Conversations on Leadership

Learn how to lead and navigate during these uncertain times in our news series hosted by Brenda Darden Wilkerson, which brings together tech company leaders to discuss COVID-19 related challenges. Stay tuned for our next webinar.

Webinar #1: Leadership During a Time of Turmoil

March 26, 2020
As COVID-19 continues to impact both the home and work lives of people around the world, you may be wondering what your company can do to best address situations like these. Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President & CEO of, discusses leadership during times of turmoil. Joining this discussion is Kim Holmes, Senior Principal of Technology and Diversity Partnerships at Discover; Melissa Morganstein, Vice President of People & Communities – HR and Business Partner Leader at Cisco; and Mary Hamilton, Managing Director at Accenture’s Technology Lab.

Watch the recording and view resources from Webinar #1.

Webinar #2: Apprenticeships and Internships in a Time of Crisis

April 2, 2020
Brenda and several tech leaders discuss internships, apprenticeships, and returnships — alternative pathways to careers in tech that are more important than ever in helping companies advance DEI goals during this unprecedented time.

Watch the recording and view resources from Webinar #2.


Webinar #3: Entrepreneurs: Navigating Constant Change

April 9, 2020  
Brenda Darden Wilkerson spoke with three amazing entrepreneurs: Irma Olguin, Michelle Millben, and Christopher Upperman. Together, they held an engaging conversation about how to support entrepreneurship during these challenging times.

Watch the recording and view resources from Webinar #3.

Webinar #4: Presents – A Conversation: Federal Policy Responding to Women in Tech in Crisis

April 16, 2020 CEO and President Brenda Darden Wilkerson discusses the impact of COVID-19 on women in tech with three policy workers: Grant Dubler, Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen; Della Cronin, Principal, Bose Public Affairs Group; and Katherine Eyster, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Policy Initiatives, National Partnership for Women & Families. The conversation explores ways the public and private sectors can collaborate and support those being most impacted during these challenging times.

Watch the recording from Webinar #4.

Webinar #5: Supporting Students, Faculty, and Academic Institutions through Rapid Change

April 23, 2020 President and CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson is joined by Ann Gates, Director of the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI); Michael Ellison, Founder and CEO of; and Dr. Karen Stout, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream as they discuss how to support students, faculty, and academic institutions during the challenging times of COVID-19.

Watch the recording from Webinar #5.

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Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset. Here’s how to take action

We at, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
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