SAVE THE DATE Tapia 2018 Orlando, FL September 19-22, 2018

2017 Tapia Conference

Tech Tales: The Silicon Valley Tech Experience for People of Color

Friday, September 22, 2017 — 3:30PM - 5:00PM



According to 2014 data from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in its Diversity in High Tech report, the high-tech sector was 7.4% Black and 8.0% Hispanic. These numbers are even lower for most Silicon Valley tech companies, with numbers of Blacks and Hispanics hovering closer to 1-2%. Because of numbers like these, attaining jobs in the Silicon Valley can seem daunting to students of color pursuing technical degrees with hopes of working in some of the world’s most popular tech companies. This session will share insights into how professionals of color with various career pathways and diversity of backgrounds were able to navigate the Silicon Valley tech ecosystem. The goal of this session is to provide a window into these pathways into tech while giving attendees the freedom to ask pointed questions about the realities of the Silicon Valley tech experience. A moderated discussion will follow the panel presentation.

Moderator:
Tiffany Price, Kapor Center for Social Impact

Panelists:
Lauren Frazier, Super Heroic
David Silva, Techqueria
Joy Dixon, Mosaic Presence
Anthony Velázquez, Lyft