At a virtual town hall held Thursday by dot.LA and PledgeLA to identify actions leaders in the L.A. tech and startup community can take now to break down racial barriers to jobs and capital, and to democratize economic opportunity for the region -- there were ultimately a robust number of questions asked and interest expressed around the issue, though tangible actions remain to be seen.
Nearly 30 years after the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, protesters across the U.S. gathered this time to march against systemic racism and violence faced by the black community after George Floyd was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis.
Across social media, tech companies in L.A. and beyond have posted and tweeted their support for #blacklivesmatter, muted their feeds, and opened their pocketbooks, while music companies took part in a blackout. Companies have also donated to various diversity, equity and inclusion causes, but it remains an open question as to what impact those efforts will have.
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Our new video interview series dot.LA Dives In seeks to delve beneath the surface of the Los Angeles tech and startup scene. The plan is simple: Shine a light on the innovation in L.A.'s tech and startup community by sharing perspectives straight from the change-makers themselves. The first installment is with Miki Reynolds, the executive director and co-founder of Grid110, an economic and community development nonprofit dedicated to creating clearer pathways to success for early-stage entrepreneurs in Los Angeles.
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In this episode of dot.LA Convenes, dot.LA's speaker series devoted to empowering women in tech, we focus on age and how it uniquely affects women at every stage of their careers.
Younger women, especially in the tech community, often struggle to build credibility and to be taken seriously. As they age, societal expectations around family arise, and later in life they face questions about our ability to stay.
Dr. Cheryl Ingram, CEO and Founder of Inclusology
Dr. Cheryl Ingram, CEO and Founder of Inclusology<p><strong>Dr. Cheryl Ingram </strong>is the CEO and founder of Inclusology, a software company that is using machine learning to build the world's greatest diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) assessments, benchmarks, and automated solutions). Diverse City LLC is a diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting firm working with organizations across the United States. Cheryl has been training and coaching in the area of diversity and inclusion for 18 years. She has her Doctorate of Education with a specialization in D&I, a Master of Arts in Education, and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, all from New Mexico State University. Cheryl's company works with clients such as Netflix, Uber, Foursquare, University of Washington and others to help them build sustainable and fair DEI Practices. Cheryl's many passions related to social justice and equity include serving on the board of directors for Unloop, a national technical training program that addresses recidivism in prisons throughout Washington State.</p>
Heather Wetzler, CEO and Founder of Cue Career
Heather Wetzler is the CEO and Founder of Cue Career<p><strong>Heather Wetzler </strong>is the CEO and Founder of Cue Career, an education technology/ workforce development company. The Cue Career platform connects trade and professional associations with students, helping students explore and visualize job pathways and secure the skills-based training opportunities needed to enter the modern workforce. They recently completed the LearnLaunch Accelerator program are part of the Acumen Social Impact Future of Work accelerator.</p><p><br>Cue Career is a life-long learning platform. Phase One is a career exploration and workforce development platform linking students to industry associations. </p>
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