Networking Event Targets Diversity Among Top Technology Professionals
Several Comcast senior leaders, including Raúl Valentín, Wil Colón, Derek Brown, Sherita Ceasar and Marc Siry, recounted their journey with Comcast. Sree Kotay, SVP and Chief Software Architect, served as the keynote speaker and discussed his role and involvement in dynamic projects since starting at Comcast after leaving AOL in 2007. Comcast business leaders served as talent scouts as they mingled with the attendees, who also received tours of Comcast’s Innovation Lab and Accessibility Lab, and participated in product demos. The group also watched a virtual tour of the new Comcast Innovation and Technology Center that is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2018.
Michael Peters, Director of Talent Acquisition, was very pleased with the turnout. "We made some meaningful connections with local technology groups and diverse technologists," he said. "This has always been our plan to engage talent on our site. We’ve historically gone to national and local conferences and it’s more difficult to ‘sell’ the benefits of working at Comcast when we’re not on our home turf. We expect that TXPO will be the blueprint for introducing top talent to a company that they’ve always known in their backyard. Long term, we expect to do something similar across the footprint, both in technology and other critical workforce segments."
Presidents of local tech organization chapters, such as the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Black Data Professional Associates (BDPA), and National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), provided brief remarks about their organizations and the importance of their relationship with Comcast.