Mentoring Session

In this session we will open with a talk on mentoring and networking by Eric Esteves, an expert networker who has degrees in Business and Management Information Systems and has had a career spanning technology, education and public service. Then you will get hands on practice with an elevator pitch- an essential tool in networking and in making a plan to build out your network of mentors.

Eric Esteves, Mentor

A philanthropist, educator, artist, community advocate, and technologist, Executive Director Eric Esteves previously served as Director of the Social Innovation Fund at The Boston Foundation. He also served as a consultant for Root Cause, Harvard Business School’s Interpersonal Skills Development Lab, and the Boston Impact Initiative. In 2019, he co-directed LeadBoston, an experiential professional development program focused on socially responsible leadership, based at YW Boston. Eric received both his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and his graduate degree in Information Systems from Northeastern University. A resident of Roxbury, he spent the early part of his career in educational technology, including leadership roles at Lesley University and Boston Public Schools. Eric gets excited about the usual things: trivia, hip-hop, kayaking, genealogy, politics, social justice, photography, poetry, sweet potato pie, and to-do lists.

Sarah Brown, Moderator

Sarah M Brown is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and director of the ML4STS Lab at the University of Rhode Island. Previously she was a Data Science Initiative Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University affiliated to the Division of Applied Mathematics and hosted by Professor Bjorn Sandstede and a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley with faculty mentor Professor Mike Jordan. While at UC Berkeley, she was a member of the Algorithmic Fairness and Opacity Group. She completed a BS in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering, a MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a PhD in Electrical Engineering all at Northeastern University. Her PhD was focused on Machine Learning for Psychology applications and supervised by Jennifer Dy. Her graduate studies were supported by a Draper Laboratory Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Her other professional activities include teaching computational data analysis skills and pedagogy to researchers with The Carpentries. Previously she was treasurer on the Women in Machine Learning, Inc Board of Directors and National Academic Excellence Chair on the National Society of Black Engineers Board of Directors.