What is this about?
On November 5, 2019, AnitaB.org had our “Male Ally Summit 2019” to inform advocates on how to become change agents that drive intersectional gender equity in tech. We brought together ambassadors, mentors, sponsors, and other champions to network with peers and gain strategies to make their teams a place where everyone wants to work.
What we learned is that there are still a lot of questions on what are actionable steps that one can do in their workplace or community to shift the culture where ALL feel included and welcomed and especially how to make Women in the Technology feel their departments and workplace environment is inclusive and welcoming.
What happens on calls?
Guest speakers discuss the “One ‘DEI’ Thing” that they have implemented, done, started, or been a part of that have SHIFTED the dynamics and culture of their workplace. We wonder what was it? How can we implement similar changes where we work?
Our goal is to ensure community members are continuing the DEI conversations and taking steps to impact people where they are.
We meet via Zoom every month, on a Monday at 1:00 PM ET, for an hour-long conversation. Every call features a guest speaker(s), time to ask questions, and a place to share wins you experienced along the path of creating a workplace where everyone feels welcomed and connected.
Leader of the elite team Spartans, University Recruiting Champ and part of the of Diversity & Inclusion Council for Microsoft AI+R.
I joined Microsoft Spartans part of AI+R in 2013 as a Software Developer, where we tackled the most strategic projects for the division. A team that I lead today. I moved all the way to Redmond from Miami after a 10-year career at an Online Hispanic-focused company – VIX today, where I grew from development roles to Director of technology and operations worldwide. I had the opportunity to lead and be hands-on on Mobile Development, Distributing Systems, Big Data, IT Infrastructure, Ad Technology, Video Streaming and more, including managing overseas teams. Before that, I used to teach at different universities in my home country, Venezuela. I started my professional career serving as Software & Automation Engineer for 5 years at the Venezuelan national oil company, resulting in several publications and patents related to oil production optimization. I hold a Bachelor degree in Computer Science, and approved multiple graduate specializations courses on Artificial Intelligence.
S Terry Brugger, PhD did his undergrad at Purdue where he first got bitten by the security bug. He went on to Lawrence Livermore National Lab where his work became increasingly security focused, and he concurrently worked on his dissertation at UC Davis, first on “Data Mining for Network Intrusion Detection,” then “The Quantitative Comparison of Computer Networks” after discovering just how bad the KDD99 dataset is. As he finished his dissertation, he became a contractor for a large Federal agency where he led the build-out of their Security Operations Center. That got him recruited by Booz Allen Hamilton, where he began to perform full-scope information security consulting for a variety of Federal and large corporate clients. After a stint at a big data security analytics startup, Dr. Brugger started BuboWerks to provide the same full-scope infosec services to organizations of all sizes.