Necessary Inclusion: Embracing the Changing Faces of Technology


Avis Yates Rivers

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Information Technology is the lifeblood of every company. Hundreds of thousands of tech jobs are being created by U.S. corporations each year, but there are not enough talented people to fill those openings. Despite increased emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), women and people of color are not participating in or inventing technology. Without them, these pipeline challenges will persist. Necessary Inclusion: Embracing the Changing Faces of Technology is the one book that not only breaks down the challenges into digestible bites, it also provides a road map to solving this ever-expanding problem. Thought leader and entrepreneur Avis Yates Rivers established her own successful technology company more than three decades ago. Her story shines a spotlight on the importance of strategic mentoring, persistence, and hard work. She is a highly sought-after global speaker on the subjects of race, gender and the need to embrace the changing faces of technology. Avis is a long-time advocate for the increased utilization of minority and women-owned businesses, and a change agent for increasing the meaningful participation of women and people of color in technology. She serves as a director on the boards of a select group of non-profit organizations, and is the National Spokesperson for NCWIT’s “Sit With Me” Campaign.