The NorthStar Connection: How Philadelphia is Supercharging Inclusivity and Becoming A Tech Diversity Hub
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Liz Brown, Webjunto @lizbrownsays
Liz is Co-CEO and Head of Design at Webjunto, a user-experience-focused design and development company based in Philadelphia. Liz has a passion for both research and design. Over the past 15 years, she has worked on a wide range of projects including research on motivation theory, cognitive learning theory, and user experience.
After more than 10 years of taking on side gigs as a web designer and front-end developer, she earned a master’s degree in information design and technology from SUNY Polytechnic Institute and went on to cofound Webjunto. Prior to starting Webjunto, Liz received a master’s degree in urban planning from the School of Architecture and Planning at SUNY Buffalo, and practiced as an urban planner specializing in urban revitalization. Liz continues to do work in the community as a civic hacking enthusiast, event organizer, and public speaker.
Brigitte Daniel, Wilco Electronic Systems @BrigitteDaniel
A ‘telecom visionary’ according to Marie Claire magazine and a vocal advocate for gender and cultural diversity in the tech industry, Brigitte Daniel is the EVP of Wilco Electronic Systems. As one of the last minority owned cable providers in the Nation, Wilco has been dedicated to providing innovative and affordable technology services to underserved communities for over 40 years, and to addressing diversity and inclusion inequities within technology ecosystems across the Nation.
Francisco Garcia, City of Philadelphia (Department of Commerce) @ciscoagarcia
As the Director of Business Development for Innovation & Technology, Francisco is the City’s main liaison with the local tech community. He is responsible for attracting startups and larger tech companies to Philadelphia, while also implementing strategies to support the growth of the city’s existing ecosystem. This includes the planning and execution of StartupPHL initiatives, and identifying ways the business community and City government can work together to diversify Philadelphia’s tech scene.
Adriana Vázquez Ortiz, Lilu @wearlilu @adsvaz
Adriana is a product developer with a keen sense for listening to users and understanding their needs. She received her Masters in Integrated Product Design at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS degree from MIT in Math with Computer Science. She has experience in Project Management and Software Development at Morgan Stanley, algorithmic research at BMW and UX Design at a NYC Health and Lifestyle start up. She loves running, attempting to snowboard, has been a pescatarian for over a decade, kind of speaks four languages and prefers carrot cake over chocolate cake.
Tracey Welsom Rossman, Chariot Solutions, TechGirlz (Founder) @twelsonrossman
Tracey Welson-Rossman leads Chariot Solutions, a leading custom software and mobile development firm, sales and marketing efforts. She is also the founder of TechGirlz, a non-profit dedicated to empower middle school girls to embrace tech for their future careers.
Tiffanie Stanard, Stimulus @TiffanieStanard @Your_Stimulus
Tiffanie Stanard is a technology influencer, partnership strategist, marketer, media personality and serial entrepreneur, named by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the 15 Women Changing the Face of Technology in the Region. Stanard is the Founder/CEO of Prestige Concepts, an award-winning brand enhancement firm; and the Founder/CEO of Stimulus a technology company that bridges the discovery gap for diverse communities with an award relationship management system. Learn more at www.TiffanieStanard.com
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