Top 25 Champions of Diversity

The World is Changing through the Champions of Diversity in STEM

DiversityGlobal Magazine is honored to present the 25 Champions of Diversity in STEM. The women and men included on this elite list are change agents and problem solvers. They are developing, implementing, and managing innovative initiatives and programs to drive increased STEM diversity among students and in the workforce. They represent corporations, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education; their efforts are pervasive, and that is precisely what it will take to make real progress in embracing diversity in STEM.

When Rainbow PUSH, one of the Champions, asked Silicon Valley tech businesses to publish their diversity numbers for transparency, no one knew how dismal they would look. What is remarkable is that many of the 25 Champions had been working for years to improve participation rates of underrepresented groups in STEM. The lack of progress reflects a bias that is deeply ingrained in the tech industry. However, as the Champions are proving, that bias is not permanent because knowledge and awareness of the diverse STEM talent that is already available is making tech companies to look inward at their organizations with new and unbiased eyes. The questions began to flow as a result.

Why are most tech workers Caucasian or Asian? Are there African-Americans who are qualified for STEM positions? If so, why are they not being hired? Is it because recruitment strategies focus mostly on white and Asian college graduates at elite schools, rather than focusing on finding qualified and available diverse talent available at other schools? Why are academic and corporate women in STEM research dropping out of their promising careers when the talent is so desperately needed? Why are women and other minorities having difficulty getting research funding or getting promoted? It is these questions and many more like them that get to the heart of finding solutions to the STEM challenge of lack of diversity.

When we decided to honor the 25 Champions of Diversity in STEM, it was because the staff at DiversityGlobal Magazine knew there were dedicated people already addressing the challenges. They simply have not gotten a lot of credit for their efforts. Some of the Champions are fairly new to their positions or responsibilities because many corporations are only recently understanding the deep need to invest in the development of the STEM pipeline. However, none of the Champions are new to the effort. They have been developing diversity programs during the life of their careers while holding various positions. They are appreciative of the support they are getting from top leaders and see that support as an imperative for making progress.

Besides the overriding theme of creating a culture of diversity, all of the 25 Champions are heavily involved in community outreach on three levels. On one level they are recruiting Black engineers, women researchers, Hispanic statisticians, and other diverse people at places largely overlooked in the past, like Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and non-elite schools. These educational institutions are graduating STEM students who are fully qualified talent but have had difficulty getting the attention of STEM companies. On a second level, the Champions are implementing strategies to help managers understand their biases and find ways to overcome them, so that diverse talent and women are not arbitrarily held back from advancing. On a third level, the Champions are developing, implementing, and managing programs in K-12 and higher education institutions to get underrepresented students interested in STEM. Their organizations are investing in science labs, STEM curriculums, internship programs, intervention programs, tech facilities in low income areas, and STEM teacher training programs. It is the Champions who make these programs successful, utilizing a variety of innovative strategies.

In each of the 25 bios is a brief summary of the achievements and unique approaches of the Champions. Please read each bio with the understanding that these are the people who have a lot of valuable information for keeping STEM pipelines diverse and filled. The staff of DiversityGlobal Magazine applauds their efforts and accomplishments, and ask our readers to join us in congratulating them as they continue their work to build the workforce of the future.

Monique Woodard

Monique Woodard
Co-founder, Black Founders and the first African-American Venture Partner
500 Startups

Monique Woodard Breaks New Ground at 500 Startups and Black Founders

Monique Woodard is the co-founder of Black Founders and the first African-American Venture Partner at 500 Startups. The mission of Black Founders, a nationwide network of African-American tech entrepreneurs, is to foster global entrepreneurship and tech inclusion. The nonprofit offers a variety of events, HBCU hackathons, and conferences that inspire Black men and women tech entrepreneurs to launch startups. Prior to joining 500 Startups, Monique was one of the first Innovation Fellows for the City of San Francisco.

500 Startups is a leading global venture capital seed fund and startup accelerator that decided to increase the organization's investments in Black and Latino tech entrepreneurs. Monique is one of very few Silicon Valley Black investors, and inspired 500 Startups to invest in tech companies with Black Founders. Venture capitalists have historically not invested in diverse-owned businesses due to a lack of understanding of the market. 500 Startups is ahead of the curve in supporting diverse entrepreneurship through investment, many of which are tech firms.

Jinus Moghbeli

Monique Woodard

Co-founder, Black Founders and the first African-American Venture Partner

500 Startups

Jackie Glenn

Hannah Kain

President and CEO

ALOM

Hannah Kain

Hannah Kain
President and CEO
ALOM

Hannah Kain Leads ALOM to Global Supply Chain Success

President and CEO Hannah Kain founded ALOM in 1997, a time when women were typically not involved in the supply chain industry. Hannah's Silicon Valley, California business has since expanded to include 17 global locations and earned numerous quality certifications, including ISO 9000, ISO 13485, and TL 9000. She has been honored with the Manufacturing Institute STEP Ahead award, the YWCA Tribute to Women award, inducted into the Silicon Valley Capitol Club wall of fame, named a “Woman of Influence” by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, won the global Vistage Leadership Award.

Hannah is a role model and mentor for women in STEM fields. She leveraged technology to build a successful company in supply chain management, designing and implementing innovative technology-driven client products. Hannah is a Board member of WBENC and the National Association of Manufacturers. She is the former Chair of the Silicon Valley Board for the Women's Initiative. She serves on the advisory council of The Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University.

Favorite Quote: “Dream it; do it! Everyone has a gift. Let them develop it and share it.” - Hannah Kain

Judy Panayos

Sharon Harvey Davis

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

Ameren

Judy Panayos

Sharon Harvey Davis
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer,
Ameren

Ameren's Sharon Harvey Davis Develops Successful Program for Diversity and Inclusion

Sharon Harvey Davis is the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Ameren, an energy company. She manages diversity training, Employee Resource Groups, community partnerships, diversity communications, and the Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Council. Ameren's award-winning diversity and inclusion programs were driven by a number of strategies initiated by Sharon, including establishing diversity benchmarking, six Employee Resource Groups, and a corporate Diversity and Inclusion Council. To create a culture of diversity, Sharon also developed and manages a comprehensive diversity communication effort that includes an internal and external diversity website, quarterly corporate wide diversity training, and a suite of diversity and inclusion training initiatives.

Sharon has also helped to lead Ameren, a St. Louis based company in its Ferguson outreach efforts. This includes creating a community outreach program and giving initiative and providing the corporate diversity and inclusion training material to community and civic organizations at no cost. Other corporate initiatives include developing the Ameren Diversity Ambassador Program that includes over 250 Ameren employees and the Bi-Annual Diversity Festival, initiated in 2013, where over 5,000 employees, family members, and community partners celebrate and promote multicultural learning and understanding.

S. Shariq Yosufzai

S. Shariq Yosufzai

Vice President, Global Diversity, Ombuds and University Partnerships and Association Relations

General Electric

S. Shariq Yosufzai

S. Shariq Yosufzai
Vice President, Global Diversity, Ombuds and University Partnerships and Association Relations,
General Electric

Chevron's Shariq Yosufzai Builds Diversity Initiatives Through Partnerships

S. Shariq Yosufzai is the Vice President, Global Diversity, Ombuds and University Partnerships and Association Relations, Chevron Corporation. Under his direction the company won the 2015 Catalyst Award for innovative approaches to the advancement of women engineers. Shariq cultivates innovative partnerships with organizations like the Society of Women Engineers and the National Society for Black Engineers. He also directs Chevron's University Partnership Program, which includes 100 colleges and universities around the globe.

Under Shariq's guidance, Chevron partnered with Texas A&M to lead the Engineering Academies at four community colleges, widely recognized for their innovative approach to increasing the number of women and underrepresented minorities in engineering. Additional partnerships with True Blue Inclusion, Intel, Estee Lauder, and Texas A&M bring thought leaders to Texas A&M to address the recruitment and retention of women in engineering. Shariq credits initiative successes to Chevron's leaders who create a culture of diversity, including having most employees from the CEO down held responsible for a Diversity Action Plan.

Shari Slate

Shari Slate

Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Officer

Cisco

Shari Slate

Shari Slate
Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Officer
Cisco

Cisco Leaders Promote a World Class Vision for STEM

When it comes to inspiring more people to pursue STEM education and careers, Cisco believes in the power of teams. To develop and promote the company's extensive STEM strategies and to drive diversity and inclusion, Cisco's Chief People Officer Fran Katsoudas looks to a team of passionate leaders including SVP Tae Yoo and VPs Laura Quintana of Corporate Affairs and VP Shari Slate – Cisco's Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Officer.

Through mentoring, IT training, and support for schools and nonprofits, Cisco is increasing the pipeline of STEM talent around the world. The company is frequently recognized for its innovative programs – ranging from developing core math skills, opening doors to young women in tech through Girls in ICT Day, and building the skills employers demand through the highly successful Cisco Networking Academy. Annually, Cisco Networking Academy helps 1 million people across 170 countries develop the technical, entrepreneurial, and collaboration skills needed to excel in the digital economy.

Favorite Quote: "Do not go where the path my lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Judith Williams

Judith Williams

Global Head of Diversity

Dropbox

Judith Williams

Judith Williams
Global Head of Diversity,
Dropbox

Judith Williams Accelerates Dropbox Diversity Efforts

Judith is Global Head of Diversity at Dropbox, where she leads all diversity and inclusion programs, as well as corporate social responsibility. Prior to Dropbox, Judith Williams was Diversity Programs Manager at Google where she directed the unconscious bias work stream, and built strategies for recruiting, retention, and advancement of Google's technical employees.

Before joining Google Judith was an entrepreneur, a human resources consultant, and a college professor. As a professor, her research focused on the construction of racial identity in theatre and popular culture in the U.S and Brazil. She has conducted archival and ethnographic research in Latin America and the United States, and her published articles include: “Mixing and Playing: Performing Blackness in Brazil” published in Theatre Journal and “Uma Mulata, Sim!: Araci Cortes, ‘the mulatta' of the Teatro de Revista” published in Women and Theatre. Judith received her A.B. from Harvard College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. In her spare time Judith enjoys writing speculative fiction, screenplays for romantic comedies, and reading just about anything.

Favorite Quote: "To achieve greatness, start where you are, use what you have, do what you can." - Arthur Ashe

Carla Traci Preston

Cid Wilson

President and Chief Executive Officers

HACR

Carla Traci Preston

Cid Wilson
President and Chief Executive Officers,
HACR

HACR's Cid Wilson Promotes Hispanic Inclusion Through Research

Cid Wilson brings two decades of corporate finance and Wall Street equity research experience to his position as the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility's (HACR) President and Chief Executive Officers. He manages a team of people in the HACR Research Institute (HRI) who partner with companies to provide research and analysis on issues related to Hispanic inclusion. A new initiative focuses on understanding the challenges of hiring, promoting, and retaining Hispanic talent in STEM industries, and the information will be shared in the 2016 HACR STEM report.

There are numerous successful HACR programs that have strengthened the corporate Hispanic talent pipeline. They include the HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers program which selects up-and-coming Hispanic corporate leaders for development in preparation for assumption of executive positions. To support knowledgeable decision-making, the HACR Corporate Inclusion Index was developed and now managed by HRI. The survey rates participating companies on Hispanic inclusion efforts and offers valuable insights on best strategies for working with Corporate America.

Favorite Quote: “Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an action and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

Coleen Dorman-Focacci

Coleen Dorman-Focacci

Senior Manager, Global Inclusion

Harris

Coleen Dorman-Focacci

Coleen Dorman-Focacci
Senior Manager, Global Inclusion ,
Harris

Coleen Dorman Focacci Utilizes Extensive Outreach at Harris Corp.

Coleen Dorman Focacci is the Senior Manager, Global Inclusion at Harris Corporation. She has worked her way up through the organization, holding a variety of engineering management positions. Under her leadership, Harris employees have become active participants in local outreach projects, technology exchange programs, and charity events. Colleen directs many special outreach efforts, including minority-focused job fairs. She develops and implements specialized inclusion training and programs, is a strong supporter of educational opportunities offered to employees, and creates a number of partner programs with diversity and STEM associations.

The Harris Corporation supports numerous STEM-related programs. They include the “K-12 Outreach Program,” sponsorship of robotics competitions and teacher training science fairs, participation in STEM education programs at Brevard Public Schools, and state STEM programs like the STEM Teacher Summer Residency Program for STEM teachers. The company also partners with the Harris Foundation to support five major education initiatives that reach out to economically disadvantaged schools to encourage student interest in STEM.

Danielle Brown

Danielle Brown

VP, Human Resources and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Intel

Danielle Brown

Danielle Brown
VP, Human Resources and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer,
Intel

Intel's Danielle Brown Leads Organization in Meeting Bold Goals

Intel is a corporate leader in Diversity and Inclusion, setting ambitious goals around diversity and supporting and accelerating STEM programs in schools and universities. As the VP, Human Resources and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Danielle Brown oversees all initiatives and programs designed to spark interest in STEM among students and to drive Intel towards a goal of achieving full workforce representation of women and underrepresented minorities by 2020. Intel has invested $300 million to achieve its diversity and inclusion goals. Danielle also leads Intel's Network of Executive Women and serves as the Chief of Staff and Technical Assistant for Intel's CEO.

Danielle's focus is on ensuring that anyone who wants to pursue a career in engineering or technology will have equal opportunities. Danielle credits strong executive support and engagement in diversity initiatives as the primary reason Intel can set bold goals and deliver to those goals. She is leveraging the drive for inclusion in STEM to also develop a corporate climate and culture where every employee can fully contribute and create without barriers.

Favorite Quote: "We all stand to benefit from a mentality that invites rather than excludes. We all want a life of possibilities, of living to our full and rich potential. This work is creating that environment at Intel and that is powerful!" - Danielle Brown

Jenny Choo

Jenny Choo

Sr. Program Manager-Diversity and Inclusion

Intuit

Kristin Engvig

Jenny Choo
Sr. Program Manager-Diversity and Inclusion,
Intuit

Intuit's Jenny Choo Develops Strategic Partnerships for D&I

Jenny Choo is the Sr. Program Manager-Diversity and Inclusion at Intuit and is an expert at building and overseeing diversity-related strategic partnerships in alignment with business needs. She works closely with the Talent Acquisition Team and University Recruiting Team to embed diversity in talent pipeline development. Jenny was instrumental in welcoming CODE2040 into Intuit's diversity efforts. CODE2040 is a nonprofit organization offering underrepresented minorities pathways to education, entrepreneurial, and professional success in technology.

Jenny is active in a number of community organizations that helps her form the kind of partnerships that build Intuit's diverse talent pipelines. She supports the Special Olympics, North America; Summer Search; San Jose Sports Authority, and others. She is a Board member for the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame. Intuit leadership offers strong support for developing a culture of diversity and inclusion, enabling Jenny to achieve remarkable success in event and program management as she pursues strategic partnerships.

Freada Kapor Klein

Freada Kapor Klein

Founder

Level Playing Field Institute

Freada Kapor Klein

Freada Kapor Klein
Founder,
Level Playing Field Institute

Level Playing Field's Freada Kapor Klein is Long-Term Advocate for Tech Diversity

Freada Kapor Klein is a long-time advocate for diversity in technology. She founded Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI) in pursuit of a goal to make the tech sector look like America. Since 2001, LPFI has initiated a number of programs to prepare underrepresented students to succeed in college, focusing on STEM education programs in middle school through college. They include the Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Academy, a college preparatory program now located at UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, USC and UC Davis, with plans for expansion.

The LPFI runs a mix of other educational opportunities for middle school and college students. The high-touch STEM education programs serve under-represented students, which include low-income students, students of color, and first-in-family to attend college students. Several computer science initiatives include “CampCode,” and “Level the Coding.” The “SMASH:Connect” mentoring program matches alumni with current students in the Bay Area. These are just a few of the outstanding STEM programs the LPFI is involved in.

Favorite Quote: "Do not go where the path my lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Apoorva Gandhi

Apoorva Gandhi

Vice President – Multicultural Affairs

Marriott

Apoorva Gandhi

Apoorva Gandhi
Vice President – Multicultural Affairs ,
Marriott

Marriott's Apoorva Gandhi Strengthens Diversity as Core to Brand and Reputation

Apoorva Gandhi is the Vice President – Multicultural Affairs for Marriott International and is responsible for creating and executing an externally-focused global strategy that builds preference and loyalty from within multicultural and underrepresented groups for Marriott's portfolio of brands. Marriott is one of the most diverse global corporations in the world with over 700 hotels now owned and operated by minorities and women. By developing relationships with external organizations and deepening internal cultural competence, Apoorva strengthens the corporate brand and reputation for diversity and inclusion.

Marriott embraces new technology to enhance the customer experience, from making reservations to customer mobile-based services to innovative meeting technology. The company utilizes sophisticated quantitative and qualitative customer data studies, including global brand tracking to measure loyalty. The data supports Marriott's diversity efforts with guests, associates, owners, and suppliers. Apoorva connects the data to brand and reputation, and has been instrumental building the corporate reputation as an organization attractive to minorities and women.

Favorite Quote: "To achieve greatness, start where you are, use what you have, do what you can." - Arthur Ashe

Kenneth Turner

Kenneth Turner

Director of Diversity & Inclusion/Compliance

Massport

Kenneth Turner

Kenneth Turner
Director of Diversity & Inclusion/Compliance ,
Massport

Kenneth Turner Manages Multiple Massport Diversity Programs

The Director of Diversity & Inclusion/Compliance for Massport, Kenneth Turner manages the Authority's multiple workforce and supplier diversity programs. Committed to increasing the representation of women and minorities in STEM fields, Kenn oversees a variety of programs designed to provide underrepresented groups with opportunities for education and career growth. Programs include Diversity Community Outreach Scholarship and the Aviation and Maritime STEM Education Exposition, attended by 1,500 students from 45 schools in three states. The Exposition brings students and educators together with corporate and government officials.

Kenn regularly introduces exciting initiatives to develop and grow employee morale, Massport's business outcomes, and organizational awareness of the importance of compliance with Massport's Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise programs. He worked with Korn Ferry International to create a new diversity strategic plan that focuses on D&I Education, D&I Communications, a D&I Council, Employee Resource Groups, and Supplier Diversity initiatives. As a result of his effort and senior management support, D&I has been embedded in Massport's business processes and culture.

Craig Campbell

Craig Campbell

Director of Staffing

Microsoft

Craig Campbell

Craig Campbell
Director of Staffing ,
Microsoft

Microsoft's Craig Campbell Develops Innovative Recruitment Strategies

Craig Campbell is the Director of Staffing for Microsoft Business Solutions, which develops the Dynamics product portfolio and drives innovation in the cloud and on premise for mid-market and enterprise customers. He has extensive experience in the recruitment of tech workers, having previously held key positions at Dolby Laboratories, MGM Mirage, Starbucks, Amazon, and other top corporations.

He is recognized for his expertise in developing innovative recruitment and engagement strategies that attract and engage diverse global applicants in a highly competitive marketplace.

Microsoft annually commits tens of millions of dollars to building a talent pipeline for STEM positions. The company funds numerous programs in K-12 and higher educational facilities to encourage interest in STEM subjects and degrees. Microsoft is also a leader in developing an inclusive environment in STEM by investing in diverse partnerships on a broad range of opportunities. Craig plays a critical role in taking the effort global and connecting talent strategies to business goals by heading up a global staffing team in five countries.

John P. Brown

John P. Brown

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Morehouse College

John P. Brown

John P. Brown
Vice President for Institutional Advancement ,
Morehouse College

John P. Brown Advances Morehouse College into a Strong Tech Future

John P. Brown is the Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Morehouse College, assuming the position at a critical time during an institutional transition period. He has extensive experience in organizational development, and one major focus is on working with college administrators, faculty, and strategic corporate and nonprofit entities to strengthen the educational facility's leadership role in the study of STEM.

An HBCU, Morehouse College is positioned as a top producer of diverse graduates able to fill the talent pipeline in the tech industry. The college is a key player in the effort to build a link between Silicon Valley and HBCUs. It is already the number one institution of Bachelor's degree origin for Black men earning a PhD in science and engineering. Morehouse also developed the iSTEM project designed to provide underrepresented students in grades 6-8 with an innovative approaches to STEM learning experiences to increase awareness of STEM careers. These are just two examples of the exciting things happening at Morehouse.

Dr. David Wilson

Dr. David Wilson

President

Morgan State University

Dr. David Wilson

Dr. David Wilson
President ,
Morgan State University

Morgan State President Dr. David Wilson Develops Next Generation of STEM Innovators

Under the direction of President Dr. David Wilson, Morgan State University has implemented an aggressive initiative to develop the next generation of STEM innovators. The Maryland HBCU has seen significant advances in STEM related programs since his tenure began in 2010, including a five-year contract with NASA and a $129 million dollar energy innovation research grant. The university has also initiated a large variety of STEM programs for K-12 and university students, like the NASA/Morgan State University Summer Institute of Robotics and the annual STEM Extravaganza for youth.

Dr. Wilson is a leader in advancing diverse participation in STEM education and careers. Morgan State is number one in the State of Maryland and in the U.S. in producing Black engineers. The university also has one of the largest percentages of women enrolled in engineering and sciences programs in the region. Morgan produces significant globally recognized STEM research and regularly sponsors events to expose minorities to STEM.

Cheryl Pearson-McNeil

Cheryl Pearson-McNeil

Senior Vice President of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement

Nielsen

Cheryl Pearson-McNeil

Cheryl Pearson-McNeil
Senior Vice President of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement ,
Nielsen

Nielsen's Cheryl Pearson-McNeil Breaks New Ground on Diversity Research

Cheryl Pearson-McNeil is the Senior Vice President of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement for Nielsen. She is the visionary behind Nielsen's African-American Consumer Report, leading to the creation of Nielsen's Diversity Insight Series. Cheryl secures interest in STEM initiatives by demonstrating the value of instrumental measurement science in positively impacting consumers, and sharing information on the trillions of dollars of collective buying power of multicultural, Millennial, and women consumers. She inspires others to view statistical research as an empowering career option.

Major corporations have turned to Nielsen to better understand their diverse customers as a result of Cheryl's groundbreaking efforts. Recently, Walmart collaborated with her team to administer a custom survey at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit. Cheryl has also developed a “You Matter” form that community event attendees can complete, creating a Nielsen database of more than 150,000 multicultural consumers who have opted-in to take future surveys. Cheryl is masterful at blending diversity activities into core business systems.

Favorite Quote: "If you don't ask, you don't get." - Cheryl Pearson-McNeil

Deborah Rosado Shaw

Deborah Rosado Shaw

Chief Global Diversity & Engagement Officer and Senior Vice President

PepsiCo

Deborah Rosado Shaw

Deborah Rosado Shaw
Chief Global Diversity & Engagement Officer and Senior Vice President,
PepsiCo

PepsiCo's Deborah Rosado Shaw Strengthens STEM Pipeline

Deborah Rosado Shaw is the Chief Global Diversity & Engagement Officer and Senior Vice President at PepsiCo. Under Deborah's leadership, the organization has expanded pathways for developing multicultural doers and innovators. Deborah collaborates with Dr. Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of Global R&D to develop and expand exciting new programs to connect with students coming from communities that are under-represented in STEM fields.

Deborah leads many of PepsiCo's STEM-oriented programs embracing diversity. The company partners with STEMconnector™'s Million Women Mentors (MWM) to provide 1 million STEM mentors for girls and women. The organization collaborates with STEMconnector™ to host “Career Accelerator Week.” PepsiCo chairs the STEM Innovation Task Force, a coalition of 30 industry, educator, government, and NGO partners working to ensure schools are inculcating relevant student skills for transitioning from school to workplace. PepsiCo also partners with The New York Academy of Sciences on the “Junior Academy” which engages exceptional students interested in STEM.

Candice Morgan

Candice Morgan

Diversity and Inclusion Leader

Pinterest

Candice Morgan

Candice Morgan
Diversity and Inclusion Leader ,
Pinterest

Pinterest's Candice Morgan Optimizes Diverse Talent for Tech Careers

Candice Morgan became the first Head of Diversity at Pinterest in January 2016, bringing a decade of diversity experience from her previous position at Catalyst. At Pinterest, she and her team are building a stronger diverse tech pipeline of talent in several ways. To inspire and develop future tech leaders at an earlier stage, Pinterest started the Pinterest Engage Freshman Internship Program this year. This program encourages students from underrepresented groups to stay engaged in STEM by selecting students with an expressed interest in Computer Science (CS) to intern at Pinterest the summer after their freshman year.

Pinterest's Apprenticeship Program brings in experienced employees with non-traditional backgrounds to spend a year working with Pinterest's engineers, with the opportunity to convert to a full-time role. On campuses, candidates from underrepresented backgrounds are candidates are recruited from new schools with diverse populations within CS programs. As a result, Pinterest saw a significant increase in the number of recruits and interns from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds in 2015.

Candice credits senior management's public commitment and support as key to Pinterest's success. Pinterest was the first private tech company in Silicon Valley to set a public goal around bringing in diverse talent to maximize innovation.

Favorite Quote: "Nobody said that it'd be easy, they just promised it would be worth it." - Anonymous

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson

Founder and President

Rainbow PUSH Coalition

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson
Founder and President,
Rainbow PUSH Coalition

Rainbow PUSH Pushes Tech Industry's Push to Expand Diversity in STEM

Under the direction of the Reverend Jesse Jackson and the guiding hand of director Butch Wing, the nonprofit Rainbow PUSH Coalition brought public awareness of the lack of diversity in the tech industry. Just as importantly, Rainbow PUSH also made tech companies aware that diverse talent is available now in the U.S. and greater transparency is needed in corporate recruitment, hiring, and retention practices. The efforts led to tech giants publishing employee demographics and initiating new strategies to reach and engage minorities in STEM studies and careers.

Rainbow PUSH has sponsored a variety of initiatives like the Rainbow PUSH Silicon Valley Digital Connections Project that has a goal of creating a Silicon Valley that is representative of America's demographics by 2020. As a result of Rev. Jackson and Wing's efforts, major financial commitments to diversity initiatives were made by companies like Intel and Apple. The funding is supporting STEM programs at HBCUs, and at middle and high schools to engage underrepresented students in STEM subjects.

Edie Fraser

Edie Fraser

Chief Executive Officer

STEMconnector®

Edie Fraser

Edie Fraser
Chief Executive Officer ,
STEMconnector®

STEMconnector's Edie Fraser Champions STEM Education and Jobs

Edie Fraser is the Chief Executive Officer of STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors (MWM). She also serves as Vice Chairman, Diversified Search, and STEMconnector® is one of its companies. Edie is a leader and champion of STEM education and jobs, and has been tireless in leading her team in the convening of top corporate, educational, nonprofit, and government leaders and organizations in the STEM field through a variety of initiatives that assist participants in building STEM pipelines and workforces.

STEMconnector® initiatives include the STEM Higher Ed Council, STEM Innovation Taskforce, STEM Food & Ag Council, the Global STEM Talent Summit, and Million Women Mentors. MWM supports the engagement of one million STEM male and female mentors to inspire girls and women to pursue and succeed in STEM programs and careers. Edie has won 45 major leadership awards for STEM, women, diversity, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship for her leadership. She is in the Enterprising Women's Hall of Fame.

Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young

Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young

Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs

Tennessee State University

Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young

Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young
Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs ,
Tennessee State University

Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young Brings STEM Excellence to TSU

Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young is the Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs at Tennessee State University. She is an industrial engineer by training and has extensive experience as a professor, research scientist, and university administrator. She is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, and is a published scholar of numerous articles on STEM education, innovation, and engineering leadership. Dr. Crumpton-Young is also the founder and former CEO of Powerful Education Technologies.

Dr. Crumpton-Young founded the Center Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFÉ). The Center enhances the professional development of faculty and contributes to the advancement of students, individuals, and academic institutions by developing curriculum, performing research studies, providing workshops and training seminars, and coaching and professional development. She devotes considerable time to advancing STEM education and workforce for underrepresented groups and has won numerous awards for her academic and scientific research on the inclusion of diverse people in STEM.

Favorite Quote: "You've Got the Power to make a Difference: So Use It..." - Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young

Tristan Walker

Tristan Walker

Founder & CEO

Walker and Company

Tristan Walker

Tristan Walker
Founder & CEO ,
Walker and Company

Tristan Walker Founds Tech Company and Nonprofit to Encourage Diversity

Tristan Walker, Founder & CEO of Walker and Company and Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors for CODE2040, set a goal of reaching 5,000 Black and Latina/o students as a step towards bringing more diversity to Silicon Valley. CODE2040 creates pathways for underrepresented minorities to pursue educational, professional and entrepreneurial success in technology. Tristan is an African-American and former Foursquare executive who purposefully demonstrated to underrepresented minorities the many tech opportunities for diverse people.

The “CODE2040 Fellows Program” places top performing Black and Latinas and Latinas/os who are college level computer science students in an intensive summer career accelerator internship at top tech companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. The “CODE2040 Technical Applicant Prep Program” (TAP) helps students and professionals break into the tech industry. The “CODE2040 Residency, Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs” program is a year-long residency program in which Entrepreneurs in Residence spend a year launching a company and connecting communities of color to the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Sharon Murphy

Sharon Murphy

Executive Vice President Enterprise Information Technology

Wells Fargo

Sharon Murphy

Sharon Murphy
Executive Vice President Enterprise Information Technology ,
Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo's Sharon Murphy Advances Underrepresented Groups in Technology

As the Executive Vice President Enterprise Information Technology at Wells Fargo, Sharon Murphy focuses on developing innovative solutions and technology that meet user expectations. She supports the organization's end-user 24/7 support call center, end-user computing, and enterprise market data services, and runs Technology Connections. She plays a critical role in balancing consumerization and risk management and is a major contributor to the success of Wells Fargo initiatives like the Startup Accelerator Program, a competition for startup capital funding for innovative solutions and technology advances.

Sharon collaborates with a number of organizations, like Rainbow PUSH, to advance the participation of underrepresented groups in technology and is frequently invited to be a speaker and panelist for technology-themed events. She also is a member of the Mobile & Wireless Technology Advisory Board at AT&T. Sharon credits her professional success to strong leadership support and accessibility which she in turn provides her team. Her efforts have earned her prestigious awards like the Epsilon Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution.

Rachel Williams

Rachel Williams

Head of Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Yelp

Rachel Williams

Rachel Williams
Head of Head of Diversity and Inclusion ,
Yelp

Rachel Williams Drives Diversity Progress at Yelp

Rachel Williams became the Head of Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Yelp in November 2014 and immediately focused on building diversity initiatives that would show real progress. As a result of her efforts, and with the strong support of top-down leadership, Yelp was one of the few tech companies to show gains in the hiring of women, African-Americans, and Hispanics in 2015 compared to 2014. Rachel has 15 years of experience in talent acquisition and used her knowledge to implement a strategy of aggressive recruiting at universities with diverse student bodies. Rachel also partners with organizations that connect minority engineers with available positions at Yelp.

Yelp has committed to aggressive diversity goals, including employing a percentage of women engineers that is representative of the percentage of women who earn computer science degrees at colleges and universities. Yelp also set a goal of having each local office workforce makeup match the demographics of the city in which the office is based.