Computer Futures D.C. Sponsors 3rd “Breaking The Glass” Community Event
On April 18th, CF Washington DC partnered with ByteCubed - a tech consulting firm in Virginia - to host a Breaking the Glass panel discussion and networking event. The theme of the event was “Fostering and Creating Inclusion in the Workplace”, and it was moderated by The Mentor Method founder, Janice Omadeke.
Audience members were greeted with food and beverages, and they were welcomed to participate in a Q&A session with panelists after the moderated discussion. Approximately 50 professionals from a wide array of organizations and specialties throughout the DC tech community were in attendance.
Panelists for this event were:
- Krishna Nadella - Americas Head of Sales for Portfolio Valuations and Regulatory Solutions, Bloomberg LP
- Dr. Jason Seibel - President, Performance Management Group, LLC.
- Dr. Rebecca Bilbro - Lead Data Science, ByteCubed
- Erica Stanton – Interim Director, Business Operations/Risk Management, AARP
The conversation explored the full range of challenges and opportunities organizations face as they grow through diversity and inclusion initiatives. Unconscious biases, experiences with gender/racial stereotyping, age discrimination, D&I training, mentorship, sponsorship, and the importance of Allies in the workplace were all discussed.
Panelists stressed the importance of an inclusive approach in order to achieve equality. Implementing D&I programs is the first step to influencing a culture that embraces diversity, but allyship and courage from leaders is also critical. There must be a conviction to call out inappropriate behavior or discriminatory practices, even with clients. One comment was, “You have the power to make decisions and put your foot down.”
This was the third Breaking the Glass event sponsored by CF Washington DC, and Director Andrew Evans says it won’t be the last. “We care very deeply about the future of our industry, and I truly believe we’ll make a positive impact on the world with our clients, influencing change one event at a time.”
Computer Futures is proud to be the producing sponsor of Breaking the Glass programs throughout the United States. Breaking the Glass co-hosts public and private programs with organizations who are also committed to diversity, inclusion and making a positive impact.. Recent co-sponsors of events include HomeAway, Whole Foods, Indeed, Accruent, Hanger, and Rackspace.
If your company is looking to expand your culture of diversity and inclusion through panels, workshops, keynotes or more, contact Breaking the Glass Program Manager, Mary Chauvin.