February 25, 2018 – The Black Joy Parade exists to provide the Black community and allies a live experience that celebrates our influence on cultures past, present and future. Individuals throughout the Bay united in celebrating Black Joy in Oakland for a parade that created a space to express each of our unique contributions to the Black experience.
February 24, 2018 – CODE BLACK was the culminating formal event for the Coalition of Black Excellence Week. Tech companies across the Bay Area came together to honor individuals and nonprofit organizations making a difference in communities of color.
February 23, 2018 – Michelle Behrens from Ropes & Gray LLP hosted a lively discussion about the challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurs, and how minorities are impacting the start-up industry. Criminal justice advocate Brandon Anderson is CEO of a tech nonprofit, Raheem AI, offering a secure and easy way of reporting police encounters.
February 23, 2018 – Winston & Strawn LLP and Google hosted a fireside chat with Ryan Leslie, Grammy nominated recording artist, multi-platinum music producer, technology entrepreneur and CEO of SuperPhone.
February 23, 2018 – Nextplay curates cultural events to build community and increase the representation and advancement of people of color in tech. Nextplay hosted a Black History Month 90’s themed Jam Session sponsored by Mapbox and Optimizely. Come dressed in your favorite 90’s attire. All performances were influenced by the 90’s era.
February 21, 2018 – Square, Inc. hosted a screening of American Paradise, a comedic film inspired by the true story of a bank thief in Ohio and featured at Sundance and SXSW. It was followed by a brief Q&A with its writer/director, Joe Talbot, and producer, Khaliah Neal. American Paradise is a precursor to the Sundance-supported feature, The Last Black Man in San Francisco.
February 22, 2018 – Macy’s celebrated black innovators and trailblazers for Black History Month! Mission Bit CEO Stevon Cook, led an in-depth conversation with Qubilah Shabazz, cofounder of Malcolm X Legacy clothing line and the human rights activist’s second daughter, and Erik Moore, founder of angel investor firm Base Ventures discussing how Black History has influenced their careers and business ventures.
February 22, 2018 – High schools students in the Bay Area Urban Debate League went toe-to-toe on a debate about diversity in the tech world. The Bay Area Urban Debate League is a youth service organization that supports under-served Black students with professional development, college access, and tech literacy. Their mission is to work with Bay Area public school districts to make competitive policy debate available to every public high school student.
February 22, 2018 – Given our current social climate, what better time is there than now to come together and celebrate black excellence & achievement within our community! Twilio moderated a discussion with celebrity guest speakers Baron Davis & Marcus Bullock to recognize the great accomplishments of individuals who are doing amazing work in our communities.
February 21, 2018 – Robyn Cross with ABD Insurance organized the CBEGivesBack event with Glide Memorial Church. Volunteers came from companies across the Bay Area to serve breakfast to over 600 people from San Francisco.
February 21, 2018 – A packed room of diverse professionals got wise and woke about wellness in the Black community. Angie DeWitt-Moore and Mosaic, Zendesk’s employee resource group for people of color, brought together an amazing group of panelist that spoke to all facets of how to develop a balanced lifestyle. The openness about challenges, misconceptions, and triumph from audience and panelist alike showed the positive impact and power of community building. The conversation was so dynamic, it seemed as if no one wanted to leave the room!
February 20, 2018 – The CBEKick off, organized by Lakeisha Poole, was an inspiration! A packed room heard thoughtful insights from Black ERG leaders: Terrell Jones, Visa’s first Black ERG chair and founder of Culture Cookies; Dominique Hollins, ebay’s first Seller Diversity Ambassador and founder of Black Employees at eBay; Kourtni Marshall, software engineer and outgoing Global Chair for Black Googler Network; Andrea Long, event planner at Lyft and co-founder of Our Collective; and Andrea Alphonso, Head of Partnership for Black Women Tech and program manager at Google.
February 19, 2018 – Volunteers from Deloitte and partnering CBEWeek companies spent the day with students from the Bay Area Urban Debate League (BAUDL). The volunteers did everything from judging debate practice speeches and giving feedback, to providing students with professional development tips, to translating documents and stuffing recruitment envelopes.