“The Beyonce of Tech”: Melissa James Dreams it, Works Hard, and Grinds

I see it, I want it

I stunt, yellow bone it

I dream it, I work hard

I grind ’til I own it

I twirl on them haters…

—“Formation,” Beyonce

Beyonce gets noticed, she drops surprise albums and videos…Instagram posts letting the world know she is the most beautiful pregnant woman ever!
Our guest this week, Melissa James gets noticed too. Her goal: Become the Beyonce of Tech.

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Melissa left a job at Google to start her own company. Today she is CEO of the Tech Connection, a company that connects diverse talent to tech companies.

We’ve mentioned tech’s diversity problem before.
At Google and Facebook, for example, only 1% of employees are Black, while Black people make up nearly 13% of the population.
Only 16% of techies are women and women make up half of the population.

Melissa’s work to increase diversity in tech has earned her a US Presidential Service award from then President Obama, and a young alumni service award from her alma mater, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Melissa was named Boston Innovation Magazine’s 50 on Fire, and also a published author. Her first book, “When are you going to get a Real Career?”is available on itunes.

For more information on The Tech Connection, head here.

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