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  • Writer's pictureGai Spann

Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner Keynote Speaks at the Nextplay Spotlight Tech Event in Atlanta

Updated: May 18

Nextplay, a community that provides support and networking for Black and Latinx tech professionals globally hosted its Spotlight Event at Ventana's in Atlanta on April 27th.

Founded in 2017 by Lesley Toche, a former Tech Recruiter & Diversity Program Manager at LinkedIn. Nextplay was launched to create a space where Black & Latinx tech professionals can belong and find opportunities in the technology and media fields. They boast a global network of over 40,000 experienced Black & Latinx professionals and have connected their members with dream jobs at over 100 major tech & Media companies throughout U.S, Europe & Africa.

Nextplay partners with strategic companies to host networking events centered around live entertainment--executive speakers, hiring managers, live performances, live DJ’s, art, vendors & authentic food/open bar; and Spotlight Atlanta was one of them.

Guest speakers at the event included Ramona Blake, Head of Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion @ Autodesk, Aleta Howell, Global Director - DEI, Join and Connect Talent Strategy for Cisco Systems, Sophia Romero, Sr. DEI Specialist @ Snap Inc, and the keynote speaker Veteran Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Music was provided by DJ LV, and the event was sponsored by Autodesk, Cisco, Shipt, and Snap.

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Words and Photos Courtesy of Gai Spann

Boss XL Magazine Lifestyle Editor

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