Who’s Got Next Spring 2017
Women in tech to watch
The next wave of black women tech stars is already making its mark on Silicone Valley and beyond. Meet a few women you should be rooting on as they change the way world works.
The Codebreaker: Alona King
Three Unicorns Podcast Co-Host
Alona King and two fellow Stanford Computer Science majors launched Three Unicorns after summer internships in Silicon Valley. The show sheds light on the experience of being a double minority—black and female—in tech. “Whether you realize it or not when you walk into a new space, you question whether you belong here,” King, says. “As a black woman [in tech], the answer can be no. We want to break down the stereotype about who can be in tech. We want to be that bridge to allow black students to see us and say, ‘I can do that.’”
The Global Connect: Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson
CEO of Robinson + Consulting Group
Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson has made it her mission to ensure that conversations around diversity in tech include talent and startups from the African diaspora. Through her consulting firm, Robinson works with investors interested in companies on the African continent. “Traditionally there is not a strong pipeline of capital for young founders and startups,” Robinson says. “My place is that of a facilitator and a bridge builder. We need a mindset shift of inclusivity, the African diaspora has incredible purchasing power and talent … the pure genius of these individual citizens who have figured out how to harness the power of technology or even circumnavigate barriers to access. You see a lot of innovation on the continent.”
The Insider: Erica Joy Baker
Senior Engineer at Slack Technologies, Inc.
Erica Joy Baker’s job description includes leading teams in launching large-scale products and updates for one of the more popular online collaboration tools. While she’s there, though, she’s applying that same strategic and analytical thinking to tackling the problem of diversity and inclusion in tech. “I am in in rooms where decisions are made, and while here, I am holding the door open for those behind me,” Baker says. To that end, Baker has worked with Project Include, Hack the Hood, and Black Girls Code. “Tech is the next industrial revolution … I don’t want us to be shut out of this one. I want to see us represented.”
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