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Speaker Spotlight: Marissa Sackler, founder of Beespace

Marissa Sackler August 14, 2014 by

In November of 2013, Marissa Sackler decided to take a widely-used concept implemented by the tech industry and apply it in the nonprofit sector. She launched Beespace, an incubator for early stage nonprofits. Beespace hosts organizations that work to solve a wide variety of issues throughout the world from organ donation to education in low-income areas, each receiving a two-year residency.  read more

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Speaker Spotlight: Mike Johnston of

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Mike Johnston is considered one of the most skilled drummers in the world. I know - that’s a big statement. But Mike began playing at the age of 5, receiving private lessons from drummers who have played for the likes of Journey, Eric Clapton, Chaka Khan and Johnny Cash. His band - Simon Says - was signed to a major record deal when he was only 21. Over the course of the next five years, he would tour the world and set the stage for a great career ahead.  read more

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Speaker Spotlight: Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code

Kimberly Bryant July 31, 2014 by

As Kimberly Bryant was seeking an education in technology, she made the quick realization that her background was not shared by her classmates. As an African-American women studying this field, she remembers feeling “culturally isolated.” Now 47, Bryant believes little has changed in the makeup of the tech industry. And it appears she’s right. Google recently released its employee data, quoting less than 1 percent of technical employees are black women.  read more

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