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BlackRock, in partnership with PowerToFly, recently hosted an event at their Manhattan office for women in UX, data science, software engineering and related fields, featuring the impressive women who are driving innovation at the firm.
- Scott Wilkinson, BlackRock's Head of User Experience, Aladdin Product Group kicked off the evening and discussed how technology is at the heart of everything BlackRock does, and why the UX function is critical to the company's success.
- In a fireside chat, BlackRock's Deputy Head of Aladdin Product Management Sarah Schaffer talked about how she's constantly been challenged in each of the seven roles she's held at BlackRock, and how she balances her professional and personal demands as a working mother.
- The fireside chat was followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A, where Sarah was joined by fellow tech colleagues Traci Entel, Senior Technology Business Partner, COO Functions; Rachel Schutt, Data Science Core Lead, Aladdin Product Group and Sabrina Sullivan, User Experience Design Lead, Aladdin Product Group to discuss their journeys at BlackRock and what it's like to be a woman in tech.
The event took place at the Aladdin Product Group's recently remodeled office in midtown Manhattan
A packed house of women in tech
Scott Wilkinson, BlackRock's Head of User Experience, Aladdin Product Group welcomed our guests
BlackRock's Deputy Head of Aladdin Product Management Sarah Schaffer participated in a fireside chat with PowerToFly CEO Milena Berry
A panel discussion on "data meets design with Traci Entel, Senior Technology Business Partner, COO Functions; Rachel Schutt, Data Science Core Lead, Aladdin Product Group; Sarah Schaffer, Deputy Head of Aladdin Product Management; and Sabrina Sullivan, User Experience Design Lead, Aladdin Product Group
An audience Q&A with BlackRock's female tech leaders
BlackRock swag for the attendees
All attendees received awesome BlackRock reusable water bottles
Earlier this past weekend, Black Panther, the latest blockbuster juggernaut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, crossed the $1.1 billion box office threshold in global ticket sales. While billion dollar movies have increased in frequency in recent years, they are still far from the norm as only thirty-three movies have reached this lofty achievement when not adjusted for inflation.
What makes Black Panther's success particularly noteworthy is that it is the first movie ever with a predominantly black cast to achieve this status and only the second film helmed by an African American director to break the billion dollar mark, with F. Gary Gray's Fate of the Furious being the first. Could this be a sign that Hollywood is finally ready to admit that audiences want films featuring more diverse casts and creative teams?
Aside from having a mostly black cast, Black Panther also features a quartet of strong black women, including Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, who throw down in the battlefield just as much as their male counterparts. Unlike most action movies, the women in the film are not depicted as sex objects or seen arguing over a man, but rather, as fully dimensional characters who fight and quip with the best of them. Compare this to the #1 and #3 box office films of all time, Avatar and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which both feature African American female actors, Zoe Saldana and Nyong'o respectively, in key roles where in both cases the actors are depicted entirely in CGI motion capture performances rendering both their race and to some extent their gender obsolete at best and (literally) alien at worst.
The myth that "black films don't travel" overseas is quickly being debunked by Black Panther's success as is the outdated concept that female led movies can't succeed in markets like China where Wonder Woman earned a solid $89 million despite relatively low name recognition for the character. It's not just superhero movies either. Hidden Figures, Get Out and Moonlight all beat market expectations for overseas ticket sales.
Only time will tell if the trend of Hollywood movies led by diverse casts and creators will continue to grow, but this is show business after all and ticket sales speak volumes. And if this myth continues to persist, the already greenlit sequels to Wonder Woman and Black Panther should be the final nail in the coffin.