Real Talk:
Diversity in Tech

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

  • Share their authentic, personal experiences as an underrepresented minority in tech.
  • Talk about the truth behind the recruitment process and how to address systemic bias.
  • Discuss the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented minorities beginning their careers in tech and how companies can respond.

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About Real Talk

In 2017, Karat launched Real Talk: Diversity in Tech. The objective is simple: create a space for leaders and innovators to openly discuss what they've experienced as underrepresented minorities working in tech and what companies can do to truly create diverse teams and inclusive environments.

To date, we ve partnered with Dropbox, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Indeed, Convene, Snapchat, and Airbnb to share the real experiences of underrepresented minorities working in tech. Now we are continuing this series with our partners URx—virtually!

Moderated by Wahab Owolabi,
Diversity Business Partner PM,

An entrepreneur with a strong belief in the power of communities and programs to create social impact. Wahab Owolabi is the Founder of OneReq a company that builds community, programs and products for the recruiting industry. The first OneReq community, URx, brings together and advocates for D&I within the University Recruiting ecosystem. In addition, Wahab is a Diversity Business Partner at Facebook. Prior to joining Facebook, Wahab built the University Recruiting and Talent Programs function at Rubrik. Rubrik became an employer of choice amongst top engineering students and ranked in the top 10 of Linkedin's Career Launching Startups. Wahab lends his unique blend of experience in Higher Education (Stanford, Carnegie Mellon), Venture Capital (Andreessen Horowitz), large tech (Facebook), and Entrepreneurship (OneReq) to move forward positive change around diversity & inclusion in tech.

View Wahab's LinkedIn Profile

Meet our panelists

Roz Francruz-Harris (she/her)
Head of DTC, Technology Talent Acquisition, WarnerMedia

An experienced recruiting leader, Roz Francuz-Harris has worked at some of the largest enterprise and fastest growing companies in Tech and Media. With creating access to high paying roles for underrepresented communities as her passion, she has developed a reputation for building diverse recruiting teams at companies that reflect her personal values as well as the companies. She is a champion for underrepresented and underserved communities and is striving for equity in the technology and media space through pipeline initiatives, hiring strategies, development opportunities, and retention motivated programming, at the companies she serves. Roz identifies as a Lesbian and her pronouns are she/her/hers.

Shola Oyedele (she/her)
Senior Engineering Consultant, IBM

Shola Oyedele is a Senior Engineering Consultant at IBM. She provides expertise in technology and strategic thinking to Tech, Manufacturing, and Oil & Gas enterprise clients looking to innovate and improve their data and technology. Prior to her current role, she worked as a Software Engineer at Walker & Company (acquired by Procter and Gamble) and Intuit. She holds a BS in Science, Technology & Society from Stanford University.

Rafael Williams (he/him)
Global Technical Recruiting Events, Twitter

Rafael joins the panel with several years of experience in the recruiting field with an emphasis on university recruiting. He has worked at Indeed, Microsoft, and now Twitter.

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