Div Day is a conference that empowers historically marginalized communities interested in STEM by providing opportunities to participate in discussions, speaker series, and workshops aimed to end the lack of diverse talent.

November 17th, 2018 @ UT Austin

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Time Event Provider/Speaker Location
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Registration, Light Breakfast Coffee Traders GDC Atrium
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Keynote Speaker Sam P Lark, Jr GDC 2.216
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Speaker Series Andrea Cardona, Brian L. Fontenot, Facebook GDC 1.304, 2.210, 4.302
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Workshops Brandon “AK” Akpunku and Mauricio Degregor, Enrique Dominguez, Johnny Hill GDC 1.406, 4.304, 6.302
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Lunch Taco Joint GDC Atrium
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Workshops Sam P Lark, Rachel Rosen, Koy McDermott GDC 1.406, 4.304, 6.302
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Speaker Panel Shaquille Gould, Charlie Jackson, Vi Nguyen, Rachel Rosen GDC 2.216
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Networking Session Div Day Team and Sponsors GDC 2.216, GDC Atrium

Speaker Series

Time Speaker Title Location
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Andrea Cardona Don't listen to the haters, even when it's yourself GDC 1.304
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Brian L. Fontenot The Perfect Code: What lies in your DNA GDC 2.210
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Facebook A Look Into Facebook's Diversity and Inclusion GDC 4.302


Time Speaker Title Location
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Brandon “AK” Akpunku and Mauricio Degregor Inclusive Media | The Future of Media GDC 1.406
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Enrique Dominguez Countering Stereotype Threat GDC 4.304
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Johnny Hill Inclusion Through Identities GDC 6.302
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Sam P Lark Building Your Personal Brand & Relationships on LinkedIn GDC 1.406
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Rachel Rosen How Unconscious Biases Impact Your Performance + What You Can Do About It GDC 4.304
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Koy McDermott Facing the Imposter GDC 6.302

Meet the Speakers!

Sam P Lark, Jr

Military Spouse, Keynote Speaker, Social Media Relationship Strategist

Sam P Lark, Jr is a military spouse and public speaker. He speaks on using social media to create career security by building: one's personal brand & relationships.

He's passionate about helping others achieve their goals. As he networks, his question is, "how can I help your vision come to fruition?" Networking to help others first, has earned him a place of high esteem among his colleagues.

Utilizing his technical & public speaking background, Sam shares innovative ways of using social media to enhance one's personal brand & build mutually beneficial relationships.

Rachel Rosen

Inclusion Strategist, Consultant, Educator

Rachel Rosen is a seasoned facilitator and the founder of S.P.A.R.K., a multitiered enterprise committed to inclusion, equity, and courageous leadership (which consists of an inclusive team-builder and equity leadership development services). Rachel supports communities to come together across racial, gender, and identity differences, to engage in conversations about implicit bias, inclusion, and equity. With a Masters from Stanford, and extensive training in leadership, coaching, organizational development, AND as an LBGTQ Activist, Rachel developed S.P.A.R.K. experiences that are grounded in theory and practice. In her years as a consultant, Rachel developed frameworks to support her clients’ progress on their equity/inclusion goals at every level of the system. To work with her directly, contact spark@rachelvrosen.com

Brandon “AK” Akpunku

Chief Excellence Orator at The One 3rd

Brandon “AK” Akpunku is the founder & host of The One 3rd, a podcast that allows diverse voices to share their experiences as business-minded creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Shining a light on the authentic journeys of challenges and triumphs, the podcast works to provide a platform that changes the narrative of diversity and inclusion one story at a time.

AK is a former pro athlete, that has transitioned into the tech ecosystem in Austin. By way of Dallas, his passion for challenging perspectives and seeking representation for those typically left out of the conversation has helped him build communities such as Young Black Austin.

Charlie Jackson

Chief Happiness Officer at Diversity Fund

Charlie Jackson is CEO and Chief Happiness Officer at Diversity Fund - a next-generation finance platform for women, minority, veterans, and LGBTQ entrepreneurs and investors.

He is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in technology startups in Austin for two decades. He has also led global projects for Apple, Dell, IBM, Philips and other clients. A native Texan who has traveled the world, Charlie is passionate about social equity, international development, and using technology for public good.

Raised in East Austin, Jackson holds a BA in Government and an MS in Technology Commercialization from The University of Texas.

Vi Nguyen

CEO @ Homads

Vi Nguyen is an entrepreneur with a passion to improve the communities we live in. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and B.S. in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin.

Currently she is the cofounder and CEO at Homads, a real estate startup that helps people make better decisions on where to live.Vi believes that with technology today, we’re able to instantly connect to millions of people. But it’s also become isolating without real face to face interaction. Homads aims to build online communities that strengthen real life communities.The startup was named one of the top 50 startups to watch in 2017 in Austin.

Shaquille Gould

Principal at Quake Capital

Shaquille Gould is an immigrant turned Entrepreneur. Born in St. John Antigua, his family moved to the US when he was 4 years old. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Mays Business School.

Post-graduation, Shaquille worked for PepsiCo where he held various roles in supply chain operations, sales, and people management. He became the youngest Field Sales Rep in the company at 23. He was an early employee at a startup called FanReact, started a company called TAGD, and now currently works at Google on the Enterprise Cloud Sales Team.

Koy McDermott

Millennial Leadership Consultant

After years of traveling weekly to present workshops on leadership and sales-related topics for hundreds of Fortune 500 companies like Johnson and Johnson, Oracle, and ExxonMobil, Koy found that helping businesses grow was fun, but helping PEOPLE GROW was his real passion. By combining his education in management and sales with strong training and speaking abilities, Koy empowers young people to take action towards their desired professional and entrepreneurial goals and get results!

Andrea Cardona

Software Engineer @ Chipper.app

I am currently a full stack software engineer with a passion for bringing diversity to the programming community. After spending a few years in tech on the marking and sales side of San Francisco based startups, and working in media at VICE in NY - while focusing on LatinX and Latin America growth initiatives - I realized my passion really lied to make an impact within the Tech community. I wanted to help bridge the gap between the tech and LatinX worlds.

After attending the NYC Flatiron Full-stack Immersive program, I am now proud to say I am a full stack engineer at an Austin based startup, called Chipper. I am also an organizer for the Techqueria Austin Chapter and always looking to make tech more accessible to the LatinX community. I love helping others find a passion for programming and finding inspiration in others!

Enrique Dominguez

Director, Equal Opportunity in Engineering (EOE) Program

Enrique is a first-generation Civil Engineering graduate from The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering. He worked in industry for seven years where he climbed through numerous business sectors from engineering to management. In his growth after college, he learned his true vocation for equity and equality. For 5 years and still currently, Enrique is the Director of the Equal Opportunity in Engineering (EOE) Program.

As the Director, he leads efforts to recruit, retain and graduate underrepresented ethnic minority students as well as students who have backgrounds or experiences that will contribute to the overall diversity of the Cockrell School. Enrique is a consistent strong advocate for underrepresented students at UT Austin and across higher education.

Johnny Hill

Academic Coordinator, Equal Opportunity in Engineering (EOE) Program

Johnny is the Academic Coordinator in the Equal Opportunity in Engineering Program and the primary contact for all development and coordination issues related to EOE academic initiatives. He is a local Austinite and an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin. He received his BA degree in economics and completed the Business Foundation Certificate from Red McCombs School of Business. He is currently a committee member of Former President Obama “Greater Austin Area My Brother’s Keeper” (GAAMBK) Initiative, supporting males of color in reaching their full potential. Johnny is also a committee member of Mayor Steve Adler’s Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities (IRSI), which explores inequities throughout the city of Austin.

Brian L. Fontenot

Entrepreneur | Philanthropist | Speaker

Brian L. Fontenot is an accomplished transformation specialist helping small, medium, and Fortune 1000 businesses and young professionals not only find suc- cess but exceed their personal and professional goals. Brian has helped businesses and corporations navigate transformations in design, digital, and technology that have led to profitable growth and facilitates the retention, development, and graduation of talented college students who become leaders in their chosen careers.

Mauricio Degregor

Economics major from Texas A&M University

Mauricio is a senior Economics major from Texas A&M University. Since starting college, he has worked on three different businesses; a social investment platform named Pool, a minimalist clothing brand, and a 3D printing supply company. After an internship at Quake Capital, he's now interning with BLNDED Media, a leading platform for the voices of diverse and underrepresented entrepreneurs. Outside of work, he enjoys reading about business, working out, and writing mediocre poetry.

Student Organizations

The Hispanic Association of Computer Scientists (HACS) is an organization that aims to empower and provide support for Hispanic students in computer science through academic, professional, and social events.

The Association of Black Computer Scientists (ABCS) is a student led organization that provides mentorship, networking, and opportunities to African and African-American students seeking an education in computer science.

Meet the Team!


Jorge Garcia

President, Webmaster

About Jorge

I am a third-year Computer Science major at the University of Texas at Austin with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I am also the Athletics Director for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and my hobbies include running and bouldering, both of which I am really passionate about.


Carlos Valdez

Vice President

About Carlos

I'm a 3rd year computer science major with a focus on diversity and inclusion. I love politics, history, coding, health, and technology. I am super passionate about getting more POC out into the tech industry as well as LGBTQ+ individuals!


Mehrdad Darraji

Finance, Webmaster

About Mehrdad

I am a 3rd year Computer Science major that's passionate about using technology to help people around the world. I am currently interested in the areas of machine learning, mobile development, and web development.


Denalex Orakwue


About Denalex

I am a senior majoring in computer science at The University of Texas at Austin. In my free time I enjoy programming, writing, and sports. I believe events such as Div Day are important as they provide a valuable opportunity for underrepresented minorities in tech to network, empower, and learn from each other.


Terrell Watson


About Terrell

I am a third-year Computer Science major here at the University of Texas at Austin. I was born in Honolulu, HI, but I went to high school in Dallas, TX. I love basketball and sports in general, so you can often catch me at Gregory Gymnasium on the court or in the weight room.


Tyree Jackson


About Tyree

My name is Tyree Jackson and I'm a second year Computer Science major at UT. I was born and raised in the best city in Texas, Houston! I love fitness, food, and friends: my three Fs for a healthy life!


Marissa Jenkins


About Marissa

I am a computer science major at UT - Austin, born into a huge family from Houston, who loves to swim, read, and volunteer.


Alex Flores


About Alex

I love Computer Science, skyscrapers, and urban development.

About The Event

Our team, a committee from the Hispanic Association of Computer Scientists (HACS) and Association of Black Computer Scientists (ABCS), is a focused diverse group of 8 University Of Texas Computer Science students. Our committee is supported by the Computer Science Department, HACS, and ABCS. Our intention is to create a conference, Div Day, to give students in our community the opportunity to have a unique empowering experience so that they can strive for a strengthened diverse community and become leaders to enact change in the STEM workforce.

Where: Gates Dell Complex 2317 Speedway Austin, TX 78712
When: November 17th, 2018

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