LeAdership

Mission & Values

EDequity.Global is a global coalition of partners advancing cloud education and economic equity for women and BIPOC youth leveraging Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Our free annual event, The AWS Global AI Challenge, launched in 2019, has the potential to reach millions of women, marginalized students and entrepreneurs through our 30+ education, government and corporate partners. EDequity.Global operates in partnership with We Connect The Dots, Inc.. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Amazon’s Leadership Principles guide and direct our organization and its culture.

Problem Statement

Now, more than ever, is the time to provide in-demand cloud computing skills, training and a connection to jobs that pay a living wage. Emerging technology is significantly transforming the way we work and live. We believe that marginalized communities should not be excluded from the opportunities that these changes create.

Innovative Collaboration for Global Impact

EDequity.Global works within different national, cultural and language contexts to facilitate outreach, learning, policy dialogue, collective action and partnerships in technology workforce development. The COVID-19 pandemic, resulting economic crisis, education disaster, civil unrest and BLM movement is changing the workplace. As businesses start to reopen, what are the key skills they want in their returning and new employees? How can we help fuel innovation? How can we help create a more inclusive and sustainable global economic recovery and society?  EDequity.Global is continuing its mission to help answer those questions.

Anticipated Outcomes & Our Global Goals:

  • Put artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in the hands of women and underrepresented youth.
  • Explore how companies and governments can collaborate with educators to prepare students for the #FutureOfWork and #Entrepreneurship.
  • Increase female and youth civic participation and advance more inclusive education and economic policies.
  • Help female and underrepresented youth find career training, mentorship, leadership development, networking opportunities, employment and funding in a tech industry that is predominantly male and white.
  • Use AI/ML as a meaningful tool for improving people’s lives and solving some of society’s biggest challenges – addressing the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

History & Impact of 2019 AWS AI Challenge

(In partnership with Amazon Web Services and WomenOfAI.org)

Our 30+ Partners & Sponsors:

Executive Leadership Team

SHAUNA (OENNING) RUYLE

Founder & Executive Director, EDequity.Global, MBA, AWS Cloud Practitioner

OLAYIDE OLUMEKO

Co-Founder EDequity.Global & Girls Code Initiative, Nigeria

NILES PYELSHAK

Cybersecurity Leader, Solutions Architect at Cisco

HAYDE MARTINEZ

Founder De Cero a Ciencia De Datos, Data Engineer at Brightcove, Guadalajara, Mx

LAURIE (TEAL) CAREY

CEO Nebula Academy, Founder & Executive Director, We Connect The Dots, Inc.

SAM RASTOVICH

Software Engineer at ThingLogix, Inc

JUDITH OLUMEKO

Early Childhood Curriculum Coordinator Cluster4Kidz Limited, Jos, Plateau, Nigeria

MARIA LUPETINI

ML/AI Leader & Entrepreneur

TERKIMBI JOSHUA

Program Lead at Tech4Dev Nigerian Women Techsters Initiative & Nakise Employability Program

BAMIDELE FATUNDE

Program Facilitator at Tech4Dev

Musarrof Hussen

Web Developer

 Advisory Board

SABRINA SANDERS, Ed.D.

Director Student Affairs Programs & Initiatives, CSU Office of the Chancellor

SHAWN MCCLONDON

Founder at Sister Cities Project & Youth Campaigns

CYNTHIA KEVENY

Marketing Executive, NSF International – Health Sciences

BRIGANTE S. HILL MSc.,BA,ATS

Channel Director, Global Systems Integrators & Enterprise Security Solutions at Accedian

SUSAN JOSEPH

Advisor-3SN Global Impact Capital, MMBI-Project Lead, CEO-SusanJosephLLC

NOUR ZABANEH

Business Development at Opsani

SHANNON MAAS

Engineering Leader -Principal Engineer – Mentor

LARS HELGESON

Author, Founder, Traveler, Pioneer of Complete CRM

CLAIRE YANG

Investment Management Intern at KG Funds Management LLC

CAROL NJAMA

Back-End Engineer & Web Developer Founder & CEO African Savannah Girl, LLC & Ceejama Websites

JASON KOO

Developer Advocate at SendBird

 Mentors

Seema Moorjani.

MARIA LUPETINI

FRANCISCO FUENTES, Ph.D.

sedleigh adams

Mariam Hazali

nicholas gatehoue

JASON KOO

NILES PYELSHAK

WOODY ZUILL

Trainers

SAM RASTOVICH

Alexa Trainer

Laurie Carey

Microsoft Teams

octavio menocal

Alexa Trainer

MARIA LUPETINI

Alexa & Al

NILES PYELSHAK

Cybersecurity

KOMAL DEVJANi

Computer Vision

MARIA DYSHEL

UX/UI Design for voice

FRANCISCO FUENTES, Ph.D.

Stanford Design Thinking

 Judges By Invitation Only

Kjell Hegstad aka

Digital Viking, Chief Innovation Officer @ CirrusLabs

Dr. Silvia Mah

PhD, MBA, Founding Partner of Ad Astra Ventures

Ruth Stanbridge

Creative Director, Vocala.co

Dr. Mimi

Mary Bonk Isaac, Ph.D., Founder, HEDGE Co

MIKE ROBERTS

Creating Coding Careers CEO

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