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Detroit In Tech: Neighborhood Tech Talks

Grand Circus is excited to host our first Detroit In Tech event of the year with our 2017 Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR), Javier Evelyn (CEO of Alerje) and our Diversity Coordinator, Gabriela Santiago-Romero.

This month’s event will be held at the Grace Community Church with a panel of entrepreneur tech founders of color. Our panelists line up!

Ashley M. Williams: Ashley is the founder and CEO of RIZZARR, the social media platform built by Millennials, for Millennials. She is also the founder of Millennials Change, an event series created to bring together Millennials and to inspire them to make endless ripples that can positively change the world. She is passionate about using journalism, social media, and live experiences to inform and empower her generation. Before journeying into entrepreneurship, Ashley was a host and multimedia journalist.

Marlin Williams: Marlin G. Williams has over 20 years experience as a Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer for two Fortune 500 Organizations, speaker, media contributor, Deputy Chief Information Officer and Technology Entrepreneur. Passionate about diversity, inclusion, and empowering women in tech, Marlin founded Sisters Code. Most recently Marlin was appointed to serve as the Diversity and Inclusion Entrepreneur-InResidence for TechTown Detroit.

Justin Cook: Justin Cook is one of three co-founders of Evolve Lifestyle Group, LLC. a social enterprise dedicated to improving outcomes for at-risk youth. Their company offers two products: EnACT which offers high impact SAT Test prep courses and The Pro:Up App which connects users to educational and professional growth opportunities, like summer programs, internships, and jobs – all based on the user’s indicated interests. As a long time youth advocate in his hometown Detroit, MI, Justin, 27, is committed to helping young people achieve success by discovering what they love to do, and learning to do it well.

Code2040 – is a nonprofit organization that creates pathways to educational, professional, and entrepreneurial success for Black and Latinx technologists.

GrandCircus – is passionate about training people for amazing careers in tech and helping local businesses grow by hiring local tech superstars. Our coding bootcamps serve both purposes: we give people critical skills for tech jobs while introducing them to businesses looking for talent. In addition to our bootcamps, we’re here for the tech community more broadly.

The Detroit in Tech Panel will be a monthly event that will be led by Grand Circus. Javier and Gabriela will also release a monthly blog highlighting entrepreneurs of color in Detroit.

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