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‘Real Talk: Women in Tech in Silicon Alley’ Makes Diversity Topic of Conversation


Real Talk panelists (l-r) Ariel Lopez, Christina Morillio and Rachel Brooks with moderator Janel Martinez.

Diversity in technology has been a huge topic of conversation over the last several years, but took center stage toward the middle of the year. Big name companies such as Google, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook released their diversity figures, which revealed what many in the space already knew: There aren’t many of us working at said companies. But Black, Latinos and women are definitely present.

An article released by Newsweek (What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women), highlighted many of the issues women in San Francisco face. However, many of those same issues are faced here in New York City’s tech scene. Not to mention, there’s an added layer as a woman of color navigating the tech terrain.

It’s why I joined forced with digital destination Techncolor to present “Real Talk: Women in Tech in Silicon Alley” in collaboration with Social Media Week NY and sponsors such as Path Interactive and Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit. Techncolor founder Lisa Leid and I tapped Afro-Latinas in tech, Rachel Brooks, Ariel Lopez and Christina Morillo.

These ladies provided lots of tips and resources, and shared their story with attendees. Check out the discussion in our Storify, below:

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