What we're about

Welcome! Blacks United in Leading Technology - North Texas is the official, chartered chapter for North Texas of the dynamic, growing, vibrant Blacks United in Leading Technology International non-profit corporation (https://builtinternational.org/).

Our Chapters are operated under the BUILT Forward brand, and there is no charge to attend. Our dues-paying members, in BUILT International, receive extra benefits - mentors, training scholarships, free job postings, speaking & leadership opportunities, and more.

We educate people and seek to increase the representation of Black women and men in technology. It’s proven, enterprises that embrace diversity yield the most innovative solutions. We’re talking about the whole gamut from developers, scientists, digital media specialists, engineers, web masters, technicians, QA folks, social media strategists, cyber-security analysts, online marketing experts, UI/UX artists, recruiters, bloggers, operations staff, project managers – and many, many more technology professionals, students and educators.

We operate in a united fashion with the hundreds of other nonprofits, corporate resource groups, and diversity professionals with whom we share a common mission. Our BUILT Alliance.

We include all races and ethnicities. Non-technologist supporters are welcome in our community. The doors are wide open for those folks who are simply just passionate about all things technical.

Our events are held in-person and virtually, with a winning mix of top tech presentations, entrepreneurial series, more tech presentations, networking events, social justice messaging, collaborations with other aligned groups, career advancement seminars, more tech presentations, and Member’s Only, Reserved and Private Events.

Join us. Share our knowledge. Provide your viewpoints. Let’s explore together how technology is changing the world. Let’s effect Tech Equity, and help ensure technology is inclusive for all.

Upcoming events (5)

3rd Tuesday - Member Spotlight

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Have you published your book, obtained a patent, or got venture funding? Or maybe, you got that new job, a promotion, or were selected to lead a major project. And we have so many personal successes to be proud of - a new degree or certification, a marriage, a new child, or reaching a career milestone. Sadly, we often don't get the recognition we deserve in life, and that's especially true for Blacks in technology. So, every 3rd Tuesday, let's meet virtually to celebrate each other's successes. To get on the schedule, send your proposed "recognition" to [masked] by close of business the day before the event.

Managing Culture Shifts - from Microsoft CSE

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Abstract: In this talk, Tolu and Cotishea will share their experiences navigating culture shifts across organizations and industries, time zones and countries. 5:00 p.m. CST - Pre-event networking 5:30 p.m. Welcome to BUiLT 5:40 p.m. Conversation w/ Microsoft CSE on culture shifts 6:15 p.m. Audience Q&A 6:30 p.m. Close The Commercial Software Engineering (CSE) team at Microsoft is a global engineering organization that works directly with the largest companies and not-for-profits in the world to tackle their most significant technical challenges by collaborating and coding side-by-side with their engineering teams. As part of their work with global customers, they must navigate different cultural, organizational and social norm differences, in their experiences inclusion encompasses more than race, gender and religious differences. To be successful, they must Understand, cultivate, and collaborate in many different contexts and they will share their experiences in learning and addressing gaps in inclusivity to deliver their projects. - - - - - - - - - - - - - Cotishea Anderson is a Senior Program Manager with the Commercial Software Engineering team (CSE) at Microsoft. She’s focused on the communications industry during her career. Cotishea worked in Dubai from 2012 – 2014, leading a transformation project for Etisalat. Outside of business, Cotishea is passionate about helping young women understand the value of careers in STEM. She first met a computer scientist when she was in high school, she became intrigued enough to pursue technology in school. She completed her BS in Computer Science at the University of Southern Mississippi and an MBA at University of Texas - Dallas. Unlocking opportunities for kids in her community that may not recognize STEM as an option for their career as her way of paying forward the inspiration she was given in high school. https://www.linkedin.com/in/cotishea/ Tolu Agunbiade is a Senior Program Manager with the Commercial Software Engineering team (CSE) at Microsoft with a focus in the financial sector. Tolu believes the most rewarding part of his job is getting in front of customer needs, deeply understanding those issues and collaborating with their developers to come up with tailored solutions to those needs. Most of the time he focuses on the wide spectrum of digital transformation and no two days are the same; Tolu believes being exposed to challenges and various technologies fulfils his passion for continuous learning. After receiving his bachelor's of technology, he attended Indiana University to get his Masters’ of Science and then University of Michigan for his MBA. With a hobby of learning, he is now building his skills in data science, regularly participating in Kaggle competitions and boasting ownership of more data science books than he could possibly read. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tolu-agunbiade-4b476a21/

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training & Cert - $150

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This is an event offered from the North Texas Chapter. This is a complete training and certification program. A $899 value - for $150. This education is one of the many "Benefits of Membership" for the first 10 BUiLT dues-paying members who RSVP. If you are not a member of BUiLT, sign-up here: https://builtinternational.org/sign-up/#join. Increase your knowledge, obtain more certifications, and Build Tech Equity. Our own Dallas native, Tyrone Butler of Butler B2B Solutions https://butlerb2bsolutions.com/ is a Certified Executive Master Black Belt (CEMBB) who is providing this training and certification. This two-day training (9am-4pm both days) includes the testing and certification fee. Certified Six Sigma Lean Yellow Belts are some of the most sought after professionals in the world. Based on data from Payscale.com and Indeed, Yellow Belts earn between $55,000 and $99,000 per year. To sign-up and get the class registration link, login as a BUiLT member https://builtinternational.org/members-only/#!form/Benefits and chose the Lean Six Sigma check-out option.

Dallas County Cybersecurity

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Information Security at the world's 8th largest county. This is an event from the Dallas Chapter (Central Time Zone). Come hear from Dallas County's Black Chief Information Security Officer, Michael Anderson. Dallas County, the 8th largest county in the world. The estimated population is 2,641,680 with a growth rate of 0.23% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. The county seat, Dallas, is the 9th largest in the country. And large county government has many unique business units - public works, human and health services, courts, sheriffs, jails, tax offices, purchasing and of course, information technology to support it all. This is a 3-part series on: - How Michael Became Dallas County's CISO: Dec. 17 - Info security at the world's 8th largest county: Jan. 28 - How to best design your info security program: Feb. TBD 5:00pm Pre-event networking (meet your peers worldwide in private break-out rooms) 5:30pm Welcome to BUiLT North Texas. 5:40pm Intro to our 3-Part Series and Intro to Michael Anderson 5:45pm How cybersecurity is maintained at Dallas County 6:45pm Audience Q&A 7:00pm Close and Post-event networking

Past events (69)

BUiLT Open Conversations - CDT/CST Time Zones

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