Healing the Digital Divide | Cynthia Owyoung | TEDxUCDavisSF by TEDx Talks   3 years ago


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The tech industry knows it has a diversity problem but is it truly motivated to solve it? In this profound and engaging talk, Cynthia Owyoung draws on her years of experience trying to make tech more inclusive to share why the industry isn't making much progress on diversity and how reaching across the digital divides of our country will be necessary to change it.

Cynthia Owyoung is the Founder and CEO of Breaking Glass Forums, accelerating diverse leaders and inclusive organizations. She has established and led diversity and inclusion initiatives for nearly 15 years at organizations both large and small, including GitHub, Yahoo and Intuit. Cynthia is known for integrating a diversity and inclusion lens into all aspects of the business, from talent management to product development.

Prior to her calling in human resources, Cynthia launched a strategic planning consultancy, increasing the capabilities of non- and for-profit organizations in organizational development, brand marketing and business strategy. She also built a decade-long career as a Brand Strategist for leading global brands and advertising agencies, developing campaigns for Microsoft, Levi Strauss and Apple.

Cynthia currently serves on the Board of Directors for Abilities United, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement, inclusion and independence of people with developmental disabilities. She earned an MBA in human resources from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, a BS in marketing and finance from UC Berkeley’s Haas Business School and a BA in psychology, also from UC Berkeley.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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