System Reset: How Tech Can Recruit, Hire, and Retain People Returning from Incarceration – Recording

October 22, 2021

For people who have been incarcerated, punishment extends far beyond prison. Many people (disproportionately Black and brown people) returning from incarceration are locked out of employment, worsening inequity in communities of color.

But we have an opportunity to change that. By incorporating inclusive recruitment, hiring, and retention practices tech companies can disrupt this racist cycle and set an example for companies across industries.

On Thursday, October 21st, 5-6 pm PT we learned how systemic racism affects employment and incarceration, what role tech can play in interrupting this dynamic, and how companies can make a plan to recruit, hire, and retain people returning from incarceration.

We were joined by Mayor London Breed of San Francisco for a keynote address and heard from formerly incarcerated activists and equity advocates about their work in this space.

The webinar was moderated by Marion Wellington, Director of Content at TechEquity. Panelists included:

  • Ken Oliver, Executive Director at CROP
  • Natrina Gandana, Senior Program Manager at Slack for Good
  • Shelley Winner, Restorative Justice Activist and Product Specialist at Microsoft

Thanks to Blend for sponsoring this event.


  • Webinar opens with San Francisco Mayor London Breed at 5:00 PM
  • Panel discussion begins at 5:15 PM
  • Q&A from attendees from 5:50-6:00 PM

This webinar was hosted on Zoom.