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Womxn of Color in Tech + Social Justice Meet Up

February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Womxn of Color in Tech fosters womxn of color spaces to elevate the need for intentionality in building safe spaces for discussing our lived experiences with sexism, racism, homophobia, and transphobia specifically as business womxn; With the goal of sustaining workforce development & representation for womxn of color in industries that have historically boxed us in or left us out.


Melissa Andrada is a Strategic Consultant, Leadership Coach, Public Speaker and Workshop Facilitator who is passionate about collaborating with diverse creative leaders to drive inclusion and transformation at scale. She was most recently the COO of Learnerbly, a VC-backed startup based in London that helps creative companies accelerate the growth of their people. She co-founded the corporate learning arm of the creative consultancy Wolff Olins where she was a lead strategist working on clients in both their NYC and London offices. One of her favorite projects was co-creating the original strategic vision for the MOOC provider FutureLearn and their first course, which has reached 85,000+ people. She regularly gives talks focused on empowering diverse and disadvantaged communities (LGBTQ2IA+, women, people of color) to grow confidence in themselves and others. She brings an interdisciplinary approach to her workshop and coaching experiences where diversity meets creativity, strategy meets spirituality, head meets heart.

Ariana Bray (she/her) is a software engineer. She has been an intern/full-time engineer at Nordstrom since August 2019. Before attending Ada Developers Academy in February 2019 and making the switch into tech, Ariana received her bachelor’s degree in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 and worked in non-profit and legal spaces in Seattle. In her free time, she likes to read, write, play rugby, and volunteer with organizations such as the Northwest African American Museum, IGNITE Worldwide, and Black Girls Code. She lives in Beacon Hill, Seattle.

*****The space is open to womxn (womxn is used as an inclusive word that is welcoming to all female-identifying, trans womxn, femmes, gender fluid, gender non conforming, and non-binary) of color with intersecting identities that do work in tech and/or social justice sectors.

Make sure to RSVP; space is limited.

Event tickets are by donation – pay what you wish. We want the event to be as accessible as possible, if any barriers arise due to the financial ask please email us at All proceeds from this event will go directly to providing event services and youth job shadowing opportunities.


February 26
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Samuel E. Kelly Ethhnic Culture Center – University of Washington
3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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