Join us in driving an inclusive future for everyone. In this special 1/2-day event, we’ll discuss jobs, access and opportunity, empathy and allyship, inclusive and accessible design, creating inclusive teams and much more!

Come join us if you’re interested in developing a more inclusive future in the Detroit area, if you want want to learn what others are doing to drive diversity and inclusion in tech, and/or if you want to understand what YOU can do to make a difference in the local community.

Now more than ever we must come together to drive solutions to diversity and inclusion: as executives, hiring managers, human resources, data scientists, educators, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and diversity and inclusion advocates. Get involved and be a part of the solution!

You are safe and included here.

Tech Inclusion events are a safe and innovative space for people across every gender, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, sexual orientation, visible and invisible ability, and age, as well as veterans and people formerly incarcerated. We work to make our events accessible to everyone – we’ve partnered with Ava app (beta) to provide live captioning, if you need an ASL interpreter or a volunteer guide, or have other accessibility needs please let us know!

Registration is free. Event Website

Thursday May 11th

Doors Open
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Talk: State of Diversity & Inclusion in Tech Industry & Tech Ecosystem
1:00pm – 1:30pm
The Founders of Change Catalyst and Tech Inclusion discuss what they have learned over the last 3 years, working across the global tech ecosystem on diversity and inclusion. What are the major issues and opportunities for change the tech industry? What seems to be working and where is the need greatest?

Melinda Briana Epler, Founder & CEO, Change Catalyst, @mbrianaepler
Wayne Sutton, Founder & CTO, Change Catalyst, @waynesutton

State of Detroit Diversity and Inclusion
1:30pm – 2:00pm
An overview of where we are now and how far we have to go to have an inclusive tech economy locally.

Jill Ford, Special Advisor to Mayor Mike Duggan and Economic Development leader who is transforming Detroit’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Panel: Creating an Inclusive Tech Ecosystem in Detroit
2:00pm – 3:00pm
The Detroit tech ecosystem – present and future – and how diversity and inclusion plays a role. Where do opportunities and current needs exist in Detroit? What programs are currently helping drive diversity and inclusion? How can each person can help create meaningful change?

Moderator: Melinda Briana Epler, Founder & CEO, Change Catalyst, @mbrianaepler

Interactive Session: Inclusion Solutions Lab
3:00pm – 4:15pm
Inclusion is everyone’s problem and everyone can be a part of the solution. What is currently needed in the Detroit area to make the tech industry more inclusive? Who are the people and organizations doing great work, and what resources do they need? What are the biggest barriers for underrepresented people in tech locally? How can companies, educators, investors, policymakers, tech employees and media each play a role in creating change? What will you commit do doing differently?

Lightning Talks
4:15pm – 4:45pm

4:45pm – 5:00pm May 11
Melinda Briana Epler, Founder & CEO, Change Catalyst, @mbrianaepler
Wayne Sutton, Founder & CTO, Change Catalyst, @waynesutton

5:00pm – 6:30pm May 11
Join us for Happy Hour, networking and refreshments to continue the conversation!


You can view the full event details here.