Each story in our Dear Tech Companies series focuses on issues in the tech space and provides strategies and solutions to companies looking to invest in meaning solutions that will drive impactful industry change and make the industry more accessible to Black, Latina, and Native women.

There’s something troubling happening in our industry: 50% of young women who go into tech drop out by age 35, compared to approximately 20% across other sectors. With the pandemic, these numbers are getting even worse. And overwhelmingly, they’re leaving because they feel that tech is non-inclusive. …


Dalila Wilson-Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation & President of Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, and Dwana Franklin-Davis, Chief Executive Officer of the Reboot Representation Tech Coalition, join together to reflect on the events of 2020 — from our nation’s racial reckoning, to the spread of COVID-19, to the political upheaval — and the moral imperative for diversity across all sectors, which is more apparent, valued, and discussed than ever before.

Comcast NBCUniversal is an executive-level partner of the Reboot Representation Tech Coalition, working with other committed companies toward our goal of doubling the number of Black…


2020 has shed a light on what many of us have known all along. People of color are routinely being excluded from equity and ultimately being left out of the future. After this spring’s unarmed killings of Black people and COVID-19 again laid bare the continued systemic oppression in our country, companies are reckoning with the ways that they contribute to this oppression. There’s energy to create change, in 2021 and beyond.

At Reboot, 2020 has provided us the opportunity to share our mission far and wide. As we reflect on what we’ve accomplished since our launch in 2018, we…


Each story in our Dear Tech Companies series focuses on issues in the tech space and provides strategies and solutions to companies looking to invest in meaning solutions that will drive impactful industry change and make the industry more accessible to Black, Latina, and Native women.

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You’ve heard the saying before: “If you build it, they will come.” But when it comes to creating programs that support race and gender equity in tech, that’s not necessarily true.

We hear all the time about high-quality, compelling programs — from one-day hackathons to after-school programs — that are well-intentioned and certainly provide…


Each story in our Grantee Spotlight series focuses on a grantee of the Reboot Representation Tech Coalition. Frieda McAlear is the Senior Research Associate at Kapor Center. She leads the women of color and computing collaborative, which addresses the barriers girls of color, specifically Native girls, face in computing science by providing gender-responsive and culturally relevant computer science curriculum and data to high schools and training teachers to implement them in the classroom.

Can you tell us a little about yourself and experience?

I’m Frieda McAlear, a Senior Research Associate at Kapor Center. I started as a research associate at…


A note from the Reboot Representation team

Inclusion is at the core of Reboot Representation’s mission. Our goal to expand inclusion in tech for Black, Latina, and Native American women must include a focus on inclusive language. This is why we had been using the term Latinx — a gender-neutral version of Latino or Latina that we believed welcomed more individuals into the conversation. While it’s great to see language adapt to be more inclusive, it’s important to listen to the people it represents to understand what terms they prefer.

The Pew Research Center released research that showed only 3%…


Each story in our Grantee Spotlight series focuses on a grantee of the Reboot Representation Tech Coalition. Kathy DeerInWater is the chief program officer at The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). She oversees program development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting for all AISES projects.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into technology?

I’m the Chief Program Officer with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), where I’ve been for almost six years now. I’m a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. I have my PhD in Population Biology, so my background is in…


Each story in our Grantee Spotlight series focuses on a grantee of the Reboot Representation Tech

Coalition. Amy Furman is the Director of Programs at Break Through Tech (BTT). She leads the educational programs working toward closing the gender gap in tech.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?

I serve as the Director of Programs with Break Through Tech (BTT) New York. Previously, I worked in education, civic engagement, climate change planning, and workforce development. This opened my eyes to how interconnected these issue areas are — and, who in our society is most…


By Dwana Franklin-Davis

A screenshot from Dwana Franklin-Davis’s virtual Grace Hopper presentation.
A screenshot from Dwana Franklin-Davis’s virtual Grace Hopper presentation.

The 2020 virtual Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) was one for the books. I am honored to have spent a week learning from and being inspired by women in all stages of the tech journey from around the world. In order to fix diversity in the tech sector, we need diverse minds coming together — and that’s exactly what happened at this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration.

I spoke alongside powerhouse women like Serena Williams and Megan Rapinoe. One of my favorite talks was from Janeen Uzzell, Chief Operating Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation, on the importance of telling…


By: Dwana Franklin-Davis

In the year since I started as CEO of Reboot Representation, I’ve seen U.S. tech corporations and leaders tout their desire to create space for women of color (WOC) in tech, yet WOC make up only 4% of computing professionals. We need less talk and more action in the tech sector — a public statement or shared theory won’t create change by itself. The Reboot Representation Tech Coalition is working to demonstrate that collective action can lead to truly improved representation. …

Reboot Representation

A coalition of tech companies committed to doubling the number of Black, Latina, and Native American women receiving computing degrees by 2025.

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