YP WEEK 2020 : The Digital Divide (VIRTUAL)

YP WEEK 2020 : The Digital Divide (VIRTUAL)

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88Nine Radio Milwaukee
How Bridging the Tech Gap Would Create a More Diverse Workforce and Equitable Society

YP Week 2020 – October 20 – 21, 2020

The Digital Divide: How Bridging the Tech Gap Would Create a More Diverse Workforce and Equitable Society
Wednesday, October 21
FREE Registration HERE

The Digital Divide refers to the economic, educational, and social inequalities between those who have computers and online access and those who do not. This issue has been highlighted more than ever as students prepare for a virtual school setting, with many not having access to the resources needed to succeed. In Milwaukee, American Family Insurance and the Brewers Community Foundation made a joint donation to the MPS Foundation #ConnectMilwaukee Initiative that aims to provide internet access and equipment to students and families within MPS. When we think of Digital Divide, we know it’s more than just access to a laptop and internet, it’s the tech skills that we want to introduce early to build an excitement for careers within the tech ecosystem.

Join us for a panel discussion addressing the current challenges of the digital divide, how business and individuals can get involved in creating programming and outreach that helps bridge the gap, teach skills and create opportunities, specifically for those in underserved communities and populations.

About the Speaker:


Tarik Moody
Digital Director, Strategy & Innovation
88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Tarik Moody was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He spent most of his life in Atlanta. Tarik received a 4-year scholarship from Army ROTC to attend Howard University. He graduated in 1996 from Howard’s School Of Architecture in Washington DC. He practiced architecture in Detroit and

While working in architecture in Minneapolis, he became involved in volunteering for a local community radio station called KFAI. Eventually, he hooked up with DJ Jennifer at KFAI and became co-host of the station’s long-running show, “Groove Garden.” In 2005, he hosted his own radio show called Rhythm Lab Radio on Minnesota Public Radio.

Then in 2006, he was approached by the new Milwaukee radio station 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. Tarik made the leap from architecture to the radio, and now works as the Director of Digital Strategy and Innovation and evening music host.

Now, he oversees product, audience and content development initiatives across such platforms as radiomilwaukee.org, podcasts, social media, broadcast, etc.; collaborations with internal teams and external local media partners to develop new models that support audience growth and engagement, and partnerships with other products and platforms that deliver the content and impact of Radio Milwaukee to new audiences; provide data analysis and insights to internal Departments.

Tarik has received multiple awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, and Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Tarik’s passion for technology led him to create 88Nine Labs in 2018. 88Nine Labs mission to make the Milwaukee tech and startup scene more inclusive for underrepresented communities through talks, hackathons and more.

Tarik also served for 14 years in the Army Reserves. He received training as a signal officer from Fort Gordon and completed the Public Affairs Officer Qualification Course from DINFOS at Fort Meade.

Molly Schuld
STEM Outreach Program Manager
Northwestern Mutual

Molly Schuld initially came to Milwaukee as a Teach For America Corps Member to teach high school science in Milwaukee Public Schools while earning a Masters of Education in Educational Policy and Leadership. As an educator, Molly addressed her students’ opportunity gaps, creating and running industry Advisory Boards, a Girls in Tech mentorship program, an International Travel Program, and more.

In 2018, Molly joined Northwestern Mutual’s hi, Tech team, which exposes Milwaukee-area K-12 students to what’s possible with tech. In her day-to-day as the STEM Outreach Program Manager, Molly, in partnership with the volunteers she activates, prepares tech-focused students via work-based learning experiences, while also scaling local Computer Science education capacity via teacher development, school partnerships, and nonprofit and startup grant investments.

Outside of work, Molly continues to drive community impact through board leadership and professional networks. Molly holds volunteer leadership positions with Reflo Sustainable Water Solutions, the National Center for Women in IT, and the Global Shapers Milwaukee Hub.

Sam Rosenbloom
Community Investment Specialist
American Family Insurance

Sam Rosenbloom, a St. Louis native, has lived in Wisconsin since her graduation from University of Wisconsin – Madison, Phi Beta Kappa, in Political Science and History. She is passionate about making impactful change in her community through her work in both the non- and for-profit sectors. Prior to joining the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation in 2019, she was the Development Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County and served as the Asst. Director of Corporate and Community Engagement at United Way of Dane County. In her current role, she supports community-based employee engagement programming and Dreams Foundation Grants in Lifelong Learning and Basic Needs. In addition to her professional work, Sam volunteers as a ‘Big Sister’ to her ‘Little Sister’ Destinie, serves as the Board Secretary for CONNECT Madison a Madison-area YP group, and is consistently striving to perfect her bagel recipe.


Patricia Hoben
President + Executive Director
City Forward Collective

Patricia Hoben has served as President/Executive Director of City Forward Collective, a Milwaukee-based education support and advocacy organization, since July 2019. Dr. Hoben was the founder of Carmen High School of Science and Technology and, until June 2019, served as CEO of Carmen Schools of Science and Technology. Under Dr. Hoben’s leadership, Carmen grew from one high-performing college and career preparatory high school to a network of public charter schools serving 2,300 students in three high schools, two middle schools, and an elementary school (Stellar Elementary).

Over the course of her career, Dr. Hoben served in a variety of science policy, nonprofit management, and education reform roles at the national, state, and local levels. She was a policy analyst on studies of the U.S. biotechnology industry and the international human genome-mapping project for the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment. Dr. Hoben then went on to work in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, as an advisor on public health and science policy issues. Later she launched and managed the pre-college and public science education grants program at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a philanthropy funding scientific research and education. Dr. Hoben also served in a special legislative appointment at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission where she led a major study on the perceived health effects of electromagnetic fields. Dr. Hoben was the Associate Director of a Minneapolis-based science museum, the Bakken Museum of Electricity in Life, where she led a $10 million expansion of programs and exhibits. Her policy and program management experience positioned her for success in establishing and leading a $6 million community collaborative to strengthen K-12 science education in the Minneapolis Public Schools in the late 1990s.