• Inaugural Silicon Valley Black Tech ERG Summit 2015

    Inaugural Summit

    This event was the inaugural convening of Black Tech Employee Resource Group (ERG) leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area, focused on ERG involvement in the introduction of the National Tech Diversity Pipeline (NTDP), a recap of the Oakland Summit on Blacks in Tech, the potential of ERG impact in Oakland, a discussion of Techonomic Development and a Networking Mixer and Reception.


    Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    • Summit: 2:00pm - 5:30pm

    • Networking Mixer & Reception: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    • Location: Intel Corporation (Mission Campus)
    SC12 Auditorium - 3600 Juliette Lane, Santa Clara, CA

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    Who should attend?
    Although the Summit was titled "Tech ERG," in addition to employee resource group (ERG) leaders, executive sponsors and program managers, it was of great benefit to recruiters, diversity/HR professionals, academics and technologists (IT Managers, coders, engineers and STEM support/training organizations) interested in building a more diverse tech ecosystem.

    Speaker Acknowledgements

    AAEN, Clef, Kapor Center for Social Impact, RPC - Silicon Valley Project, SUDA LLC, UNCF


    • Event Partners: UNCF, Kapor Center for Social Impact, HBCU I.C.E., African American Employee Network

    • Venue Host: Intel

    • Gold: Twilio
    • Silver: EMC, Genentech
    • Bronze: Tesla Motors

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  • Who's coming?

    Representatives from 107 Companies/Organizations (57 tech/tech influencers in bold)


    Accenture, Agile•1, ADP, Airbnb, Altera, Applied Materials, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, BAE Systems, Blaylock Beal Van, BNY Mellon, Brian's Online Success Services, Brocade Communications, Buildup, California Alliance of African American Educators, California Diversity Council, Capital Network, CBS Interactive, Cisco, Clever, The Clorox Company, Comcast, Deloitte, Diversity Best Practices, Dream Corps, Dropbox, DTZ, eBay, EMC, Exponential Talent, EY, Face-2-Face Communications, Facebook, FoodCare, Gap, GRI Technology Solutions, Genentech, Global Enterprise Services, Goins & Associates, Google, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, Harvard and Associates, Hewlett PackardThe Hidden Genius Project, IBM, Intel, J&J, Jotaka & Associates, Jopwell, Just Mentors, Kaiser Permanente, Kapor Center for Social Impact, Level Playing Field Institute, LinkedIn, LK Law Firm, Lockheed Martin, Lyft, Mays Civic Innovation, Medallia, Menlo College, Millennium Career Advantage, Mills College, Minority Business Consortium, Mosaic Presence, National Center for Women & IT, Oracle, PACT, PayNearMe, Paypal, PG&E, Piazza Technologies, Pinterest, Rainbow Push Coalition - Silicon Valley Project, ReadySet, ReedSmith, Robert Half, Safeway, Salesforce, San Francisco State University, SEC Consulting, Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce, Singularity University, The Social Engineering Project, SolarCity, STEMBoard, Stern Resources, SymantecTechbridge, TEKSystems, Tesla, Twilio, Twitter, UC Davis, UNCF, University of California Office of the President, University of San Francisco, Upward Bound, World Mentor, World Wide Technology, Uber, Udacity, Visa, We Teach Science Foundation, World Mentor, Year Up, Yahoo Inc., Yelp, #YesWeCode


    Black ERGs (30)
    Accenture • ADP • Airbnb • Altera • Applied Materials • BAE Systems • BNY Mellon • Brocade Communications • Cisco • Clorox • Dropbox • eBay • EMC • EY • Facebook • Genentech • Google • HP • IBM • Intel • Kaiser Permanente • LinkedIn • Oracle • Safeway • Salesforce • Symantec • Twilio • Uber • Visa • Yahoo


    The globally pervasive nature of technology makes this inaugural Summit appealing to a variety of sectors,

    benefiting anyone interested in building a more diverse tech ecosystem.

    Registration Fee Schedule (closed)

     $75  • Through Mon Jul 27

    $100 • Tues Jul 28  - Mon Aug 3

    $125 • Tues Aug 4 - Mon Aug 10

    $150 • Tues Aug 11 - Tues Aug 18

    Need a Promo Code? • Interested in Sponsorship? • Interested in Volunteering?

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  • Silicon Valley Black Tech ERG Summit: Agenda


    The 1/2 day summit was divided into 2 high impact sessions focused on tech pipeline development and implementation.


    After a UNCF/HBCU session discussing the development of the National Tech Diversity Pipeline, attendees heard updates from key players in the diversity effort. Next, recommendations of the recent Oakland Summit on Blacks in Tech were reviewed, and ERG involvement in an Oakland Tech Pipeline was introduced. Presentations concluded with a discussion on "Techonomic Development" as it relates to Oakland, home to the majority of Bay Area African Americans, and a growing technology ecosystem.


    Following the summit was a Networking Mixer & Reception for attendees, key influencers of Silicon Valley's Black employee population and pivotal players in future growth.


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  • Speakers

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    Chad Womack

    Chad Womack, Ph.D.

    National Director of STEM Initiatives, UNCF
    Co-Founder/Co-Lead, HBCU I.C.E.
    "National Tech Diversity Pipeline"

    Darrell Jones

    Head of Business Development,
    "Recap: Oakland Summit on Blacks in Tech"
    Monica Sudduth

    Monica Sudduth

    San Francisco Area Development Director,
    "UNCF Today: Development & Initiatives"
    Cedric Brown

    Cedric Brown

     Chief of Community Engagement and Philanthropy,
    Kapor Center for Social Impact
    "Oakland Tech Pipeline"

    Alan Dones

    Managing Partner & Chief Executive Officer,
    "Techonomic Development"

    Dela Weeks

    Corporate Relations Chair,
    African American Employee Network (AAEN) •
    President, Black ERG @ PG&E
    "Next Steps"

    Dr. Joseph Bryant Jr.

    RPC - Silicon Valley Project
    "Update: RPC - Silicon Valley Project"

    Michael DeFlorimonte

    Technology and Individual Memberships Chair,
    African American Employee Network (AAEN) •
    Principal, michaelD. Communications
    "Welcome / Moderator"

    David Earl Spencer

    Sponsorships and Financial Management Chair,
    African American Employee Network (AAEN) •
    Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
    "Moving Forward with AAEN"

    Ernest V. Felix

    Global Diversity Manager, Intel
    "Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives @ Intel"

  • NTDP Background

    The African American Employee Network (AAEN Bay Area) is working with the UNCF and its HBCU Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (ICE) initiative to help connect African American students interested in pursuing careers in the tech-industry with African American professionals employed in Silicon Valley and Bay Area tech companies.


    The program, known as the National Tech Diversity Pipeline (NTDP), is managed by AAEN with the goal of building a vibrant ecosystem of relationships between those entering the career pipeline and those professionals already there to both support students pursuing careers in the tech industry while continuing to build the community of African American tech professionals. The NTDP is being launched through HBCUs, and is the first step in an effort planned for expansion to colleges and universities across the country.


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  • Black Tech ERG Summit 2015

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