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Barriers to Belonging in Tech
In this panel discussion, Citrine Informatics sits down with Diversity, Equity, and Belonging leaders in Tech to discuss systemic and organizational barriers to experiencing belonging at work. This conversation will highlight diverse perspectives on the intersectional challenges to feeling belonging at work while providing actionable and empowering strategies that individuals and organizations can practice with their teams.

-Hannah Olson (she/her), CEO, Chronically Capable
-Ben Britton (he/him), Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
-Jeanette O'Brien (she/her), Software Engineer Instructor, Momentum Learn, Momentum@Morehouse

Citrine Hosts:
-Ify Edwards (she/her), Director of People Ops, Citrine Informatics
-Petala Ironcloud (they/them), Talent Sourcer, Citrine Informatics

Jun 24, 2021 09:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Hannah Olson (she/her)
CEO @Chronically Capable
Hannah Olson is the founder and CEO of Chronically Capable, a digital talent marketplace that connects jobseekers with chronic illness and disabilities to flexible job opportunities. Hannah’s own experience navigating her career while undergoing intensive treatment for Lyme disease sparked the idea for her company, which was founded last spring in Washington DC. Hannah is known globally for her invisible disability advocacy and was recently named Top 100 Powerful Women of 2020 by Entrepreneur Magazine.
Ben Britton (he/him)
Associate Professor @University of British Columbia
Dr Ben Britton (he/him) is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, a Visiting Reader at Imperial College London, and a trustee of @PrideinSTEM. He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. For his technical work, Ben works to understand how metals are made and perform in high-value high-risk applications such as jet engines, nuclear reactors, and petrochemical manufacturing. Ben also works to further and advocate for equity in STEM, particularly of LGBTQ+ individuals but also more broadly. Ben can often been found tweeting about this and more as @bmatb. In recognition of his work, he has won a few awards including recently the 2021 TMS Frank Crossley Diversity Award and the 2021 IOM3 Harvey Flower Titanium Prize.
Jeanette O'Brien (she/her)
Software Engineering Instructor @Momentum Learn
Jeanette O’Brien is a Software Engineering Instructor at Momentum Learn. Jeanette has a background in graphic design and marketing. After a few years working in that field, she yearned for a bigger challenge and a wider creative outlet. In 2018 Jeanette went to Momentum Learn, a code school, to become a software developer. Jeanette has worked at TransLoc and Red Hat as a software engineer and front-end software engineer respectively since graduating from Momentum. She now enjoys the role of instructor at Momentum Learn, helping other career switchers learn to code just as she had in 2018!