ABOUT: Marie Roker-Jones is the co-Ceo of Essteem. Essteem organizes Equalithons (hackathons for equality), first-of-its-kind, virtual DEI events that connect tech companies that uphold diversity and inclusion commitments to underrepresented tech talent who want to work for those companies. She is a social impact startup founder with over ten years of experience in leading gender and racial diversity strategies as a founder for Raising Great Men and senior editor for The Good Men Project. Marie also has workforce and career development experience creating workforce re-entry programs for underrepresented communities. She has helped tech companies and startups create inclusive and impactful work cultures through Veteran and military spouse hiring initiatives. Marie was the lead for The Charter for Compassion’s Compassionate NYC and facilitated dialogue on privilege fragility, designing for inclusion, and debiasing through #CompassionConvos.
GIVE: How to source for diverse talent and build inclusive work cultures through social impact. Cultural competency for working with Veterans or the military community.
GET: Introduction to talent acquisition for tech companies looking to hire for diversity and introductions to angel investors who invest in social ventures.
FUN FACT: I am a Reiki practitioner.
NEWS: We are working with Harvard Ventures for an April hackathon.