I’m Deena Pierott. I’m a diversity and equity strategist with Mosaic Metier, international keynote speaker and the founder of iUrban Teen, an award-winning and nationally recognized program focused on bringing STEM+C+A education to historically excluded youth ages 13 to 18.
I’m also a founding member of Black Women in STEM 2.0, an organization dedicated to supporting, promoting, and inspiring Black Women in STEM careers, as well as advocating for equitable and inclusive workplace environments that nurture diverse talent.
I kicked off my career in the private and public sector working for a variety of companies including Exxon, City of Portland, City of Seattle and business partners such as Microsoft, Nintendo, Nike, Intel, and LAM Research. It was while working at the City of Portland that created a spark for Diversity and Equity work that has led me to where I am now in this space. I center diversity and equity into everything I do.
Over the years, I’ve created cutting-edge DEI programs and served on several boards and commissions including a Gubernatorial appointment to the Commission on African American Affairs in the State of Washington.
I’ve been blessed to be named White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion in 2013 by President Barack Obama, and being featured on multiple publications including Forbes, Inc., Essence Magazine (three times), Black Enterprise magazine, Ebony Magazine's Power 100 list, Deliver magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and on NPR.
I’m passionate about creating programs that are human-centered, creative, build community and empower individuals to be their best selves.
Ask me anything about designing DEI programs, community advocacy, being a social impact entrepreneur, public speaker, a working mom, finding your passion, starting a business after 50 and anything else!