My mission with this platform is to demonstrate how businesses can be powerful platforms for social change. All companies must create workplaces that reflect the communities they are serving, and the voices of each employee need to be supported and celebrated daily. I am passionate about promoting the value of inclusive workplaces and promoting the importance of inclusion across age, religion, gender, identity, and race.
I speak dozens of times a year, to groups as small as eight and as large at 1000+. In past years, I’ve spoken on a TEDx stage in New York, with Adobe at their Design Summit, at the Wolves Summit in Poland, WITI, at the World Woman Future Forum, at the World Happiness Foundation, at the ACM Richard Tapia Conference, WSIB Ontario, and many others. I deliver keynote talks and participate in inclusive panels, and my speaking topics include, among others:
- The Value of Mentoring Women in Tech
- The Main Obstacles to Diversity & Inclusion in Tech
- Strategies to Thrive in a Male-Dominated Workplace
- The Importance of Minority Entrepreneurship and Leadership
- Harnessing the Power of Diversity and Inclusion for Innovation
- The Importance of Belonging
- The Power of Authenticity
- “Belonging” – The Next Evolution of Diversity & Inclusion
I’m also a proud contributing author to the first edition of The Hispanic Star book “Hispanic Stars Rising: A New Face of Power“, which showcases leaders with diverse backgrounds, experiences, challenges, and the ongoing contributions being made by this strong and resilient community in the U.S.
Actionable takeaways always accompany my talks for the audience, and I can craft a presentation specific to your needs and audience. My goal is to educate, inspire, and get your team into action.
Elaine Montilla is Assistant Vice President and CIO for information technology at The Graduate Center, CUNY, a Forbes Technology Council member and contributor, and an AMA Women’s Leadership Center presenter. She is an accomplished senior executive with two decades as an IT leader in higher education. Montilla is also a TEDx speaker and the founder of 5xminority.com, a company and social media brand dedicated to empowering women and minorities, especially in tech. Skilled in Educational Technology, IT Strategy, Management, System Deployment, and Project Portfolio Management. Recognized for staff professional development, change leadership, and talent for communicating with diverse groups of people.
Elaine represents several minority groups, and as a Latina and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, one of her main goals is to highlight the need for diversity in the field of Technology and to expand STEM learning opportunities to all children equally. As a professional unicorn, this powerful Latina represents the value of diversity and inclusive corporate culture in a typically male-dominated field.
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