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88Nine Labs: Geek Of All Trades | Keisha Howard on representation in the gaming industry
June 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
She will also talk about #ProjectViolacea, an open-source multimedia experience that allows writers, illustrators, game coders, and cosplayers to take part in this creation shared by all.
About Keisha Howard:
Keisha has been a video game enthusiast since childhood. Growing up “geeky” resulted in her developing interests that were very different from her peers on Chicago’s South Side. She studied psychology and communications at DePaul University, where she acquired an understanding of consumer motivations that ultimately led to real estate. Over her decade-long career, Keisha has worked on a variety of commercial and private real estate projects, including a relationship with one of the original Chicago Spire Developers and industry innovator Christopher Carley of the Fordham Company.
Keisha’s communications background and passion for business innovation led her to the Information Technology Industry, specifically social media, the video game industry and geek culture. After discovering that a considerable part of the industry’s consumer and professional demographics was not being represented, Keisha created Sugar Gamers. It began as a women’s advocacy and networking group for consumers and professionals, but eventually blossomed into an organization that advocated for all demographics who were underserved or not being represented (such as minorities, and people from the LBGTQ+ community.)
Through Sugar Gamers, Keisha been able to monetize her interests in technology and connect people in the IT Community with other like-minded individuals, raise awareness of the under-representation of women in the Gaming Industry, and lobby to make sure corporations factor the needs of female consumers in their new offerings. Keisha’s work with Sugar Gamers has made her a minor celebrity in pop culture, affording her national television appearances on show’s like SyFy Channel’s ROBOT COMBAT LEAGUE and allowing her to meet pop culture icons like George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, and Stan Lee, the chief architect of Marvel Comics.
While her work with Sugar Gamers has taken her all over the country, Keisha has never lost sight of home. A native Chicagoan, Keisha uses the skills and the contacts she’s made through Sugar Gamers to empower the women and teens of Chicago as an event organizer, mentor and speaker, as well as operating a digital branding agency entitled The BlazeBreakers.
88Nine Radio Milwaukee is proud to present 88Nine Labs – a series of tech talks and hackathons aiming to connect the Milwaukee tech and creative scenes, and merging diverse voices and talents. 88Nine Labs is presented by Northwestern Mutual.
The second tech talk in this series features ‘Geek of All Trades,’ Keisha Howard on June 19 at 6pm. Keisha will talk about women, people of color, LGBTQ representation in gaming, geek culture and tech. She will also talk about why she founded Sugar Gamers, an organization that advocated for all demographics who were not being represented in the gaming and geek culture (such as minorities, and people from the LBGTQ+ community).