CONTACT: KEVIN L. NICHOLS
Founder, President & CEO
The Social Engineering Project, Inc.
Phone: (415) 490-8010
Tech Companies Expose High School Students of Color to STEM Careers in the Outdoors
Oakland, CA (October 20, 2019) – The tech industry is full of stresses, misconceptions, elitism, cronyism, etc. There is no direct pathway to enter the industry and once you get there, it is difficult to succeed without a lot of assistance. This is why The Social Engineering Project, Inc. (“TSEP”) is hosting its 3rd Annual TSEP Overnight Camping Conference for high school students of color (“SOC”).
TSEP will take approximately 100 SOC to YMCA Camp Loma Mar in the Santa Cruz Mountains to learn about work/life balance; the environment; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (“STEM”) related careers; entrepreneurship; college; personal branding; and networking.
Michael D. Thomas, Esq. (Of Counsel of Ogletree) and Juan Walker, Esq. (Sr. Corporate Counsel for Oracle) will lead mindfulness workshops; Lonni Rivera (reporter/journalist) and Lindsay Simonds (philanthropic fundraising consultant) will lead yoga classes for the work/life balance component. Tech companies such as lead sponsor, Northrop Grumman (gears), Walmart Labs (paper coding), GoPro (cameras), and Apple (robotics coding) will lead workshops on the various technologies used in their day to day lives as engineers. Then, the students will learn about pitch competitions and present why the workshop that they were assigned was the best and why for prizes. Further, representatives from U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Santa Cruz, and San Jose State will discuss the application process, what college life is like, and why the students should attend. Lastly, the students will learn about their personal brand and the importance of networking currently and in their future endeavors.
Kevin L. Nichols, TSEP’s Founder, President and CEO says, “These students will develop the skills necessary to be successful in tech or any other industry by setting good boundaries, knowing how to recharge, and how to go about achieving what they really want in life.”
For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/TSEPcc19. The cost per student is $175, however, there are hardship scholarships for $50.
TSEP OVERNIGHT CAMPING CONFERENCE
DATES: Friday, October 4th at noon through Sunday, October 6th at 4pm
LOCATION: YMCA Camp Loma Mar, in Loma Mar, California (Santa Cruz Mountains)
The Social Engineering Project, Inc. is an Oakland based Google and Microsoft funded social impact venture with Stanford University that is designed to address the lack of diversity in the tech industry through pipeline programs for underrepresented students of color. TSEP’s sponsoring 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is the YMCA of the East Bay while it awaits its own tax exempt status.
Kevin L. Nichols has worked in multifaceted capacities in some of the most prolific international law firms in the country, such as Morrison & Foerster, Paul Hastings, Heller Ehrman, and Holland & Knight. His interest in diversity and technology began while he was a mechanical engineering/diversity intern at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Later, he became the Executive Director of the California Diversity Council and the African American Wellness Project. Kevin has become a social networking expert and full-time consultant specializing in litigation technology (eDiscovery), diversity, and social media marketing for the legal industry. Nichols has been featured on LinkedIn’s Hall of Fame, Yahoo’s Blog, in the Examiner, CNN Money, MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal. Millions saw Kevin while logging in to LinkedIn.com from 2011-2014. He is now the Founder, President & CEO of The Social Engineering Project, Inc. For a full biography and CV, please visit http://bit.ly/KLNport.
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