October New Tech DEI – Transforming Power, Patriarchy, and Privilege

October 27, 2022 10:30 am PDT
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.

About This Event

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This month we will be joined by Ray Arata, founder of the Better Man Conference to talk about power, patriarchy, and privilege. A result of recent events in the world relating to equity, equality, and social justice (such as the #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, #COVIDPandemic) has directed the spotlight of attention to men – the majority of whom want to be better in their roles as fathers, husbands, partners, leaders, and colleagues. Ray will talk about the inspiration behind the conference – created for those men who are willing to take responsibility to change the paradigm; to reexamine patriarchy, learn to share power, and use both our earned and unearned privileges for good.

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 Ray Arata




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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Ray Arata

Ray Arata

Ray’s personal mission involves going into the corporate world and getting male executives to stand up when it comes to including and advancing women and minorities in the workplace. Ray wrote SHOWING UP for men, DEI professionals seeking to engage men, as well as historically marginalized people who seek to support and be supported. Ray seeks to engage men as allies and advocates for diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice. He is committed to the transformation of the gender perspective from which organizations engage with all stakeholder groups, customers, employees, investors, partners, and the global community.
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.