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Saturday, March 9 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Importance of Diversity in Austin's Tech Community

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Austin is a town of contradiction and transition. The juxtaposition of a fiercely liberal town set on a conservative backdrop creates the friction that much of the town's creative fire sparks from, and much of its charm. The Silicon Hills are a secret no more--in Austin, growth and change is a constant.

The Capitol City sets itself apart from other startup hubs with a diversity of culture that mitigates groupthink and "me too" ventures. But how does the Austin Tech Community fare in its physical diversity makeup among women and under-represented minorities? Does it matter?

This panel will bring together Austin-based female and under-represented minority business executives, to discuss and debate the impact of diversity in the development of the Austin Technology community.

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Mark Phillip

CEO/Founder, Are You Watching This?!
Mark Phillip is the CEO and Founder of Are You Watching This?!, a B-to-B Sports Excitement Analytics company using patented algorithms to identify Instant Classics in the making, in real-time.A Brooklyn native, MIT dropout, and lifelong Yankees fan, Mark is obsessed with enhancing... Read More →

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Natalie Cofield

A native of Rochester, New York, @Natalie Madeira Cofield currently serves as the President & CEO of the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce in Austin, TX, a regional entity that focuses on economic development, supplier diversity, business and community relations on behalf of the Greater Austin African American community. Th... Read More →
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Garann Means

@Garann Means returned to frontend development three years ago after spending several years working on backends. She started the Austin All-Girl Hack Night and teaches women to code as an instructor for Girl Develop It Austin. When she's not writing JavaScript, she's often operating some sort... Read More →
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Gerardo Treviño

@Gerardo Treviño is the founder and CEO of Paybook which brings a unique way to collaborate your personal and business finances. Paybook offers total visibility to all your banking accounts, checking, savings, credit cards, investment, etc. allowing you to track your expenses securely online or thru your... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Hilton Austin Downtown 500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

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