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Decoding Diversity

Insights & Trends on the U.S. Tech Workforce

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February 27, 2024

The Tech Accountability Coalition has been collecting a unique and cutting-edge dataset of tech workforce insights over the past two years. Working with analytics firm eqtble to source, aggregate, and analyze workforce data from almost 50 US-based tech companies, we are thrilled to share our insights.

In this session, hear from the Coalition team and eqtble, as well as from an engaging panel of tech equity and workforce leaders discussing the challenges, emerging trends, and actionable strategies that are relevant to the work of tech sector leaders committed to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Speakers

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Maya Appiah
Global Head of DEI, Amazon Stores Talent Acquisition, Amazon

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Maya Appiah heads up the global DEI function for Worldwide Amazon Stores Talent Acquisition. Amazon’s aspirations are to become Earth’s Best Employer, and my team’s efforts have a direct impact, accelerating this journey. Our recruiting team hires the largest breadth and volume of positions across the field, corporate and tech roles at the company.

Maya leads a talented team of program managers and analysts who work to equip our recruiting teams with DEI data and talent intelligence and upskill them with learning & development opportunities and career pathways to truly be agents of change for DEI at Amazon. We are focused on earning trust with historically overlooked groups to support our talent attraction initiatives through employer branding and events and making long-term investments in the communities in which we operate. We inspect our candidate experience and recruiting processes to drive more inclusive hiring practices for people with disabilities, and refugees, recognizing that our focus on these groups will yield a better experience all up.

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Dwana Franklin-Davis
CEO, Reboot Representation

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Dwana Franklin-Davis is the CEO of Reboot Representation. She is a collaborative and compelling visionary leading the Tech Coalition’s pooled philanthropic investments that enable Black, Latina, and Native American women to graduate with computing degrees by 2025 and lessens the diversity gap in tech.

A lifelong technologist with a passion for increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech sector, Dwana joined Reboot Representation in 2019 after working in IT, software engineering, and leadership positions for Mastercard, May Department Store Companies, and IBM. Based in New York City, Dwana holds a BS in Management from Purdue University, an MS in Information Management from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Certificate in Project Management from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Joseph Ifiegbu
Co-Founder & CEO, eqtble

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Joseph Ifiegbu is the Co-Founder and CEO of eqtble. Joseph was previously the Director of People Analytics & HR Technology at Snap Inc. from January 2020 to December 2021. Prior to that, they were a Member of the Board of Advisors at DataVLT from January 2017 to December 2018, where they focused on blockchain and analytics. From January 2017 to December 2020, they were also the Director of People Analytics at WeWork, where they built the People Analytics Team and implemented the infrastructures & analytical processes for optimization and scalability. Joseph has also held positions as Lead Data Scientist at Toys”R”Us from January 2015 to December 2017, where they led a team that created a space optimization model that helped generate additional $3MM in revenue in Brick and Mortar stores, and as a Data Scientist at Arsenal F.C. from January 2013 to December 2015. Joseph began their career as a Researcher at Scientific Research (SR1) from January 2012 to December 2013.

Joseph Ifiegbu completed a Master’s degree in Statistics from Bentley University – McCallum Graduate School of Business, a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Communication and Mathematics from Belhaven University, and a Certificate in Cybersecurity from Harvard University.

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Layla Ramirez
Director of DEIB, Justworks

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Ms. Layla A. Ramirez is the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) at Justworks, a company on a mission to help entrepreneurs and businesses grow with confidence. She is responsible for operationalizing, integrating and continuously improving Justworks DEIB strategy throughout its workforce, workplace, and marketplace. 

Layla joined Justworks, after having held DEIB positions at Amazon Web Services, Netflix, Danaher Corporation and Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). Prior to launching her career as a DEIB practitioner, Layla spent several years as an Analyst ​​in ​the ​Global Wealth & Investment​ ​Management division at ​​Merrill Lynch​. 

Layla ​holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Smith College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She ​is passionate about leadership, DEIB, college access, coaching and ultimately enabling others to be the best version of themselves. 

Layla is based out of Brooklyn, NY, where she lives with her partner.

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