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Thursday, October 13 • 11:15am - 11:50am
Inspiration, Vision, and Roots

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Our country's broken immigration system often keeps the best and brightest from establishing themselves, their families, their companies and their careers here in the United States. Hear from the panelists about the challenges and opportunities that immigration poses to the tech industry - as well as what you can do to advocate for solutions.

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Dara Adams

Northeast Regional Director, FWD.us
Dara is the Northeast Regional Director of FWD.us, an immigration advocacy organization founded by tech and business leaders to mobilize the community around the issue of commonsense immigration reform. In this role Dara determines FWD.us’ strategy for New York, Boston and the surrounding states, including planning events, recruiting surrogates, and engaging elected officials and press.  Dara has dedicated her career to helping others... Read More →

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Yin Lin

Co-Founder, SheWorx
Yin Lin is the co-founder of SheWorx, a collective of ambitious female entrepreneurs and changemakers redefining a new wave of leadership. In her last venture, she co-founded a design and development agency that worked with early stage clients who went on to raise over $27M in funding with their pitch decks. Yin is passionate about improving the quality of education in disadvantaged neighborhoods and am an active advisor to ed tech... Read More →
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Cris Mercado

Cris is an undocumented entrepreneur who has helped hundreds of students ascend to top colleges and earn +$1 million in scholarships & grants, most recently through his startup, GrantAnswers. He was also a Founding Board Member of The Knowledge House, an award-winning technology education non-profit, and currently serves on the FWD.us Innovation Council. He has presented at UCLA, NYU, and the U.S. Chamber of... Read More →
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Mark O'Neill

CTO, JackThreads
Mark O'Neill is the CTO of JackThreads, the leading menswear e-tailer dedicated to constantly improving its web and mobile experience. Prior to Jackthreads, Mark spent eight years as Thrillist Media Group's CTO building systems to handle ecommerce and custom content totaling $100M in annual revenue, half of that on mobile platforms. He got his start in the NYC tech industry doing custom search engine work back in the late... Read More →

Thursday October 13, 2016 11:15am - 11:50am
Metropolitan Pavilion 125 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011