SAVE THE DATE Tapia 2018 Orlando, FL September 19-22, 2018

2017 Tapia Conference


Diana Peña is currently a College Talent Partner at Andreessen Horowitz and specializes in helping students interested in computer science and design. Diana emigrated to Houston from Colombia at age 10, graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), and moved to San Francisco, CA in 2013. During her time at UNL, she developed a passion for working with college students and began her career in University Recruiting at Facebook, later moving to Twitter. In order to make an impact on diversity in Tech, she currently volunteers with the Code2040 organization and as a mentor at Braven.

Capital One
Nicholas Felicidario is a software engineer in the Partnerships area of Capital One in Chicago, focusing on automation, DevOps, and scripting, especially those dealing with data. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he joined the Technology Development Program (TDP). He enjoys the cinemas and eating heartwarming food during the frigid Chicago winters.

Cindy Wang is an UI developer at Capital One that strives to combine design thinking and engineering on an enterprise scale. Cindy graduated from Georgia Tech in Computational Media, where she first cultivated a sense for the impact design has on a user’s connection to digital spaces. Recently she graduated from Capital One’s rotational Tech Development Program, and currently resides right outside of DC. Cindy gives back to the tech and design community, and in what time she has left Cindy devotes to good food, yoga, and playing niche video games.

Jennifer Jiang is a software engineer in Digital Security department of Capital One. Her team works on Multi-Factor Authentication platform in order to reduce fraud and friction in the authentication experience. She did an internship at Capital One in Summer 2016. Then, after graduating from University of Texas at Dallas, she joined the TDP Program. She is interested in the cross-section of visualizations and machine learning. Her favorite part about technology is how universal it’s applications are. She currently lives in Plano, Texas and as a hobby is interested in maker culture such as 3D printing, laser cutting, and resin casting.

Annabelle Suero is a software engineer for the Enterprise Cyber Security sector at Fidelity Investments. Her team is in charge of managing the authentication, authorization, and security for all of Fidelity’s customer-facing applications. Annabelle graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in both Network and Software Engineering. In keeping with her strong interest in digital security, she recently re-enrolled and is currently working to obtain a Master’s degree in Information Security & Assurance. Annabelle has a strong passion for wanting to help others and is always looking for ways to give back to the community.

Catherine Seay-Butler is a Principal Software Engineer on the Institutional Brokerage Trading Team at Fidelity Investments. She provides oversight and technical leadership to a team of full-stack and front-end developers responsible for building and supporting web applications, with increased focus on security and DevOps efforts. She enjoys mentoring junior engineers. Over the course of her career, she has worked both in the US and in Europe for companies of all sizes. She earned her Master’s of Science in Computer Science with a thesis in artificial intelligence from North Carolina State University after graduating from Universite de Technologie de Compiegne in France. She currently resides in Apex, North Carolina with her husband and youngest son. As they are getting ready to be empty nesters, she has been able to devote more time recently to running, yoga, gourmet cooking, entertaining friends, volunteering, and adventure travel.

Caroline Bell After stepping away from I.T., Carolyn decided she wanted to make an impact on diversity within the I.T. community! She is accomplishing that goal as a Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager for Fidelity Technology. She holds a BS & MS in Computer Science from NCA&TSU. She enjoys working with our youth, spending time with her son, and reading.

Christine Cantu is the Director of University Recruiting for Fidelity Investments’ Information Technology organization. In her role, Christine manages large volume hiring for Fidelity’s Technical Summer Intern Program as well as Leap, a development program for recent college graduates with technology degrees. Additionally, Christine is active in Fidelity’s initiative to drive diversity hiring in Technology. She has 14 years of experience in IT HR and Talent Acquisition. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Human Resources.

Khalil Griffin is a Software Engineer at Google. After three consecutive internships, and receiving a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, he started working full time at Google in 2015. He frequently participates in outreach programs for Google, including Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI), intern mentoring, campus visits, and CodeU. He also interviews candidates for internships and full-time engineering positions. He currently resides in Mountain View, California, and works on using graph mining techniques to fight payment fraud.

Jon Wong is a Senior Software Engineer on the Frontend Infrastructure team at Coursera where his team is responsible for making sure developers of all skill levels are comfortable and confident while building great products. He’s been there for four years now, and has worked on everything from mobile video encoding all the way to transitioning the company to the modern javascript stack — and even organizes the company-wide Make-a-thon! He spends his off-time mentoring folks at Code2040 and Hackbright Academy, attending Meetups, and playing sports like basketball, volleyball, and spikeball. Previously, he attended the University of California, San Diego where he spent every waking minute working with biological virus researchers, budding entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations in order to make sure he could apply the things he was learning in school.


Nadia Abouzaid is Head of Campus Engagement for Jopwell, the leading career advancement platform for Black, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American students and professionals. A native New Yorker, Nadia graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, with a focus on Organizational Behavior and Marketing. She followed her passion for connecting people and began a career in Campus Recruiting at Barclays, where she was most recently a Vice President and Head of Banking Analyst Campus Recruiting. While working, Nadia also pursued further education and received her M.S. in Human Resources Management from New York University. With a longstanding passion for diversity and mentorship, Nadia acts as co-head of the Inroads Alumni Association’s New York chapter and as a mentor for The Dalton School Alumni of Color Mentoring Program.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Tony Baylis at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is the Laboratory’s Director for the Office of Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Programs. In this position, he is the senior management advocate for diversity and inclusion for the Laboratory. Tony is responsible for overseeing the laboratory’s interactions and successful execution in building, partnering and collaborating with governmental, educational, industrial, community interests and other stakeholders. LLNL has had a long history in working with Minority Serving Institutions, specifically relationships with American Indian Institutions, Hispanic Institutions and Historically Black College and Universities. He represents the Laboratory on the subjects of Diversity and Inclusion, STEM, Outreach Efforts, and Student Programs. Tony’s career represents 30 years of administrative, project, program, technical and organizational management. He has worked in a scientific and technical environment for over 20 years and has worked as an consultant in industry as well. Tony has extensive experience networking with a broad range of academic, industry, government and non-profit organizations that has educated him and helped him in his career. He is a DOE Minorities in Energy Champion for the department and also serves on a number of conference program committees and advisory boards that promote STEM and diversity in science and technical careers.

William Hill is a software engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from Mississippi State University. He has a drive for increasing diversity in tech and has volunteered with Black Girls Code and the Hidden Genius Project as well as teaching at the Hackbright Academy. When he isn’t churning out code, he enjoys playing basketball, strength training, and playing video games.

Marisol Gamboa was inspired in high school to pursue a career in Computer Science after participating in the New Mexico Supercomputer Challenge. The challenge introduced her to a whole new world of opportunities and provided the avenue to discover her passion, developing software to solve problems. Marisol earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico in 1998. She now works as a Computer Scientist and leads a team of software developers as an Associate Division Leader for the Global Security Computing Applications Divisionat Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Marisol has worked at the Laboratory since 2002. Her background and extensive software engineering experience has led her to reach a position where she provides oversight and technical leadership for a team of software experts responsible for developing tools that help Department of Defense personnel distill, combine, relate, manipulate and access massive amounts of data in a timely manner. In addition to this role, Marisol also serves as the Principal Investigator for Defense Threat Reduction Agency Advanced Analytics project, focusing on furthering technology by exploring techniques and methodologies that have not been proven or tested. Marisol is an advocate of leveraging publicly available software where possible to focus limited budgets, time, and manpower on mission critical and unique challenges. What Marisol enjoys most about her job is the dynamic, ever-changing challenges encountered as a software developer.


Thomas Moore

Matt Poole is a recent grad of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. He started working on Microsoft’s University Recruiting team June 2017. His work is geared towards engaging technical and non-technical students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). He is based in Atlanta His background is in various aspects of business/technology. His experiences are in startups, technology sales, and program management. In his spare time, Matt likes to meet people, go to community festivals, and art shows

National Security Agency

Nico F. is currently serving as an Agency Recruiter with a background in computer engineering for Agency corporate systems.

Josephine R. is currently serving as an Agency Recruiter with a background in the Directorate of Operations.

Sheila F. is currently serving as an Agency Recruiter with a background in the Directorate of Science and Technology.

Tony L. is currently serving in the Directorate of Science and Technology and has a background in project and program management over the delivery of technical solutions for Agency requirements.

Ishani S. is currently serving in the Directorate of Analysis and has a background in analytics and service in the Agency’s offensive cyber arm.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Brad Szallar is a recruiter from Oak Ridge National Lab located near Knoxville, TN. He currently recruits for the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate, which is also home to Titan one of the world’s fastest super computers and soon to be Summit, which could be the fastest super computer when it comes online in the next few months. He helps hire for a wide variety of individuals from interns to distinguished computational scientists and the work that occurs at Oak Ridge National Lab is truly game changing. Prior to relocating to Tennessee Brad recruited in the healthcare industry and information technology industry in his home state of Colorado. Before starting his recruiting career Brad attended the University of Northern Colorado where he received his degree in Business Marketing.

Jeremiah Reyes
Sydney Brunson
Linda Ruiz David
Kristyn Richter

Wahab Owolabi

Matthew Haehl is a Technical Recruiter at Square leading our software and security engineering recruitment efforts for our domestic and international site locations (NYC, Atlanta, Kitchener-Waterloo, Melbourne). Also, I really enjoy coffee and like to consider myself a donut enthusiast.

Anil Bridgpal is a Campus Specialist at Square, working on all things related to University Students; From recruiting, to hackathons, to programs.