Juneteenth, June 19, 2021 –
Kim Crayton is known for her work of coaching tech leaders, in companies and non-profits, for improving profitability and innovation by operationalizing core organizational values and identifying hidden barriers to inclusion. Kim has years of experience working with learners of all ages, skill levels, and abilities and is now using her knowledge to develop technical people, ideas, organizations, and communities. Whether in the role as a business strategist, educator, consultant, writer, public speaker, mentor, organizational anthropologist, trainer or curriculum designer, Kim is always in search of innovative approaches that enable individuals, organizations, and communities to intentionally, skillfully and strategically create environments which support the sharing of common attitudes, interests, and goals in order to build more innovative and profitable businesses while growing a more inclusive and diverse technology community.
Twila Dang is the founder and CEO of Matriarch Digital Media. She is passionate about creating media content that respects, encourages, understands and uplifts women, and created her digital media company to do just that. Matriarch is the home of on-demand entertainment that is made with women in mind. She combines women-focused content with actionable steps to build community across audio, social media platforms and live events. She is also a news producer at Minnesota Public Radio and the co-host of the MPR podcast, small change: Money Stories from the Neighborhood.
Raquel Vélez (she/her) is the Founder and CEO of Alpine Parrot, an outdoor apparel company whose mission is to celebrate and inspire underrepresented people in the outdoors, namely people of size and people of color. After almost two decades of engineering experience ranging from robotics engineering to software engineering and management, she's now creatively tackling one of the oldest (and most polluting) industries by creating a company focused on inclusion and belonging. Raquel can often be heard sharing her story on a variety of podcasts, panels, and conferences as a keynote speaker. She lives on Ute and Cheyenne land in what has become to be known as Denver, Colorado.
Jamie L. Frank
Jamie L. Frank is a corporate and securities lawyer and life coach. Her mission is to support BIPOC women and BIPOC women-led organizations succeed in business and career: providing mindset coaching, capital-raising advice, entity formation, and more. She also works with a range of other mission-driven organizations and individuals, including those working toward environmental sustainability and economic democracy. In addition to providing one-on-one support, she leads workshops on capital-raising strategy and on reaching life goals. Jamie has been practicing corporate and securities law for six years, and she spent another six in nonprofits doing antipoverty, antiracism, and economic justice work. She holds a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic and earned her JD, cum laude, from Boston University. Jamie is a mentor (legal expert) at Impact by Women (an organization that matches women entrepreneurs with values-aligned investors), is on the advisory board of StreetWell (a real estate firm designed to create community wealth), and volunteers for Yes! (a heart-centered nonprofit that fosters deep connections among change-makers around the globe).