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Darrell Booker

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Darrell Booker
Darrell Booker

Corporate Affairs Specialist

Microsoft
Meet Darrell your “techie’s favorite techie” who leads one of Microsoft’s most important racial equity commitments, the Nonprofit Tech Acceleration of Black and African American Communities. It’s not merely his 25 years in tech that he brings to this role that’s important but instead his unconventional path that is at the heart of true community engagement. Darrell created this national program designed at leveling the tech playing field for nonprofits serving our most underserved communities. Prior to leading this program, Darrell served in a advisor role helping the world’s largest nonprofits such as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, American Cancer Society and the Salvation Army on their digital transformation to the cloud. Darrell has served in CIO and CTO roles in the past leading teams of developers in nonprofit as well as other industries such as automotive and banking. Darrell also has an entrepreneurial spirit, co-founding a tech startup for the fitness industry used in hundreds of gyms across the U.S. and Canada.
 
• Diversity and Inclusion is hot topic nowadays but it’s not just about recent roles at companies but for some of us it’s a human right we’ve been longing for.
• Just putting someone in charge of Diversity and Inclusion is not enough instead business leaders need to implement mindset changes throughout their entire organization.  It’s time for a lot of people to look in the mirror and come to the realization the change starts with them.
• Technology and innovation – It’s often our saving grace and can play a role in increasing D&I but newsflash it can also hinder it!
• What’s happening right now that’s making D&I a way of life and why you could be adversely affected if you’re refusing to embrace it now.
 
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