New Tech DEI August Monthly Meeting

August 25, 2022 10:30 am PDT
Monthly meet up to share thoughts on diversity equity and inclusion from those leading the work at an individual, manager, executive, nonprofit or volunteer basis. The event is open to anyone wanting to make real change happen.

About This Event

Join us to participate in a safe space where you can share and learn about deep and real diversity, equality and inclusion topics that you may not have any other place to talk about these issues and solutions.

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This month’s presenter, Dr. Nile Wilson joins us from Microsoft. In this month’s session, Dr. Wilson will share how her experiences as a Black and Asian woman in 2020 catalyzed the founding of a grassroots D&I initiative focused on improving representation during the hiring process at Microsoft. She will also share key learnings about starting and scaling D&I initiatives in the workplace.

Tyrone Cunningham will facilitate the monthly meeting (which occurs the 4th Thursday of every month at 10:30 am). The event is open to anyone wanting to make real change happen.

Who Should Attend:
  • Innovation leaders
  • VPs
  • Directors
  • Individual contributors
  • DEI leaders
  • Founders
  • ERG organizers, and
  • Employees from startups and enterprise companies sharing their challenges, successes, tips, experiences and advice for creating more inclusive workplaces.



Welcome and Community Connections


Presentation from Nile Wilson




Breakout discussions


Rejoin group and share breakout discussions


Next steps and adjourn

We believe the PNW is:

A region where women and underrepresented minorities are able to pursue opportunities to participate productively in ways that are meaningful for them and that contribute to our local economy and society, and where employers and community organizations have a multitude of ways to create and improve real opportunities for those wanting opportunity and facing bias.

As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”


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Nile Wilson, Data & Applied Scientist 2 at Microsoft

Dr. Nile Wilson is a Data & Applied Scientist 2 in Industry Solutions at Microsoft, developing and implementing Machine Learning solutions for enterprise customers. In addition to data science, She is passionate about improving diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Dr.Wilson developed the Cultural Experience Program to improve employee representation and diversity during the hiring process at Microsoft and beyond. With a background in biomedical engineering, her aim is to advance technology to positively impact human health while being mindful of the unintended uses and consequences of tools developed. Through Microsoft’s Responsible AI principles, she naturally builds this practice into her work while developing ML systems. Whether it’s an assistive medical device or an algorithm to help with business operations, she strongly believes in understanding the societal context and potential impact while developing technology. Tech does not exist in a vacuum, so it should not be developed in one either.
Tyrone Cunningham

Tyrone Cunningham, TAF Development Officer, Corporate Relations

Tyrone is responsible for building relationships to increase support from corporate partners through financial contributions, student experiences, and employee engagement. I believe that music and laughter can make a difference; discipline and teamwork goes a long way. We all should find a way to give back – everyone has something unique to give. Studied Computer Science at the HBCU West Virginia State University, with over 25 years in the technology industry combining sales and partnerships with Fortune 500 companies. My management and entrepreneurship experiences over the years have helped me grow through both successful ventures and not-so-successful ones.