- Israel Cook - Senior Production
Millines Dziko - Co-Founder & Executive
Director, Technology Access Foundation
- Aprille Ericsson,
Ph.D. - Instrument Manager, NASA
- Jay Green - Reporter, National
Newspaper Publishers Association
- Arleyah Morris - Deputy Executive
Director, National Society of Black Engineers
- Malcolm Player - 2004 Skins
Challenge Winner, North Carolina A&T
- Stephon Watson
- Program Manager, Microsoft
- Nichol Bradford
- Global Director of Strategic
Growth, Vivendi Universal Games
- Malcolm Player - 2004 Skins
Challenge Winner, North Carolina A&T
- Keith Toussaint
- Windows Media Program Manager, Microsoft
- Jay Green -
Reporter, National Newspaper Publishers Association
- Michael Smith, Ph.D.
- Program Director, National Society
of Black Engineers
Israel Cook - Graphics
Roger Hughlett - Technology Reporter, Washington
Tavis Smiley – Commentator, The Tavis
Syreeta Thomas - 2004-2005 Chairperson,
NSBE Region 6
Keith Toussaint - Windows Media Program Manager,
Omar Wasow - Executive Director, Blackplanet.com
Roger Zimmerman, Ph.D. - Integrated Media
Systems, University of Southern California
- Trish Millines Dziko
- Co-Founder & Executive Director,
Technology Access Foundation (Seattle, Washington)
- Ray Blakeney - Diversity
Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
- Keith Toussaint - Windows
Media Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Global Director of Strategic Growth
Vivendi Universal Games
Nichol Bradford is no stranger to
Action-Adventure! She works in the fast growing, exciting video
and computer game industry.
As the Global Director of Strategic Growth at
Vivendi Universal Games (VUG), Bradford reports to CEO Bruce Hack
and works on special projects, portfolio planning, and manages the
strategic/marketing relationships with Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.
Before moving into this special role, Bradford
spent two years in Marketing at VUG. As a Sr. Global Brand Manager
she marketed video games tied to major film properties like Van
Helsing, Fight Club and Scarface. She worked extensively with Universal
Studios Motion Picture Group, Twentieth Century Fox and other Studios/content
holders to bring properties to the 3-D interactive world.
Prior to VUG, Bradford spent two years at Disney
Interactive/Buena Vista Games, a division of The Walt Disney Company,
as a Marketing/Licensing Manager on video games for Finding Nemo,
Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Lilo & Stitch and
Spy Kids among others. During this time, she worked closely with
Miramax Films, Pixar Animation Studios, and Jerry Bruckheimer Films.
Nichol Bradford is committed to the growth and
development of the video game industry as evidenced by her Chairmanship
of an annual art exhibit titled, Into The Pixel: A Celebration of
Video Game Art. Into the Pixel is a joint project between E3, the
Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles County
Museum of Art (LACMA) where Bradford sits on the Board of the Prints
and Drawing Council (PDC).
She is passionate about encouraging diversity
in the video game industry. To that end, Bradford is a Board Member
of the Urban Video Game Academy (UVGA), whose mission is to better
prepare students in disadvantaged areas for postsecondary education
and technology careers by teaching them the fundamentals of video
game development. In addition, she organizes an annual dinner at
E3 for diverse executives.
In 2001, Nichol received her MBA in Strategic
Management from the Wharton School of Business. Before graduate
school, Bradford worked in New York in cosmetics and fashion licensing
at Estee Lauder and The Anne Klein Company. She earned her BBA in
Marketing from the University of Houston.
Bradford is an avid reader. When asked to describe her literary
influences for her novel My Sister’s Keeper, she cites three
main writers: James Clavell’s deep, long lasting plots with
intrigue at every turn, Barbara Taylor Bradford’s grand sweeping
epics of indomitable business women, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s
all important quests that can change the world.
During her spare time, Bradford dances the
Trish Millines Dziko
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Technology Access Foundation
Trish was born and raised in New
Jersey. She attended Monmouth College and received a Computer Science
degree in 1979. After graduation, Trish spent 15 years working in
the high tech industry as a software tester and developer, program
manager, consultant, and database designer in industries as diverse
as military weapons, business systems, communications, and medical
It was during her 8.5 years at Microsoft
that she became active in diversity. In 1995, Trish worked as a
Senior Diversity Administrator. She traveled the country to recruit
technically trained people of color and found that the pool of people
she had to choose from was very small. Trish came to realize that
the lack of diversity in the work place was not due to the efforts
of her employer--Microsoft was a great example of a company actively
working to recruit a workforce reflective of its customer base.
The problem was that there were not enough people of color coming
out of college with high tech training.
Trish realized that in order to increase
the number of qualified people coming out of college, she would
need to find a way to increase the number of people of color enrolling
in university to gain technical training. Capturing the interest
of children of color early in their lives, and providing them with
the opportunity to become users and creators of technology is the
foundation on which TAF is based.
In 1996, Trish left Microsoft, and
with the support and help of friends and family, created the Technology
Washington Business Journal
Roger Hughlett has covered technology
and telecommunications for more than six years. Before joining the
Washington Business Journal, he was a reporter with the Baltimore
Business Journal. Prior to that he was on the business desk at the
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He has served as contributing reporter
for both public television and radio stations. Hughlett has won
several reporting awards from the Maryland Delaware DC Press Association.
He is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University.
The Tavis Smiley Show
His late night television show, Tavis
Smiley, is the first program in the history of PBS to broadcast
from the West Coast. Host of The Tavis Smiley Show from
NPR, he is the first African American to host his own signature
talk show in the history of National Public Radio. He hosts The
Smiley Report, heard daily on urban contemporary radio stations
across America, and appears twice weekly on the Tom Joyner Morning
Show. In addition, Smiley has an imprint (Smiley Books) with Hay
House, creating a series of products including empowerment cards,
audiocassettes, mini-books and success seminars. He was previously
the host of the award-winning BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley.
The mission of his nonprofit organization-Tavis
Smiley Foundation-is to enlighten, encourage and empower Black youth.
Tavis Smiley Presents, a subsidiary of The Smiley Group, Inc., brings
ideas and people together through symposiums, seminars, forums and
town hall meetings. His advocacy work has been profiled on 60 Minutes.
Smiley is a graduate of Indiana University.
Founder and President
Paramount Digital Entertainment
Leonard Washington is founder
and president of Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE), the interactive
division of Paramount Pictures. Since its inception in 1994, PDE
has focused on leveraging technologies to market, extend, and protect
Paramount's brands in the digital realm. Mr.
Washington is responsible for leading PDE's creative and business
efforts in developing strategies and partnerships that both enhance
the marketing of Paramount.s traditional programming and lead to
the creation of new forms of entertainment content for emerging
consumer platforms and devices.
Mr. Washington has been involved with Paramount's
digital activities in various capacities for more than fifteen years,
including PDE's initial groundbreaking initiative: the creation
of the first Web site to promote a motion picture -- Star Trek Generations
-- in October 1994.
Mr. Washington also serves as Vice President of
the Digital Coast Roundtable, is a member of the Producers Guild
of America New Media Council, and the founder of a digital filmmaking
class for inner-city youth in partnership with Break Away Technologies
and the Intel Computer Clubhouse of Los Angeles.
Prior to joining Paramount, Washington designed
satellite systems for TRW's Electronic Systems Group. Mr. Washington
holds an MBA from the Anderson School Management at UCLA and a BS
in electrical engineering from Howard University.
Omar Wasow, 33, is the Executive
Director of BlackPlanet.com
at Community Connect Inc. and a technology analyst for WNBC
and NPR. Under Omar's leadership BlackPlanet.com became the leading
site for African Americans, reaching over two million people a month.
Omar also works to demystify technology issues through weekly TV
and radio segments on WNBC's Today in New York and NPR's
Tavis Smiley Show . Similarly, Omar tutored Oprah Winfrey
in her first exploration of the Net in the 12-part series 'Oprah
Wasow's success as a credible and
friendly guide to the Internet led Newsweek to name him
one of the "fifty most influential people to watch in cyberspace,"
and People magazine to call him the "Sexiest Internet
Executive, 2001." Successful Meetings Magazine named him
one of the "21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century."
As a result of his active participation
in a number of social issues, particularly the charter school movement,
Omar was selected to be a fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation's
Next Generation Leadership program. In Fall 2003, a K-4 charter
school that Omar helped found opened in his hometown of Brooklyn.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Technology & You Columnist
Steve Wildstrom created BusinessWeek's
Technology & You column in 1994. The goal of the column, which
appears weekly with regular supplements at
BusinessWeek Online , is to help readers understand and use
personal technology to enhance their jobs and their lives.
Before starting Technology
& You, Steve served as senior news editor in BusinessWeek's
Washington bureau and edited the Washington Outlook column. Since
joining the magazine in 1972, he has served in variety of capacities,
covering politics, economics, and labor in Washington and Detroit
and was also deeply involved in the computerization of editorial
operations in the 1980s. A native of Detroit, Steve is a graduate
of the University of Michigan.
Aprille J. Ericsson, Ph.D.
A Howard University Board of
Trustees member since 2004, Dr. Ericsson is an Instrument Manager
and Aerospace Engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She
received a B.S. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Howard University, where she served
several terms as the President of the Graduate Student Council.
She is the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical
Engineering from Howard University.
She has 20 years of experience
in structural dynamics, controls, and instrument management of spacecraft
missions, was featured on the NBC Nightly News Series Women to Watch,
and is listed in history books honoring African-Americans in Aerospace
and Science. She has received numerous awards, including the 2002
HU College of Engineering, Architecture, Computer Sciences (CEACS)
Alumni Excellence Award, and the 1997 Women in Science and Engineering
Award for Best Female Engineer in the Federal Government.
The HU Upward Bound Math and
Science Initiative Program is named in her honor. She is a charter
member of the HU CEACS Alumni Network, and her board posts include:
Forestville Military Academy, The Center for Quality in Urban Education
and the HU Middle School of Mathematics and Science.
Program Manager in Windows
Core OS Deployment
Stephon Watson, a 24 year old Chicago
native, is a Purdue University College of Electrical Engineering
graduate. Stephon has served in several leadership roles, including
2005-2006 National Society of Black Engineers Region 4 Chairperson.
Stephon led the Region 4 Executive Board in executing the NSBE mission,
vision, and directives throughout the Great Lakes Region. Under
his leadership, Region 4 had a 40% membership increase and secured
record funding. In 2006-2007, Stephon served as the Region 4 Chairperson
Emeritus, where he handled region's governing policies, documents,
and elections. He also served as an advisor to the regional executive
board. Stephon served as the NSBE Training and Transitioning Coordinator,
where he organized the training and transitioning activities for
NSBE's National and Regional Leadership programs.
At Purdue University, Stephon was a teaching
assistant for freshmen engineering courses, assisted the Minority
Engineering Programs Office, conducted undergraduate research, tutored
6th-8th graders, and participated in bible study. In all of these
activities, he demonstrated a commitment to serving others in a
manner leading to opportunities and rewards for all. Stephon is
excited about his Microsoft responsibilities as a Program Manager
in the Windows Core Deployment Organization.