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Tuesday, October 2 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Social Impact Track | How Austin Becomes the Nation's Capital for Diverse, Homegrown Tech Talent

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In 2016, over 5,000 computer science jobs went unfilled in the Austin metro area. At the same time, nearly 60,000 Central Texas high school students from minority or low-income backgrounds lacked access to pursuing the very STEM careers that went unfilled in companies located only a few zip codes away. In this session, attendees will have an opportunity to hear from a panel of local leaders moving the needle on diversity and inclusion in Austin's startup ecosystem, from high school to our current workforce. Listen to individuals and organizations on the frontlines of training, engaging, and recruiting diverse tech talent in Austin, and hear about their insights and experience on creating opportunities for coding education and technical skills recruitment from minority and low-income groups in the region. Let's start a bigger dialoague about creating diverse, homegrown tech talent in our city, and help Austin rival top technical markets like the Bay Area and New York with respect to the diversity, quality and regional ties of the technical talent pool.

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Ruben Cantu

Director of Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The University of Texas at Austin
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Preston L. James II

CEO/Co-Founder, DivInc.
DivInc and Inclusive Entrepreneurship within the Tech Startup Ecosystem
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Ada-Renee Johnson

Staffing Manager, Google
Ada-Renee joined Google in 2011 and has been supporting the company’s growth in many different areas. Currently, Ada is a Staffing Manager at Google where she is responsible for the strategic direction, implementation and alignment of Google’s hiring. Her team is responsible for... Read More →
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Jan Ryan

Director, Creative Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The University of Texas at Austin
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Matt Stephenson

Executive Director, Code2College
Diversity & inclusion strategies; innovative approaches to hiring, developing diverse, technical talent; STEM education; delivering opportunity and access to minority, low-income students

Tuesday October 2, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am CDT
The Center for Social Innovation