Diversity & Inclusion Podcast Archives

Karan Chopra: How to Close America’s Opportunity Gap (Ep. 109)

How to Close America’s Opportunity Gap (Ep. 109)

Karan Chopra (@karchopra) a is Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Opportunity@Work, where he  provides leadership on strategic direction and execution of Opportunity@Work’s priorities and the TechHire initiative. He co-founded Opportunity@Work because he believes that meaningful work is not just a matter of economic wellbeing but of individual dignity.

How to Build a Lobbying Presence in Washington with Elizabeth Frazee (Ep. 102)

How to Build a Lobbying Presence in Washington with Elizabeth Frazee (Ep. 102)

Before you build a lobbying presence in Washington, consider the fact that technology now touches almost every aspect of our lives. Accordingly, our policymaking has become more complex as companies develop new technologies and consumers use technology in ways that were unanticipated. What are the key issues that policymakers and businesses should be focused on as they seek to fine-tune their policy strategies?

African American Women in Engineering: Statistics and Solutions with Nicole Yates (Ep. 97)

African American Women in Engineering: Statistics and Solutions with Nicole Yates (Ep. 97)

African American Women Engineers’ Silent Struggle Against Indifference I had a hard time finding a title for this post. I wanted to come up with something that would speak to what people were already searching for. So I went to Google Trends and entered “black women in engineering”. The results showed zero interest over the past 5 years. I tried “African American women in engineering”. Again, no one was searching for these terms, according to Google. I tried narrowing the search to just

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