African Americans in Technology
Supporting the theme of this year’s annual multi-city tour, HFAS recognizes the contributions of African Americans in Technology selected regionally from across the technology industry in a celebration of “African Americans in Technology.”
The Historic Riverside Church, New York City
Design Management Institute
President, Design Management Institute
Carole is the president of the Design Management Institute. dmi.org
DMI is the premier global organization of emerging and senior leaders that connects, promotes and elevates the role of Design, Design Management, Design Thinking and Innovation in business, culture and society. They host conferences, workshops, webcasts, have 2 magazine publications, and Harvard Business Case studies.
DMI communicates weekly with 30,000 leaders in 44+ countries.
DMIl just launched the dmi:Diversity in Design Manifesto, an initiative to advocate for and build a leadership pipeline for diversity in design globally. They recently held the first Design Conference ever dedicated to Diversity & Inclusion. For the last 2 years they have dedicated their second quarter issue of the dmi:Review (magazine) to Diversity & Inclusion in Design. In 2014 DMI launched the first dmi:Design Value Index to measure the value of design in business (this effort has now been adopted and enhanced by McKinsey & Co.); the dmi:Design Value Awards; and the dmi:Student Essay Competition.
Prior to this she has held the following positions:
President, Strategic Change & Innovation, providing strategic and operational guidance to managers and executives wishing to create organizational change, utilizing design thinking and innovation.
Vice President, Global Design & Usability & Technology Support Operations at Pitney Bowes. She was the first African American woman ever to head a global corporate design organization. She led an award-winning team of designers, human factors specialists, engineers and software developers. Under Carole’s leadership, her department received 12 international Design Awards and was awarded 49 patents; and helped the company win a $21 million dollar bid from the Federal Government. She spearheaded an innovation project for the division that resulted in a product launch for Apple App Store.
She led the company’s first User Experience Council, which made recommendations to the CEO. This Council’s efforts resulted in the Company’s creation of the first department of Customer Experience and significant cost savings ($12 million over two years). She also initiated the first User Experience and Innovation Day at the company. Carole was then invited to join the CEO Council, a group of 40 senior executives who contribute to strategy development of the company.
Prior to this Carole worked at the Eastman Kodak Company, in various Product Development and Marketing Management roles. Her most notable assignment was as Worldwide Marketing Manager to deliver the Award-winning Kodak Picturemaker™, the digital photo kiosk that delivered over a Billion dollars in revenue for Kodak.
She took a two-year leave from Kodak to become a Loaned Executive/ Rochester Coordinator, for the National Science Foundation’s Statewide Systemic Initiative. Working with 5 school districts in the state of NY and leaders at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to support systemic change and improve the teaching and learning of Math, Science and Technology from K-12. In addition to being the holder of two patents, Carole has been very active in the community for which she has received numerous awards and recognition. She has served on numerous non-profit Boards, spoken globally, on a variety of topics including: user/customer experience, design management & strategy, the value of R&D Tax credits, systemic change in public education, women in leadership roles.
She was co-founder of the first employee Network at Eastman Kodak Company called Network Northstar; president of the Rochester Women’s Network one of the largest women’s networks for professional and Executive Women in the country. She was President and Founding Board Member of the Greater Fairfield County Foundation, Inc., the philanthropic arm of the Fairfield County Chapter Links. She was a member of the Links Rochester and Fairfield County chapters for 20 years providing community service to youth, women and the underserved. Currently, Carole is a member and co-founder of the User Experience Design Consortium, a consortium of corporate design executives. She is also a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), and the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF).
Carole holds a BFA in Industrial Design & Graphic/Visual Design from the University of Michigan and executive development certifications from Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College; the University of California at Berkeley, and ITSMF.
She is married to T. Andrew Brown, Managing Partner of the law firm BrownHutchinson LLP and Vice Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents. They have one child.
Federal Reserve System
CISSP, CIPP/US, CIPP/EU, CISA
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Federal Reserve System
Devon Bryan is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for the Federal Reserve System. As Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Devon oversees information security, including incident response, for the enterprise, ensuring information security architecture, standards, policies and programs remain effective and efficient. Devon was appointed System CISO in February 2016.
Devon came to the Federal Reserve from Fortune 500 payroll and human resources provider ADP, where he served as Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Devon led ADP’s information security strategy, collaborating across the company’s geographically dispersed business operations to ensure coordination, consensus, and effective execution across global operations. Prior to joining ADP in 2011, he served as the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after directing the IRS’s FISMA-compliant information security program and leading the IRS’s incident response team.
His information security career began in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a Captain and lead engineer working on systems and programs to protect the critical network and communications tools of the Air Force’s Air Combat Command.
Devon is Co-Founder & President of ICMCP (International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals), which he launched in an attempt to bridge the ‘great minority cyber divide’ by providing academic scholarships, innovative outreach, mentoring and networking programs targeting minority cyber security professionals worldwide and by promoting academic and technical excellence in our tradecraft.
Devon received a Bachelor of Science, Applied Mathematics from South Dakota Technological University and a Master of Science, Computer Science from Colorado Technological University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He holds multiple certifications: CISSP, CIPP/US, CIPP/EU, and CISA and participates in several industry forums and is a sought after speaker and writer on emerging cyber security trends and issues.
On a personal note, Devon has been married to his wife Andrea for 34 years and has two children Danielle (27 y/o) and Dominic (21 y/o). The couple resides in North Haledon, New Jersey.
Patcasso Art LLC
CBCF, STEAM Ambassador Founder, Patcasso Art LLC
Patrick Hunter is a nationally recognized STEAM Ambassador promoting the intersection of the arts and technology onstage as a live performance painter and in the classroom with arts integrated STEM programming designed for creative problem solving through collaborative and hands-on
He choreographs the arts to music creating dynamic visual performances that captivate his audiences.
Thousands have seen him perform live turning a blank canvas into icons such as MLK, Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela and Ray Charles in minutes to a diverse genres of music. He has been featured at charity events for the Atlanta Braves, NBA, Sundance Film Festival and celebrities such as Ben Stein, Tim Wise, Hank Aaron, Geena Davis and Snoop Dogg.
Patrick Hunter joined CBCF’s Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR) as our STEAM ambassador in 2017 and produced the CBCF’s first STEAM interactive workshop with 100 Baltimore High School Students at the 47th Annual Legislative Conference. This collaboration with Johns Hopkins University’s P-Tech Program and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation has resulted in an invaluable effort to expand CBCF’s local presence in the DMV through exposure, interaction, and education with African American and minority high school students in particular. Patrick will kick-off the second annual STEAM workshop this year at the 48th Annual Legislative Conference. Patrick and CPAR are currently working on a three year partnership to scale our collaboration beyond ALC in an effort to provide STEM and STEAM training opportunities throughout the year.
A native of Detroit, Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
North America for Leading Edge Forum
As the Head of North America for Leading Edge Forum (LEF), Ibrahim Jackson is responsible for end-to-end results of LEFs North America business. Ibrahim has a proven record of increasing growth and utilization of LEF research, advisory services and events with C-Suite executives of Large Cap companies. Prior to joining LEF, Ibrahim was executive director of IT Business Relationship Management at The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., responsible for leading technology enabled programs to drive top and bottom line results. Ibrahim serves on the Board of Directors of BRM Institute and is an active mentor, award recipient and member of Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF). He holds a BS degree from Kaplan University, School of Business and Information Technology and holds a Strategic Partnership certificate from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. Ibrahim was a contributing author to ITSMF’s Conversational Insights | From Great Minds Vol. 1.
Ibrahim is based in New York and enjoys family time with his wife Natasha and their children Darion, Morgan and Jared. He enjoys audiobooks, adrenaline sports and partying with people who have good vibes. Lastly, his personal vision statement is to, “Be a productive contributor to society, make history and leave a positive legacy.”
Johnson & Johnson
With over 25+ years of experience at Johnson & Johnson, Larry has maintained several IT leadership positions across its Medical Devices, Consumer, and Pharmaceutical sectors. Since 2015, he has served as the global Group CIO for one of the largest Medical Device companies in the world. He currently leads another significant business transformation effort for the $27+ billion device company, driving significant business value through new enterprise capabilities, and business process improvements. In addition, he and his team are driving connectivity and integration solutions for Johnson & Johnson’s ventures into next generation Digital Surgery. He serves as a member of the MD Global Senior Management Leadership team.
In his previous role, he was Vice President & Regional CIO, for Janssen Americas – the fastest growing Pharmaceutical company in the US, Japan, and Canada. He represented IT on the Regional Janssen Management Leadership team and additionally served as the IT leader responsible the Janssen Pharmaceutical ASPAC & LATAM regions. During his tenure, he implemented global commercial excellence solutions, led across-function global digital strategy, supported the development of the Commercial Data Engine (integrated, cloud-based commercial analytics solution), while supporting major product launches like Stelara®, Symponi®, Remicade®, Invokana®, and Xarelto®.
In 2009, he led a Corporate I/T strategic imperative to develop an enterprise approach for improved market intelligence. In 2010, he also participated in a Pharmaceuticals Action Learning Business Team to evaluate and support improved data integration to support our product value proposition. In 2011, his team embarked on driving next-generation sales force \ marketing excellence solutions via mobile devices in field sales for Janssen. As a result, his IT team was the first non-marketing division to win the prestigious James Burke Marketing Excellence award
With a strong commitment to the J&J Credo and its core values, his leadership teams have driven consistently high employee engagement results and technology execution. He is an executive member of the Johnson & Johnson African American Leadership Council, J&J BDPA executive sponsor, and represents J&J as member of the prestigious Executive Leadership Council.
Larry Jones has a MS / MBA in computer engineering from the University of Pennsylvania & Wharton School. He has a BS in computer science from St. Peter’s University, where he was an accomplished student-athlete. Currently, he is a trustee / board member for the Parker Life Home facilities and was previously Board Member for the Boys & Girls Club of Trenton / Mercer County.
A Newark, New Jersey native, Larry lives with his lovely wife, Luciana de Castro Balduino in Millstone Township, New Jersey.
BNY Mellon Technology
Managing Director, Technology, BNY Mellon
Emil Menzies is a Managing Director within BNY Mellon Technology with over 25 years of financial services experience. He leads Third-Party Risk Management Strategy, Governance and Product Management for the Technology division. In this role, he collaborates with the Corporate Third Party Governance organization to develop the strategic third-party risk management program to drive more value from technology third-parties that have a strategic impact to our clients and lines of business. He supports the delivery of a consistent, risk-based oversight of the relationship and performance of technology third-parties for BNY Mellon clients and services.
Prior to this role, Emil served several key technology leadership roles, including Chief Information Officer for BNY Mellon’s Corporate Trust business where he managed the application development function for the 3,000 Corporate Trust users and their clients around the world. The division is responsible for providing development, risk management, and maintenance of applications and services used to support the Corporate Trust business strategy.
Other previous appointments include, managing the Global Trading Systems Group, which supported Global Markets, Global Treasury, Credit and Market Risk Management Trading Technology and Derivatives support for Asset Servicing OutSourcing.
Emil is an active and passionate advocate for BNY Mellon’s IMPACT business resource group, which drives diversity and inclusion in the workplace with a focus on multicultural talent. He is the Technology executive sponsor for DiverseTech, an IMPACT initiative designed to raise awareness with multicultural technologists of technology career paths in the financial services industry and improve the diversity of BNY Mellon’s technology talent pipelines. He is also a member of the firm’s African American Leadership Forum. Emil previously served as co-chair of the Strategic Projects sub-committee, which aims to accelerate the development of programs that leverage multicultural diversity and advance multicultural talent at BNY Mellon and outside the company.
Emil received the Black Achievers in Industry (BAI) Award from Harlem YMCA in recognition of his professional and civic accomplishments and for being a role model for young people. In addition, Emil is a member of the board of the Girls Scouts Heart of New Jersey.
Emil holds an MBA from Pace University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics with a Minor in Computer Systems from Goshen College.
National Football League
MICHAEL PALMER is the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer of the National Football League. His role is to govern the league’s cyber security strategy, policies and programs while protecting its brand, intellectual property and assets. Michael also oversees the NFL IT Strategy and Governance team including the IT Project Management office. Michael’s background includes 20+ years of broad cyber security, and enterprise risk management experience. Passionate about diversity and inclusion in the technology space, Michael is a committee chair of the NFL’s Diversity Council, a strategic advisory board member for the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) and Member of the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF). Michael serves on the Rochester Institute of Technology Computer Security Advisory Board. In his work at the college, he helps to shape the educational programs that train the next generation of cyber defenders. Michael has been honored with numerous industry recognitions and awards.
J.P. Morgan Chase
Robert is a senior IT leader in the financial services industry who leads large-scale data management, reporting and analytical platforms with a particular focus on financial risk management, compliance and regulatory controls. Prior to his current role as Vice President – Technology Data Management at J.P. Morgan Chase, Robert held leadership positions at GE Capital and Bank of America. He also spent several years supporting the world’s largest trading floor as part of Hedge Fund Services at UBS Investment Bank.
Before working in Finance, Robert did pre and post sales and engagement management for Reuters Consulting He had global responsibility for exchange trading and market valuation products and led engineering teams in Europe and Latin America. At IQ Financial he was the lead engineer for a commercially sold portfolio management software product.
Robert grew up in Brooklyn, NY and went to Brooklyn Tech H.S. and Pace University. He is a member of the Information Technology Senior Management Forum and enjoys mentoring you through several community organizations. Robert currently lives in Stamford CT with his wife and children.
Tucker Technology, Inc.
Conchita Tucker is the President of Tucker Technology, Inc. (TTI) a national telecommunications contracting company. In her role as President she manages a staff of over 250 telecommunications professionals. She has led her team to successfully support several wireline/wireless network deployments including 4G for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless.
Prior to assuming the role as President of TTI, Conchita worked in various roles honing her general management and business development skills. In the area of profit and loss management she has been able to consistently deliver profit margins well above expectations, while delivering record year over year revenue growth of over 200%.
Conchita is an active member of several service organizations. She is an executive board member of the Stamford-Norwalk Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, and most recently completed her term as treasurer and technology chair, now currently serving as 2nd Vice President and Membership Chair. In addition to Alpha Kappa Alpha she is an active member of the Fairfield County Chapter of The Links, Inc. and Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, where she services as the Co-Chair of the New York Chapter.
Conchita holds a bachelor’s of science in Marketing from St. John’s University and Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Conchita is a mother of a 5 year old son, she lives, and works in New York City.
Tucker Technology, Inc.
Frank A. Tucker
Frank A. Tucker is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Tucker Technology, Inc., headquartered in Oakland, California, with an east coast office in New York City. He is also the Chairman of the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area. Prior to his present status, he held the position of Vice President of Technology House in San Francisco. In his current position, he oversees the provision of full service telecommunications solutions for voice and data applications and facilities throughout the continental United States and Hawaii.
The Oakland Chamber of Commerce has named Frank Tucker entrepreneur of the year and the US Small Business Administration named him Small Business Person of the year. The firm serves many major businesses and government agencies including AT&T, Lucent Technology, U.S. Navy, The Port of Oakland and The City of Oakland. For four years in a row years, the firm has ranked in the top 10 on INC. Magazine’s Inner City 100 list of the fastest growing urban businesses in the nation. Furthermore, Tucker Technology has placed on the INC 500 and ranked #1 on a list of the fastest growing privately held companies by the East Bay Business Times.
Mr. Tucker currently serves on the Board of Directors of Capital Commitment; a Washington D.C.-based non-profit organization dedicated to training economically disadvantaged people for the telecommunications trade. He has served as chair of the City of Oakland’s Workforce Investment Board, chairs the Oakland Black Caucus’ Economic Development Committee, is on the executive committee of the Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce, and the 100 Black Men of the Bay area. Mr Tucker is a member of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He is on Advisory Boards for First Bank & Trust, the Women’s Economic Agenda Program, Project Transition, and Alta Alliance Bank. Additionally, he has served as the small business delegate to the Inner-City Economic Development Forum.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from York College of the City University of New York.
A native of New York City, Mr. Tucker has resided for more than twenty-five years in Oakland, California.