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Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Legend of the Black Techie: The New Moses

Saturday, March 14
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Ballroom E
Austin Convention Center


Men fill 80% of the technical positions at the leading tech companies and only 1% of engineers at major tech companies are Black, 3% for Hispanics. Silicon Valley clearly has a diversity problem.

Are you a techie who also happens to be a person of color? Do you feel pressure to get more of people of color hired? Find yourself having to act as the sole "Ambassador of Blackness", championing civil rights at your place of work? As major tech companies seek to change their dismal multicultural staffing demographics, what can or should we be doing in the meanwhile to help from the inside out?


#sxsw #blackmoses


Billy Johnson Jr

Sr Editor


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VP, Mktg & Prom

Turner Broadcasting

Karine Travieso is the Vice President of Digital Marketing and Promotions with Turner Broadcasting System, a position she has held since 2013. Travieso has over 15 years' experience in her career i...

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Lynne d Johnson

Tech Evangelist + Digital Engagement Strategist

LdJ Communications

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