Women of color, positioned to be U.S. workforce majority by 2060, are severely underrepresented in the government IT sector. Advancing BIPOC women in government technology is not just an important step toward inclusion, it is a workforce and economic imperative. Centering BIPOC women means creating and investing in solutions that account for barriers women of color face due to their race and gender. One of the first steps is being humble and willing to learn from each other. We invite you to listen and learn from successful BIPOC government IT leaders who will graciously share their stories and ideas for how we can increase representation and share in the benefits of doing so.
About Melissa Kraft: Melissa is the Chief Information Officer at Dallas County, the eighth largest County in the United States, she oversees the Information Technology (IT) systems for approximately 6,800 County employees and the electronic records for over 2.6 million residents. Prior to coming to Dallas County, she was the Chief Technology Officer at City of Denton, a full-service city which includes; electric, water, solid waste and an airport. At City of Denton, Kraft led the technology and infrastructure transformation, including a data center upgrade and consolidation, a data academy, 311 feasibility study, a consolidated 911 dispatch center with Town of Little Elm, public Wi-Fi, an open data portal and assisted in launching the city’s first co-working space for technology startups. She has dedicated her career to public service, serving the United States Army for almost 9 years to include directing the network operations center in Baghdad, Iraq. About Kathy Fraser: Kathy is a technology leader with over 18 years of IT experience leading and directing teams and technology initiatives across broad disciplines, including software development, data management, and product management within the private and public sectors. She is a trained ICF professional coach. Her passion is developing employees and helping organizations harness the power of technology to deliver business value.