General Assembly: Bet On Yourself: Real Stories from Black Career Changers
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Hear from Black career changers and GA alum who have successfully broken into technical roles in UX Design, Data, and Coding. They’ll share their real experiences about what the process was like and where they are today. Get advice from like-minded individuals so that you can take a bet on yourself with confidence.
- Understand the ins and outs of UX Design, Data, and Coding outside of big tech
- How to remain confident and combat imposter syndrome in the current climate
- Get insights and resources for successfully breaking into tech roles
Voice Actor and Creative Exec, @JoyOfodu
As a celebrated voice actor and Creative Executive, Joy Ofodu has drawn over 30M views to her original digital comedy content and countless more to inclusion-centered, global marketing campaigns at Instagram. Under her self-titled media company, she has grown a highly-engaged community of more than 200,000 online daters and meditators in just two years. Joy is the host of Dating Unsettled, an audio show designed to validate women daters, available now on all podcast platforms. Joy’s voice can be heard in her partnerships with HBO Max, Adult Swim, The Daily Shine, Skybound Entertainment, Meta, Credit Karma, Netflix, DIRECTV, Upenndo! and more
UXDI Lead Instructor, General Assembly
Candace is a self-proclaimed Jill of All Trades, with a background in both front-end development and UX/UI design. Before teaching at GA, Candace worked as a lead front-end engineer on the product team at Blavity, Inc., an online publication targeting Black millennials. She also managed a $6M territory for an international fashion brand. Candace serves as a mentor to emerging professional designers and developers, helping them build their self-confidence and prepare for a career in tech. When she isn’t working, you can find Candace painting, watching her favorite Netflix shows, or sharpening her design and coding expertise.
US CEO, eToro
Lule Demmissie is a unicorn in the retail investing and wealth sector. As a financial executive with a range of intersectional identities, a woman of color and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, she has a perspective that is much needed (and not often represented) in the area of fintech innovation, and gives voice to financial challenges facing a variety of communities.
As a leader, Lule is committed to cultivating a culture with diverse perspectives and talents. She has been sighted by many industry publications as a formidable leader in fintech. She was the recipient of a coveted TD Ameritrade Impact Award, a coveted annual award for leaders paving the way in building, developing and retaining a diverse group of