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Bridging the gap between black and hispanic communities and the tech industry
February 3, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Bridging the gap between the Black and Hispanic communities and the technology industry.
Meet the Speaker:
Michael Ward Jr. is a social entrepreneur and aspiring politician that is passionate about technology and socio-economic development. Michael is the President and CEO of Austin Urban Technology Movement (AUTM) and serves on several boards in Central Texas focused on STEM and workforce development. Michael, who is originally from Miami, FL, earned a degree in Political Science and Global Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his career in enterprise sales at Oracle, concentrating on cloud and on-premise technology. Michael also led Oracle’s Black employee resource group at this time, with the goal of increasing the upward mobility of Oracle’s Black employees in the United States, Canada, and Brazil.
Michael is particularly interested in workforce development, education, and socio-economic development in Black and Hispanic communities. He is tearing down barriers and silos that inhibit those who have been marginalized by the system from being self-sufficient by encouraging community engagement.
Michael is happily married, a Tar Heel and Miami Heat fan, and enjoys traveling and eating home-cooked meals.