Digital Diversity Network Announces 2nd Annual Innovation and Inclusion Award Honorees

Top Quote Digital Diversity Network (DDN) will honor 16 leaders of the innovation economy in a special ceremony on Thursday, October 19 at Galvanize (315 Hudson Street) from 6-9pm. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 05, 2017 - New York, NY - Digital Diversity Network (DDN) announced the 2017 honorees for their second annual “Innovation & Inclusion Awards” which will be hosted by Galvanize on Thursday, October 19 at their West Village offices (315 Hudson Street) from 6-9pm.

    The achievements of 16 diverse leaders in the innovation economy will be acknowledged and celebrated. This recognition is an effective and timely way of highlighting the underrepresented role models and the achievements of a diversity of people who are leading the Innovation Economy. The honorees span a spectrum of disciplines and industries and the awards will be conferred in five categories: Code Breakers, Change Agents, Culture Catalysts, Inventor/Innovators and Social Entrepreneurs.

    Kedma Pognon Brown, Digital Diversity Network Board President reflected,” Reward and recognition are integral to fostering an inclusive culture within the digital and technology sectors. The Innovation & Inclusion Awards not only celebrate the contributions of diverse professionals, but also serve as an inspiration to those who aspire to be a part of the industry.”

    In addition to the 16 honorees, two special recognitions, the Impact Award will be given to’s Diversity Verticals: (NBC Asian America, NBCBLK, NBC Latino and NBC Out); and the Connector Award will jointly be given to Vicky Colf, Chief Technology Officer, Warner Bros. and Raymond Ealy, Executive Director & Founder, STEAM:CODERS.

    The event is expected to be attended by technology influencers, including key innovators, diversity and inclusion officers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, leaders of corporate employee resource groups (ERGs), academics, executives, professionals and non-profit organization leaders.

    Nominations were open to the public June 13 through August 4, 2017. Honorees were selected by a panel of technology and digital executives. The response was robust and yielded a list of professionals from major corporations, start-ups, accelerators, non-profits and social venture firms.

    The honorees for the 2nd annual “Innovation & Inclusion” Class of 2017, by category, are:
    Code Breakers
    Robinne Burrell, Chief Product Officer, Redflight Mobile
    Sheila Marmon, Founder & CEO, Mirror Digital
    Chris Pinel, VP, Head of Sales, West Coast, kargo

    Change Agents
    Danielle Regis, Software Developer, US Government
    Dr. Travis McPhail, Staff Software Engineer, Google Maps
    Jules Walter, Product Manager, Slack

    Culture Catalysts
    Eunique Jones Gibson, Founder/Director/Creative Director, Because of Them We Can
    Jonathan Jackson, Co-founder & Head of Corporate Brand, Blavity
    Kymber Lim, Chief Creative Officer, Head of Studio, Holor Media (need photo)
    Earnest Pettie, Brand & Diversity Curation Lead, YouTube

    Khadija Ali, Senior Product Manager, Compass
    Louis Flores, Effects Supervisor, DreamWorks Animation
    Nantana Minale, Director of Engineering, Boingo Wireless
    Birame Sock, Founder/CEO, Flyscan

    Social Entrepreneurs
    Kendra Desrosiers, Diversity Creator Marketing Programs Lead, YouTube
    Jotaka Eaddy, Vice President of Policy; Strategic Engagement and Impact, LendUp

    Event sponsors, in addition to Galvanize, include Google and YouTube. Digital Diversity Network’s Annual Corporate Sponsors include Comcast NBCUniversal, HBO, The New York Times Company, Viacom and Warner Bros.

    For sponsorship information and tickets, contact: kathy.johnson ( @ ) digitaldiversitynetwork dot com

    For more information and/or to arrange interviews with any of the honorees, please contact:
    Kathy Johnson (646)202-2643

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    About Digital Diversity Network (DDN)
    Digital Diversity Network (DDN) is a 501(c)(6) professional trade association formed in 2012 to advance diversity, create access and champion inclusion within the digital and tech sectors. With a specific emphasis on working professionals, DDN’s events and programs help to ensure that the hi-tech producer/earner economy mirrors the demographics of key consumer/user groups.

    contact: Kitt Grant/DDN/917-514-5143/Kathy Johnson/DDN/646-202-2643

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