May 21, 2016

Breakout Sessions (Osher)

1:00 – 1:45 Creating Allies: Developing Personal Connections

45 minutes
Workshop

Co-led workshop exploring and modeling how empathy can create safe spaces for potential allies and sustain meaningful engagement with diversity initiatives. This session will include both an overview of this theory and strategies for practical application.

 

Aubrey Blanche, Global Diversity Programs Lead, Atlassian

I believe firmly in creating opportunities for deserving individuals who face unique challenges. As the Global Diversity Programs Lead at Atlassian, I am responsible for our diversity initiatives across the candidate and employee pipeline, from our investment in STEM education to recruiting to creating an inclusive, supportive culture.

In my free time, I teach yin and vinyasa styles of hatha yoga. As a yoga teacher, I focus on getting the body, mind, and breath in sync to improve mood and lower stress. I’m fascinated by the congruencies between Western medicine and Eastern philosophy and believe that my blended approach creates better outcomes for my students. I have a special interest in yoga for anxiety and related conditions.

 

Zeeshan Khan, Founder, EnabledTech
Zeeshan is currently working with companies to help build more accessible products for people with disabilities. Having worked with people with disabilities, he understands the challenges they face gaining access to sustainable employment.

He is also working to bridge the societal gap for visually impaired youth internationally, by helping these youth integrate into their local communities.

When away from work, Zeeshan loves discovering new experiences, meeting new people and cooking.

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