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Amazon Presents TechHer in Partnership with Microsoft, BCGA, Reworld and Walmart Business to Close the Gap in Black Women & Technology


Amazon Presents TechHer in Partnership with Microsoft, BCGA, Reworld and Walmart Business to Close the Gap in Black Women & Technology

(New Orleans, LA) In the fields of entrepreneurship and corporate leadership, Black women continue to be the largest growing demographic, however they represent only 3% of women in technology. With a total of 27% of computing roles in technology held by women – Black women are disproportionately and grossly underrepresented. Keshia Walker, founder of The Black Collegiate Gaming Association (BCGA) believes that in order to close the huge gap in the fastest growing field in the U.S. economy it’s important to start with educating young women of color on the possibilities that a tech career can offer. The first organization committed to women of color in the gaming industry, BCGA has partnered with Amazon, Reworld, Microsoft, and Walmart Business, to honor the trailblazing Corporate & Women Entrepreneurs in Technology and to host an informative panel discussion on how to recruit more women of color.

The TechHer Talk and Awards Reception is an inaugural invitation only experience that will take place during the celebratory 4th of July weekend at 11am on Friday, July 5th at Reverie located at 2224 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA.

The TechHer Talk will be moderated by Latasha Gillespie and include panelists and honorees; Alice Sesay Pope, Janeen Uzell and Arisha Smith.

The 2024 TechHer Honorees are:

*Global Leader: Alice Pope – VP Global Device, Digital & Alexa Support- Presented by Amazon

*Trailblazer: Ciani Green, Camden City School District – Presented by Reworld

*Social Impact: Temika Dixon – Co-founder of Impact Connections – presented by Walmart Business

*Inclusion & Access: Alexia Clayborne, Director of Inclusion & Accessibility; Microsoft – Presented by BCGA

*Transformative Leadership in Technology & Equity: Janeen Uzell, Tech Catalyst, Global Citizen, Storyteller & Investor / Presented by Amazon

*Tech Maven: Aisha Smith, Chief Digital Officer; Camille Rose – Presented by Walmart Business

Walker is looking forward to adding a tech component to the weekend that is a nationally recognized celebration for women of color in New Orleans. “This weekend in New Orleans is historically significant for Black women. We have plans to continue the conversation year round with many more activations, fundraisers and educational opportunities but it was important for BCGA to be present this weekend and to initiate dialogue honoring the 3% of women currently in the industry but most importantly it’s an opportunity to educate women on the many opportunities within technology specifically for us the gaming industry,” Walker says.

The TechHer Talk & Awards Reception will take place on Friday, July 5th at 11am at Reverie, located at 2224 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA.

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