Our Mission & Vision
Black Orlando Tech (BOT), is a non profit organization working to increase the awareness, activities, network, and resources for local minorities who pursue careers in technology by over 10,000 people by the year 2025. Studies have shown that this community is dramatically underrepresented within the tech-skilled workforce, and our organization is seeking to close these gaps through our grassroots and direct-to-community activities.
Our long term strategy is to create a growing social mechanism which contributes to the growth of minorities within tech through (1) building partnerships with local businesses, academic, professional and government organizations, (2) facilitating increased dialogue about the challenges that are being faced within various underrepresented communities to ideate and act on solutions and (3) to develop pipelines for minorities to leverage the growing resources throughout the Central Florida region.
Our team is comprised of local tech professionals and entrepreneurs who possess practical and applied skills including Software Infrastructure, Cloud, Development (coding), Engineering, Networking, Data Analytics, Digital Marketing and Communications. Their commitment to leveraging their skills and experiential knowledge will serve as direct assurance that our mission to educate, empower and grow the tech interest within our community is achieved.
Tiffany Spencer - President
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 - VP, 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.
Mike Felix - General Counsel, 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.
Rose Lejiste - Partnerships + Resources
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 and 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- Event Planning
Adminstrative Consultant | Entrepreneur