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2020 Diversity & Inclusion Research Conference (DIRC20)

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Ben Waber

President and Co-Founder, Humanyze

Lisa Magill (she/her)

Co-Founder & CEO, Aleria; Co-Founder, ARC

Vivian Louie

Director, Asian American Studies Program & Center, Professor of Urban Policy & Planning, Hunter College

Andrea Jones-Rooy (she/they)

Data Science Professor & Social Scientist, New York University

Jennifer Brown

Founder & CEO, Jennifer Brown Consulting

Perry Clemons

Creator of Inequality-opoly

Brooke Staley

Predoctoral Fellow, UNC Genetic Epidemiology T32 Program

Kristen Anderson (she, her)

Chief Diversity Officer, Barilla Group

Tsedale Melaku

Tsedale M. Melaku Postdoctoral Research Fellow, IRADAC, CUNY Graduate Center

Wilson Ng

Adjunct Professor, Regents’ University & Emlyon Business School

Deena McKay

Founder & Host, Black Tech Unplugged

Maya Bialik (she, her)

Curriculum Director, VRperspectives

Jill Finlayson

Director, Women in Tech Initiative, UC Berkeley

Andres Wydler

Executive Director, StartOut

Stephanie Goodwin (she/her/hers)

President, Incluxion Works and Research Asst. Professor

Sara Minkara (She/Her/Hers)

Founder & President, Sara Minkara, LLC

Becky Kekula

Director, Disability Equality Index, Disability:IN

Cynthia Overton (she/her/y'all)

Director of Tech Workplace Initiatives, Kapor Center

Lyndele von Schill (she/her)

Director of Diversity & Inclusion, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Ian Hathaway

Co-founder, Center for American Entrepreneurship

Lisa Coleman

Senior Vice President, Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation, NYU

Esosa Ighodaro

Cofounder, Black Women Talk Tech

Luke DuBois

Associate Professor of Integrated Digital Media at New York University

Grey Batie

Graduate Research Assistant at University of California, Berkeley

Gilda Barabino

President at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Fay Payton

Program Director at National Science Foundation

Martina Potratz (she/her)

Co-Head of Equity & Inclusion Programming, Seed&Spark

Arshiya (she/her) Malik

Co-founder, Aleria PBC

Toni Shoola (she/her)

#DIRC20 Event Coordinator

José Luiz Cruz

Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost

Joshua Epstein

Director, NYU Agent-Based Modeling Laboratory

Paolo Gaudiano (he/him/his)

Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, ARC, Aleria, QSDI

Ana Abraído-Lanza

Vice Dean of the School of Global Public Health & Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, NYU

Emily Ladau

Disability Rights Activist, Writer and Speaker

Adrianne Pettiford

Head of Client Insights & Analytics, Pymetrics

Heather Metcalf

Chief Research Officer, AWIS

Julie Elberfeld (she/her)

Forbes Technology Council Member

Shanon Belle

Game Facilitator, Inequality-Opoly

Spencer Scott Barros (he/him)

Co-Head of Equity & Inclusion Programming, Seed&Spark


Research Associate, Aleria

Pauline Mosley

Full Professor and Associate Chair of Information Technology, Pace University

Thomas Woodson

Associate Professor, Stony Brook University

Stephanie Lampkin

Founder & CEO, Blendoor

Denisha Gingles(she/her/hers)

Owner & Clinical Director, Signature ABA Therapy

Derek Ham

Department Head and Associate Professor of Art + Design, North Carolina State University

Cortney Harding

Founder & CEO, Friends With Holograms

Karyn Marciniak (she/her)

Principal Workforce Analytics Manager & Consultant, Mercer

Angie Beeman

Associate Professor of Sociology, Baruch College

David Kaye

Founder & Artistic Director, UNH PowerPlay

Antoine Richards

Senior Advisor, Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management

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DIRC20 Virtual Help Desk

Have questions about DIRC20 or need assistance? Chat with a member of the DIRC20 Team here in our virtual help desk!


Top quality interpreting and captioning services.


Breakthrough is a free documentary series and research-supported toolkit for advancing STEM inclusion. Watch the films, share the strategies, take action.


Inequality-opoly: The Board Game of Structural Racism and Sexism in America is an educational experience that transforms recent national studies into an engaging and personalized perspective-taking experience. In this game, as in the real world, certain players enjoy privileges based on their perceived identity while others face obstacles to building and sustaining wealth.


2SWIM is a community-focused social messaging app that is currently invite-only for Black, Indigenous and POC-, LGBTQIA+-, and/or womxn-centric communities, creators and brands (and their allies).

Gender and Race in Academic Career Experiences in STEM (GRACES) Project

An NSF-funded project to explore biases that impact the academic careers of Women of Color in STEM

Diversify Tech

We connect underrepresented people in tech to opportunities

NYC Regional Innovation Node (NYCRIN)

NYCRIN provides state-of-the-art innovation research and training services that interconnect regional academic technologists with entrepreneurial and business partners. NYCRIN strives to become the global leader in technology innovation and entrepreneurial business development.

Black Women Talk TechBlack Women Talk Tech

Our mission is to help Black women identify and build the next billion dollar tech company.

Brooke David

Brooke David is a Creative Projects Manager and Director of Partnerships/ Special Projects and the Curator of the Immersive Wing at DIRC


Disability:IN is the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide.


StartOut’s mission is to increase the number, diversity, and impact of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and amplify their stories to drive the economic empowerment of the community.

Rhodes Perry Consulting

Build Belonging at Work

ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network

As the STEM Equity Brain Trust, the ARC Network strives to advance equity nationally by facilitating the adoption and implementation of evidence-based systemic initiatives by institutions of higher education and other STEM organizations that affect those in STEM workplaces. The ARC Network enables authentic, intentional dialogue between researchers and practitioners, connects inclusiveness to organizational principles and practices, and accounts for and incorporates intersectional perspectives throughout our work.

Diversity in Action

Advancing STEM Professionals and Students

Berkeley Haas Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL)

We educate Equity Fluent Leaders™ to ignite and accelerate change. Equity Fluent Leaders™ understand the value of different lived experiences and courageously use their power to address barriers, increase access, and drive change for positive impact.

Sara Minkara, LLC

Develop a diverse and inclusive mindset for you and your organization by unlocking the potential within you and within each one of your collaborators. Through an interactive, introspective experience, Sara will help transform leaders and their teams, and will provide practical tools to address systemic biases, realize their authentic self, create an inclusive culture and foster meaningful impact.

The Network Diversity Score by ARC

Find out your Network Diversity Score!


Seed&Spark presents Film Forward: a first-of-its-kind inclusive workplace culture program built around film. We help your organization implement, execute and measure a sustainable practice to cultivate a workplace that works for everyone.


Watch Barilla's D&I 5-Year Journey Video

Five to Nine

Data-driven event program management and communications software

She+ Geeks Out

Abolish Inequity in the Workplace.


taking the guesswork out of Diversity & Inclusion

Aleria Research Corp

We leverage science and technology to impact the way people think about Diversity & Inclusion, and, more importantly, what they do about it.