Erika Alexander, Tracey Patterson And Bari Williams Call On Black Women To Be The Future Of Tech
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In a world that’s constantly changing, there is no question that technology is driving the world’s future. Though currently Whites lead the way in technology startups and investor funding, the increasing number of women joining the entrepreneurial ranks means the time is right for Black women to lead the charge in the tech industry as well.

“When you invest in Black women, you’re investing in yourself—if you’re smart,” said Bärí A. Williams, Vice President of Legal, Business, and Policy Affairs at All Turtles.

Williams, along with Erika Alexander, actress and co-founder of Color Farm, and Tracey Patterson, Managing Director of Accenture, spoke about the importance of Black women staking their piece of the pie Friday at the “Tech In Color: Women Leading The Way Towards The Road Ahead In Tech” panel at annual Essence Festival in New Orleans.

Moderated by ESSENCE Lifestyle Director Metanoya Webb, the discussion focused on how Black women can be change makers in the tech industry and take our communities to the next level.

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Alexander encouraged Black women to help each other along the way and to help the youth by freely showing them all they’ve learned.

“Always try to be a river and not a barrier,” said Alexander. “There’s always room to show someone how to do something and succeed.”

Essence Festival continues through Sunday.