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Valerie Jarrett

When you find your voice everything changes for the better. What an inspiring morning talking with the brilliant Valerie Jarrett about her book #findingmyvoice. I’m so glad our talk turned into a podcast episode. Check it out.

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I am proud to announce a collaboration with Comcast California to host a Women’s History Month event to recognize the many contributions of mothers – especially moms of color – who work at Comcast.

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Equal Pay Panel

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This day symbolizes how far into the year all women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Women of color have to wait until later in the year (awful, I know) I shared the stage with incredible leaders who are elevating the conversation for pay equity for all. We shared our thoughts on the problem, gave negotiation tips and we discussed ways companies can do better for all women. Addressing pay equity issues isn’t just a matter of compliance or protecting a companies reputation. Women are seeking employers who value fairness for all. So if you want to position yourself as an employer of choice, create a workplace that is fair to all workers and implements it into your culture. Remember we must all elevate the conversation - women and men - about the gender pay gap. Equal pay is not a women’s issue; it is an issue that impacts us all — our families, our communities, and our country. Niema Jordan (Square) Maria Ma (Gap) Lateefah Simon and Karina Cabrera Bell (Reach Mama Network)

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi

I had to wait until my twenties to meet and learn from powerful women (besides my mother, of course!). Grateful I had the chance this weekend to introduce my young daughters to a powerful woman - Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Speaker Pelosi talked about our power as women and as mothers to create better communities and workplaces. She reminded the women in the room to know your purpose, your why and to be ready. For me, my purpose is clear. I want women to have access to quality jobs, where they can bring their best selves to work. To make sure we earn the same pay as a man for the same job. To make sure there are more women in leadership positions. Not only because it is fair. But because it is good for the bottom line of any company - diversity of backgrounds and perspectives foster better ideas. My why is also clear. If she can see her, she can be her. I want every little girl to have access to role models at a young age. They shouldn't have to wait until their twenties like me. And yes, I am ready. Ready to lead and make meaningful impact.

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LinkedIn Conference For Women of Color

As a young professional I often thought that I didn't need too many people, mentors and sponsors to succeed. I was prideful and believed I could "make it" on my own. There are many reasons behind that, including not having enough role models growing up. Perhaps one day I'll share more. But for now, I will say this: with time I have come to learn that we can't succeed on our own. I now believe in the power of community. We should all have a support system that is sharing lessons learned so we don't have to fail so many times. That is why I was thrilled to speak at LinkedIn's New York women of color conference. I talked about the lessons I have learned. Together we shared resources and tactics to be a better professional. I left there with a bigger community of amazing women. Thanks LinkedIn for the opportunity to be part of such a powerful day.

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Impostor Syndrom Panel

Recently I met a lot of women who shared their struggle with not belonging in the workplace. They question their abilities and talents daily. I hope that my story of how I’ve struggled with self doubt and what I do to move passed those negative thoughts will inspire them to break free from this way of thinking. Thank you to Latinas In Finance and Univision Communications Inc. for convening this important conversation.

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Binghamton University -Women in Business Group

My job today was to inspire the amazing women at @binghamtonu but instead they all inspired and motivated me to keep building a runway so we can all soar. Thank you so much for inviting me to speak to you about my career journey.

Isn't It Time That Working Moms of Color Got Their Due?

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These are women that face challenges in the workplace and in life that are far greater than other groups — from lower pay to unfair biases. Yet, they still get things done. They make our businesses more profitable and our communities stronger. And they do it all while juggling huge family responsibilities. Without a doubt, the world would be a better place if more mothers of color were in positions of leadership. Think about it. These women are master multi-taskers and creative problem-solvers. They are determined and resilient. They bring the kind of diverse set of perspectives that every organization needs to innovate ideas and improve performance.

One of the most important industries today is technology. Quite simply, tech is changing everything about how we live, learn and work. But it is no secret that this sector has had a diversity problem. It’s been true for decades and won’t be solved overnight. However, there are some incredible women right now who are doing something about this problem, through their leadership and their example.

They deserve to have their stories told. That is why my organization, Reach Mama Network, has released our list of “Top Moms of Color in Tech You Should Know.” These “rock star” mothers are executives at huge companies like Google and Salesforce, as well as founders of emerging businesses like Court Buddy and Grad School Hub. They generate billions in revenue and manage teams of all sizes. In total, their work is making a difference all around the world.

We chose these women because they are thriving in their jobs, yet still found time to be incredible mothers and give back to their communities. More women and girls of color need to know that these stories are possible. Let’s face it: they look at an important industry like technology and, too often, don’t see faces like theirs. That’s why I started Reach Mama. Our mission is to tell these stories and provide others with the support and the tools they need to become the leaders of tomorrow.

With Mother’s Day coming up, let’s take a moment to celebrate these extraordinary women, and all the mothers out there who are getting things done at work and at home. And let’s continue working to ensure that more mothers of color get the opportunity to serve in leadership positions. We all would be better off.

Top Moms of Color In Tech You Should Know:

Lisa Sheete Tatum — Founder & CEO, Landit

Rinki Sethi — VP of Security Operations & Strategy, Palo Alto Networks

Sysamone Phaphon — Founder/CEO, Filmhero

Ritu Narayan — Founder/CEO, Zum

Kimberly Bryant — Founder/CEO, Girls Who Code

Andrea Guendelman — Founder /CEO, BeVisable

Kirstina Jones — Founder/ CEO, Court Buddy

Catalina Ruiz-Healy — Founder/CEO,GradGuru

Mary Spio — Founder/CEO, CEEKVR INC

Sandra Lopez — Vice President of Intel Sports Intel

Beena Ammanath — Global Vice President for Big data, Artificial Intelligence
and Innovation, HPE

Lilian Rincon — Director of Product Management, Google

Sarahi Salamanca — Founder/CEO, Dreamers Road Map

Lindsey Olier Barnes — Head of Marketing Brands, Oculous

Michelle Davenport — Co-Founder, Raised Real

Meena Harris — Head of Strategy & Leadership, Uber

Ayori Selassie — Product Marketing Manager, Salesforce Einstein

Sacha Xavier — Director of Media, Ubisoft

Sherice Torres — Marketing Director, Google

Kim Williams — Director of Experience Design, Indeed

Valarie Arismendez — Vice President People and Culture, Postmates

AJ Thomas — Vice President People and Culture, Auction

Kavitha Radhakrishan — Head of Product, Dropbox Paper, Dropbox

Victoria Tung — Director of Government and Public Affairs, Texas Instruments

Divinity Matovu — Community Program Manager, Lyft

Sharanya Srinivasan Growth Marketer — SEO, Content, CRO RetailMeNot, Inc.

Desiree Garcia — Product Designer, Automattic

Karina Montilla Edmonds — Google Cloud University Lead, Google

Merritt Anderson — VP of Employee Experience and Engagement, Github

Tamika Young — Head of Consumer PR US & Canada, Spotify

Lorena Valentin — Professional Service Manager, Medallia