Corporate, staffing, and media experts to join Governor Charlie Baker to discuss the importance of Diversity at Latino Professional Mixer, immediately following the El Mundo Latino Career Expo. Event is open to public from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Marriott Courtyard Boston (275 Tremont St., Boston).
By: Elvis Jocol Lara
Last year in the lead up to the Latino Career Expo, we at El Mundo made a commitment to diversifying the recruiter pool at our annual event. For over ten years, top recruiters from industries including financial services, higher education, the public sector and others, have come together at the Latino Career Expo to reach the best and brightest Latino talent in the region. Notably absent, however, has been the Tech Sector.
The Tech Sector today is undeniably the driver behind the growing economy of Greater Boston. Fueled by the world class talent produced at local colleges and universities, the region has seen immense growth in local start-ups as well as a growing presence from national and international firms.
While the boom in the industry has been great for the local economy, diversity at most tech companies fails to reflect the shifting demographics of Boston and Massachusetts. Latinos, the largest and fastest growing minority group in the state, are largely absent from the industry, posing a dilemma for the future of the Latino community, the Tech Sector and the Commonwealth as a whole. Specifically, two key questions that must be answered are:
- As we increasingly shift to a service economy, how can the Latino community gain access to lucrative employment opportunities in the industry?
- How do Tech companies establish and maintain long term relevance with a user base that is increasingly diverse, specifically Latino?
This year, the industry will make its presence felt in a strong way. In addition to leading tech recruiters at the expo that include EMC Corporation, Constant Contact and Robert Half Technology, some of the industry’s top minds will come together to discuss the current state of diversity in the Tech Sector, it’s importance, and what we can do to help bridge the gap between top diverse talent and a traditionally insular industry. Boston, as a top global destination for tech firms and home to a fast-growing Latino community presents the ideal setting for such a discussion.
The event, which is open to the public, will discuss ways in which diverse candidates in other industries can leverage their current expertise to find opportunities at local tech firms as well as posit ideas for steering younger generations of Latinos towards the STEM fields.
The panel will bring together a diverse and highly influential ensemble of tech leaders, including:
Jackie Glenn, Global Head of Diversity, EMC Corporation
Jackie is a seasoned executive in Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Talent Development, and Diversity and Inclusion. She is currently the Global Chief Diversity Officer for EMC Corporation. In this position, she leads the Diversity and Inclusion strategy for the company’s global operations ensuring not only an innovative and inclusive workforce for EMC’s 60,000 employeesbut also a bottom-line value for the company.
Jackie joined EMC in 2000, as the Director of HR Operations for the Sales Division. In that capacity, she provided strategic and tactical Human Resources support to EMC sales groups, comprising more than 2,000 employees at both domestic and international sites. Overall, in her stellar 20 plus years-year career across the Human Resources spectrum, Jackie has managed and implemented programs in Employee Relations, Training and Development, Recruiting, Organizational Development, and Consulting and Coaching.
Her leadership as the Global Chief Diversity Officer at EMC includes the development of several groundbreaking efforts, including the design and implementation of an innovative and mandatory D&I curriculum, institutionalization of the company’s Transgender Reassignment Program, and the launch and execution of its High Potential Women’s Program.
Galen Moore, Editor in Chief, Bostinno
Galen is the editor in chief at Streetwise Media, overseeing coverage of the innovation economy in three cities via BostInno, Chicago Inno and DC Inno. Through a 15-year journalism career, he’s covered business, technology, politics and lifestyle news in Boston and nationally. He serves on the board of Egleston Square Main Street and with the all-volunteer MIT college radio station, WMBR. Galen has a masters in business from Northeastern University and a bachelors degree in English from Boston University.
Ronjon Bhattacharya, Founder, Kendall Staffing
Ronjon Bhattacharya is the Founder and Director of Kendall Staffing, a boutique staffing agency focused on technology recruiting in the Boston / Cambridge area. Before starting Kendall Staffing, Ronjon was as a standout recruiter in the largest privately held staffing firm in the United States.
Kendall Staffing works with a wide variety of clients, from non-VC funded startups to publicly traded firms like Bayer, Tripadvisor, and Constant Contact. As such, Ronjon fundamentally understands the technical recruiting market across all industries in the Greater Boston area.
Before starting his career in recruiting, Ronjon spent 8 years in various consultancy and management roles in organizations such as Bain & Company and the US Navy, where he served on active duty for over 5 years. Ronjon received his MBA from the University of Melbourne (Melbourne Business School), where he was the Dean’s Scholar and winner of the student experience award. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003 under a Naval ROTC scholarship.
Reinier Moquete, Boston Latino STEM Alliance
Reinier Moquete is Managing Partner at Advoqt Technology Group, an IT Consulting firm focused on Hybrid Cloud Computing & Security. Advoqt designs and implements vendor-agnostic business solutions including the People, Processes, and Technology that enable adoption.
A social entrepreneur and community leader, Reinier is engaged in a number of civic activities, including Latino STEM Alliance which he co-founded in 2010 and Diversity IT Network which he founded in 2014. Having come from humble roots in Dominican Republic, Reinier always makes time to meet with rising professionals and provide guidance on how to excel in the technology industry. Helping others succeed is his greatest passion and that includes making his network available to others.
Bryan J. Caplan, Chief Branding Officer, BJC Branding
A born entrepreneur, Bryan Caplan earned his sales and marketing stripes in both the corporate and SMB worlds. After seeing the good and bad of online marketing consultants, Bryan opted to leave Corporate America and started BJC Branding in 2010 with the goal of both educating his clients and positively impacting their businesses.
Bryan is one of the nation’s first Constant Contact Master Certified Local Experts, leveraging Constant Contact’s entire suite of online marketing tools to drive visibility and revenue to his clients. Bryan has also carved his niche as a professional speaker, presenting online marketing workshops and seminars throughout New England.
Over time, Bryan has evolved BJC Branding to focus primarily on Constant Contact Email Marketing, Joomla and WordPress Website Design, Local Search Engine Optimization (Local SEO), Graphic Design and Social Media Coaching.
As if this start studded lineup wasn’t enough, the mixer will also feature an appearance by Governor Charlie Baker who will share his perspective on the importance of diversity in the workplace.
While only a start, the Latino Career Expo and Latino Professional Mixer will provide an opportunity to begin a discussion and meaningful movement towards diversity in Boston’s booming Tech Sector. Whether you’re “techie” or not, this is a conversation you will surely not want to miss.
Elvis Jocol Lara is Director of Digital Media at El Mundo, Founder and President of Casa Guatemala and an experienced Marketing professional who has worked with some of the world’s leading brands. A child of Guatemalan immigrants, he was born in Boston and raised in Waltham, MA. Follow him on Twitter @ElChapin and Instagram @ElChapin502