April 2018 Meeting – Coding in Schools Effect on Diversity in Tech

Register for the April 12th meeting.

In April’s ITKAN meeting, we will discuss the relationship between two of the top tech issues, Diversity and Tech along with Coding in Schools, from the “Today in Technology:  The Top 10 Tech Issues for 2018” series.

One of the many benefits of pervasively promoting coding in school is how it can help address the tech industry’s shortage of communities of color, women, and individuals with disabilities.

We will start off the evening with Shelley McKinley, who runs Microsoft’s Technology & Corporate Responsibility team, saying a few words about the work that her Microsoft Accessibility team is doing.

Then Tim Roessler, ITKAN Advisory Board Member and Director of Enterprise Applications at Joliet Junior College, will facilitate a discussion panel which will speak about Diversity and Tech and how their organizations promotion of coding in schools helps create a diverse, technology savvy workforce for their community.

The three panelist are:

  • Mindy C. Diaz: Disability Services Coordinator Joliet Junior College
  • Liz Rafferty: Executive Director Genesys Works Chicago
  • Lance Russell: Chief Executive Officer Chicago Tech Academy High School

April 12, 2018
5-7:00 p.m.

Where
Aon Tower
Microsoft Technology Center
200 E Randolph Street, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60601

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