208. Diversity & Advancement in Tech

DATE: Friday, July 21, 2017      TIME: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LOCATION: City Hall, Committee Room 120

This panel will provide an in-depth look at problem and solutions concerning diversity and advancement in the technology industry.

CLE accreditation pending. Click here to download CLE materials.


Senior Corporate Counsel and Director, Gap, Inc.

Marie Ma

Marie Ma is Senior Corporate Counsel and Director at Gap, Inc. Ms. Ma serves on the University of San Francisco School of Law’s Board of Governors, chairs the Bar Association of San Francisco’s (BASF) Mock Trial Committee, and the Asian American Bar Association’s (AABA) Foundation Board, and was formerly Co-Chair of AABA’s In-House Committee. In addition to being a rising star at Gap and in the broader API legal community, Ms. Ma heads up the Law Firm Diversity Committee for Gap's Legal team and is passionate about initiatives that promote diversity. Ms. Ma has a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.


Executive Advisor, Ascend

Buck Gee

Buck Gee is an Executive Advisor at Ascend, a non-profit Pan-Asian membership organization for business professionals. Mr. Gee retired in 2008 from Cisco Systems, where he was vice president and general manager of the Data Center Business Unit. He served as executive sponsor for Cisco’s Asian employee resource network and on Cisco’s Inclusion and Diversity Council. He joined Cisco with its 2004 acquisition of Andiamo Systems where he was president and CEO. Previously, he held management positions in engineering, marketing, and business development at Hewlett Packard, National Semiconductor, 3Com, Crescendo Communications, Com21, and Iospan Wireless. He has also taught computer and electrical engineering courses at Stanford University and Howard University. He is a member of the Committee of 100. He holds BS/EE and MS/EE degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Director of Product Management, Facebook

Yul Kwon

Yul Kwon is Director of Product Management (and former Deputy Chief Privacy Officer) at Facebook. He previously served as Deputy Chief of the FCC's Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, an adjunct instructor at the FBI Academy, a legislative counsel in the U.S. Senate, and a judicial clerk in the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. He has also held positions at Google, McKinsey, and Venture Law Group. Mr. Kwon hosted the PBS series, America Revealed, and anchored KCETLink’s weekly news program, LinkAsia, from 2011-2013. His other work on television includes hosting programs for CNN, Discovery Channel, and Smithsonian Channel. In 2006, Mr. Kwon became the first Asian American winner of the CBS reality show, Survivor. Mr. Kwon received his B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal.

Jenny R. Yang

Former Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Jenny R. Yang served as Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from September 1, 2014 to January 22, 2017. Ms. Yang joined the Commission in March 2013, and is serving out a term that ends this year. The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, sex, and other protected classes. She was the first Asian American to serve as the permanent chair of the EEOC in its 50-year history. Throughout her career in the private, government, and nonprofit sectors, Ms. Yang has worked to ensure fairness and equal opportunity in the workplace. Ms. Yang was a partner of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC and served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation Section. Ms. Yang was awarded the NAPABA Women’s Leadership Award in 2016. Ms. Yang received her B.A. from Cornell University in Government. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law.