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Don’t miss BbWorld 2019, where Robert R. Reich and Kimberly Bryant will address the power education and technology have to shape our future workforce and increase opportunities for underrepresented populations.

Wednesday, July 24

Robert Reich Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley

Robert Reich

Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at The University of California at Berkeley

Robert Reich is one of the world’s leading thinkers about work and the economy. Now Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, he has served under three national administrations, most recently as Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton. He also served on President Barack Obama’s economic transition advisory board. In 2008, TIME Magazine named him one of the ten most successful cabinet secretaries of the past century.

Reich is the author of 15 books including his most recent work, The Common Good, and the best sellers The Work of Nations, which has been translated into 22 languages, Locked in the Cabinet and The Future of Success, which in 2002 was ranked by BusinessWeek magazine as the #2 best-selling business book.​

A staunch advocate for investing in education, Reich was the co-creator and host of the widely acclaimed 2013 documentary, Inequality for All, in which he explains the underlying forces that are shaping our economy and lays out pragmatic solutions for a broader prosperity. ​Reich has a nationally-syndicated column, and he also writes frequently for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Financial Times. He is a contributor to CNBC and a frequent panelist on ABC’s This Week and other television programs. ​In late 2003, Reich was awarded the prestigious Vaclev Havel prize for his original contributions to economic thinking. The Wall Street Journal has named him one of the nation’s top ten thought leaders.

Thursday, July 25

Kimberly Bryant

Founder & Executive Director of Black Girls CODE and Aspen Institute Fellow

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts.

Since 2011 Bryant has grown Black Girls CODE from a local organization serving only the Bay Area, to an international organization with seven chapters across the U.S. and in Johannesburg, South Africa. Today, Black Girls CODE has reached over 3,000 students and continues to grow and thrive. Prior to founding Black Girls CODE, Bryant spent 25+years as an Engineering Manager in a series of technical leadership roles for various Fortune 100 pharmaceutical and biotech companies such as Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer.

Bryant is nationally recognized for her work as a social innovator and for her commitment to increasing opportunities for women and girls in the tech industry. In August 2012 Bryant received the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work to support communities in the Bay Area. Just a year later in 2013 Bryant was highlighted by Business Insider on its list of “The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology” and was named to The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100 lists. Later that year, she was invited to the White House as a Champion of Change for her work in tech inclusion and bridging the digital divide for girls of color. Most recently, Bryant received Smithsonian’s 2014 American Ingenuity Award in Social Progress and Politico’s inaugural Women Who Rule Award in Technology.

Bryant has been identified as a thought leader in the area of tech inclusion and has spoken on the topic at events such as Personal Democracy Forum, TedX Kansas City, Platform Summit, Big Ideas Festival, SXSW, and many others. She proudly serves on the National Champions Board for the Board for the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the National Board of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance.

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