Who Got the Jazz?: How East Coast Cities Are Leveraging Diversity To Attract Big Tech and Drive Economic Development
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As cities comprised of a minority majority demographic, both DC and Philadelphia have recognized their unique opportunity to not only to engage but to cultivate one of the most diverse tech workforce ecosystems in the Nation; thus creating a new east coast tech boom. This panel will explore the successes and challenges on how east coast cities are forging new economic development strategies through the lens of inclusive prosperity in order to position their cities as the new great tech destinations of the Nation.
Brian Kenner, Government of the District of Columbia
Brian T. Kenner serves as the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development overseeing the Bowser Administration’s efforts to strengthen Washington, DC’s economy. Mr. Kenner is primarily focused on producing and preserving affordable housing, creating employment opportunities for District residents, and increasing the District’s tax revenue. He manages an active real estate portfolio worth $7 billion and oversees a business development team responsible for attracting and retaining companies from startups to global enterprises to the District. Under Mr. Kenner’s leadership, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) has led key real estate development projects that included creating an iconic waterfront destination with the District Wharf; redeveloping historic properties such as the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the St. Elizabeths East campus; and managing the development of two new sports arenas: DC United’s soccer stadium, Audi Field, and the Entertainment and Sports Arena at St. Elizabeths East, home to the Washington Mystics. Mr. Kenner has also focused the agency’s efforts on supporting Mayor Bowser’s vision of inclusive prosperity outlined in her Economic Strategy by funding a grant program that supports women entrepreneurs and establishing an inclusive innovation incubator on the campus of Howard University. Mr. Kenner is a graduate of the University of Iowa and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Youngmoo Kim, Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center, Drexel University
Youngmoo Kim is Director of the ExCITe (Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies) Center, an institute at Drexel University for transdisciplinary research and discovery connecting technology and communities, and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering. His research group, the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory pursues AI for music and sound, human-machine interfaces and robotics for expressive interaction, and K-12 outreach for maker and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Mathematics) education. In 2018, he co-hosted the National Convening of Education Innovation Clusters in Philadelphia and co-authored "Making Culture", a national study of education makerspaces, presented at SXSW EDU 2019. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the NAMM Foundation, among others. He also has extensive experience in music performance, including 8 years as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and on stage with American Musical Theater of San Jose and SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston).
Brigitte F. Daniel, Wilco Electronic Systems, Inc. & Mogulette
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 and telecommunication providers in the Nation, Wilco has been dedicated to providing innovative and affordable technology services to underserved communities for over 40 years. As Wilco continues to evolve and build out its longstanding telecom and intelligent access control technology offerings, Ms. Daniel and Wilco remain committed to bridging diversity and inclusion inequities within technology ecosystems across the Nation.
Dalila Wilson Scott, Senior Vice President, Community Impact, Comcast NBCUniversal & President, Comcast Foundation
Dalila Wilson-Scott serves as Senior Vice President of Community Impact for Comcast Corporation and as President of the Comcast Foundation. In this role, Dalila works collaboratively across Comcast NBCUniversal to provide strategic leadership throughout all aspects of the company’s community impact and corporate social responsibility initiatives. In addition, Dalila oversees efforts to leverage various assets, resources and platforms throughout the company to extend the reach and impact of philanthropic partnerships. In 2015, Comcast NBCUniversal and its foundations provided over $500 million in cash and in-kind support to nonprofit partners sharing Comcast’s commitment to improving communities. Comcast proactively seeks out ways to leverage the reach of its media and technology platforms to strengthen communities in meaningful ways.
Erin Horne McKinney, JumpStart Inc.
Passionate about emerging technology, entrepreneurship, and social justice, Erin Horne McKinney is the inaugural Managing Partner of Inclusion for the venture capital and economic development firm, JumpStart Inc. In this capacity, she serves as a national subject-matter expert and a diverse and inclusive high-impact entrepreneurial ecosystem builder on behalf of JumpStart. Erin provides thought leadership across all of JumpStart’s internal and external activities focused on advancing economic inclusion. She is also the co-founder of the new Cleveland-based Utopia Incubator – a 24-month residential incubator for minority-led tech startups. Erin is a serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur with nearly two decades of tech policy, economic and business development, and marketing communications experience.