Santa Cruz Tech Beat


Engineering speaker series highlights diverse voices in tech


February 5, 2020 — Santa Cruz, CA

The Baskin School of Engineering is presenting Diverse Voices 2020, a professional speaker series running through May 14 and featuring a diverse group of industry leaders, including alum Tara Hernandez (Cowell ’95, computer and information sciences).

The Diverse Voices Speaker Series started last year as part of ongoing efforts to get a more diverse population interested in pursuing engineering degrees and careers in technology.

The line-up of speakers for Diverse Voices 2020 includes:

  • Bethany Pagels-Minor, Senior Engineering Program Manager at Apple (February 19): “How To Find the Right Fit for You in Tech”
  • Tara Hernandez, Senior Engineer Manager at Google (March 11): “Data-Driven Diversity: High-Tech Industry’s Best Return on Investment”
  • Cornell Verdeja-Woodson, Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Looker (April 14): “The Best Thing I Almost Never Had”
  • Laura Mather, CEO and Entrepreneur (May 14): “5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Company”

All of the talks will be held in the BSOE Events Center (E2 180) at 5 p.m. Food will be provided by Baskin Engineering. Registration and additional information is available online at Diverse Voices 2020.


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