On November 18-19, 2016, Out in Tech Talks united 450+ leading and aspiring LGBTQ and allied voices to advance the dialogue around diversity in tech and address the power of tech to create social change.
Teddy Goff is chief digital strategist for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and a co-founder and partner at Precision Strategies. Teddy was the Digital Director for President Obama’s reelection campaign, leading the President’s digital strategy and managing a 250-person nationwide team.
Jessi Hempel is Editorial Director of Backchannel and a former senior writer at WIRED covering the business of technology. Before joining WIRED, she served as a senior writer for Fortune, where she penned cover stories on Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. In the past, she has written in-depth articles on threats to Twitter’s growth as well as the emerging competition between Facebook and Google over the social web.
Jen Wong became Chief Operating Officer of Time Inc. in September 2016. Wong also serves as President, Digital overseeing Time Inc.'s digital and interactive strategies and operations, including its ad-supported and subscription-based digital properties that reach more than 150 million consumers every month.
Leah Gilliam is the Vice President of Education, Strategy & Innovation at Girls Who Code. Leah has consistently focused on issues of equity, opportunity, and participation — whether launching a game-design laboratory in an NYC public school, lecturing on art and technology as a tenured professor at Bard College, or helping to embed, scale, and spread new tools and practices at Mozilla Foundation.
Mark Glaze, former Executive Director of Everytown for Gun Safety, was named head of Mayors Against Illegal Guns in 2011, just three weeks after a gunman opened fire in an Arizona shopping plaza, killing six people and critically wounding Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. By helping to launch Everytown, a leading counterpoint to the NRA, Mark turned the group into the largest and most prominent gun safety organization in America.
Garth Bardsley is the vice president for original online video production at MTV Networks in New York. In this role, Garth oversees the development and production of content across variety of linear and social platforms including television, film, Snapchat, Facebook, YouTube. He graduated from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., and received a master’s degree in film from Columbia.
KHALID EL KHATIB
Khalid El Khatib is a regular contributor to Hello Mr., PAPER, and VICE, where he covers art, culture, and the intersection of LGBTQ issues and Islam. He is writing a memoir about his experiences growing up in Iowa and New York as the gay son of a Muslim father. He's also a digital marketing strategist and Vice President of Marketing at GLG.
Shannon Keating is a writer and editor whose work has appeared on BuzzFeed, The Atlantic, Bitch magazine, Jezebel, Salon, and The Rumpus, among others. She is currently the LGBT Editor at BuzzFeed News.
Stacey Lewis is the Director of the LEAP/Life Skills Program at The Ali Forney Center. She brings 6 years of experience working with New York City's LGBT youth experiencing homelessness. Overseeing the LEAP program, she supports the youth of AFC by helping them develop work readiness and life skills to give them an edge in today's job market and move out of homelessness to independence and self-sufficiency.
Zachary Ames is a Leadership Development Specialist at Bloomberg LP and spent the past year teaching Unconscious Bias all over the world. Prior to Bloomberg, he guided change management efforts at Bloomingdale’s as they moved forward within e-commerce as an omnichannel retailer.
Jared Fox serves as the first-ever LGBTQ Community Liaison at the NYC Department of Education. In this role, he works with city agencies and community organizations to help schools support, protect and provide resources to LGBTQ students, families and community members. Jared has over a decade of experience in education and community organizing, including stints at Teach for America and the Stonewall Community Foundation.
Mike Rognlien is the Head of Learning and Development at Facebook. Mike partnered with Sheryl Sandberg to develop Facebook's Managing Unconscious Bias training and oversees the execution of over 10,000 development programs for Facebook employees. Prior to Facebook, Mike helped develop training programs at numerous companies including Microsoft and Intel.
Monica Arrambide, the CEO and Founder of Maven, has over 22 years of experience working with queer youth. Monica founded Maven, a national nonprofit that aims to empower queer youth to become innovators of technology through tech camps, hackathons and tech internships.
Robyn Shapiro is the Co-Founder of Seek, a new line of snack foods featuring the protein-rich cricket. Shapiro also serves as Deputy Director for the Lowline. Shapiro was formerly an urban farmer and led youth workshops at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, the City’s first rooftop farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
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Steven Young is the VP of Growth at GrubHub. He's a creative thinker and business operator who leverages experience from various industries (financial, tech, consumer product, entertainment) in order use marketing effectively as a revenue driver for both startups and Fortune 500 companies.
Lillian Rivera is the Director of Advocacy & Capacity Building at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the oldest and largest LGBTQ youth non-profit in the country. She writes about her life in order to be a possibility model for others who do not often see themselves represented in the world. She hopes this work will create a safer and more loving world for her daughters.
Stephanie Lampkin is the founder & CEO of Blendoor, a recruiting app that hides candidate name and photo to mitigate unconscious bias in hiring. With a 13 year career spanning companies like Lockheed, Deloitte, Microsoft, and TripAdvisor, she is all too familiar with the difficulties faced when one doesn’t look like the prototypical engineer.
Scott Domann is Director of Talent at Netflix working as the HR Business Partner for the Marketing, PR and International teams. Prior to Netflix Scott held HR Business Partner and organizational development roles at Warner Bros, Disney, Facebook, and Spotify.
SARAH KATE ELLIS
Sarah Kate Ellis is president & CEO of GLAAD, the world's leading LGBTQ media advocacy organization. Named one of Variety's 50 most powerful entertainment influencers in New York, Ellis has led some of GLAAD's most stunning cultural victories, changing the landscape for LGBTQ representation across news, entertainment, and digital media.
Igor Volsky is the Deputy Director, Center for American Progress Action Fund, where he helps manage CAP's political advocacy work and oversees its creative digital media strategy. He is also the director of Guns Down, a new gun safety group, and is the author of a forthcoming book about gun violence. Previously, he served as the Managing Editor of ThinkProgress.
Steve Mendelsohn is the Deputy Executive Director at The Trevor Project, the nation’s only accredited organization providing suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. Prior to Trevor, Steve was the Executive Director at several media non-profits (Arts Engine, Film Aid International, Project Rebirth, MNN) as well as having worked for 14 years in the business world (American Express, Razorfish).
Diana Tourjee is a journalist and a staff writer at Broadly, the women's vertical of VICE Media. Her work has been featured in VICE Magazine, V Magazine, Dazed Digital, Dazed Magazine, The Village Voice, Buzzfeed, Out Magazine, and the Huffington Post.
Christopher Gray is the founder of Scholly (as seen on Shark Tank), an app that has helped students raise over $50mm in scholarships. Christopher is also a 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, one of Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul 100 members, and the recipient of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award.
David Beatty is founder and managing partner of Gaingels, an angel investment group that invests in and supports LGBT led early stage companies. David started his first company in 1993 and has co-founded and exited 3 others. In his spare time, he leads tours for angel investors globally and runs workshops on angel investing best practices.
Mark Brady is the Senior Vice President, Product Management at Citi, where he is responsible for helping to define the product vision and strategy for the mobile bank of the future. Prior to that, Mark was Senior Product Manager, Americas, at PayPal.
Regina Grossman is a Senior Communications Associate at the American Federation of Teachers. Prior to that, she was a field organizer and assistant to the chief of campaigns and programs at Amnesty International. Regina holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan.
Nathan Richardson is a fintech and digital entrepreneur. He is co-founder of TradeIt, a platform that enables online trading with customers' existing brokerage accounts from any app or site. Prior to that, he was co-founder of waywire, President of AOL Live, and President of Gilt City.
Matthew Amsden is founder and CEO of ProofPilot. ProofPilot is a platform that makes it easy and fun to design scientifically valid research studies that evaluate what works to improve human health.
Daniel Simpson is the Head of University Programs at Jet.com. Previously, he was Senior Manager of Diversity & Campus Programs at The New York Times, and he has recruited for JP Morgan Chase, Google, and Microsoft.
Jess Cagle was named Editorial Director of PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly in January 2014. He is responsible for the print and digital editorial leadership of the two brands, with a day-to-day focus on PEOPLE, the world's most popular celebrity weekly.
Marysharon Owens is Senior Vice President, Global Marketing @ Workspace at Bank of America, where she leads global marketing for a $1B business. She has 10+ years of experience incorporating digital into all aspects of global business, with experience at Target and Microsoft.
Ali Osworth is the Geekery Editor at Autostraddle, the world’s largest independent online magazine by and for queer women. She also teaches digital storytelling at The New School.
1 ticket = 1 Weekend
Fri, Nov 18 // 6:00 PM - 8:30 pM // 225 Liberty street, nyc
Start the weekend with drinks, light bites, and networking at Time Inc.'s new HQ at Brookfield Place. Please arrive promptly by 6:00 pm and bring your ID, as remarks by Time Inc. COO Jen Wong & PEOPLE Editor Jess Cagle will begin around 6:15 pm.
Out in Tech Talks 🌈
Sat, Nov 19 // 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM // SVA THEATRE, 333 W. 23rd Street, NYC
450+ LGBTQ techies, and those who love us, will gather for a day of interactive talks, panels, + lightning rounds. Doors open 9:00 am. Dress code is casual. Your nametag allows for exit and re-entry.
Out in Tech Talks After Hours 🔥
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 // 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM // 837 WASHINGTON ST, NYC
Join us for a night of emerging tech, music, and cocktails at Samsung 837 as we celebrate the weekend! Bring your ID. Open bar by Fernet Branca, Templeton Rye, & Seagram's Vodka. Beats by DJ Vickatrillion.
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