Real Talk:
Diversity in Tech

Join us March 18 at 4PM ET/ 1PM PT. Our distinguished panel will:

  • Share the personal impact of sexism and system racism on womxn and underrepresented minorities in tech.
  • Discuss best practices for connecting mentor/mentee relationships to career growth opportunities.
  • Highlight effective leadership techniques for fostering authentic, inclusive work environments.

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About Real Talk

Launched in 2017, Real Talk: Diversity in Tech is a space for leaders and innovators to openly share what they've experienced working in tech as womxn and underrepresented minorities, while offering practical strategies businesses can employ to create diverse teams and authentic, inclusive environments. Even in 2021, these conversations continue to be critical.

To date, we've partnered with Dropbox, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Indeed, Convene, Snapchat, and Airbnb to shed light on the real experiences of underrepresented minorities working in tech.

Moderated by Angela Rosebero (she/her/hers),
Chief Diversity Officer,
Riot Games

During her more than twenty years of human resource experience, Angela has held positions leading D&I, talent management, and leadership development for companies in the technology, financial services, asset management, government, entertainment, and manufacturing industries. Prior to joining Riot, Angela was the Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Dropbox. Previously she provided human resource guidance to Fortune 500 companies including T. Rowe Price, Jones Lang LaSalle, Genworth Financial, Whirlpool Corporation, and Manpower International.

Angela has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work including Black Enterprise’s 150 Diversity Executive, The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business, and 50 Out Front for Women’s Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion. She has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, The Diversity Journal, and The Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network. Angela studied at the University of Louisville and Roosevelt University.

As Chief Diversity Officer for Riot Games, Angela Roseboro develops and implements initiatives that ensure diversity and inclusion is tightly integrated into Riot’s broader strategy to identify, recruit, develop, and retain the best talent to make incredible experiences for players.

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Meet our panelists

Sonja Gittens-Ottley (she/her/hers)
Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Asana

Sonja Gittens Ottley is the Diversity & Inclusion Lead at Asana, where she’s responsible for crafting the company’s strategies for recruiting employees from underrepresented groups and creating an inclusive environment that allows them to thrive. Prior to her roles in diversity & inclusion at Asana and at Facebook, she was global policy counsel for Yahoo’s Business & Human Rights Program. Sonja is a native of Trinidad & Tobago.

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Gia Griffith (she/her)
VP Accelerated Commercialization, Visa

As a global leader, Gia creates products, programs and services from strategy to execution across markets. Her experiences converge on developing initiatives that drive growth and scale, delivering cross-functional, global projects, and building high performing, diverse teams. Most recently, Gia joined the Global Product Team at Visa where she works to commercialize their Data, Security & Identity Products and deliver a set of value-added services to Visa’s customers across the ecosystem.

Gia holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, MS in Engineering Management/Systems Engineering, and an MBA in International Business. She has been recognized by Diversity MBA and named to the Top 100 under 50 Emerging Leaders list in 2013. Additionally, she is a Posse Foundation Scholar, active volunteer, and career mentor.

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Shannon Hogue (she/her/hers)
Head of Solutions Engineering, Karat

Shannon Hogue Brown started her career writing software over 20 years ago and has moved through the ranks as an Engineer and, ultimately, CTO. She is passionate about improving developer productivity so that dreams and innovations can be built. As Head of Solutions Engineering at Karat, Shannon works closely with engineering teams to understand their hiring bars, align interviews to them, and create more predictive hiring processes. She lives in San Francisco with her two dogs, Samus and Locke.

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Katrina Jones (she/her)
Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Leader, GICS, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Katrina Jones is the Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Leader for AWS Global Infrastructure business, and works with stakeholders across the business to develop solutions that improve organizational health and employee engagement, and disrupt bias in order to foster a more equitable and inclusive workplace. Katrina has specialized expertise in this space -- she's served as a diversity and inclusion lead at large, complex global companies and startups, and has created diversity and inclusion strategies designed to attract, retain and advance talent from marginalized communities. Katrina's expertise in this space is sharpened by her previous experience working in HR, where she's worked in a variety of roles and functions, from recruiting to employee relations and compliance. Katrina earned a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from The Catholic University of America, and lives with her family in the Atlanta metro area.

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Rokeya Jones (she/her)
Principal Program Director, Education Engineering, Microsoft

A gifted diversity advocate, public speaker, and award winner; Rokeya has spent 10+ years in tech sharpening her craft as an innovative leader and game changer in digital transformation, mobility, IOT, and emerging technologies. She is a senior executive who is passionate about new tech, diversity, and the future of the industry.

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Fiona Tan (she/her/hers)
Global Head of Customer and Supplier Technology, Wayfair

Fiona Tan drives the continued growth of Wayfair’s world-class Engineering organization while setting the vision and strategy for the development of systems and technologies that shape customer and supplier experiences. Prior to Wayfair, Fiona served as senior vice president of U.S. Technology at Walmart where she was responsible for innovation and engineering execution spanning its site, mobile app and all associate and merchant-facing technology across its e-commerce and stores business in the U.S. Her prior roles at Walmart include senior vice president of Customer Technology and vice president of Engineering. Prior to Walmart, Fiona served in a number of leadership roles at Ariba, where she led a global engineering organization responsible for the strategy, lifecycle, and delivery of the Ariba Commerce Network, as well as TIBCO Software. Fiona has a master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT.

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When advising companies on D&I strategies, I've noticed a common thread in companies that are most successful: they really listen to the underrepresented minorities who are truly impacted by having—or not having—a diverse and inclusive company and culture. What better way to find out why diversity in tech remains a challenge than to talk with the people affected? So, at Karat, I was able to create a venue to hear from and share the voices of underrepresented minorities in tech through our event series "Real Talk: Diversity in Tech."

Portia Kibble Smith Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Karat