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Craig Campbell

Head of Engineering Recruiting,
Uber

Craig Campbell is the Head of Engineering recruiting at Uber. He was previously a Director of Talent Aquisition at Microsoft. 

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Kathy Goss

Director of Inclusion Recruiting,
ServiceNow

Kathy has worked in corporate diversity and inclusion for over 15 years now. A lot has changed in that time, but unfortunately many of the challenges remain the same. What keeps her motivated to bring her best each day? It's the positive evolution she has seen first-hand when organizations, teams, and even individuals discover and are transformed by diversity, inclusion and belonging.

Kathy loves to dream big but is always driving toward practical strategies that make a lasting and self-sustaining impact. "There’s no magic bullet to diversity, but together we can figure out the right solutions to help organizations and teams realize their full potential."

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Jared Bazzell

Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition,
CDW

Jared Bazzell serves as the Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition at CDW, a leading Fortune 200 multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations in the US, Canada, and UK. CDW’s fingerprints can be found on technology in workplaces and workspaces of more than 250,000 companies, from fresh-faced startups to international conglomerates. In this role, Jared is responsible for CDW’s international go-to-market talent acquisition strategy, and strategic initiatives to drive an enhanced experience, productivity, and efficiency. Furthermore, Jared is responsible for CDW’s job applicant privacy and data collection policies to help maintain compliance in today’s ever-changing privacy and legal environment. Prior to Jared’s current role he was responsible for CDW’s University Recruiting and Internship Program during which he lead the expansion of CDW’s award-winning Summer Internship Program by more than 265% since 2015. Jared’s attributes his success in the UR space with the ability to link our early talent recruitment strategy, new hire performance, coworker retention data. Jared is versed in optimizing process related to Lean Six Sigma methodology and holds his Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification.  Outside of CDW, Jared is on the HR Policy Association’s Recruiting Software Initiative Review Board to help understand the latest hiring and recruiting software solutions integrating artificial intelligence for the largest employers doing business in the United States and globally. Find him here on LinkedIn.

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Jehron Petty

Co-President,
Underrepresented Minorities in Computing

Jehron is a senior at Cornell University studying Computer Science. He interned at Two Sigma and Google as a software engineer, then went on to the APM internship at Google most recently. On campus he co-founded Black Entrepreneurs in Training and is the Co-President of Underrepresented Minorities in Computing (URMC). He grew URMC from 15 to over 135 active members in a year and changed the narrative for Black and Latinx CS majors at Cornell. URMC has seen great success beyond Cornell as well by increasing the amount of students of color that land summer internships—from 2 to 14 at Google alone in a year! Under the mentorship of the founder of /dev/color, his goal is to scale URMC nationally to move the needle for racial diversity in tech.

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Jill Ripper

Director, University Programs,
Teradata

Jill Ripper brings a wealth of corporate experience leading global organizations in attracting and hiring college talent across the world. She is known as a “builder” of intern programs, university partnerships, and the business she supports. In her current role as Head of University Programs at Teradata, a data analytics software company headquartered in San Diego, California, she is responsible for partnering with senior leadership to develop early-in-career workforce strategies and programs enabling Teradata to innovate cutting edge technologies for its customers. Previously, Jill held similar roles at eBay, Informatica, Cisco Systems, and NetApp; all global leaders in the technology industry. Jill was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has a BS degree from Ball State University and a HR Certification from Duke University.

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Lexi Butler

Founder,
Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech

Alexandria Noel Butler, affectionately known as Lexi B, is considered one of Silicon Valley’s candid and prominent voices. Her thought provoking advice and opinions on how to create a more equitable work environment stem from her own experiences working in some of the most popular tech companies. In 2013, she founded Grown Up Truth, an online magazine dedicated to the new college graduate experience. This platform not only inspired young professionals but also experienced leaders that used this knowledge to better support their young adult workforce and how to guide them. In April 2017, Lexi B founded Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech, a community that supports Black women in tech companies and tech related
professions. This 3,800+ international community spans over 72 countries and has partnered with organizations such as Phenomenally, Instagram, Youtube, Linkedin and Slack. Lexi’s main mission is to inspire people to create their desired life journey by understanding their purpose and life goals. In her own words, “People deserve to live the life that caters to their strengths
and passions. When they truly understand what they need and what they offer, they can then implement tools to create their own path and thrive.”

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Rodney Tabares

Diversity Ops Project Manager,
Facebook
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Kate McRoberts

Co-op Coordinator - School of Computer Science,,
University of Guelph

After graduating with a degree in Information Technology, Kate quickly realized her strengths lied with people and not just coding.  In the midst of a winding career path across North America, straddling employer development, career advising and contingent workforce management in Silicon Valley, Kate is currently a Co-op Coordinator, supporting the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph. Her primary focus includes supporting co-op students on job search strategies and employability skills while working closely with the ever-changing, dynamic technology industry in Canada and beyond.  Kate's biggest enrichment through her role is seeing highly capable students, who just need a foot in the door to gain the skills and experience to excel and thrive in their jobs.  Their confidence and commitment to using technology for good is inspiring. 

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Michael Ellison

Founder & CEO,
Codepath

Michael Ellison is the CEO and founder of CodePath.org. CodePath.org is an educational nonprofit transforming computer science education for underrepresented minorities at over 50 colleges and universities by improving curriculum, teaching practices, and student support. Prior to CodePath.org, Ellison founded 3 nonprofits and 3 tech startups starting at age 19. Ellison was a founding board member for Women Who Code and co-founder of Segment, now valued at $1.5B.

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Roz Francuz-Harris

Head of Tech Recruiting,
HBO Max

An experienced recruiting leader, Roz Harris has worked at some of the largest enterprise and fastest-growing companies in Silicon Valley, such as Microsoft, IBM, Uber, Slack and now WarnerMedia. With creating access to tech jobs for underrepresented communities as her passion, Roz has developed a reputation for building diverse recruiting teams at companies that reflect her personal values and strive to impact those same communities through hiring initiatives, development opportunities, and retention motivated programing.

Roz Harris a champion of the LGBTQ community and is striving for equity in the tech space through pipeline initiatives, hiring strategies, development opportunities, and retention motivated programming, at the companies she serves.

Roz identifies as a Lesbian and her pronouns are she/her/hers.
 

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Tinsley Hembree

Recruitment Marketing Manager,
Fisher Investments

Tinsley Hembree comes from a background in higher education and has translated those skills into a career as the Recruitment Marketing Manager at Fisher Investments. In this role, she develops the global university recruitment strategy and manages student programs and events. Her previous experiences mentoring students, advising student organizations and managing fraternity and sorority life have led to a positive impact on the Firm’s internship program, campus relationships, and student leadership initiatives. Bringing the student and campus perspective to a finance firm to cultivate change motivates Tinsley in her efforts to  expand the global campus strategy to ultimately connect with students to launch the next chapter of their lives.

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Jose Guardado

Startup Recruiting Executive,
Formerly a16z & Ycombinator
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Elizabeth Ames

CEO,
Women in Product

Elizabeth is an advocate for advancing women in technical roles in industry and academia. Prior to becoming the CEO of Women in Product, she was the ​Senior Vice President, Programs, Marketing, & Alliances at the Anita Borg Institue where she was responosble for ABI's global communities of women technologists and programs for organizations focused on improving their diversity and inclusion. In addition, she leads the strategy, alliances and marketing teams. Prior to ABI, she held management positions in marketing and strategy at Apple, Verifone, Netcentives, Vontu, Certive, Plastic Logic, and RETHINK Partners, where she was Founder and CEO. Elizabeth received her BFA from the Hartford Art School and her MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.

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Richard Cho

Head of Recruiting,
Robinhood

Richard Cho is the Head of Recruiting at Robinhood Financial LLC, and has over twenty years of experience recruiting for some of the top tech companies in Silicon Valley. During his tenure as a talent executive, Richard has led hiring across critical functions to scale early-stage startups including Facebook, Dropbox, Machine Zone, and the Chan Zuckerburg Initiative. In his current role, Richard leads all hiring efforts for Robinhood Financial.

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Kenny Williams

Portfolio Manager,
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Kenny leads CZI's exploration of work at the intersection of K-12, Higher Education, and Workforce Development. Manage cross-functional R&D project focused on using research to improve how companies can hire and train software engineers. Secured partnerships with Fortune 500 technology companies to participate in the study. Led the execution of CZI’s first cross initiative grant, collaborating with CZI Science to execute a ~$6M grant to increase diversity in STEM across California.

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Colleen Grant

Manager, Global Campus Recruiting,
HubSpot
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JT Haskell

Director of Recruiting,
Zapier

Experienced talent acquisition leader building industry-leading software companies in security, cloud, machine learning, and mobile. Expert in sourcing, executive search, technical recruiting, and building high-performing, global, recruiting teams. Strong human resources, immigration, and employment law experience. Passionate about candidate experience and delivering for hiring managers.

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Emma Surich

Talent Acquisition Lead,
Ecobee

Emma is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with 10 years working in Recruitment, for the
past 3 years she has been part of the original ecobee Recruitment/HR team and has helped
grow the company from 125 to just over 500, this includes starting ecobee’s campus
recruitment and new graduate program. With a focus on great candidate experience and a
strong employer brand, she continue’s to play a lead role as a Lead Recruiter in growing
ecobee’s presence in the Toronto tech scene by partnering with Universities and Colleges
across Canada. Emma has been involved in early talent recruitment over the last 6 years and
loves to see a co-op students and new grads bring immediate value to an organization.

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Roxana Pleacoff

Senior Director, Client Relations,
Cultural Vistas

Roxana has worked in the international exchange field for over 19 years and is passionate
about facilitating professional experiences through cultural exchange programs. One role she
has consistently maintained throughout her tenure at Cultural Vistas has been relationship
building with international universities, fostering new international university partnerships, and
contributing to the growth of Cultural Vistas participant numbers. Since 2015, Roxana has led
the Client Relations department as Senior Director. She oversees the administration of impact
surveys for more than 5,500 participants per year from over 135 countries via the Qualtrics
survey platform with the goal to consistently improve program experiences for exchange
visitors and host employers. Roxana also oversees the administration of exchange visitors’
international insurance, mental health services, and consistently finds innovative solutions
through new partnerships to improve stakeholders’ experiences and well-being.

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Bridget King

Branding & Communications Program Manager,
IBM

Bridget King is the North America Branding & Communications Program Manager, Early
Professional Hiring at IBM, responsible for strategic branding and communications across the
US and Canada to enable IBM to attract and hire top early professional talent.
Previously, Bridget led IBM’s campus recruitment team in Canada. A graduate of the University
of Waterloo Arts and Business Co-op program, Bridget has also worked in recruitment in the
tech industry and the federal government. She holds her CHRP and is an active member of the
York Region HRPA chapter. She was awarded the 2019 HRPA Innovation Award and Campus
Recruiter of the Year by TalentEgg in 2017.

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