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July 1-3, Ace Hotel New Orleans

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Kimberly Walker LaGrue serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of New Orleans and head of the Office of Information Technology and Innovation. Ms. LaGrue and her team are responsible for delivering stable, IT services to City of New Orleans employees and constituents through sustainable, forward-looking strategies for growth and expansion of IT services. She also has a responsibility to improve New Orleans’ positioning as a tech-savvy, smart city, able to address challenges with 21st-century technology. A New Orleans native with over 25 years of experience in IT operations, telecommunications and data management, she has spent most of her career modernizing and advancing technology in local government. Kimberly serves as an advisory board member of the Internet of Things Consortium and participates in Smart City initiatives at local, state and national levels. She is a fierce advocate for local broadband adoption and is personally committed to digital equity, digital literacy and technology opportunities for all New Orleanians.

Kimberly Walker LaGrue serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of New Orleans and head of the Office of Information Technology and Innovation. Ms. LaGrue and her team are responsible for delivering stable, IT services to City of New Orleans employees and constituents through sustainable, forward-looking strategies for growth and expansion of IT services. She also has a responsibility to improve New Orleans’ positioning as a tech-savvy, smart city, able to address challenges with 21st-century technology. A

Anastasia Aubrey has served many different roles in the Technology Industry. Starting as a hardware technician moving on to be a software engineer and currently, she serves as Senior Scrum Master for DXC Technology. She has had the opportunity to work for many innovative companies such as AT&T and G.E Digital, as well as an advisor to serval tech startups. As a Scrum Master, Anastasia has lead teams that have created a multitude of Web-based and mobile applications. Ranging from

Brandon Haynes is a New Orleans native, who has spent the majority of his life experimenting and using technology to help improve the lives of others. Even at a time when having a home computer wasn’t popular, he could be found on weekends writing programs on an Apple IIc computer. From this early start working with technology, Brandon has gone on to launch his own Digital Marketing firm, NOLA Web Team.   By providing a host of services such as Website

Larry Irvin Educational attainment was always a point of emphasis for Larry growing up. Raised by an early childhood educator, Larry’s mother spent 23 years as a teacher for the Jefferson Parish Head Start program. Larry was most inspired by his mothers’ perpetual benevolence, which extended from the classroom deep into the community. As a former teacher and high-school football coach, Larry has adopted those same values. A New Orleans native, Larry earned his Associate of Arts in Journalism/ Media Arts

Dee Weatherspoon, a New Orleans native has a degree in Computer Science, Information Technology. I've always had a passion for technology and helping people. Being a Services Technician at Microsoft for almost 5 years has helped fulfill both of my passions.  As an openly gay, black woman, working in the field of technology comes with its obstacles. But despite the challenges, I'm happy to be in this space. What motivates me every day is knowing that through technology, I not

Eddie Smith, Jr. is the CEO of New Wave MediaTech, a software development and IT Consulting Firm he founded. He also works as a Software Engineer at GE Aviation. He has always shown a passion for teaching and exposing those in his community to growth opportunities in tech so as to expand their awareness, thereby improving community outcomes. As an Alumnus of Operation Spark, he continues to work closely with the School's administration as a Liaison, building bridges where he

Terrell Boynton is the Director & General Manager for DXC’s Americas region New Orleans Digital Transformation Center.  Terrell leads the DXC New Orleans, Digital Transformation Center and is responsible for managing operations, developing digital transformation services, engagement with local government, higher education, and community constituencies.  Terrell is a proven leader, business entrepreneur, and a passionate solutionist with deep knowledge of the digital domain. He uses his experience in leading clients through ideation, design thinking and user experience workshops to digitally

Jason Perry is the owner of Design by Jason, professional photography & graphic design small business that looks to work with individuals based upon their specific needs and also fulfills the marketing needs of businesses. Jason obtained his Bachelor's degree, majoring in Marketing, from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, and obtained his M.B.A. from Argosy University. Jason’s interest in tech began while creating graphic design work for websites in 2010 due to not being able to find a stable

Jasmine Powers, lovingly called Marketing Fangirl, is a marketing consultant specializing in search engine optimized content and digital advertising for creative agencies, ecommerce brands and elearning professionals. She is the founder of Jasmine Powers Multimedia, a full-service digital agency that has overseen content, web design, marketing automation, and online PR for clients in the beauty, tech and food industries. Powers got her entrepreneurial boost managing marketing automation for actress Kim Coles, who found her on Twitter. She has since produced

With 19 years heavily vested in the chemical industry, Alsie Dunbar used her personal experience from her professional career as a senior scientist and process (chemical) engineer as the blueprint in forming The STEMS GEMS Mentoring Project which highlights Girls Excelling in Math and Science. Dunbar formed STEM GEMS in 2013 and has mentored over 750 girls in conjunction with the Ascension Parish School Board successfully with six participants receiving Student of the Year distinctions. Through the STEM GEMS Mentoring

Join us at the 2nd Annual Black Tech NOLA Conference, July 1-3 2019 at the Ace Hotel.