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Owning Your Career Journey & Leveling up along the way

Amplifying Black Excellence

Often times people are ashamed of their career journey especially of where they may have started & the zig zags and ups & downs. As a career pivoter several times including during the 2008 recession, Renee encourages, inspires and teaches people how to cultivate a growth mindset to understand their journey ( the zig & zags) is as important as their destinations. And to always remember to level up along the way.

Renee Reid

Bridget Finkeldey

Renée Reid is a dynamic and sought-after international keynote speaker, panelist, moderator, and MC. She’s a known & respected voice and activist for the importance of representation, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and equity within the Design, Product and Tech industries. Renee has been a speaker at popular events including AFROTECH, Harvard Design Conference, UX CON Vienna, a commencement speaker at UC Irvine & UC Berkeley Master of Design graduations and many more.

She is a Senior Manager of UX Design Research leading a team of researchers on Enterprise Marketing & Sales Solutions at LinkedIn and has over 20 years of professional tech experience, including roles in project management, CX, UX, and sales.

Renée uses her voice to help inform and inspire UX professionals and the next generation of researchers, while also helping underrepresented communities learn about Design as a career and how to become leaders in the UX industry.

A proud Historically Black College and University (HBCU) alumna from Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia, Renee also received her Master's in Human Computer Interaction and Design from the University of California, Irvine.

She is an active Board Member with two non-profits in the California Bay Area, Inneract Project and Opportunity Junction, as well as an advisor and investor to several startups. Renee also volunteers and supports several organizations including the San Jose African American Community Service Agency (AACSA), the Boys and Girls Club of the Penisula, and YearUp.

Always adorned in one of her many signature headwraps, in 2020 Renee launched her popular podcast, Tech Wrap Queen available across all platforms, helping to amplify Black voices & leaders throughout Tech, Design and Culture through dynamic conversations that inform and inspire her guests which are known as her “Royal Court”.

Hunter Canning

Bridget Finkeldey

Hunter Canning is a New York based actor, puppeteer, producer and photographer. A conscience citizen of the world, his ethos is bringing people together through all the facets of his life. Be it producing live performance downtown, creating corporate recruitment content or photographing portraiture, red carpets and live events; Hunter has a passion for bringing people together to foster growth, kindness and a true understanding of each other.

Raised in the outer canyons of Los Angeles, Hunter has been a professional actor in New York for the past decade. Notable credits include Broadway’s War Horse (Lincoln Center), Blue Bloods (CBS), The Baker & The Beauty (ABC) and Ray Donovan (Showtime). A career that has seen dizzying heights, all the while remaining with his two feet on the ground.

It is with great pleasure that Hunter joins the Power To Fly community to host and mediate its forums. He looks forward to meeting you all and connecting you with the amazing team of professionals they have brought together.

Find Hunter at or and on Instagram and LinkedIn @huntercanning


Increasing the Black Footprint in Tech - How to Create a Safe Space for Black Employees

Amplifying Black Excellence

Join two Workivians with non-traditional career backgrounds, who were able to find a safe haven in Workiva's culture and Black (BERG) Business Employee Resource Group. Learn what Workiva is doing to change the narrative and increase the black footprint in tech.

Kevin Purvis

Bridget Finkeldey

Kevin Purvis joined Workiva as a Solutions Architect in November 2020. He brought with him 5+ years of experience in the consulting space and over 15+ years working for various Software as a Service companies that had him performing roles in QA, Technical Support and Implementations. This helped him to develop the skills that have allowed him to grow as a consultant. In his time at Workiva, he has helped to refine the new hire training process as well as lead projects featuring FERC, Global Statutory Reporting and WData Enablement solutions. He currently sits on the Leadership Board of the newly created Black BERG at Workiva as the Collaboration Pillar lead. He is also the GSR Lead for North American based Solution Architects.
Before joining Workiva, he was a Senior Solutions Consultant at JAGGAER, a company that sells procurement based Software as a Service. While there he enabled their various solutions that enabled clients to create Contracts, manage their supply chain vendors, administer RFPs to procure goods and services and track and manager their procurement spending. He worked with large and complex clients such as Harvard, PwC, University of Wisconsin, University of Pennsylvania, SiriusXM, Waste Management and Vulcan Materials Company. He also worked with various other universities, commercial businesses and utilities companies to implement these software solutions. He also engaged in various Diversity and Inclusion efforts within the company.

He received his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science at North Carolina State University and currently resides in Fuquay-Varina, NC.

Aileah Olds

Bridget Finkeldey

Aileah grew up in Durham North Carolina, shortly after she and her family relocated from Newark New Jersey. After high school, she attended and graduated from Winston-Salem State University where she studied English and HR Management and went on to have a 9-year-long career in Human Resources and Project Management in the public sector and healthcare. Feeling like she reached a peak in her career, she decided to make a career pivot and after doing a lot of upskilling she decided to make a career transition and is now a Solutions Architect with Workiva, a Fortune 100 software company based out of Ames Iowa.

Over the course of her career, she has created a training program that has been awarded $1.4 M and implemented software that has helped many peers successfully transition careers. She now hosts a live series on Linkedin that highlights professionals from unconventional backgrounds who have successfully broken into the tech industry and offers events and services to help other industry pivoters achieve the same results.

Aileah leans on her expertise in designing and leading paid training programs for large corporations to attract, train and retain talent to now help others who wish to break into the tech industry as well. She is passionate about anti-gatekeeping, integrity, mental health awareness, and career advancement and is proud to have joined a company that shares many of those same values.

Desmond Jackson

Bridget Finkeldey

Desmond Jackson joined Workiva in September 2019 as an Associate Client Services Manager focused on investment/mutual funds clients. In April 2021, Desmond moved into a people leadership role to coach and develop Client Relationship Managers focused on investment/mutual fund clients. In September 2022, he transitioned into the newly created role of DEIB Business Partner in which he provides guidance and support for Workiva's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives as well as its BERGs (Business Employee Resource Groups). Desmond is a graduate of University of Detroit Mercy and has served on several not-for-profit boards. He resides with his family in Dallas, Texas.


Amplifying Black Excellence Starts with YOU

Amplifying Black Excellence

Tim Muindi

Bridget Finkeldey

Tim Muindi is VP and Treasurer at ServiceNow. In this role, Tim is responsible for Capital Markets, Treasury Operations, Currency Risk Management, Investments, and Insurance. Tim was also the key architect of ServiceNow’s $100M Racial Equity Fund launched in February 2021 with the objective of building equitable opportunities within Black communities by facilitating sustainable wealth creation through homeownership, affordable housing, entrepreneurship, and neighborhood revitalization.

Prior to joining ServiceNow, Tim held several Treasury rolesin various industries including social media, software, internet infrastructure, smart grid technology, data storage devices, and transportation.

Tim earned a B.A. in International Business from Whitworth University in Washington and an MBA from Willamette University in Oregon.

Aundréa Murray

Bridget Finkeldey

Aundréa Murray manages the production and publication of Thought Leadership content for global marketing campaigns at ServiceNow. In recent years, Aundréa worked as a video producer and integrated campaigns manager throughout Southeast Asia. She has produced content for the likes of Jay Shetty as well as marketed campaigns for brands such as Meta.

Aundréa earned her Master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom, and now resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Alexander Olosu

Bridget Finkeldey

Alexander Olosu is a DEI Analyst at ServiceNow. In this role, Alex analyzes and presents data to global leaders to support the advancement of the company’s DEI strategy. Prior to joining ServiceNow, he has worked across multiple industries such as manufacturing, retail, academic research, and more. Throughout his professional experiences, he remains most passionate about helping ensure more equitable spaces for underrepresented groups in Corporate America.

Alexander earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology from North Carolina State University and his master's degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Outside of working for ServiceNow, Alexander is a professional dancer, dance teacher, avid sneakerhead, investor, and sports fan.

Darice Brown

Bridget Finkeldey

Darice Brown is Sr. Director of DEI Strategic Partnerships at ServiceNow, where she engages with strategic partners to advance the company’s DEI narrative, provide inclusive professional development opportunities, and help to open new channels for business growth.

Before joining ServiceNow, Darice honed her experience in reputation management, diversity communications, supply chain communications, and messaging with Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations.

She holds an M.B.A. from Cardinal Stritch University and a B.A. degree in Professional Communications from Alverno College.

Amplifying Black excellence can/should happen across every level of an organization. Join ServiceNow as we discuss how we continue to Amplify Black Excellence by uplifting Black voices, acknowledgement of Black employees contributions, designed a donation vehicles to support Black communities and support of our EBGs. We also encourage others to explore ways to celebrate Black excellence and amplify Black voices in the workplace through networking, recognition, ally support and philanthropy.


Being an Ally to Black Colleagues and Peers

Amplifying Black Excellence

Dionna Smith

Sanmaya Mohanty

Dionna recently joined the team at Thumbtack, serving as their Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Dionna held the title of PowerToFly’s Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Learning & Development. Prior to joining PowerToFly, Dionna served as the Head of Global Talent Strategies & Recruitment Programs at Delta Air Lines. Dionna was named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 list and is a regular featured speaker at conferences. She is most proud of being the mother of five outstanding children.

During this horrific time in America, many members of the community have reached out to us as leaders in the Diversity and Inclusion space asking for advice - what should we be doing? What should we be reading? How can we support our friends, colleagues, and communities?

I may not have all of the answers, but as the Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion at PowerToFly, I hope that we can create a safe space to address these questions and more, while translating your frustration into activism and support for the Black Community. How can allies approach the issues and lead conversations to induce change?

In this chat you will walk away with:

Actionable tips to support the Black Community
Learn ways to manifest frustration into action
Apply strategies to create change at a local level



Amplifying Black Excellence

Start the day right with a virtual networking hour where we pair you with another attendee using the latest “Gatheround” technologies. If you're shy, we understand. That’s why we're doing the work to make the intro happen, and we'll help the conversation flow with questions too. And perhaps you'll be paired with one of our amazing (hiring) sponsors!