Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 Twin Cities Startup Week 2021
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Getting Technical About the Challenges of Ensuring Everyone Has Access to STEM Programming


Erica Prairie
General Mills, Sr Manager of Learning & Development

Creative leader, data-driven storyteller and human-centered design, Erica has held several leadership roles with local Fortune 500 companies involving DEI initiatives to recruit and retain diverse tech workers.

Jade Denson
Minnesota Technology Association, Vice President, Programming & Member Experience

Experienced professional working in social enterprise, non-profit and technology spaces. Passionate about relationship building and identifying creative solutions that improve stakeholder experience, deliverables, and outcomes. Innovation, collaboration, and leveraging the right resources is core to the way I go about the world.

Andrea Wilson Vazquez
Code Savvy, MNCodes Director of Education Training

Coordinate and facilitate training for educators around integrating computer science into the K-12 classroom. Facilitate the MN Coding in the Classroom Leadership Cohort, including planning and leading monthly professional development sessions to develop participants’ skills, vision and resources related to computer science education, managing communication with all stakeholders, developing and maintaining tech lending library, writing and managing grants and partnerships, and presenting at local, state and national conferences to share our model for computer science professional development.

Jack Hysell
Target, Non-traditional Engineer & Program Manager of Early Career Programming

Delivering a best in class onboarding experience, whether virtual or in person, to our incoming engineers. Creating an inclusive and psychologically safe space for new engineers to explore and grow together. This role requires a keen focus on the tech used at Target to help provide tailored lessons and presentations that will prep engineers for a successful start to their career and expose them to a broad set of tools they will use or be expected to know about.

Serve as Product Owner for Pigeon, an inner sourced application used to match our TLP Engineers with teams. Leading a team of engineers through a set of three milestones to bring this application fully into production by early spring 2021.


A panel discussion around the challenges high schools are facing getting everyone access to solid STEM programming and the innovative approaches companies are taking to attract, hire and retain diverse tech talent.

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