Black Orlando Tech (BOT) is a non-profit organization committed to accelerating minority economic advancement through workforce, small business, and socioeconomic development by increasing the awareness, activities, network, and resources for local minorities who pursue careers or entrepreneurship in technology.
To train and inspire 10,000 minorities in Central Florida to enter tech by 2025.
BOT creates initiatives that are focused on three major ecosystems: workforce development, small business development, and socioeconomic development. We work to close the gaps in these areas through our grassroots and direct-to-community initiatives, including:
- Partnerships – Cultivating partnerships with businesses, academic, professional and government organizations.
- Programs – Facilitating safe, solution-orientated dialogue and programming among underrepresented groups in tech.
- Pipelines – Developing pipelines for minorities to leverage career and entrepreneurial resources throughout Central Florida.
BOT was founded in 2016 by a group of passionate tech leaders who saw the need for an inclusive and safe space for minorities in tech. Their dedication to fostering collaboration, creativity, and contribution in tech lives in BOT today.
Minority groups, and particularly black communities, face unique challenges related to their position in the tech field, including:
- Underrepresentation of minorities in tech-related fields within academia, career, and entrepreneurialism
- Lack of a community infrastructure focused on improving the socio-economical status of minorities within the Central FL area
- Limited amount of STEM and tech-related pipeline programs to encourage youth to pursue tech careers
OUR CALL TO ACTION
Ready to help us launch 10,000 bright minority minds into tech? Join us on this mission! BOT is always looking for more members, speakers, volunteers, sponsors, and community allies. Connect with us at [email protected]
Tiffany Spencer - Board Chair
Salesforce Consultant | Tech Mentor
Tiffany Spencer is a Certified Senior Salesforce Consultant, and Co-Leader of the Orlando Salesforce User Group. She uses her expertise to mentor African American High School – College aged students as to the many opportunities within the field of Technology.
Joshua "TechDev" Walker - Co-Chair, Founder
Big Data Cloud Manager | Tech Speaker
Joshua “TechDev” walker is a cloud engineer + diversity advocate that uses common place examples with humorous pop culture storeytelling to train, inspire, and relate to everyday people who have an interest in technology. Josh has been featured on PBS’s Nerd Nite Spotlight, is a co-founder of Black Orlando Tech and is a frequent speaker for tech education.
Rose Lejiste - Executive Director
Solutions Developer | Tech Entrepreneur
Rose LeJiste is an Engineer turned Solutions Developer and Entrepreneur. She has over 15 years progressive expertise in data analytics, business intelligence and optimization, process improvement and streamlining, and performance and project management in both government and commercial environments. She is a Certified Professional in Business Intelligence and started her own engineering and tech solutions company. Rose uses her experience to speak at various tech conferences, mentor black youth, and guide those just starting their professional careers.
Kelda Senior - Communications & PR
Business Development | Public Relations
Kelda Senior is a business development and accredited public relations professional. For over 10 years, Kelda has served as a communications and community outreach specialist in local, state and federal government, with an emphasis on the transportation sector since 2012. Kelda is the owner of Senior Communications, a boutique public relations firm focused on helping emerging brands cultivate their message and move their audiences to action. Kelda holds a B.A. in journalism and a master of public administration – both from UCF.
Samiyah Mubarak - Memberships
Administrative Consultant | Entrepreneur
Mike Felix - Advisory Council, Founder
Serial Entrepreneur | Digital Sales Coach
Michael Felix is an Engineer turned Venture Consultant with a passion for scaling solo-preneur ventures and non-profit organizations. Michael began his entrepreneurial career by consulting small businesses nationwide and decided to scale his message by developing platforms for founders to not only learn from his lessons but also to learn from each other.