Laura Weidman Powers

Laura Weidman Powers is the CEO of the technology industry diversity organization Code2040 and formerly worked at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Barack Obama administration.[1]

Early life

Powers grew up in Manhattan in a middle-class family and attended Hunter College High School. With a black mother and a white father and surrounded by the diversity of her city and her school, she grew to appreciate the value of diversity at an early age. She told an interviewer in 2016, "You see everything in New York. You see wealth. You see poverty. You see the best and the worst of society. You see people from all backgrounds. You hear every language being spoken on a daily basis. It’s just such a multicultural upbringing, that I think it really shaped my view of what the world can or should look like."[2]

Education

Powers attended Harvard University and then attended law school and the graduate school of business at Stanford University, where she met her Code2040 cofounder .[3][4]

Career

Weidman Powers started a West Philadelphia nonprofit arts education organization. She also started a tutoring company. She joined a technology startup company as vice president of product.[5]

After working in the tech startup for two years, Powers cofounded Code2040 with .

In late 2016, she spent six months as a member of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, focusing on increasing diversity and inclusion in the technology industry.[6]

References

  1. ^ Donnelly, Grace (2016-08-26). "Meet the Latest Silicon Valley CEO Joining the White House". Fortune. Retrieved 24 March 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Laura Weidman Powers". Techies Project. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Chew, Jonathan (18 February 2016). "Why the Founders of Code2040 Are Changing the Face of Silicon Valley". Fortune. Retrieved 24 March 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Laura Weidman Powers". Echoing Green. Retrieved 24 March 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Laura Weidman Powers". Echoing Green. Retrieved 24 March 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Guynn, Jessica. "Code2040 CEO Heads to the White House". USA Today. Retrieved 24 March 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)