Fireside Chat with Mandela Schumacher-Hodge
Jun
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

Fireside Chat with Mandela Schumacher-Hodge

Please join us for an exclusive opportunity to learn about the professional trajectory of Mandela Schumacher-Hodge in an intimate setting. You can purchase tickets here: Fireside Chat with Mandela

A former public school teacher, education policy researcher, and PhD candidate, Mandela Schumacher-Hodge began her career in tech as startup founder. After raising funds from Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, and Imagine K12, Mandela’s company, Tioki, went on to build technology that helped hundreds of schools across the country secure great teachers for their students. Thereafter, she was recruited to Startup Weekend Education (SWEDU). In just two years, Mandela and her team successfully scaled the organization from three to six continents, officially establishing it as the largest initiative in the world focused on teaching people how to use entrepreneurship to improve education.

 

In October 2015, Mandela joined Kapor Capital as its founding Portfolio Services Director. At the Oakland-based venture capital firm, Mandela oversees a portfolio of 114 tech startups, helping them make progress on their business, social impact, and diversity goals. Most recently, Mandela helped launch a first-of-its-kind venture-backed diversity pledge titled the Founders’ Commitment. 77 companies in the Kapor Capital portfolio have already signed on, and over the next year, Mandela will work alongside acclaimed diversity expert and Kapor Capital Partner, Dr. Freada Kapor Klein, to develop diversity workshops and resources to help founders make progress on their Commitment.

 

Over the past five years, Mandela has advised hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs and her latest hobby, The Startup Couch, is a reflection of those lived experiences. To-date, Mandela has presented on over 50 stages and has received several recognitions, including being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Education list, presenting at TEDx, and publishing two Top 20 Medium posts about startups. 

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Self Care for Tech Workers
Jun
22
6:30pm 6:30pm

Self Care for Tech Workers

Join us for this one-of-a-kind workshop on the topic of tech workers & self-care. After this workshop, you will be able to examine your current habits & determine ways to change your lifestyle to develop a better work-life balance. The workshop will be facilitated by Vanessa Mason, Founder of Riveted Partners and our founder, Elen Awalom.


Your ticket purchase includes complimentary dinner & drinks, thanks to our sponsors at Microsoft!

 


Ms. Mason has over 10 years of experience in health care innovation and consumer engagement in both the United States and developing countries. Vanessa earned her BA in psychology from Yale University and her MPH in global health from Columbia University. She also serves on the Health IT advisory board for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities Research at Morehouse School of Medicine and on the board of directors for Mind Body Awareness Project, an Oakland-based nonprofit that supports at-risk youth though mindfulness meditation education.

Ms. Awalom is a certified Reiki Master who has also studied massage therapy, Kriya breathing techniques & meditation. She was previously the co-founder of multiple start-ups including The Lighthouse, a company focused on the intersections of visual art & holistic wellness. Elen also worked for several years in healthcare ethics & administration at prestigious institutions including NIH & Georgetown University Hospital. She is a passionate wellness devotee who leads a paleo lifestyle, practices hot yoga and meditates daily. 


As with all of our events, this workshop is governed by a code of conduct.

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Fireside Chat with Aisha Bowe
Jun
16
6:30pm 6:30pm

Fireside Chat with Aisha Bowe

You're cordially invited to attend the launch of The Ola Initiative's Fireside Chat Series focused on amplifying the narratives of underrepresented women of color in DC. 

This month's featured guest is Aisha Bowe, former NASA engineer and cofounder of STEMBoard. You can find more details on the event, which will be held from 6:30 - 9 PM on Thursday, June 16th on the beautiful rooftop of WeWork's Crystal City location. 

We also have a discount code available for members of your community: "FriendsofOla." 

Aisha's recent feature in Ebony: www.ebony.com/life/black-women-technology-nasa

About Aisha

Aisha Bowe is the co-founder and CEO of STEMBoard, a technology solutions company that specializes in defense and intelligence systems. Aisha leads development, expansion and management of STEMBoard’s multi-million defense-contracts and private sector clients. Prior to STEMBoard, Bowe was an Aerospace Engineer at the NASA Ames Research Center where she focused on miniaturized satellites and aircraft.

 

Bowe holds a B.S.E in aerospace engineering and an M. Eng in space systems engineering, both from the University of Michigan. She has received numerous awards for her dedication to technical excellence and the principles of diversity and opportunity including the 40 Under 40: Tech Diversity – Silicon Valley, United States Women’s Chamber of Commerce Emerging Star Award, NASA’s Engineering Honor Award, and The National Society of Black Engineers Twenty-First Century Trailblazers in Aviation and Aerodynamics Award. She is a member of the NASDAQ Young Executive Advisory Board, National Society of Black Engineers, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. 

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Ola Initiative Self Care Workshop
May
19
6:30pm 6:30pm

Ola Initiative Self Care Workshop

Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/self-care-women-of-color-in-tech-tickets-25435935568

Join us for this one-of-a-kind workshop on the topic of underrepresented women of color in the technology industry & self-care. After this workshop, you will be able to examine your current habits & determine ways to change your lifestyle to develop a better work-life balance. The workshop will be facilitated by Vanessa Mason, Founder of Riveted Partners  and our founder, Elen Awalom. 

Ms. Mason has over 10 years of experience  in health care innovation and consumer engagement in both the United States and developing countries. Vanessa earned her BA in psychology from Yale University and her MPH in global health from Columbia University. She also serves on the Health IT advisory board for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities Research at Morehouse School of Medicine and on the board of directors for Mind Body Awareness Project, an Oakland-based nonprofit that supports at-risk youth though mindfulness meditation education.

Ms. Awalom is a certified Reiki Master who has also studied massage therapy, Kriya breathing techniques & meditation. She was previously the cofounder of multiple start-ups including The Lighthouse, a company focused on the intersections of visual art & holistic wellness. Elen also worked for several years in healthcare ethics & administration at prestigious institutions including NIH & Georgetown University Hospital. She is a passionate wellness devotee who leads a paleo lifestyle, practices hot yoga and meditates daily. 

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Ola Initiative Workshop
Apr
21
6:30pm 6:30pm

Ola Initiative Workshop

Join us for this one-of-a-kind workshop on the topic of underrepresented women of color in the technology industry & self-care. After this workshop, you will be able to examine your current habits & determine ways to change your lifestyle to develop a better work-life balance. The workshop will be facilitated by Vanessa Mason, Founder of Riveted Partners  and our founder, Elen Awalom. 

Ms. Mason has over 10 years of experience  in health care innovation and consumer engagement in both the United States and developing countries. Vanessa earned her BA in psychology from Yale University and her MPH in global health from Columbia University. She also serves on the Health IT advisory board for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities Research at Morehouse School of Medicine and on the board of directors for Mind Body Awareness Project, an Oakland-based nonprofit that supports at-risk youth though mindfulness meditation education.

Ms. Awalom is a certified Reiki Master who has also studied massage therapy, Kriya breathing techniques & meditation. She was previously the cofounder of multiple start-ups including The Lighthouse, a company focused on the intersections of visual art & holistic wellness. Elen also worked for several years in healthcare ethics & administration at prestigious institutions including NIH & Georgetown University Hospital. She is a passionate wellness devotee who leads a paleo lifestyle, practices hot yoga and meditates daily. 

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