U.S. Representative Ritchie Torres Summit Speaker
Congressman for the State of New York
Representative Ritchie Torres is a fighter from the Bronx who has spent his entire life working for the community he calls home. Like many people in the South Bronx, poverty and struggle have never been abstractions to him, and he governs from a place of lived experience.
Ritchie's mother single-handedly raised him, his twin brother, and his sister in a public-housing project. She paid the bills working minimum-wage jobs, which in the 1990s paid $4.25 an hour. While Ritchie grew up with mold, lead, leaks, and no reliable heat or hot water in the winter, he watched the government spend over $100 million dollars to build a golf course across the street for Donald Trump. In 2013, at the age of twenty-five, Ritchie became New York City's youngest elected official and the first openly L.G.B.T.Q person elected to office in the Bronx.
At the City Council, Ritchie stood out, and during his seven-year tenure he tenaciously tackled problems big and small for the Bronx and New York City. He passed over forty pieces of legislation, including legislation protecting the City's affordable housing stock and tackling the city's opioid epidemic. As the Chairman overseeing NYCHA, he held the first committee hearing ever in public housing, which led to a $3 billion-dollar FEMA investment, the largest in NYC history. As Chair of the Oversight & Investigations Committee, Ritchie has led investigations into the heating outages and lead poisoning at NYCHA, the Taxi Medallion scandal, the City's controversial Third-Party Transfer program, and Kushner Companies.
Ritchie currently lives in the South Bronx and represents NY-15 in the South Bronx. He is a member of the Committee on Financial Services and serves as the Vice Chair of the Committee on Homeland Security.
Microsoft - Testing
We believe that more diverse teams create greater innovations with more diverse approaches, questions and ideas. With this belief in mind, we strive to be a leader in attracting women to careers in high tech. Inside the company, and in partnership with others, Microsoft is involved in a wide range of programs aimed at trying to attract, recruit, retain, and develop women from around the world in the field of computer technology.
We start early in the pipeline by sparking girls' interest in technology careers. We promote the study of computer science at traditionally female colleges and other universities. We invest in women-focused organizations, seek out women-owned suppliers, and provide support to women once they are employees at Microsoft.
Henderson, NV, United States
The Future of Work for Women
Closing the gender pay gap by training, mentoring, and placing women in 21st-century careers. We are motivated by the fundamental belief that women have infinite potential and that background or opportunity gaps should not be barriers to future success.
Our Core Values
We are student-obsessed.
Our team sees education and equality as a fundamental good, and education as a space in which to constantly improve. We see our students as whole people, and we are dedicated to helping them find not only a career they like, but build a life they love. We constantly innovate and learn through technology, cutting-edge content, and modern mentorship to create a platform through which our students can realize their full potential.
We are a dream team in pursuit of ambitious common goals.
We hire extraordinary individuals who are highly effective collaborators and communicators. We believe in good judgment and strategic thinking. We use data to inform our intuition and to drive results. We hold ourselves and our colleagues accountable to produce high-quality work and come up with big ideas, with the goal of integrity above all, and the humility to learn and to grow. We celebrate our colleagues' skills, intelligence, and drive. We raise each other's game by working together.
We embrace the journey.
We are courageous, creative, and agile. We bring joy, humor, and determination to our work.
Director, Business Development, American Express
Director, Business Development, American Express
Dominique Greene is a Director of Business Development at American Express, within the company's Global Merchant & Network Services group. In her role, Dominique manages a team responsible for a portfolio of North American Network bank partners, with a focus on designing market-leading product and marketing strategies in collaboration with her partners. Dominique joined American Express in 2011 as an MBA summer intern and has been with the company full-time since 2012. In her tenure, she has held various partner management roles across the company, including merchant and co-brand issuing partnerships within both Global Merchant Services and Global Commercial Services. Additionally, Dominique leads the Inclusion & Diversity team for Global Network Services North America and is an active member of American Express' Hispanic Colleague Engagement Network, HOLA.
Dominique holds a Master of Business Administration from New York University Stern School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
Rep. Mark Takano
Representative for the State of California
Chairman Mark Takano became the first openly gay person of color to be elected to Congress in 2012. He serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and as a member of the Education and Labor Committee.
Born and raised in Riverside, Mark's commitment to public service began at an early age. His family roots in Riverside go back to his grandparents who, along with his parents, were removed from their respective homes and sent to Japanese American Internment camps during World War II. After the war, these two families settled in Riverside County to rebuild their lives.
Mark attended Harvard College and received his bachelor's degree in Government in 1983. Upon graduation, Mark returned home to Riverside and began teaching in the Rialto Unified School District in 1988. As a classroom teacher, Mark confronted the challenges in our public education system daily. In 1990, Mark was elected to the Riverside Community College District's Board of Trustees.
Mark Takano represents the people of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Perris in the United States House of Representatives.