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Palo Alto Networks at AfroTech: ‘An Inspiring Energy of Black Excellence'

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Palo Alto Networks sponsored AfroTech, the largest Black tech conference of the year, in Austin, Texas, to diversify our hiring and gain insights on how to attract and engage Black tech talent. We were also there to increase brand awareness within the global Black tech community. It was a unique employee engagement experience for some of our Ujima employee network group members who attended on behalf of Palo Alto Networks to network and connect with thousands of Black or African American tech innovators and industry leaders. 

One of our Ujima leads, Shae Trautwein, a senior manager for risk, compliance and security says, “Attending AfroTech was a transformative experience and just soaking in the inspiring energy of Black excellence in tech. It recharges my soul to spend so much quality time with my coworkers, emphasizing the invaluable impact of diversity in technology,”

AfroTech reported 35,000 attendees at the conference from all over the world. Our very own Matt Smith, vice president of global places and security based out from headquarters said, “My favorite conversations so far have been hearing from so many Black professionals at different career levels and what it means to each of them to have a place to connect, network and witness success they can relate to. I have even spoken with attendees who have traveled from as far as Manchester, UK to be here today and speak with us about opportunities at Palo Alto Networks!”

Mike Boswell, is a systems engineer (enterprise) based out of Texas. He says,"AfroTech is not just a tech conference; it’s a culturally enriching experience that fosters professional growth, community, inspiration and empowerment among African-Americans in the tech industry."

AfroTech continues to raise awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the tech industry and you know - we’re here for that! Next AfroTech is already in the planning to take place at Houston, Texas next year. 


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