As VP of Digital Media at GV, Katie Bofshever crafts innovative and creative solutions for the digital space, specializing in minority consumers.
Lightning Talks on Business Goals
Learn to understand and tackle problems from many different points of view. Discussions should highlight business goals, success metrics, technical capabilities and potential challenges, and relevant user research.
Diversity in Tech
Join us for our Real Talk: Diversity in Tech series, hosted by Airbnb. We will have food, drinks, and of course—
In 2017, Karat launched Real Talk: Diversity in Tech. The objective is simple: create a space for leaders and innovators to openly discuss what they’ve experienced as underrepresented minorities working in tech—and what companies can do to truly create diverse teams and inclusive environments.
To date, we’ve partnered with Dropbox, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Indeed, Convene, and Snap Inc. to share the real experiences of underrepresented minorities working in tech. Now we are continuing this series with Airbnb at their Downtown Seattle office.
Senior Principal PM, Microsoft
A gifted diversity advocate, public speaker, and award winner; Rokeya has spent 10+ years in tech sharpening her craft as an innovative leader and game changer in digital transformation, mobility, IOT, and emerging technologies. She is a senior executive who is passionate about new tech, diversity, and the future of the industry.
Chief of Engineering & Product, iSpot.tv
Anthony has over 20+ years of experience building and leading software development and product teams, for both large and small companies around the Greater Seattle Area.
Technical Recruiting Manager, Airbnb
With over 8 years of experience in the recruiting industry and stints at Google, Facebook, and now Airbnb, Salehah has had a front row seat to the ever changing tech landscape and companies initiatives in hiring diverse talent.
Technical Recruiting Programs Manager, Twitter
Rafael joins the panel with several years of experience in the recruiting field with an emphasis on university recruiting. He has worked at Indeed, Microsoft, and now Twitter.
Sr Solutions Engineer, Google
Kenneth has over 10 years experience in tech. He now works at Google as a Senior Solutions Engineer.
Arrival and Check-in
Networking, food, and drinks
We will greet you as you sign in and provide a brief tour of the Airbnb Seattle office. There will be beer, wine, and appetizers as well as networking opportunities for those interested in connecting with other local tech talent.
Our distinguished panel will:
- Share their authentic, personal experiences as an underrepresented minority in tech.
- Talk about the truth behind the recruitment process.
- Share words of wisdom for companies aiming to recruit and retain diverse talent.
Final thoughts and wind down
We will wrap up the panel discussion around 7:30 and leave 30 min for final thoughts from those in the audience and opportunities for everyone to connect before closing things down at 8pm.
Airbnb Seattle HQ
An RSVP is required to attend. You will receive a confirmation email if you register correctly. Note that you must be 21+ to attend. We do anticipate being at capacity for this event so we will not be able to let in overflow. We look forward to hosting you!