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Achieving Diversity and Inclusion: A Global Perspective


The practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is nothing new for many organizations. There are hundreds of studies validating that diverse, inclusive teams drive performance and innovation, propelling business forward. While diversity challenges are common across the globe from creating gender, LGBTQ+ and ethnic equality, to addressing the needs of a diverse marketplace, managing DEI is not a one size fits all approach. As cultures and customs come together it is quite likely to be uncertain about what works. Join the Advancing Tech talent and Diversity Community as we celebrate Global Diversity Awareness Month and explore diversity best practices from a global perspective.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am CT


Tracy Pound


Tracy is the Founder and MD of MaximITy Limited, formed in 2000 to help companies really get to grips with tech.  She has over 32 years’ experience in the industry starting out as a programmer before moving into consultancy, training and project management roles. Tracy spent 8 years in the Automotive industry and has successfully deployed large scale IT infrastructures – including hardware, software and services - into many differing industries. These include the Financial Services sector, the Construction Industry, the Services sector and general manufacturing with projects ranging from £10k to in excess of £1.4M. She is a CompTIA Premier Member, member of the Education Faculty, works with the UK Executive Council and is proud to be on the Board of Directors.

Tracy was honoured with PCR’s IT Woman of the Year in the UK in 2016 and is passionate about encouraging greater diversity and equality in tech.

Teresa Boughey- Founder and CEO

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Teresa Boughey MA FCIPD is CEO of award-winning Jungle HR and founder of Inclusion 247. She is a TEDx speaker, a Non-Executive Director and author of Amazon bestseller Closing the Gap, designed to support business professionals at every stage of their inclusivity journey that was highly commended as an Exceptional Book that Promotes Diversity at the Business Book Awards 2020. Teresa is a UK Female Entrepreneur Ambassador, member of the Women and Enterprise and the Women and Work APPGs and a regular contributor to the media and public policy. Learn more at

Stefan Kollenberg

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Stefan Kollenberg is one of the emerging leaders in Diversity & Inclusion Technology in North America. As the Co-Founder & CRO of Crescendo, he works with D&I professionals to help them foster more inclusive and empathetic workplaces. He previously worked with early-stage sports technology startups, but after seeing the negative impact of the bro culture in tech, left his past role to co-found Crescendo.

Ulysses Smith

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Ulysses J. Smith is a diversity, equity and inclusion strategist with extensive experience creating high-impact inclusion strategies in the tech industry and higher education. Much of his career centers on participatory governance structures and creating access to institutions and decision-making processes for underserved and underrepresented groups.

Through his private firm, Archetype, he has consulted with organizations throughout New York State and the San Francisco Bay Area including Airbnb, Gusto, Genentech, Electronic Arts, and the NYC Human Resources Administration. He is the Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Leader at Blend, the digital mortgage technology provider, where he focuses on creating and implementing a global workforce DEI strategy for the high-growth organization. Prior to Blend, he served as the Head of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity for Mixpanel, a San Francisco-based user analytics startup. Smith previously served in various leadership roles at Cornell University—including Lead Diversity & Inclusion Strategist and Director for Special Projects, Innovation & Strategic Engagement—overseeing the institution’s diversity strategy and focusing on innovative engagement of the changing workforce. Smith is a graduate of Cornell University, earning concurrent degrees in both Urban & Regional Studies and Government.


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Fast Facts

  • $1.8 trillion – Estimated direct economic impact of the U.S. tech industry, representing 10.2% of the national economy.

  • 525,500 – Number of tech business establishments in the U.S.

  • 11.8 million – U.S. net tech employment at the end of 2018.

  • 89,500 – Estimated number of new jobs added by the U.S. tech sector through the first eight months of 2019.

  • 6 – Rank of tech in U.S. job creation since 2010 among the top 22 occupation categories.