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Black Women Equal Pay Day: A Speaker Panel

Hosted by Tiffany Foo (she/her) & 3 others
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August 3 is Black Women Equal Pay Day 2021. This is not a celebration!

On average, Black women make $0.63 for every dollar earned by white men. At this current rate, Black women will have to wait until the year 2119 to earn equal pay with white men. It's time to level up Black women's earning potential!

Join us for some REAL talk about pay equity, self advocacy, support networks, and tactics for thriving in the tech workplace and beyond.


Amaka Uchegbu, CPO @ BrightUp

Monique Thompson, Strategic Business Leader, Author, Public Speaker, Certified Professional Coach & MBTI Practitioner

Tonie Guajardo, Founder of OutNSocial and Diversity Forward 

Arnelle Ansong, Co-founder & CTO @ Edlyft

Moderated by: Dr. Cynthia Overton, SR. Director of Tech Workplace Initiatives @ the Kapor Center

This speaker panel is part of the Kapor Capital Equal Pay Series, a year long speaker and workshop series by and for women thriving in tech. Black Women Equal Pay Day is presented in collaboration with Diversity Advocates and Our Collective at the Kapor Center. 

Be sure to also RSVP for our upcoming Equal Pay Day workshop, How to Get Compensated Fairly on July 28. In this tactical workshop, we will de-mystify compensation and the systems and structures that shape them.

Speaker Bios (updated as provided):

Monique Thompson- Monique began her career as a Technical Escalation Engineer at Microsoft in the early ’90s.  During her 30-year technology profession, she has left her footprint at fortune 500 companies, creating and launching products, implementing new marketing strategies, and developing new lines of business. She is a pioneer in the long-fought battle to eliminate the disparity in equity Black people and women face in the technology industry. She actively focuses on creating and implementing programs to pave the way for equity and inclusion. Passionately, Monique believes in “paying-it-forward” and helps equip others for success by sharing her knowledge and experiences through mentoring and coaching Women and the BIPOC community.  

Tonie Guajardo (Snell) - Tonie Guajardo (Snell) is an Inclusion Strategist with 20 years of experience working with Startups to Fortune 500 companies. As Managing Principal/Founder of Diversity Forward Consulting, Founder of OutNSocial™, and a person with intersecting identities, Tonie has a deep understanding of systemic inequity and proven experience establishing not only diverse workforces but inclusive workplaces of belonging. 

Through the facilitation of workplace culture assessments, program management, and talent acquisition strategy, Tonie supports building intentionally inclusive best practices as organizations scale.

Arnelle Ansong - Arnelle Ansong is CTO & Co-Founder of Edlyft, a startup that is helping create the next million computer science college graduates. She received an undergraduate degree from Stanford in Symbolic Systems, where she studied decision making and rationality through the lenses of CS, philosophy, psych, and economics. After this she worked as a consultant for Bain & Co. on cases in retail, tech, and healthcare. She's passionate about education, and is excitedly building Edlyft to help more students get in-demand skills.

Amaka Uchegbu- Amaka Uchegbu is Chief Product Officer at BrightUp, an ethical lending startup dedicated to helping workers grow their net-worth, while reinforcing their self-worth. She cares deeply about social mobility and democratizing access to the American Dream. Prior to BrightUp, she was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she co-authored a critical publication on the impact of automation on the African American workforce. She graduated from Yale University with a BA in Ethics, Politics & Economics and her Senior Thesis, which examined the re-articulation of the 1960s Biafra secessionist movement in contemporary social media discourse, won the University’s John Adison Porter Prize. She is Igbo-born, UK-raised, and normally resides in New York.

Moderator- Dr. Cynthia Overton