Erica Baker Keynote Speaker

  • Principal Group Engineering Manager, Microsoft (Present)
  • Former Senior Engineering Manager at Slack Technologies and Patreon
  • Advocate for diversity and inclusion in tech

Erica Baker's Biography

Erica Baker is a Principal Group Engineering Manager at Microsoft. She is a former Senior Engineering Manager at Patreon, and Senior Engineer at Slack Technologies, She is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in tech, and expanding access to tech education.

Erica’s career in tech began fifteen years ago doing domain administration for the University of Alaska Statewide System, before becoming a Googler in 2006. Erica’s role grew and shifted within Google, growing from Support Technician to Site Reliability Engineer. She joined Slack in 2015, where she focuses on Build and Release Engineering. She joined Patreon in 2017 where she manages the Infrastructure Engineering team. Erica is on the Board of Directors for Girl Develop It, the advisory Boards for Atipica and Hack the Hood, and is a Tech Mentor for Black Girls Code. She is also a Global Advisory Council Member for Barbie.

Erica is a founding member of Project Include, was the 2015 Level Playing Field Institute Lux Award winner, a nominee for the 2016 Crunchies Include Diversity Award, and was included in WIRED Magazine’s 2016 NextList. Erica is currently based in Oakland, California.

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Videos of Erica Baker

TED Talk | How do we bridge the
TED Talk | How do we bridge the "anxiety gap" at work?
TechCrunch | Include: Building A Diverse Corporate Culture
TechCrunch | Include: Building A Diverse Corporate Culture
Tech diversity and inclusion postmortem | O'Reilly
Tech diversity and inclusion postmortem | O'Reilly
The Broad Institute - Virtual Discussion
The Broad Institute - Virtual Discussion

Comments & Testimonials

The event was a great success and Erica was absolutely the highlight of our two days. On behalf of all Autodesk Black Network please let Erica know that her openness and direct challenges for Autodesk, it’s executives, and even our members was inspiring and greatly appreciated.

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