Cracking the Codes: Why Black and Latino Boys Matter
Friday, March 11
5:00PM - 6:00PM
110 E 2nd St
What are the consequences of a diversity debt within a startup? Why are some boys falling behind in the 21st century economy? Hear the journey of three pioneers cracking the code for diversity in tech and throughout the workforce.
During an interactive panel, they will provide insight into the projected deficit of highly skilled workers in the US by 2020, at which time 123 million highly skilled jobs will be available with only 50 million workers with the skills to fill them. In this light, the panelists will discuss how investing in boys of color across the US, soon to be roughly 25% of people entering the workforce, is an overlooked opportunity and can affect a business’ bottom line.
Christina Lewis Halpern
Founder & Exec Dir
All Star Code
Christina Lewis Halpern is a social entrepreneur and award-winning journalist who is the Founder and Executive Director of All Star Code, a unique, fast-growing non-profit education organization th...Show the rest
Christina Lewis Halpern is a social entrepreneur and award-winning journalist who is the Founder and Executive Director of All Star Code, a unique, fast-growing non-profit education organization that equips youth with the skills, networks and knowhow to succeed in the tech sector, thus closing the wealth gap and boosting American innovation.
Her work has been featured in many major media including PBS, Fast Company, Fortune and Black Enterprise. Christina is a White House 2014 Champion of Change for STEM Access, a 2014 Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellowship Finalist, a 2015 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellow Finalist, an Observer top 20 young philanthropist, a Jet Magazine top 40 under 40, and one of The Root’s “17 women in STEM you should know", among other honors.
A sought-after speaker on philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, tech diversity and personal transformation, Christina has spoken at NY Ideas, Harvard Law School, The Atlantic Forum in Education, the Wealth and Giving Forum, and The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurship Forum.
An award-winning journalist and noted writer, Christina is the author of “Lonely At The Top,”a 2012 best-selling Kindle Single memoir about her father, Reginald F. Lewis, the first African-American to build a billion-dollar business.
Christina is a member of the board of the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board for the Children’s Museum of the East End and Chair of the Class of 2002 Associates Committee for Harvard College. She is also a quiet angel investor in tech startups and an informal advisory to other female entrepreneurs.
Prior to founding All Star Code, Christina worked for five years as a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal. Her writing has been published in the New York Times Magazine. She began her career as a crime reporter in Stamford, Conn.
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Sr Engineering Dir
My Brother's Keeper Alliance
Marisa Renee Lee is a cross-sector leader dedicated to engaging the private sector to help solve public problems. Ms. Lee began her career at Brown Brothers Harriman as an Associate in the Commodit...Show the rest
Marisa Renee Lee is a cross-sector leader dedicated to engaging the private sector to help solve public problems. Ms. Lee began her career at Brown Brothers Harriman as an Associate in the Commodities banking group, but it was at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) where she was able to begin to combine her passion for service with her finance and small business background. At SBA, Ms. Lee focused on entrepreneurship and access to capital in underserved communities. Ms. Lee supported the Agency’s program offices on outreach, restructuring and creating new lending programs, and the formulation and implementation of policies to promote entrepreneurship. Lee also coordinated all minority business engagement activities across the Obama Administration. Additionally, Ms. Lee spearheaded a series of Urban Economic Forums co-hosted by the White House and the SBA. These forums connected thousands of urban entrepreneurs to public, non-profit, and private sector business development resources. In 2013 Lee accepted a position with the White House Domestic Policy Council as a Senior Policy Advisor for Urban Affairs and Economic Mobility. Lee directed all engagement efforts for the President’s Ladders of Opportunity and Promise Zones initiatives. Most recently Lee served as Deputy Director of Private Sector Engagement at the White House where she oversaw public-private partnerships and relationships with the business community on behalf of the White House. Lee now serves as the public face, operations lead, and primary fundraiser for the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. Lee leads a group of staffers and consultants working in partnership with key corporate leaders, on building a non-profit to permanently house this important work. Marisa Renee Lee is a graduate of Harvard College. While working at Brown Brothers, Ms. Lee founded The Pink Agenda, a breast cancer non-profit, in honor of her mother Lisa. Today, The Pink Agenda is a national organization of young professionals committed to raising money for breast cancer research and direct care service programs in partnership with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.Hide the rest