Today in the studio, we have Olivia Herriford, whose great and exceptional work is focused on equity in technology. Olivia is the Regional Director and Employer Engagement at Bay Area Community College Consortium.
Olivia’s background is in technology, and with the Bay Area Community College Consortium, they support 28 community colleges in the San Francisco Bay region. She often tells people she has what one would call an “ancient” computer science degree which she earned in 1973. Olivia takes us back to what it was like to be a black woman in the mid-70s working with hardware and software engineers in the area of hardware design. Sadly, she experienced a rather hostile work environment.
In today’s world, Olivia believes one of the best things we can do for reaching out to younger people is instill confidence. These young people do not need to be swayed by comparing themselves to others, but rather realize we all bring something unique to the table. Everyone needs to understand their own capabilities and power.
2:26 Olivia’s background
6:38 How Olivia ended up where she is
15:45 How do we change the environment
17:17 Progress & future
20:42 Making an impact
23:04 Cultivating conversations
26:22 Equity in technology
29:08 Advice for awareness
32:35 Connecting with Olivia
Olivia on LinkedIn
Olivia on YouTube
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