February 2016

Microsoft New England Picks: 3 Not-To-Miss Events This Week

Events 2-29-16

In like a lion, out like a lamb — that’s how we like the busy month of March! Welcome in the long month with our top picks for events this week:

1) Boston WordPress February Meetup
Monday, February 29, 6:30pm — 8:30pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @bostonwp @thatbeach @reikob @JonDBishop @melchoyce @ryelle 

OK.  You got them to visit your website and opt in to your free offer, now what?  How do you turn that new lead into a paying client?  Learn the strategies you need to use and some tools to help you easily accomplish turning your website visitors into paying clients.

Boston TechBreakfast2) Boston TechBreakfast
Tuesday, March 1, 8am — 11am
Microsoft New England R&D Center | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @techbreakfast #techbreakfast

Interact with your peers in a monthly morning breakfast meetup. At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations.

EmotionLab163) EEmotion Lab ‘16: Emotion Hack Your Techmotion
Friday, March 4, 5pm — Sunday March 6, 2pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @Affectiva #emotionlab16

Emotions are critical to human behavior but are mostly missing from the digital world. What if devices, apps and technology could sense human emotions and adapt to them?
Join Affectiva for an exciting weekend-long hackathon, March 4-6 2016, during which participants will create emotion-aware technology. You will get to use Affectiva’s emotion-sensing SDKs for iOS, Android and Windows. We’ll provide a selection of interesting IoT products and technologies, and together we will design the future of emotion-aware devices.

Voices Of Change — Diversity in STEM Can Change the World

Diversity and inclusion are critical underpinnings to our evolving culture at Microsoft and powerful bridges to the marketplace. They can be determining factors in whether or not talented people come to work for us, and whether people buy our products. Through our investment in diverse partnerships on a broad range of opportunities, we continue to work to increase the pipeline of diverse talent, increase retention and match talent to job opportunities that are vital to our success in the future.This month, we are honored to feature the voices of local leaders who represent our commitment to diversity and use their drive to help the community in which they serve.

— Microsoft New England Staff

I always thought of myself as an artistically brained person. My stereotype of an engineer was that of a left-brained, analytical, introverted person, like Bill Nye the Science Guy. Until my junior year of high school when I took a “Girls Exploring Engineering” course. I was paired with a mentor who was a civil engineer, and she inspired me to realize that you don’t have to sit in a box to be successful in a career. You need to have both the ability to be creative and analytical in order to be successful. That motivated me to join my school’s robotics team, and that’s when I decided I wanted to pursue engineering in college.

I applied to MIT because I was inspired by robotics — and the movie Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr.’s character went to MIT to study mechanical engineering, which I thought was so cool. I learned about an MIT program called MITES (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science). a program that fully funds students to go to MIT for six weeks. This was a life-changing experience for me.

It was so inspiring to be alongside other people who looked like me and were passionate about learning engineering and science, because I was the only person of color in all my AP classes in high school. I fell in love with MIT because of all radical, creative, crazy energy on campus that I felt during MITES.

STEM education provides an ability for your voice to be heard, to have a seat at the table, when really important decisions are being made in terms of how a product is being designed for the people that are going to use it. In the tech industry, it’s more important than ever to have diversity of thoughts when you’re coming up with solutions to really hard problems, because at the end of the day, an elegant solution covers a wide, wide expanse of different users.

Last fall I had the awesome experience of creating the first-ever Black & Africans at Microsoft (BAM) regional chapter in New England. Together with Women@NERD, we organized the first ever mock interview workshop for college students in the Boston area. We invited students to come in and watch a mock interview done by two full-time Microsoft employees, and then they got to do an hour of one-on-one interview practice with them. We had a mixer at the end where they learned about Microsoft careers.

The event got students excited about careers at Microsoft and helped them get over some of the nerves they had with interviewing. Especially with people who are international students, minority students, or just underrepresented populations in general, it can be really, really intimidating to go into an interview cold turkey and just immerse yourself into a culture that you’re not familiar with. We’re trying to give students the opportunity to get that confidence and realize that they are excellent candidates.

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Students at Gique

This is something I talk about all the time with Gique, an educational nonprofit that I started with a friend during my senior year at MIT. We started Gique because we identified as folks that were always at the intersection of left and right brain. Growing up, you’re taught algebra, humanities, science, and history in silos, but when you when you leave the classroom and go off into the world, you don’t experience the world in those same silos; everything is always indelibly intertwined. We wanted to find a way to showcase that — to share that being an engineer and scientist is very much a creative job.

We chose to start our pilot after-school program at the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester because in communities where there are hard things happening and tough problems, it’s so important to have participatory designs. That’s how you really make lasting change. It’s not dropping somebody into a community — it’s having people within the community be part of the solution.

Screen Shot 2016-02-25 at 5.34.15 PMThis semester we started an after school program at the Boys and Girls Club called #HackDorchester. We have teams of three students paired with a mentors, who are current student in the Boston area, and they have a budget to design a product or solution to one of five problem areas: housing and employment, climate change, citizenship, education, and public health.

At first glance, the fourth to eighth graders are working on what people would consider adult issues, but the reality is that students know what’s going on in their communities. They are experts at their own daily lives and we’re trying to tell them, “You are an expert. You can start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can. And you have the power of using STEM to make an effective change in your own community. You have the potential to change the world for the better.”

Voices Of Change — Bringing Everyone Into the Conversation

Diversity and inclusion are critical underpinnings to our evolving culture at Microsoft and powerful bridges to the marketplace. They can be determining factors in whether or not talented people come to work for us, and whether people buy our products. Through our investment in diverse partnerships on a broad range of opportunities, we continue to work to increase the pipeline of diverse talent, increase retention and match talent to job opportunities that are vital to our success in the future.This month, we are honored to feature the voices of local leaders who represent our commitment to diversity and use their drive to help the community in which they serve.

— Microsoft New England Staff

Milton Irving

I’m going to start with the story of why. Why is the issue of equitable access to technology so important, for me, as an African American Executive Director of a technology organization?

I had the opportunity to go to a Metco school. It’s pretty much where kids from the inner city are allowed to go to school in the suburbs. When I was in the first or second grade, I had my first experience with technology, which was amazing. We had this computer that went to every classroom, different days of the week, and my first experience was with the Oregon Trail. So I got into coding. It was just mind blowing to me that then, when I would come home to the inner city, kids didn’t have that access.

I was so amazed: “Why don’t they have this opportunity? Why isn’t the playing field leveled?” That’s when I first got in my mind: this has to change. The old attitude that it takes a village is so extremely important to me.

What we have missed in the minority community is simple: opportunity. We are not given the opportunity to succeed. That needs to happen; it’s just so important. At no other time in history ever has a minority population been the largest population in public school systems, and if we don’t change that, then we are looking at the destruction of our economy over the next few years, and that just can’t happen. It is so very important that we get this right. I am going to be very committed to doing so.

The Timothy Smith Network provides that opportunity — and not only through the deployment of technology, but through the deployment of the services and the programs to leverage technology within the community.

Since 1996, we have been able to deploy more than 12 million dollars worth of technology into the Greater Roxbury community. Today we have 29 different technology centers, and all of these centers run differently, but they are all focused on leveraging and infusing that technology into service models. It’s not the technology alone that will make a difference; what will make a difference is the instructional design around how we blend the technology into a service offering. For example, the Timothy Smith Centers are located inside agencies that address a broad range of economic, therapeutic, health, educational, training, human and social services needs of the community. That’s what we provide — the knowledge, equipment and design to help individuals be able to serve the community more effectively.

This moment in time is my civil rights movement. This is my opportunity to put my stake in the ground and say: enough. It should never have gotten to the point where we are still having the conversation about equitable access to technology and STEM education. Everything about our lives has changed: The way we eat, the way we travel, the way medicine is given, the way we receive information. But the way we teach in our inner cities and school systems has remained the same — it is the desk, the book, the teacher standing up front. We need to be very laser focused, as innovators, in how we infuse technology and the opportunities it can provide.

Being able to provide STEM education will allow people in the African American and minority communities across the board, the opportunity to become a part of what’s happening — to be a part of the conversation, not to be overlooked.

What happens a lot is people have these great intentions and ideas of how to be able to assist the African American community to get ahead; but what doesn’t happen a lot is the intentional conversation with that community. Just to ask, “Where are you?” “What are your needs?” “What’s important to you?” I think we, a lot of institutions, miss that vote.

So what could be done in the future? I think at the end of the day it’s allowing the African American community not to be talked to, but to be listened to. To be a part of the conversation. The opportunity that STEM education provides the black community is no different than what it would provide for any other community. It’s the opportunity to be a part of the economic and social nature of America.

Milton Irving is the Executive Director of the Timothy Smith Network. The Timothy Smith Network (TSN) is a member organization established to build the capacity of Greater Roxbury’s Timothy Smith Centers. The mission of the TSN is to increase the capacity of the Greater Roxbury community of Boston to effectively use and access technology by providing technology-related services, educational programs, and resources as well as strengthening and supporting the individual Timothy Smith Centers.

Apply Now for the 2016 MassChallenge Accelerator Program!

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Have an idea for your startup, but need a launching point for it? If you’ve familiarized yourself with the startup scene in the past five years, then you’re all-too-familiar with MassChallenge. The Boston-based — and now global — incubator has helped hundreds of startups gain the funding, talent, and business expertise to make their visions a reality. And now it’s your turn. MassChallenge is now accepting applications for its 2016 Accelerator Program in Boston, Israel, and Switzerland.

Any early-stage startup can apply from anywhere in the world to be part of the 835 MassChallenge alumni that have raised over $1.1B and created 6,500 jobs. We’ve been pleased to support local startups participating in MassChallenge through our Microsoft Scholarship for Civic Innovation, a fund that assists startups that address problems in civic life.

The application, which is due by March 31, is live now at masschallenge.org/apply. And the earlier you apply, the better — the 2016 Application Fee increases from $49 to $99 after March 3.

The next success story could be you or someone you know! What are you waiting for? Apply now!

Welcome Sharlene Yang, Cambridge STEAM Coordinator!

Earlier this month Sharlene Yang was announced as the new Cambridge STEAM Coordinator, a role that reports jointly to the School Department and the City of Cambridge.  Sharlene brings a wealth of experience in STEAM and was responsible for the development and implementation of the Engineering is Elementary curriculum across the country.  With Sharlene’s experience and drive we will begin to see the transformation of Cambridge to an innovative community for young adults.

I am excited to represent Microsoft as a member of the newly formed Cambridge STEAM committee and to work alongside Sharlene and many Cambridge community, tech and university partners.  Sharlene and the committee will be responsible for expanding and supporting STEAM learning opportunities in Cambridge schools.  Join me in welcoming Sharlene and keep an eye out for some great STEAM initiatives to come together in the near future.

Read the full announcement here: Welcome Sharlene Yang, Cambridge STEAM Coordinator

Microsoft New England Picks: 5 Not-To-Miss Events This Week

Events 2-22-16

School’s back in session, February’s wrapping up, and we’ve got a full agenda for you! Here are our top 5 picks for events you won’t want to miss this week:

python-boston-sq_400x4001) Boston Python February Presentation Night
Tuesday, February 23, 6:30pm — 9pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @bostonpython

Boston Python presentation nights are a chance for Python developers to explore new topics in depth. Members or outside experts prepare presentations at a variety of levels, on any number of Python-related topics. By giving Python developers a chance to expand and hone their skills, Boston Python is enriching and strengthening the Python community.

TechCrunch2) TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off
Tuesday, February 23, 6pm — 9pm
Royale | 279 Tremont St | Boston
Twitter: @TechCrunch

TechCrunch’s legendary meetup + pitch-off event is coming to Boston! Join us for beer, good conversation, and a battle to the death to see which entrepreneurs can dazzle and excite the judges in under sixty seconds. And whether you’re an investor, entrepreneur, dreamer or tech enthusiast, we want to see you at the event so we can grab a beer and hear your thoughts. Come one, come all. It’s sure to be a night to remember.

she-starts3) Introduction to MassChallenge
Tuesday, February 23, 6pm — 9pm
WeWork | 745 Atlantic Avenue | Boston
Twitter: @She_Starts | @WeWorkBOS | @We_BOS | 

Thinking about applying to MassChallenge in 2016? Come hear from MassChallenge staff and alums about the program and be ready to have your questions answered.

revolve-bos4) Revolve Nation Boston Entrepreneurs: Networking & Discussion Group
Wednesday, February 24, 6pm — 8pm
Coalition | 101 Arch Street, 19th Fl. | Boston
Twitter: @Revolve_this

The Revolve Nation’s Boston Entrepreneurs Network is the largest community of entrepreneurs and business owners in the city of Boston, offering networking, discussion groups, seminars, business plan hot-seats, and more!

microsoftlogov3-small5) Turning Your Ideas Into a Reality – National Entrepreneurship Week
Thursday, February 25, 6pm — 8pm
Microsoft Store – Shops at the Prudential Center | 800 Boylston Street | Boston
Twitter: @MicrosoftStore | @shopsatprucntr

If this is the year you are ready to kick-start your business idea, this is the event for you!

Join us for an event designed especially for budding entrepreneurs and early stage start-ups. You will enjoy:

  • Our keynote speaker Gilad Rosenzweig, Founder and Executive Director of Smarter in the City
  • A panel of successful entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship experts who will share their stories, best practices, and take your questions
  • Learn the fundamentals of how to get your business idea up and off the ground
  • An opportunity to network with other local startups and entrepreneurs

Municipalities — Don’t Go It Alone On IT!

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Every day, our Technology and Civic Engagement team works to bring technology to citizens and government to help make our cities better. While our community is rapidly adapting to technology on a global scale, it is important that we take the time to introduce important technologies to our local governments to make everyday processes even easier. The following blog by Amy Dain of the Collins Center for Public Management at UMass Boston showcases the importance of bringing digital access to our government desks.
— Cathy Wissink

While most sectors of the economy have undergone a revolution in how products and services are delivered, city and town government is beginning its digital evolution.

The cautious pace of change so far is understandable.  Our public managers have figured out, through decades of practice, how to deliver a wide array of critical services, on tight budgets. The potholes get filled; the businesses inspected; the houses permitted; the police dispatched. Managers are risk-averse when it comes to changing what works.  Still, entrepreneurial managers are experimenting with IT upgrades. They see the potential benefits that better data systems could provide for them: information to solve problems, increase efficiency, and improve two-way communication with constituents.

What makes less sense is that we have hundreds of city and town governments (351 cities and towns in Massachusetts) figuring out information technology independently, for the most part. Why should every community have a unique information system when they are delivering similar services?  And why should each community have to invest significant resources to figure out which IT systems to purchase? As one DPW director said to me last week, “It doesn’t make sense to have 10 communities using 10 systems.  The cost of that is ridiculous.”

There are many reasons for us to increase the coordination across municipalities to upgrade IT.  Common data standards could enable greater cross-municipal comparison and collaboration in service delivery.  Bulk purchasing will cost each municipality less.  Some issues are so important and tricky, such as the security and privacy of municipal data, that local experimentation may not be the best way to address the risks.  Local managers who have not already overseen IT upgrades could benefit from guidance from experienced IT practitioners. And, without outside support, the cohort of early movers may be smaller than ideal, as the pioneers face relatively higher costs and risks in implementing new information systems.

We need to do more to support the early movers, learn from their experiments, and spread the best solutions.  Right now only a few municipalities use GPS to track plows during a snow emergency.  Many departments of public works (DPWs) have started using IT to communicate with constituents, but a much smaller cohort of DPWs has started to implement robust back-end IT systems for managing the work. DPWs have a long way to go in developing data systems for inventory management.  Wellesley has a strong information system for managing its fleet of vehicles, Boston built an app to schedule road repairs (so utilities dig before a road is resurfaced, and not right after), and other communities are implementing software solutions to a variety of challenges, but we lack good avenues for spreading solutions across the region.

Until now, entrepreneurial individuals in local government have been leading the way with IT upgrades, but efforts have been largely uncoordinated and expensive.  It is time for the local leaders to come together, with support from the state, universities, and regional planning agencies, to learn from each other and to move the digital evolution along more smoothly and systematically.

Amy Dain is an associate with the Government Analytics Program (GAP) at the Collins Center for Public Management at UMass Boston.  

For a more detailed discussion of IT in municipal government, see Amy’s article in CommonWealth Magazine: http://commonwealthmagazine.org/opinion/municipalities-shouldnt-go-it-alone-on-it/

Voices of Change — Shaping an Inclusive Environment in STEM

Diversity and inclusion are critical underpinnings to our evolving culture at Microsoft and powerful bridges to the marketplace. They can be determining factors in whether or not talented people come to work for us, and whether people buy our products. Through our investment in diverse partnerships on a broad range of opportunities, we continue to work to increase the pipeline of diverse talent, increase retention and match talent to job opportunities that are vital to our success in the future.This month, we are honored to feature the voices of local leaders who represent our commitment to diversity and use their drive to help the community in which they serve.

— Microsoft New England Staff

Damon Cox

Much has been written about technology being a great equalizing force. Today we have instant access to information at the push of a button or the swipe of a screen and more computing power in our pockets or handbags in the form of a smartphone than all of NASA had during the Moon Landing in 1969. Technology can give voice to the voiceless through blogs, vlogs and hashtags. It can also sell the world more products ultimately destined for a landfill. Technology is everywhere, and we all use it. But the stark reality is that we don’t all have access to it or a hand in creating it.

Lack of access to technology and a dearth of opportunities for women and under-represented minorities in the tech space has largely been the motivation for the work I am doing at The Boston Foundation (TBF). As New England’s largest and oldest (100 years) community foundation and the second oldest in the nation, TBF has traditionally viewed job creation as the panacea for the economic woes of the communities that we serve. To escape the morass of tepid economic development, we’re looking beyond job creation alone and looking towards building an entrepreneurial ecosystem and developing vibrant STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education pipelines as important components of a robust economic mobility strategy.

Making sure Black and Latino youth have access to STEM and STEAM opportunities is vital to individuals, families and communities. The average STEM salary is $86,000 dollars, while the average non-STEM salary is $47,000. Well-paying jobs in STEM could go a long way towards closing the ever-widening wealth and income inequality gaps we have been experiencing.

Unfortunately, the actual numbers of minority youth obtaining advanced STEM degrees and jobs are disheartening, to say the least. Black and Latino participation in STEM is stagnant or falling in many regions. Code.org estimates that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computing jobs but only 400,000 qualified candidates to fill them. And sadly, we’re not preparing our own young people to fill these jobs.

At the risk of sounding nationalist, I would like to see the same impassioned championing of STEM programs that we see coming from the H1B visa advocates. We have millions of young people that masterfully utilize technology but don’t feel as though they could create it. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are icons of innovation and wealth throughout the world, and there is no reason why we shouldn’t be looking in American inner cities to find the next tech innovators to carry the torch.

It all boils down to the fact that WE MUST DO BETTER! It is incumbent upon all of us to help shape a more inclusive environment for young kids of color, specifically Blacks and Latinos, into STEM/STEAM education programs or coding camps. This is not a black problem or a white problem; it’s an American problem. Federal, state and local government have important roles to play on the policy level, and corporations and non-profits have obligations to target the problem on the programmatic level. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and as a nation, we must remain vigilant and strong to remain the leaders in technology innovation, using our vast human capital in its many shapes, sizes and colors.

Damon Cox is the Director of Economic Development at the Boston Foundation. He joined the foundation in 2013 with the responsibility of overseeing the foundation’s portfolio of workforce and economic development investments. Damon brings an extensive background in enhancing opportunities for entrepreneurs, most recently as the Director and Program Designer for the Boston Small Business Contest, a prize competition designed to create and support business development opportunities for residents in Boston’s Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan neighborhoods.  Previous to that he was Director for Capital and Evaluation for Boston Rising. In that role, Damon devised and managed Boston Rising’s entrepreneurship development initiative, which provided capital and technical assistance to a network of burgeoning business owners in Boston neighborhoods. Damon has over a decade of experience in marketing and communications in the media industry with extensive strategic consulting experience to nonprofit organizations.

Department of Defense to move 4 million devices to Windows 10

Government agencies, like large enterprises everywhere, are constantly facing new and emerging challenges, which can range from a constantly shifting threat landscape to managing multiple platforms and devices across their IT environments. And the modern threat landscape has never been more challenging — driving tremendous costs and risk to the security of critical information. Federal, state and local governments around the world, including several agencies in New England, are betting big on Microsoft technologies to help them protect against these cyber threats.

Today, Microsoft announced the latest federal agency to take advantage of a Microsoft solution: the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The Secretary of Defense has directed all U.S. DoD agencies to begin the rapid deployment of the Microsoft Windows 10 Secure Host Baseline (SHB) throughout their respective organizations for information systems currently utilizing Microsoft operating systems. From laptops to desktops to mobile devices, the DoD has a goal of deploying Windows 10 within a year.

In our region, this means that DoD agencies in the New England, such as the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, the Portsmouth Navy Base in Portsmouth, ME and the Newport Naval Base in Newport, RI will likely be planning for adoption of the new Secure Host Base for their Windows environments.

“The Department of Defense is leading the way towards modernizing and strengthen its security infrastructure,” said Susie Adams, Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Federal. “This is a great example of the strategic way in which all enterprises can adopt Windows 10 to optimize their response to cyber threats, while also reducing costs and streamlining the IT operating environment.”

For more on the DoD’s migration to Windows 10, check out the Windows for your Business blog.

Voices of Change — It’s Black History Month, What Can We Do?

Diversity and inclusion are critical underpinnings to our evolving culture at Microsoft and powerful bridges to the marketplace. They can be determining factors in whether or not talented people come to work for us, and whether people buy our products. Through our investment in diverse partnerships on a broad range of opportunities, we continue to work to increase the pipeline of diverse talent, increase retention and match talent to job opportunities that are vital to our success in the future.This month, we are honored to feature the voices of local leaders who represent our commitment to diversity and use their drive to help the community in which they serve.

— Microsoft New England Staff

Malia-Lazu

 

Black History Month: the month that reminds us we don’t teach enough diverse history of America. Not everyone’s story is the Mayflower story. The story of blacks in America is one of overcoming odds, and of finding your humanity in a country that fought a war against recognizing your humanity.

So, what should America do during Black History Month? Should we celebrate everything George Washington Carver was able to do with the peanut? Or remind people of all the things blacks have contributed to American History? While I think all of these things are nice, they are window dressing. Our country is in a new discussion on race and we should use Black History Month to come into the 21st century and look for ways to help strengthen our societal commitment to equity.

As the Executive Director of Epicenter Community, an organization dedicated to building authentic ways for people to come together and change the world, we noticed how much we focus on outward solutions, rather than asking people to look inside and to expand their hearts to include as many people as possible. What’s amazing is when you put diverse groups of people in a room, they get along beautifully. Our Juneteenth celebration at the MFA is a perfect example. We celebrate the blackest holiday in one of the whitest institutions and close to 3,000 people come and share together.

All the policy in the world will not help us find each other’s humanity. Only experiencing each other can do that. Let’s use Black History Month as a time to look inside our hearts and ask ourselves: what have we done to recognize the humanity in all of us? What are ways we can reduce silos and help people see each other?

There’s a Martin Luther King quote he gave in 1954 that drives me to this day. “The real problem is that through our scientific genius we’ve made of the world a neighborhood, but through our moral and spiritual genius we’ve failed to make of it a brotherhood.”

This month by all means, watch Roots and brush up on your African American History, but also use it as a month to do some exploring on how we can make America a brotherhood. Whatever ideas you come to us with, we are here to help.

Happy Black History Month.

Malia headshotUpon completing a two-year fellowship at MIT, Malia Lazu returned to Boston to build nonprofit models for the 21st century. With over two decades of experience establishing grass roots involvement in political advocacy and civic engagement, Malia felt the nonprofit industry was too dependent on money and was in need of disruption. Leading to her creating Future Boston Alliance and Epicenter Community, organizations working to change the world by bringing people together in authentic ways. The passion and success of Malia’s work has earned her a reputation as one of the most insightful and critical organizers of her generation, and caught the attention of MTV, Showtime, ABC-TV’s Chronicle, Fox News, and print publications such as Newsweek, The Boston Globe, and Boston Magazine.

In addition to her extensive work advocating for our youth, Malia has managed campaigns for numerous tastemakers including Grammy Award-winner and famed Civil-Rights Activist Harry Belafonte, American novelist Walter Mosley, and Peter Lewis, philanthropist and Democratic Party donor. She sits on Nation Magazine’s Editorial Board and the Proteus Fund.