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.

Tuning in virtually? Watch live on Hopin on the Stage here.

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.

Attend this event in person or participate from the comfort of your home or office through Hopin.


There is a large paid parking lot right next to the T3 building (323 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401).