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The Tech ERG Summit 2022

Find recordings from our last summit in this recap blog here.

Preview of Last Year’s Summit Below

“The Tech ERG summit will uplift, inspire, and connect ERG and DEI leaders to take action for inclusion in tech”

— Dr. Allison Scott, CEO, Kapor Center

Organizational Partner

About The Tech ERG Summit

The Tech ERG Summit is the go-to event for ERG leaders and DEI professionals of all levels who care about impact and inclusion.

Why Attend

Reimagine the Future of ERGs

Explore perspectives and practices with ERG and DEI experts in tech.

Maximize Your ERG Impact

Learn tools and strategies to measure what matters inside your organization.

Grow Your Network

Become a member of the fastest-growing ERG community for tech professionals.

Day 1: Hands-On Workshops (paid)

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

9:00 - 11:00 am PST

Not Ready for ERGs? Building a DEI Council

12:00 - 2:00 pm PST

Looking to Create ERGs? Building an ERG 101

Summit Kickoff Social Hour (free)

4:00 - 5:00 pm PST

Come break the ice as we kick off the summit: raffle, comedy and more!

Day 2: Summit Sessions (free)

Thursday, January 28, 2021

9:00 - 9:20 am PST

Welcome, Land Acknowledgement, and Raffle

9:20 - 10:00 am PST

Fireside Chat with Freada Kapor Klein: Ready, Set, Activate! Mobilizing Your ERGs for Social Impact

10:00 - 10:55 am PST

How 2020 Reshaped ERGs for 2021 and Beyond

11:00 - 11:55 am PST

Building A Global ERG Strategy

12:00 - 12:30 pm PST


12:30 - 1:25 pm PST

Professional Development as a Pillar: Investing In ERG Leaders and Members

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm PT

What’s the ROI? Strategies to Recognize, Compensate, and Reward ERG Members

2:00 - 2:30 pm PST

Five to Nine Fireside Chat with Melissa Thomas-Hunt, Airbnb

2:30 - 3:30 pm PST

Further Discussion, Networking & Raffle

Day 3: Summit Sessions (free)

Friday, January 29, 2021

9:00 - 9:20 am PST

Welcome and Raffle

9:20 - 10:00 am PST

Fireside Chat with Carla Harris

10:00 - 10:55 am PST

Impact Isn’t a Given, Setting Your ERG Up For Success

11:00 - 11:55 am PST

Leveraging Executive Sponsors for Impact

12:00 - 12:30 pm PST


12:30 - 1:25 pm PST

Leveraging Metrics for Impact

1:30 - 2:25 pm PST

Commemoration Fueled By Action: How Can Tech Advance MLK’s Dream?

2:30 - 3:25 pm PST

Enough! How ERGs Can Help Tech Stop Perpetuating Social Injustice

3:30 -3:40 pm PST

Closing Remarks

Our Growing List of Speakers

Bie Aweh, Senior People Growth Manager, Women and Underrepresented Talent Development, Doordash

Earl Bender, Electrical Control Engineer, Carrier

Marque Blackman, Senior Program Manager, DE&I, Cloudera

Albrey Brown, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Airtable

Dr. Danette Buie, Senior Program Manager, Global Talent Acquisition Operations, Programs and Diversity, Coursera

Sheri Byrne-Haber, Accessibility Architect, VMWare

Lamont Carolina, Senior Manager, People Experience, Oscar

Sean Cervera, Head of DEI & Belonging, Curology

Anthony Clay, CEO and Co-founder, Indi

Natasha Cougoule, Global ERG Program Specialist, Salesforce

Christopher Craft, Sr. Solution Engineer, DocuSign

Ben Delk, Inclusion & Diversity Global Programs, Expedia Group

Marquise Francis, Senior National Reporter & Producer, Yahoo News

Carla Harris, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

Trinidad Hermida, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Niantic

Dr. Freada Kapor Klein, Founding Partner, Kapor Capital

Leah Katsekas McTiernan Wise, VP Engineering Solutions, DocuSign

Amanda Lannert, CEO, Jellyvision

Dani Maczynski, Program Manager, Dataminr

Shawnda Madison, Head of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Invitae

Natalie Mazzie, Sales Enablement Specialist, F5

Raina Moskowitz, Chief Operations, Strategy and People, Etsy

Shareka Nelson, Head of D&I, Coursera

Dr. Cynthia Overton, Director of Tech Workplace Initiatives, Kapor Center

B. Pagels-Minor, Senior Data Product Manager

Lisa Paredes, Co-Founder, Global Community Lead, The Culture Collective

Rachel Entire Parrot, Diversity and Inclusion Strategist

James Perkins, Selma, Alabama Mayor

Carlos Quezada, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Latinx ERG

Amelia Ransom, Senior Director of Engagement and Diversity, Avalara

Sen. Malika Sanders-Fortier, Alabama State Senate

Natalie Simmons, Global Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Zendesk

Melissa Thomas-Hunt, Global Head of Diversity and Belonging, Airbnb

Cornell Verdeja-Woodson, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Headspace, Inc.

Kim Vu, Global Head of DEI, Remitly

Dr. Avis Williams, Superintendent Selma City Schools

Shantelle Williams-Valadie, Associate Director, Coursera

Our Sponsors

About the Event Producer

Five to Nine is a Black and women-owned software company that enables organizations to manage and measure the impact of their employee programs and events.

Co-founders Jasmine Shells and Denise Umubyeyi are former People Leaders who are passionate about solving pain points for ERG and DEI professionals and programs. They’re all about assessing program impact and creating inclusive workplaces by helping customers to streamline processes, measure programs, and boost employee engagement.

Learn more about Five to Nine here.

Meet the Event Organizers

Denise Umubyeyi

Denise Umubyeyi is the co-founder and COO of Five to Nine, a software company that enables organizations to manage and measure the impact of their employee programs and events. A natural problem solver, Denise enjoys helping clients maximize their ERGs and other employee programs to create inclusive workplace environments. Denise hails from Rwanda and has lived in the Chicago area since 2005. On her off time, Denise enjoys knitting, journaling, and writing and performing comedy.

Dr. Cynthia Overton

Cynthia Overton is director of tech workplace initiatives at the Kapor Center, a racial justice organization dedicated to leveling the playing field in tech. In this role, she organizes Diversity Advocates, a professional learning community dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce in tech and Our Collective, a group of tech professionals advancing inclusion for Black and Latinx talent through ERGs. When Cynthia’s not working, she’s probably writing or performing comedy--much of which aims to draw attention to social justice issues.

Dr. Danette “Danni” Buie

Danette D. Buie serves as a Senior Program Manager in Talent Programs and Diversity at Coursera. In this role, she partners with a variety of recruiting, human resources and learning and development leaders to develop, simplify, and scale diverse talent hiring solutions. Prior to pivoting to tech, Danni worked for 10 years in education, focusing on K-12, community- based organizations, public policy, and higher education.

Meghan Boots

Meghan Boots has worked for top Silicon Valley companies including Adobe and Autodesk and managed marketing and business strategy for leading tech brands including mobile apps and virtual reality products. Today she is a social justice advocate, tech consultant, and social entrepreneur as the founder of Spur by Boots ーa marketing firm that works with businesses led by traditionally underrepresented people, to guide and move forward projects that amplify unheard voices to advance diversity and inclusion.

Lisa Paredes

Lisa Paredes joined Beaconforce as their first employee to be a part of their mission to create work environments that allow people to be their best selves. Originally from Guatemala, Lisa moved to San Francisco and found her passion in the people space. Her love for community and culture led her to be a co-founder of The Culture Collective, a global community of culture champions with 30 chapters around the world. Her personal purpose is to assist people in their discovery of their full potential.

Shawnda Madison

Shawnda Madison has been at Invitae for the last year focusing on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion helping create 7 ERG's providing resources and learning opportunities to the organization. Before Invitae, she spent the last five years focusing on people operations, helping companies build culture and community. She is a people-first leader committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for all.

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