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Black in Tech: The Highs and Lows - A Black History Month Event

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General Assembly San Francisco

225 Bush Street

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San Francisco, CA 94104

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This Black History Month we address what it’s like to be black in tech, specifically in the Bay Area. Being Black in tech has its challenges, but also it’s rewards and surprises. We will discuss the sometimes smooth, sometimes rocky road to developing a successful career in tech. How do we thrive? How do we connect with others and make an impact in tech? We will explore these and other hot topics together.

Our esteemed panel of Black speakers represent many different fields of the Bay Area tech industry. Immediately following our panel discussion, you’ll have the chance to network with them.



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Melanie Araujo, Product Designer, Doctor on Demand

Melanie is a San Francisco-based Product Designer passionate about building better healthcare experiences. She has worked in-house for startups at several stages building digital products for healthcare, navigation, and food delivery. She enjoys working on simple and elegant solutions to complex problems, design systems, and team processes. When Melanie’s not designing, she mentors new design talent from non-traditional backgrounds through Andreessen Horowitz, and Front & Center — a design mentorship program for the empowerment and professional development of Designers of Color.


Renee Reid, Sr. UX Design Researcher, LinkedIn

Renee Reid is a Sr. UX Design Researcher at LinkedIn with over 15 years of professional experience in various industries & roles including Project Management, Customer Experience and User Experience.

While a UX Researcher at CareerBuilder in Atlanta, GA, Renee was the program director for the company's Girls in Tech High School Summer Internship program, a guest lecturer at Georgia Tech’s highly acclaimed MS-HCI program and was the founder and president of the Atlanta Chapter of User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA).

Currently at LinkedIn, Renee is the campus lead for LinkedIn’s SouthBay Black Inclusion Group (B.I.G).as part of the company's Employee Relation Groups (ERGs). She has successfully mentored and lead 2 intern teams for the “Interns for a Cause” non profit campaigns representing the Boys and Girls Club of The Peninsula and Rise Against Hunger. Renee is also a Professional Mentor with TechWomen, an Initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, providing access and opportunity to Emerging Leaders (ELs) in Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. In addition, she is a registered Everwise mentor, an online platform that provides career development and mentorship to women. Renee is passionate about given back and helping others and continues to mentor high school & college students as well as individuals just starting out in the UX industry


Alexis Hancock, Senior Web Developer, True North Inc.

Alexis Hancock is a web engineer of 5 years who has worked with non profits to large scale publications. Her passion for community lies in the gap of access and resources, and filling that gap where she can. She is also a devout autodidact that loves to learn new hobbies. At the moment she crochets and trains in Aikido (5th Kyu Rank).


Kevin Hawkins, UX Designer, Gap Inc.

Kevin Hawkins is a user/customer experience consultant and digital designer, originally from Washington, DC. He tries to make the world more accessible via inclusive design thinking training. He works for Gap Inc and has a startup QReview, like a Yelp but for Discrimination. He’s an active organizer and advisor for startups, conferences, pride festivals, and more.


Maurice Wilkins, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lead, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Maurice is a former urban education leader turned Diversity and Inclusion advocate. He currently leads Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. He also is the founder of TechNColor, is an alliance for underrepresented people of color in tech that aims to create an inclusive and diverse community. Prior to joining CZI, he was a leader at Outco, a job search and interview prep accelerator for software engineers. Maurice is a 2011 graduate of Morehouse College and native Washingtonian.

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