Non-Engineering Careers at Bay Area Tech Companies

On August 25th at the Oakland Impact Hub, the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, and the Berkeley-Haas School of Business hosted a panel discussion entitled “Non-Engineering Careers at Bay Area Tech Companies“. Panelists included Neal Stewart from Google, Jeunee Simon from Slack, Aisha Chiappetta from MongoDB, Rena Davis from Lyft, and Nabeela Virji from Yelp. Marco Lindsey, Chief of Staff at the Berkeley-Haas School of Business and member of the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area was the event’s moderator.

Under the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Economic Empowerment initiative, the purpose of the event was to inform Bay Area residents and college students about the career opportunities at local tech companies that do not involve coding. This standing room only event also paired more than 250 diverse job seekers with over 30 recruiters from a variety of local tech companies. Career seekers also learned of educational opportunities at the Berkeley-Haas Center for Executive Education that would help them gain skills that would make them more marketable to employers.

“Thank you guys for showing up and allowing me to learn/explore the avenues with the Tech industry. It was very enlightening to learn that the industry offers about 70% of positions to non-coding careers. Also the food provided was wonderful as well.”

Special thanks to the Berkeley-Haas School of Business, Salesforce, Lyft, MongoDB, Slack, and Yelp for sponsoring the event.

The 100 Black Men of the Bay Area considers economic empowerment as a necessary step toward creating a just society, not only here in the United States, but, for people of color around the world. When we think of economic empowerment we are thinking about the individual’s or a community’s ability to be self-determined in creating dreams, pursuing them and ultimately perpetuating them by establishing the mechanisms to sustain generational wealth. Our program initiatives promote economic self-sufficiency through financial literacy, family wealth building and entrepreneurship.

Communities that possess a strong economic base have better schools, are better educated, safer to live in, healthier both physically and mentally, have better jobs, higher employment, more fathers and stronger families. This is true regardless of the racial makeup of the community.

We believe the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between the African American community and the potential in that community to make large economic gains. Any improvement in economic fabric of the African American community will leverage growth in the entire community.

The 100 Black Men of the Bay Area partners with other economic development related organizations and government agencies to develop and provide programs and strategies that will strengthen the Black community’s economic base. We will not only promote and assist successful Black businesses that create employment with in our community, but, home ownership as well.

The 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Economic Development Program is based on the National Economic Development Program.