NADIYAH JOHNSON: ENSURING THAT PEOPLE OF COLOR AND WOMEN CAN FIND OPPORTUNITIES IN THE TECH INDUSTRY

Early in Nadiyah Johnson’s career as a computer scientist, she discovered that for many people, including people of color and women, the technology industry was not an entirely comfortable space.

As a Milwaukee-native and Black woman, she had just reported her summer internship efforts to top executives who were responding positively, when Johnson’s supervisor called her over to a corner of the room.

‘We’ve got to do something about your hair,’” Johnson remembered the White supervisor telling her. “It’s way too distracting.”

Johnson, who founded software development company Jet Constellations, has made it her mission to ensure that people of color and women pursuing careers and entrepreneurship opportunities in technology have a very different experience from the one she had.

That was why all of the Wisconsin Tech Month events in October had a diversity, equity and inclusion, or civic tech component, Johnson said....

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