Elaine Marino, Equili Founder, is spearheading an industry-wide movement transforming diversity in the tech space. Elaine left the Fortune 500 advertising industry to become a Ruby on Rails developer. It was then when she experienced first-hand the tremendous gap in diversity within software development. It was apparent that women and minorities were woefully underrepresented throughout the community. Elaine saw clearly how change could be made for the better. Elaine’s viewpoint on the tech industry is unique in that she is an insider and an outsider.
Early in her endeavours, it became clear that some different career enrichment strategies for women and minorities were necessary to become successful. Learning and developing these techniques formed the knowledge base that Equili was founded upon. Elaine also recognized the critical need to pass this strategic knowledge onto other women and other diverse groups looking to thrive in the tech industry. Elaine knows first hand how diverse, unique perspectives are invaluable in the work space. During her tenure at Equili, she has been designing, implementing, and managing events, workshops and content aimed at bringing more diversity into the tech arena. Elaine’s extensive background brings a multitude of experience to all her clients. There is a sweet-spot where technology enhances the lives of people and communities — that is where Elaine thrives.
Blanca McKissick is a seasoned marketing and project management professional. Blanca brings a unique perspective to Equili through her bilingual fluency in Spanish and her experience working in multi-cultural projects. Blanca’s wide variety of skills include: conducting interviews, coordinating and managing digital marketing campaigns, brand identity design, website development, social media, project management, and more. Blanca has worked in a broad array of industries including government, food service, higher education, and insurance.
Alisa Goldschmidt is a lifelong marketer, with over 20 years experience in B2B marketing. She’s built her career through varied roles in software, telecommunications, and internet businesses. Alisa has extensive experience building demand generation programs and integrated marketing strategies for companies of all sizes. Alisa is excited to apply her experience and skills to support Equili’s mission of building diversity in the tech industry.
Taryn Fuchs is on a mission to motivate the Denver community through gatherings that foster mentorship and empowerment. At these gatherings is where she recognized the importance of relationship development to marketing. The seed was sowed as she began designing and executing cause-related marketing campaigns. Taryn has recently completed her degree in Organizational Communication at Metropolitan State University of Denver. All her free time goes to serving as coordinator for a local chapter of the Teen Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS).