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August 14, 2017 by

Diversity In Tech Panel

On August 9th, 2017, a nearly 100 person strong audience gathered at eBay’s New York City headquarters to launch our Diversity In Tech Panel series. The event also served to kickoff our Tech Career Accelerator Program (TCAP), a 2-year program for students from underrepresented groups studying computer science at CCNY and Lehman Colleges. The program intends to create a bridge between students’ junior and senior years in college and their first jobs in the tech sector by providing mentoring, career preparation, and internships. As such the theme of the night sought to discuss and reflect on how mentorship is a means to driving diversity and inclusion in tech.

Helen Kim, (eBay) served as the night’s moderator guiding panel participants, Isa Notermans (Spotify); Judith Spitz (Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York), and John Enyame (CUNY) through an exchange that ranged from insights on the importance of diversity and inclusion at their respective organizations to personal thoughts on how mentors aided them as they pursued their career paths. Ms. Kim wrapped up the panel with the following summation as to why mentorship is a key to diversity and inclusion in tech, “It’s about opening the doors, even when you’re not in the room.”

The evening concluded with an announcement and review of TCAP by the program’s architects John Cline (Blue Apron) and Miwa Takaki (eBay), who thanked all involved, including Code/Interactive for their partnership and eBay for their financial sponsorship. Mr. Cline and Ms. Takaki urged the audience to get involved in the program through mentoring or advocating for it at their respective organizations.

If you’d like to sponsor TCAP please contact us at [email protected]. Students who would like to be a part of TCAP please read this program overview and apply here by September 10, 2017. If you’d like to become a change agent for diversity in tech by being a mentor please apply here. #YesToCS


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