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The Importance of Belonging Across the Tech Ecosystem

By | February 25, 2022

Throughout last year, the Making Our Strong Community Stronger (MSCS) initiative discussed the importance of telling stories and creating a climate for success for everyone. We are shifting to demystify the challenges of isolation and loneliness that can occur when programs, training, support and other components of the ecosystem may not provide the holistic access, partnerships, and opportunities that unlock real belonging and potential for people, teams, and companies.

In keeping with our previous discussions, we are continuing our bold, open and honest dialog related to the experiences, challenges, and solutions to navigating DEI. But this time around, we’re bringing in one new, important factor—belonging—making our key initiative diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEI-B).

On February 23, MSCS hosted a live conversation with several thought leaders from the tech ecosystem including:

  • Dr. Gina Bullock, Assistant Professor, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Chinedu Ibeh, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Compute Services, New York Life
  • Byron Smith, Senior Mainframe Security Engineer, Systems Technology Banking Officer, M&T Bank
  • Nicole Nwakalor, Specialist, Systems Engineering, Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud, Charles Schwab

If you missed the conversation, the video is now available on-demand. You can view it on the MSCS playlist on the Open Mainframe Project Youtube Channel or watch it below.