Director of IT at the Columbia University School of Journalism and has over 10 years experience as a Programmer building web-based applications for companies such as Federal Reserve Bank, NYC Department of Education, New York Magazine and COACH Inc. Peta holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Programming from Farmingdale State University of New York (SUNY). She has earned a Master’s Degree from Pace University and was awarded the Civic Engagement Award for Academic Excellence and Community Service in May 2015.
As a beneficiary and participant of a STEM development youth program, Peta has seen firsthand the need and the benefits of STEM programs for women and underrepresented youth. From 2013 – 2015, she voluntarily spearheaded the launch and co-lead the NY Chapter of Black Girls Code. As of today, the NY Chapter has held tech field trips, hackathons and technical workshops for over 500 young girls of color ranging between the ages of 7 – 18. A number of the senior ladies have since gone off to college to major in Computer Science.
Peta is a native New Yorker of Jamaican born parents. She resides in Long Island, NY with her partner and two kids. Outside of work, Peta finds pleasure in spending quality time with her family, traveling, going on excursions and learning about other cultures. In her spare time, she enjoys action movies, theatre, reading primarily non-fiction genres and developing new skills.
Dr. Mirkeya Capellán
IT Training, Resource Management, and Strategic Projects at the Mercedes-Benz US. Corporate office in Atlanta, GA
Dr. Mirkeya Capellán is responsible for IT Training, Resource Management, and Strategic Projects at the Mercedes-Benz US. Corporate office in Atlanta, GA. She oversees vendor and resource management activities within IT and leads special projects and initiatives by IT management. She also trains/coaches/mentors project managers to address skill gaps and delivers tools to improve performance. Dr. Capellán also manages a quality assurance team responsible for conducting performance, load, stress, and integration testing. Prior to Mercedes-Benz, she worked as a Senior Manager at Sogeti USA, an Information Technology consulting firm. In her twenty plus years in the industry, Dr. Capellán has held several positions and worked within different sectors including, Internet development, graphic design, project management, and quality assurance testing. In her past job she led the New York Testing Practice regional office, aside from serving other roles as the Delivery Manager and Corporate Social Responsibility lead. Dr. Capellán is also an adjunct professor at Pace University where she teaches undergraduate courses in computing.
Dr. Capellán is a frequent guest speaker at professional conferences fostering leadership and professional development among minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. Currently, she serves on the committee for Under-represented Women in Computing group and as the Co-Chair for Software Engineering track at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference. She also serves as a mentor at Mercedes-Benz Mentoring Program and has conducted various workshops encouraging young women to pursue careers in technology. Dr. Capellán is an active member of professional groups including: Latinas in Computing (LIC), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Black Girls Code (BGC), Software Test and Performance, and Systers ABI.Atlanta. She uses her blog and social networking websites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, to share technology, educational, and career information. Dr. Capellán has appeared on local and international (CNN en Español) television programs as well as radio (WADO 1280AM). She was featured in Diversity in Action magazine, Latinas in Style magazine, and also in a New York Times article about Dominican immigrants and higher education in New York City. In 2018, Dr. Capellan received Hostos Alumni Excellence Award from her alma mater, Hostos Community College (CUNY).
Dr. Capellán received her Doctorate of Professional Studies in Computing from Pace University. Her dissertation examines the use of Agile course-delivery methods and compares them to traditional teaching methods with the objective of determining their impact on student learning, engagement, and satisfaction in the course. Also, she holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems, a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, as well as Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts. She and her husband live in Atlanta with their children.
9:05 – 9:15 Opening remarks: Lauren Anderson, Executive Director of NYC Tech Talent Pipeline
9:15 – 9:25 Welcome remarks from Lawrence Fauntleroy, Director, Lehman CUNY 2X
9:25 – 9:35 Welcome remarks from Rose Robinson, Senior Director, AnitaB.org
9:35 – 9:50 Keynote: Peta-Gay Clarke, Program Lead, Code Next, Google
10:00 – 10:25 Coffee Break & Networking
10:30 – 12:00 TECH BREAKOUT SESSIONS
12:00 – 1:00 Networking Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Meet the Team/Lehman Hackathon
2:00-3:30 Tech Companies Opportunity Fair
3:30-4:00 HBC Scholarship Announcements
4:00 — 4:30 Closing Keynote, Dr. Mirkeya Capellan, IT Training, Resource Management, and Strategic Projects, Mercedes-Benz USA
We are looking for mentors for the “Resume Review/Career Coaching”, please click the link below to fill out our form if you have time to mentor or if you want a table at the fair. Please email Constance if you have more questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
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