Women of color face unique challenges to success in the workplace: managing constant microaggressions, navigating outright racism, leveraging career allies in positions of power… the list goes on. All of these challenges and more are addressed in Minda Hearts’ new book, The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table. Hailed as a “must-read for all women of color in business (and for all people who want to do better)” by NAACP Image Award Nominee Natashia Deón, The Memo is part tool kit, part pep talk, and all real talk to support women of color professionals today.
Join us for a panel discussion with Minda Harts, alongside powerhouse women of color professionals in Seattle, to dive into the themes and success tactics from The Memo. Learn how to invest in yourself, identify and develop the skills and network to help you get ahead to claim your seat at the table. The panel will be moderated by Jodi-Ann Burey, Sr. Director of DEI at The Riveter.
Jodi-Ann Burey | Senior Director of DEI at The Riveter [Moderator]
Minda Harts | Author of The Memo and Founder of The Memo LLC
Sandy Anuras | VP of Technology for Global Marketing, Expedia Group
Harini Gokul | Technology Leader and Investor
Denita Price | Senior Business Partner, People Strategy, Amazon
About Minda Harts:
Minda Harts is the founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company for women of color. An Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, she is also a sought-after speaker on the topic of workplace diversity and inclusion. Minda is the author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table, a career development book for women of color and their allies, set for release in August 2019. She lives in New York City.
About Jodi-Ann Burey:
Jodi-Ann Burey is the Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at The Riveter, a membership workspace and community platform built by women, for everyone. She leads the development of a robust programming portfolio that powers The Riveter’s mission to redefine equity in the workplace. With a strong focus on intersectionality, Jodi-Ann works to ensure all women and their allies—inclusive of any gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexuality, ability, and child status - can leverage The Riveter to develop as impactful leaders in their businesses, networks, and the world. Jodi-Ann is also one of the founding members and co-chairs of the Seattle DEI Community of Practice (DEI CoP), an expansive network of professionals across industry committed to improving DEI practices at work. Jodi-Ann earned her Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan and her Bachelors in Communications from Boston College.
About Sandy Anuras:
Sandy Anuras, VP of Technology for Global Marketing at Expedia Group. Sandy is a product and technology executive with deep experience in building scalable, high-performance teams. She is currently the VP of Technology for Global Marketing at Expedia Group. Sandy previously served as the VP Technology at Blokable, where she brought her broad engineering and operations experience together to lead development of the BlokSense Development Platform and the BlokSense Insights Dashboard, bringing integrated hardware and software to scalable housing creation and operations. Prior to Blokable, she was the CTO at Stash Hotel Rewards and a technology leader at Expedia with responsibilities leading technology teams for global expansion, loyalty programs, financial institution partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions including Travelocity. Sandy holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University. When not hard at work, she enjoys playing the violin, traveling, and playing her dog DanDan.
About Harini Gokul:
Harini Gokul is a global technology leader, an investor, civic volunteer and an advocate for advancement of women in the workplace. She is a cloud industry leader and has 20+ years of experience driving global business strategy and customer transformation for technology companies including Microsoft and IBM. Harini has built and led global, multi-disciplinary organizations in the United States and Europe to accelerate customer transformation in the cloud and business growth, focusing on delivering real-world solutions. Her diverse background includes strategy consulting and financial services. Harini sponsors and invests in organizations and communities to accelerate the advancement of women in technology. She is an investor in the Female Founders Alliance and on the advisory board of Future of Us, an initiative dedicated to accelerating the advancement of women of color. Harini is an international speaker, focusing on diversity, equity and innovation in the 4th Industrial Revolution. As part of her mission to contribute to civic life, Harini is running for city council in Medina, WA. As a mom and a Medina resident, she is excited to work towards keeping Medina strong, safe and healthy for current and future generations. She looks forward to leveraging her professional skills to help shape and influence policies that impact the lives of Medina and WA residents. Harini is an engineering graduate and received her MBA from Vanderbilt University.
About Future For Us
Hear from local organization, Future for Us, and how they are supporting womxn of color.
Future for Us is a platform that works with individuals and companies to advance of womxn of color professionals at work through community, culture, and career development. By providing tools + support to the companies that employ women of color, Future for Us creates an enabling environment for womxn of color to thrive, and ensure continued growth, innovation and economic development.
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