Allyship is often cited as an integral component to increasing diversity within tech. But what does it mean to be an ally? What behaviors & actions do good allies demonstrate? During this panel discussion with senior professionals from across the tech industry, we will candidly discuss what we believe these traits & qualities are, as well as attempt to offer tangible, actionable steps that everyone can take to build more diverse & inclusive workspaces in tech.
Susanne Tedrick is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, Women of Color in Tech. Fiercely committed to increasing the participation of women & people of color in STEM professional opportunities, Susanne performs community service work for several non-profits, including serving on the Advancing Tech Talent & Diversity Executive Council for CompTIA.
Marc Bulandr, Global Solutions Principal, Verizon Business Group. Marc brings over 20 years of industry software & professional services sales & leadership experience.
Bertina Ceccarelli is the CEO of NPower, a national nonprofit empowering under-represented talent to succeed in tech careers by teaching the digital & professional skills demanded by the marketplace & connecting graduates to jobs.
Val Haskell, Chair, Advancing Tech Talent & Diversity Executive Council, CompTIA. She is dedicated to increasing diversity, equity & inclusion in the tech industry.
Kirk Yamatani is the CEO of Generation Esports & Video Game Consulting. Kirk is a positive inspirational leader & visionary entrepreneur with a passion for business & building solutions & teams. He had a vast background from law enforcement to CEO of tech companies.