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Video: Race and Changing the Culture of Tech

Monday, January 09, 2017

(Laura Weidman Powers, CODE2040)

While Blacks and Latinos earn nearly 18 percent of computer science bachelor’s degrees, they make up only around 5 percent of the technical workforce at top tech companies.

As we launched our four-event series, we talked to social entrepreneurs who aren’t buying the tech industry’s excuses for the diversity gap — and are instead hacking the culture of tech. Hosted by WNYC's Jami Floyd.

Hear from the speakers about why they couldn’t ignore this problem, and how they got the inspiration for their big, bold solution. Each solution and each social entrepreneur comes at the problem from a different angle. Hear them in conversation about how to have the biggest impact, and how you can challenge yourself to develop your own ideas and commitments to action.

Watch the entire conversation:


Kathryn Finney is a 2016 Echoing Green Fellow and founder of digitalundivided, which invests in the success of innovative black and Latina women entrepreneurs by providing them with the network, coaching, and funding to build and scale their companies.

Laura Weidman Powers is a 2013 Echoing Green Fellow and co-founder of CODE2040, a nonprofit that creates access, awareness, and opportunities for minority engineering talent to ensure their leadership in the innovation economy.

Kalimah Priforce is a 2013 Echoing Green Fellow and founder of Qeyno Labs, which works to transform children's lives and give them the power to transform their worlds through social innovation, education, and technology. 


Kathryn Finney, Kalimah Priforce and Laura Weidman Powers

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Jami Floyd


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