Lianna Newman, (no pronouns, only use Lianna) is black, queer, nonbinary, and motivated to help STEM organizations do better. Lianna is a Mid-Level Software Engineer, with three years of Human Resources experience, and a B.A. in Communications.
During Lianna’s tenure in Human Resources, Lianna was responsible for organizing and facilitating trainings, internship development, and changing company culture. Since then, Lianna has gone on to develop and lead a variety of diversity and inclusion trainings internationally.
In 2016, Lianna ventured into a career in technology. Lianna faced a difficult journey, as a result of taking a non-traditional trek to tech. As Lianna experienced discrimination in interviews, bias in retention, and general unwelcomeness in the field, Lianna used those experiences to fuel a need/drive to make the tech space more inclusive and welcoming.
In 2018 Lianna helped launch and is currently the DC Chapter Head for Out in Tech DC. Out in Tech is a nonprofit Organization that works to bring together the LGBTQIA+ technology community through a variety of events and volunteering opportunities. Later that year Lianna also accepted the role of Director of External Affinity Groups for oSTEM (Out in STEM) after being awarded the 2018 oSTEM Partner Excellence Award. Lianna is a certified suicide interventionist and a safeTALK facilitator. Lastly, Lianna enjoys collecting Harry Potter memorabilia and building dollhouse miniatures.
Ryder Fox (they/them) is a queer trans, nonbinary individual who is passionate about improving access for marginalized individuals. They completed their BS at New Mexico Tech and are currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Miami, RSMAS. As an atmospheric physicist, Ryder researches ice interactions inside of landfalling hurricanes.
Ryder grew up in a family who denied educational access in their youth and consequently spent their late teens and early twenties simply surviving. Like so many LGBTQIA+ individuals, this meant that Ryder did not begin a collegiate trajectory until their mid-thirties. Overcoming repeated stigma around learning differences, mental health challenges, and identity, Ryder is committed to fighting for and teaching inclusion.
A trainer and consultant since the 2000’s, Ryder brings a wealth of client relations experience, community outreach, and personalized program development to their work. As the VP of Diversity and Inclusion at oSTEM, an international LGBTQIA+ in STEM society, Ryder managed affinity groups, STEM Affinity Partnerships, Diversity Resources, Accessibility, Crisis Response, and Digital Storytelling. As a trained suicide interventionist and certified safeTALK facilitator, Ryder initiated an international crisis text line for the support of LGBTQIA+ and STEM individuals who are in need.
Ryder lives in Miami with their wife Lilian and two dogs, a rambunctious Azawakh (Sule) and a joyous Scottie (Chepe).