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What's Next In Tech

Oakland Digital recently brought together women of color from Bank of the West, Pandora, Google, Twitter, The Northface, and Airbnb. We discussed our various perspectives of working in tech, the importance of discovering your passion, and how the companies we work with are striving to diversify the industry.

As a social entrepreneur, I enthusiastically ride the wave across the finance and tech industries. Constantly soaking in information, looking for holes in the way things currently operate in order to create sustainable solutions. I am glad to be a part of the conversation to shed light on a commonly forgotten concept when discussions take place about creating diversity in tech and business; FINANCIAL LITERACY. It is key.

As companies and communities across the nation work to see more women and people of color succeed in tech and business, it is critical that financial education is simultaneously pushed in the process.

The nations poorest communities are often unable to turn around circumstances because of their lack of knowledge surrounding 1. how to utilize their current resources, 2. how to effectively pass down resources to assist future generations, and 3. what resources are even available.  “Addressing wealth inequality and  enabling lower-income families of color to build financial security–long a matter of social justice and morality–is now an economic imperative.” (PolicyLink)

There will be more people of color in the finance and tech industries. There will be more women in leadership positions. However, creating that reality will not get easier if we do not stop generational poverty in communities of color.

As change is focused on hiring practices, recruiting from HBCUs, internal mobility, and company culture; I encourage all industries to incorporate financial education for their employees and extend it into their corporate giving and community outreach structures. If you work in tech, you need to understand your finances. If you are in aerospace, you need to understand your finances. If you are a person, living, here, now… you need to understand your finances. We need to stop assuming that everyone knows how to fully utilize a 401k, what alternatives there are to low interest savings accounts, or even how to truly grow and MANAGE their credit; because they don’t.

We are moving in an exciting direction. It is imperative that emphasis is placed on education that will create the equitable foundation we need to increase economic inclusion.

The subject matter runs deep with complex solutions, but collaboration is a critical component. It is inspiring to work with thought leaders across sectors who are trying to create a better tomorrow, TODAY.  I look forward to our progress and helping create the solutions that get us to the next level.

“The time is always right to do what is right.” -MLK

Onward,

TiYanna

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Oakland Digital Presents: What’s Next in Tech?

 

Oakland Digital's discussion about women & diversity in tech and business
Oakland Digital’s discussion about women & diversity in tech and business

“What’s Next in Tech” is an educational event for Oakland youth (ages 17-21) exploring the potential for harnessing the powers of technology to showcase the talent and creativity of young people of color. WNiT takes a comprehensive look at technology career options with a focus on creating a pipeline of new talent. Oakland Digital Art’s & Literacy Center is inviting speakers from top tech and finance companies and hosting hands on activities. Together, let’s inspire Oakland youth to enter and succeed in the world of tech!

FREE registration at http://bit.ly/WhatsNextinTech

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Be a part of the LIVE TV audience!

 

Intro to Investing: Strengthen the connection between company and community.

Had a blast organizing the first of many Financial Literacy Sessions between Bank of the West and SF Achievers Leadership Academy on Saturday, January 30, 2016.  TiYanna Long, finance professional and alliance developer for diversity & inclusion, taught an intro to investing for an inspiring group of students from across the San Francisco Unified School District.

“It is critical that we teach our youth, especially our youth of color, about financial management. We historically fall behind on the spectrum of wealth and that needs to change. As a woman of color in the finance industry, I will do whatever I can to make sure our young men and women have access to tools for success.” -TiYanna Long

TiYanna teaching an Intro to Investing to the students of the SF Achievers Leadership Academy
TiYanna teaching an Intro to Investing to the students of the SF Achievers Leadership Academy

This is the second session we have put together for the partnership development of Bank of the West and SF Achievers.  We first joined the BNP Paribas subsidiary and SF Achievers back in October 2015 for a career development panel. Bringing top talent from  various fields within the bank’s organization; showing the students that there are people that look like them in the Finance industry, and that they belong.

Bank of the West meets SF Achievers Wallenberg High School students
Bank of the West meets SF Achievers Wallenberg High School students for a Careers in Banking Panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SF Achievers Executive Director, Gregory Collins, and his team are doing amazing work with these young men. The bond of brotherhood that is being created is necessary and we are happy to be a part of the progression!

“The time is always right to do what is right.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bank of the West hosts SF Achievers for an Intro to Investing Financial Literacy Session
Bank of the West hosts SF Achievers for an Intro to Investing Financial Literacy Session

Habits of Success!

A few of my favorites habits of success from @PaulCBrunson [featuring our commentary]

  1. Invest in YOURSELF!
    1. You MUST believe in your own potential
  2. Be Curious… About EVERYTHING
    1. It’s amazing what you can learn by diving just one level deeper. Dots just start to connect
  3. Surround yourself with “better” people
    1. Surround yourself with the energy you want to transmit. A circle of people that can learn from one another is one of the most powerful tools to possess.
  4. Focus on experience vs. material possessions
    1. Make it a point to be able to truly enjoy life with the people that mean the most. 10 years from now people are going to remember the experience they had with you, not what watch or brand of shoe you were wearing. Be gracious, be kind, be a HUMAN BEING.
  5. Connect with people outside your community!
    1. This is a huge opportunity to grow! You will learn so much from stepping outside of your comfort zone. Whether the result is a good or bad experience, there is a lesson to be learned. You will grow no matter what.

You can check out Paul’s other 15 Habits of Success here.
NOW GO LIVE YOUR FULL POTENTIAL!