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AFROTECH™ Series, The Meetup, Is Coming To A City Near You

Seattle, WA, AFROTECH™ is on its way back! Last year, the “Emerald City” was one of the cities where the AFROTECH™ Executive was held. The event featured a fireside chat titled “Sustainable Leadership: Thriving in Your New Role” with Laxman Narasimhan, the CEO of Starbucks. Now, Starbucks and AFROTECH™ have joined forces once again to create a space for Black techies and creatives to commune. The final stop this year of The Meetup series’ in-person events is Seattle. As AFROTECH™ previously told you, The Meetup series is an in-person and virtual networking event series where tech innovators, trailblazers, creatives, and more get the chance to mingle within their cities. The Meetup series kicked off in April 2024 and has made its rounds so far to Miami, FL; Nashville, TN; New York City, NY; and Cincinnati, OH. Photo Credit: AFROTECH™ On August 15, AFROTECH™ Seattle Meetup | Presented by Starbucks is heading to The Collective Seattle, where the local Seattle tech talent and community...

Jul 22, 2024

Swin Cash Becomes One Of The Highest-Ranking Women In An NBA Front Office

Three-time WNBA champion Swin Cash has achieved another feat. Cash, who retired from the league in 2016, was the second draft pick overall in the WNBA 2002 draft and was picked up by the Detroit Shock. During her career, she played for other teams such as Seattle Storm, Chicago Sky, Atlanta Dream, and New York Liberty over 15 years , and joined the U.S. Women’s National Team to win two Olympic gold medals (2004, 2012). After her basketball career, Cash went on to secure a leadership position in 2017 as the Liberty’s director of franchise development. In June 2019, New Orleans Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin announced that she would be hired as the team’s vice president of basketball operations and team development by the New Orleans Pelicans, Yahoo Sports reports. “I am so excited to join the New Orleans Pelicans as Vice President of Basketball Operations/Team Development,” Cash said at the time, according to a news release. “I want to extend...

Jun 26, 2024

How Nextdoor's Product Marketing and Multicultural Engagement Lead Reesha Howard Is Using Her Journey To Amplify Underrepresented Voices

Reesha Howard had an unconventional journey into her position as a tech executive. Born in the South Side of Chicago, IL, Howard recalls growing up to appreciate the differences in cultures and forging connections with people of color as well as with those who identified as queer. This was on full display while she attended Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. “It’s funny how when you take the time to reflect on how a journey started, you’ll notice all these clues along the way to where you were headed, long before you realized it…,” she mentioned. “ By the time I attended Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, I was deeply immersed in culture and always had strong connections with people of color and queer people.” Howard’s burgeoning advocacy later manifested in her career trajectory, which was uniquely challenging to embark upon. While attending Florida A&M University on a full-ride scholarship, she recalls feeling “ under-resourced” and “overwhelmed” with her responsibilities at...

Jun 17, 2024

Hush Vacations Explained: How Millennials Are Sneaking Quiet Vacations Into Their 9-5s

Work culture in the US consists of routinely long hours and nearly mimics hustle culture which prioritizes securing the bag over all else. So, it’s understandable when employees want time off from work. From countless double shifts to working in environments that are chronically short-staffed, US work culture can use an overhaul. However, there are countless memes dedicated to highlighting how difficult it can be for employees to take advantage of paid time off (PTO), regardless of whether it’s paid or unpaid or the promoted generosity of that PTO policy when a person was hired. From blackout dates to refusals because of overlapping out-of-office scheduling, there are an endless number of excuses managers give to block vacations. But these days, managers are at a disadvantage now that many people work remotely or in hybrid environments. And now, many employees are taking advantage of this newfound flexibility. While the concept isn’t exactly new, the phrase “hush vacations” is...

The Debate On Wearing Open-Toed Heels For An Interview

When it comes to job interviews , your appearance plays a crucial role in making a great first impression . From your outfit to your grooming, every detail matters, including your choice of footwear. The right pair of shoes can help you feel confident, comfortable, and polished during your interview, helping you make a stellar impression from head to toe by showcasing your professionalism and attention to detail. One question that often arises is whether it’s appropriate to wear open-toed heels to an interview, or if it could somehow lend a bad first impression. Let’s deep dive into the debate and explore the best practices for selecting interview shoes. The Debate On Open-Toed Heels The general consensus among career experts is that open-toed heels are not the best choice for job interviews. Interviews are formal occasions where you want to present a polished, professional image. Open-toed shoes, no matter how stylish, can be perceived as too casual or informal for such settings....

Jun 11, 2024

Fact Check: Is The IRS Really Giving An $8700 Stimulus Check?

At the top of their X profile, the official @IRSnews account has pinned a tweet advising Americans to be cautious while filing their annual return . “There are many different kinds of social media content,” they wrote, “including tons of misleading tax advice that can put you at risk.” Now, more than ever, it’s crucial to be diligent amid the endless scams and near-constant flow of fake news online. Currently, the rumored IRS $8700 stimulus check has people asking questions. Here’s everything we know about the situation so far: What Are Stimulus Checks? After a bumpy few years navigating the “new normal” following the COVID-19 pandemic , Americans have become familiar with stimulus checks. The idea behind them is to generate economic activity during times of strife. Thanks to bonuses from the government, consumers have more to spend without the stress of going into debt or dipping into savings. In March 2020, then-POTUS Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic...

Jun 10, 2024

The Dallas Mavericks Is The Only NBA Team With A Black CEO And GM At Its Helm

Representation matters. This concept becomes increasingly important for marginalized groups. As the world evolves and there is still much work to be done, great strides are being made, as evidenced by the Dallas Mavericks’ leadership team. Emerging as potential NBA champions after winning the Western Conference Finals, the Mavericks are under the dynamic leadership of Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall, the league’s first Black woman CEO, and Nico Harrison, a trailblazer as the team’s general manager. This Texas-based team stands out in the NBA as the only one with two Black leaders at its helm, a testament to their unique achievements. Cynt Marshall Marshall is an accomplished executive. She spent over 35 years at AT&T, with her final tenure as senior vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer. Upon retiring from the mobile tech company, she launched Marshalling Resources, a consulting firm specializing in leadership, diversity and inclusion, culture transformation, and the...

Jun 6, 2024

How Parting Ways With 'Undisputed' Led Shannon Sharpe To Call His Own Shots Through Ownership — ‘You Can’t Fire Me From "Club Shay Shay" ‘Cause I Own It’

Shannon Sharpe is calling the shots now. The former NFL player, who is now a commentator and media personality, has found greater security by turning his full attention towards his own media company, Shay Shay Media, and through podcasts such as “Club Shay Shay” and “Nightcap” featuring former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson. Notably, the K att Williams interview with “Club Shay Shay” on Jan. 3, 2024, became the most-watched interview in YouTube history, with more than 68 million views. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shannon Sharpe (@shannonsharpe84) Sharpe’s accomplishment followed a challenging exit from “Undisputed” after the 2023 NBA finals. During a panel discussion hosted by “The Black Money Tree” podcast, he acknowledges the sacrifices he made for his prior job and how he had to find the light at the end of the tunnel, which inevitably led to his next career breakthrough. “I’d be lying if I told you I thought I would be where I am right now at this point in...

May 31, 2024

How Wells Fargo Is Supporting Neurodiverse And Disabled Populations

It’s important for workplaces to embrace neurodiverse and disabled individuals. By definition, Harvard Health Publishing refers to the term neurodiverse as “‘the diversity of all people,’ but it is often used in the context of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as other neurological or developmental conditions such as ADHD or learning disabilities.” National Institutes of Health (NIH) data estimates that 15% to 20% of the population worldwide is neurodiverse. Some individuals who are classified as neurodiverse experience stigmas while in the workplace. A 2024 study released by Understood.org shows 59% of respondents believe their condition would negatively impact them in the workplace, and 49% are unsure of the necessary internal communications to pursue for workplace accommodations. To create an accepting atmosphere, there are protocols that should be put in place. Wells Fargo Systems Operations Associate Danielle Washington, who has maintained her role since September 2023...

May 29, 2024

Chris Paul Was Offered $100K By His Agent When Going To The NBA, But Here's Why His Parents Insisted That He Should Accept $25K

When Chris Paul was drafted to the league he turned down a substantial amount of money. The NBA player had been drafted in 2005 as the No. 4 draft pick by the New Orleans Hornets, Fox News reports. He was just 19 years old at the time. During an interview with Forbes, Paul mentioned he had just $151 in his bank account as a college student at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, when he entered the league. One of his earliest actions was to bring on board a financial advisor, which ultimately resulted in him receiving an upfront offer of $100,000. However, his parents interceded, leading Paul to accept nearly a quarter of the initial offer. “My financial advisor who we hired, they said they would send me $100,000 and my parents said, ‘No that’s too much,'” he told Forbes. During an appearance on “The Shop,” he elaborated further stating, “Y ou know what happened? I was at Wake in Winston. I went to the bank right up the street just so I could see what the statement looked...

May 17, 2024

Kenny Smith Earns More As A TNT Host Than He Did In The NBA

Kenny Smith has become a familiar face in sports broadcasting, and he’s being fairly compensated for his contributions. His background in sports can be traced back to his playing days on the basketball courts of the University of North Carolina, according to the National Urban League. Upon graduating with a degree in Industrial Relations, he would be drafted to the Sacramento Kings as a sixth overall draft pick in 1987, ESPN reports. On Oct. 14, 1987, Smith signed a multi-year contract with the team, RealGM mentions. He would go on to play for several teams, including the Houston Rockets, for six seasons. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kenny Smith (@kennysmith) They would earn two National Championships in 1994 and 1995 during his tenure. “I was one of the perfect pieces that fit into that championship mix,” Smith told Houstonia Magazine. Smith played for a total of ten seasons in the NBA and also attached his name to the Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic,...

Apr 30, 2024

Blavity Inc. Forms The AFROTECH™ Advisory Board To Be A Driving Force For Innovation And Inclusivity In Tech

Blavity Inc. has assembled a coalition of leaders to drive equity in technology. In a news release, the technology and news media company has shared it has formed the AFROTECH™ Advisory Board. The board will dedicate its focus to workplace equity and ensuring underrepresented employees, founders, and startups can obtain access to capital and economic mobility.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by AFROTECH (@afro.tech) “Mobilizing this consortium is a crucial move towards amplifying our impact and reach in creating a more equitable tech industry,” Morgan DeBaun, founder and CEO of Blavity Inc., said in a press statement. “Our concerted effort will focus on practical initiatives that not only enhance workplace equity but also promote significant access to capital and opportunities for our community’s members.” The AFROTECH™ Advisory Board includes representatives of Amazon, American Express, Black Economic Alliance, Chewy, GAP, Google, Infoblox, Jordan Brand, Lam Research,...

Apr 18, 2024

President Joe Biden Unveils New Plans That Could Eradicate Debt For Over 30M Borrowers

President Joe Biden is unveiling plans that will provide relief to minority borrowers. A press release shares the Biden administration is looking to build on its efforts to eradicate debt for Americans. Already, it has provided financial relief to 4 million borrowers. Now, pending on approval of its latest proposal, the Biden administration is looking to scale its efforts to more than 30 million borrowers and projects it will positively impact Black borrowers, among other targeted demographics including Hispanic borrowers as well as working- and middle-class families. According to Education Data Initiative, Black graduates owe an estimated $25,000 more in student loan debt than their white counterparts. Furthermore, four years after graduation, Black students will be burdened with over 188% more debt than white students. A separate study looking into students who started college between 1995 and 1996 showed the median debt for white borrowers  decreased by 94% 20 years later, with...

Apr 8, 2024

Millennials and Money Dysmorphia: Why We Feel Financially Flawed

Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in debt, even though your bank account tells a different story? Are you constantly chasing the next promotion or a sense of financial security? If so, you might be struggling with money dysmorphia. Just as body dysmorphia warps our perception of our physical appearance, money dysmorphia can create a skewed view of your financial reality. You may get jealous when you see someone posting on Instagram about their vacation or new car. LinkedIn exists to give you the impression that your career potential is much greater. This lesser-known condition isn’t about how much money you have but rather a distorted perception of your financial reality that can lead to stress, anxiety, and unhealthy financial behaviors. Let’s delve into the world of money dysmorphia, exploring its symptoms, root causes, and, most importantly, how to break free from its grip and cultivate a healthy relationship with your finances. What Is Money Dysmorphia? Money dysmorphia or...

Apr 5, 2024

AFROTECH™ Announces The Meetup Series To Connect Tech Innovators, Trailblazers, And Creatives

AFROTECH™ is all about fostering a community for Black techies. At our annual AFROTECH™ Conference — the largest Black tech homecoming — Black innovators, disruptors, and leaders are provided with spaces to not only gain insight from esteemed figures in the industry but also network and collaborate with today’s industry leaders, executives and likeminded professionals.

Apr 2, 2024