“Technology Advisor to the CTO at a global corp, diversity innovator, & coder. Let’s talk leadership, careers, programming, & Blacks in tech.”
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I’m an award-winning D&I innovator, engineering trailblazer, and philanthropist. After rolling out critical XML code globally in many of Microsoft's core products, I was named the first Technical Advisor to the CTO, Kevin Scott.
As co-founder of the LEAP apprenticeship program – named Microsoft’s D&I Program of the Year in 2020 – I helped launch the training of more than 26 engineering cohorts around the world. Today, 98% of LEAP participants have jobs in Microsoft or other high-tech companies. My most recent collaboration is with the leadership of the U.S. Virgin Islands to establish and train a technical talent pool and build critical technology infrastructure.
Early in my 30-year career in software engineering, I was one of the first Black entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and was recently profiled by the Computer History Museum. Through my company, Adamation, I developed mission-critical custom enterprise apps for Steve Jobs' NeXT computers and pioneered a network instant messaging service purchased by the CIA. I’ve been awarded two patents.
Today, in addition to my role at Microsoft, I’m the philanthropic founder of The EV3NT, a collaborative, community-based hackathon designed to use technology to address critical needs for people of color. When I’m not tinkering with bits and bytes, I’m busy as a husband and father of three. I build kitchen cabinets, knit, and try to recapture the exhilaration of riding a motorcycle in India.
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