Diversity & Inclusion Podcast Archives

Ep 86: Maya Rockeymoore: A Blueprint: What we should do about autonomous vehicles and American jobs

Ep 86: Maya Rockeymoore: A Blueprint: What we should do about autonomous vehicles and American jobs

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore (@MayaRockeymoore) leads Global Policy Solutions, a Washington, DC-based policy firm that makes policy work for people and their environments. A former adjunct professor in the Women in Politics Institute at American University, Maya has also served as the vice president of research and programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), senior resident scholar at the National Urban League, chief of staff to Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), professional staff

Ep 85: How to Help Women with STEM Degrees Keep Breaking Barriers with Roberta Rincon

Ep 85: How to Help Women with STEM Degrees Keep Breaking Barriers with Roberta Rincon

Roberta Rincon is the Society of Women Engineers’ (SWE) Manager of Research. Before joining SWE, Roberta Rincon was a Senior Research and Policy Analyst at The University of Texas System. She has over 15 years of experience in higher education policy research, coordinating various award and faculty recruitment programs, analyzing the impact of state legislative actions, and preparing white papers on topics ranging from classroom utilization to student success. Roberta received her B.S. in Civil

Ep 84: A Mission to Bring Robotics to STEM Education with Jane Taylor

Ep 84: A Mission to Bring Robotics to STEM Education with Jane Taylor

Jane Taylor is the Founder and President of Bot Shop LLC. Bot Shop is an innovative one-stop shop specializing in integrating Robotics and Energy Education into K-12 public schools, informal education, non-profits and outreach programs. As a full-service consulting firm, Bot Shop provides turnkey solutions for effectively engaging youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through making. BotShop supports robots in education from the classroom to competition. Jane Taylor began

Ep 82: Decoding the New FCC Under Chairman Ajit Pai with Gigi Sohn

Ep 82: Decoding the New FCC Under Chairman Ajit Pai with Gigi Sohn

Gigi B. Sohn (@gigibsohn) served as counselor to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, advising on a range of telecommunications and media policy issues. Previously, Sohn served from 2001 to 2013 as president and CEO of Public Knowledge, a D.C.-based public interest group working on intellectual property and other issues in the digital marketplace. She served as a project specialist in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture unit and as executive director of the Media

Ep 73: How to be Street Smart About Building Your Personal Brand in Washington, D.C. with Tiffany Cross

Ep 73: How to be Street Smart About Building Your Personal Brand in Washington, D.C. with Tiffany Cross

Tiffany Cross (@tifcrossmyheart) is brings 20 years of relationships, outreach, and storytelling to The Beat, Washington’s inclusive political pulse. Having spent significant time working in newsrooms, covering Capitol Hill, managing in-house corporate public affairs, working on campaigns, and navigating communities of color, she brings a unique set of skills that casts a wide net of influence. Understanding the intersection of press, partnerships, politics, and policy, Tiffany has a

Ep 72: Who Says Seniors Can’t Get Around Barriers in Tech? (Part 2/2) with Debra Berlyn

Ep 72: Who Says Seniors Can’t Get Around Barriers in Tech? (Part 2/2) with Debra Berlyn

Debra Berlyn (@dberlyn) is the Executive Director of The Project to Get Older Adults onLine (GOAL), and President of Consumer Policy Solutions. Debra is a seasoned veteran of telecommunications and consumer policy issues and an advocate for consumers of technology services. She represented AARP on the digital television transition and has worked closely with national aging organizations on several Internet issues, including online safety and privacy concerns. Prior to launching Consumer

Ep 71: Who Says Seniors Can’t Get Around Barriers in Tech? (Part 1/2) with Tom Kamber

Ep 71: Who Says Seniors Can’t Get Around Barriers in Tech? (Part 1/2) with Tom Kamber

Tom Kamber (@thomaskamber) is the founder and executive director of OATS, where he has helped over 20,000 senior citizens get online, built more than 30 free technology centers, created the seniorplanet.org digital community, and launched the Senior Planet Exploration Center—the country’s first technology-themed community center for older adults. His work has been covered in major national media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, National

Ep 67: How a Lack of Teacher Diversity Contributes to the Gifted-and-Talented Gap with Hannah Putman

Ep 67: How a Lack of Teacher Diversity Contributes to the Gifted-and-Talented Gap with Hannah Putman

Hannah Putman (@nctq) is the Director of Research at the National Council on Teacher Quality. Hannah’s recent work includes a study on trends in teacher diversity in collaboration with researchers from the Brookings Institution, an examination of 100 early childhood teacher preparation programs, and a report that quantified the rigor in coursework offered by teacher preparation programs. She has also worked on all editions of NCTQ’s Teacher Prep Review. Prior to joining NCTQ, Hannah conducted

Ep 66: Redefining Tech Inclusion in the Age of Trump with Melinda Epler

Ep 66: Redefining Tech Inclusion in the Age of Trump with Melinda Epler

Melinda Epler (@changecatalysts) is Founder and CEO of Change Catalyst, a certified B Corp whose mission is to empower diverse, inclusive and sustainable tech innovation through education, mentorship and funding. Change Catalyst won a Certified B Corporation “Best for the World” award for community impact in 2014 and “Best in the World” overall in 2015. Melinda has more than 20 years of experience elevating brands and developing business innovation strategies for social entrepreneurs, mature

Ep 54: How to Increase Opportunities for Latinos in Technology with Jose Marquez-Leon

Ep 54: How to Increase Opportunities for Latinos in Technology with Jose Marquez-Leon

Jose A. Marquez-Leon (@LISTA1) is the National President, CEO, and Founder of Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA). In this role he serves as lead advocate on state and federal issues related to the role of Latinos in the technology sector. He is also charged with coordinating organization-wide strategic planning for LISTA initiatives and is executive director of 15 LISTA TechLatino Councils nationwide. Since LISTA’s inception the organization has developed …