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Saturday, May 4


Is the News Broken?
A decade after Seattle became a one-daily town, local journalists continue to lose their jobs, most recently with the closures of Seattle Weekly and City Arts magazine. On the national scene, Buzzfeed News, Vice and Huffington Post have announced major layoffs, prompting a new question: Is there a path forward for any news organization? Bosses from both legacy and digital media outlets in Seattle search for answers. 

This session is sponsored by Mike & Becky Hughes. 

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Victor Hernandez

Executive Editor, Crosscut
Victor Hernandez is a digital journalism leader focused on the big picture of the rapidly changing news economy. Hernandez currently serves as the Executive Editor of Cascade Public Media, the home of K CTS9 and Crosscut.com. He brings more than two decades of leadership experience... Read More →

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Jill Jackson

News Director, KUOW
Jill Jackson is an Emmy award-winning journalist who runs KUOW’s news coverage. Jackson started her news career as an intern at KUOW in 2003 before heading to Washington, D.C., to report on politics and the U.S. Congress for Capitol News Connection with Public Radio International... Read More →
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Evonne Tersiisky

Director of Digital Media, KING 5 Media Group
Evonne Tersiisky is a digital journalist, who started her career in broadcast news. Her particular focus is on KING 5's digital and social platforms with an emphasis on audience engagement. Evonne uses data and metrics to help the KING 5 newsroom make editorial choices and reach audiences... Read More →
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Christopher Chan

Head of Content, Cut.com
Christopher Chan is a Visual Anthropologist and Director of Content at Cut.com. He is also a PhD candidate and instructor in Anthropology at the University of Washington. As an anthropologist, his research investigates the relationship between content, capitalism, and attention in... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am


Planting Seeds for STEM
Big tech has a big diversity problem. At Facebook, Google, Amazon and Twitter, African-Americans made up just 3 percent of the tech workforce in 2017. Women, meanwhile, make up just a quarter of those employed in STEM fields. What is needed is an ecosystem that creates qualified candidates by aligning education and access to training. Industry representatives and diversity advocates talk about what such a system might look like.

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Manola Secaira

Staff Reporter, Crosscut
Manola Secaira is a reporter at Crosscut focused on environmental justice issues. She focuses on how environmental issues impact vulnerable areas and communities. Before Crosscut, she interned at a variety of local publications like Grist and Seattle Met Magazine. Her work has also... Read More →

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Naria Santa Lucia

Executive Director, Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Naria serves as Executive Director of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS), a unique public-private partnership helping to build the next generation of scientists, engineers, technology specialists, mathematicians, and health care professionals in Washington state’s... Read More →
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Mary Snapp

Washington STEM Board, Microsoft Philanthropies
Mary Snapp is the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Philanthropies and leads the team responsible for Microsoft’s philanthropic efforts, which brings to life the company’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.  The team seeks... Read More →
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Juan Otero

VP, Diversity & Inclusion, Comcast/NBCU
Juan Otero currently serves as the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Comcast NBCUniversal where he oversees the operational management of the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts and initiatives across the corporate enterprise. Juan’s primary focuses include workforce... Read More →
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Bo Young Lee

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Uber
Bo leads D&I efforts at Uber. Her focus is building a culture where diverse and inclusive teams drive innovation, accelerate growth, and create systems and norms where all employees can excel and grow to their full potential. Prior to Uber, Bo was D&I Officer at Marsh and McLennan... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:05am


Battle Tactics for Your Sexist Workplace: Inside the Music Industry
Recent accusations against musician Ryan Adams have trained the national #MeToo spotlight on the music industry where an imbalance in power between the sexes has hurt the careers of women in the boardroom and the recording studio. Women who have worked in various aspects of the industry talk about the sexism at play within it.

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Eula Scott Bynoe

Podcaster, Battle Tactics for your Sexist Workplace
Eula Scott Bynoe is a full-time Black Woman Parent Partner who along with two of her best friends created the first local podcast of any kind in 2016. She is also the co-host of Battle Tactics for your Sexist Workplace, and yes, your workplace is sexist. Eula is a new mother to Livingston... Read More →
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Jeannie Yandel

Co-host, Battle Tactics For Your Sexist Workplace & Special Projects Editor, KUOW Public Radio
Jeannie Yandel has always been a sucker for a good story. And she had an epiphany one morning listening to Morning Edition – the consistently best stories out there were coming from NPR. So in 2001, she started as an intern at KUOW, eventually producing nearly every show the station's... Read More →

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Hollis Wong-Wear

Hollis Wong-Wear is a songwriter, musician, speaker, creative generator and community advocate currently based in Los Angeles. She is the lead vocalist of the Seattle-based electronic R&B trio The Flavr Blue, and was GRAMMY nominated for her work on The Heist by Macklemore and Ryan... Read More →
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Eva Walker

Musician and Radio Host, The Black Tones and KEXP
Eva Walker is the front-woman and lead guitarist for the rock n roll band The Black Tones. Started by her and her twin brother Cedric, The Black Tones have rocked sold out stages including the Paramount Theater, Showbox at the Market and Neumos, sharing stages with Death Cab for Cutie... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm