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Morgen Bromell Keynote Speaker Founder of Thurst Technology
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Keynote, Virtual Presentation, Fireside Chat, Panel, Workshop and Training

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New York, USA

Tags: Gravity's Exclusives / Activism / Digital Marketing / Diversity & Inclusion / Health & Wellness / Social Change & Issues / Startup / Technology

About

Morgen Bromell is a founder and technologist working to make tech more accessible to people of color through justice-based initiatives and tech activism. Apart from being the founder of Thurst, a dating app for the LGBTQIA+ community, they are also deeply invested in community building and documenting queer histories, particularly how queer and trans people use digital resources and online platforms to navigate our world.

Morgen began their interest in studying the intersections of queer organizing and digital platforms while both a student and youth activist in Brooklyn, NY. They were fortunate enough to learn from elders and queer trans activists from Stonewall while working at some of the more premier digital media companies and immersing themselves in the NYC startup scene.

These multifaceted experiences of balancing a technical background with a passion for queer liberation and justice have deeply influenced all of their work, from development to speaking and writing. Apart from tech, Morgen is interested in vegan cooking and decolonizing their diet, visual arts, and Afro-futurism.

Topics

Safety and Security Standards for Marginalized Users

This talk explores the process of determining what is “safe” and what security means internally and externally for the user as you begin to develop or reconsider the structure of your platform, app, product, or service that has marginalized users. This presentation doesn’t require any previous technical knowledge apart from a general understanding of project management and product development.

Queering Tech

“Queering Tech” will address how creatives, technologists, and designers challenge the inherent slant towards cis, white, heterosexual bias when planning and developing platforms, spaces, and tools to serve all communities. The goal of this talk is to explore and present options for teams of all sizes about how to shift perspective and challenge social and structural norms within our workspaces and collectives. Morgen believes by queering praxis, we not only change the process but the outcome, making every step of development potentially more inclusive, effective, and impactful.

Founding a Startup as a Young, Queer, Black Technologist

Morgen will share the pivotal moments that helped them as a new founder develop a network of supportive peers, advisors, mentors, and find their own community within tech. Morgen’s personal journey and the lessons learned navigating tech and eventually getting their startup launched and funded can be adjusted and applied to any marginalized person or group seeking an alternative narrative about entrepreneurship.

Meditation and Mindfulness as a Sustainable Startup Strategy

This talk is meant to serve both founders and startup employees, as well as employees on teams within large organizations that have a startup ethos. Morgen will share the practices derived from non-western meditation-based spiritualities that have aided Morgen in efficiently identifying causes of stress and alleviating it on a personal and company-wide level. Often mindfulness and spirituality are not associated with the pillars of successful companies, but Morgen will carefully detail how embracing parts of various non-western teachings and applying them within the context of a small working group can improve efficiency and interpersonal collaboration.

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Articles

Trans has always resisted state erasure — which begins with the slave ship, the plantation, the settler colony and extends to the prison and more. We have always found new ways of forging life, the state can’t erase what it can’t even dream, can’t capture what it can’t fathom.

Is this real life? I’m the October COVER of @FastCompany! Also the first Black woman who isn’t an entertainer/athlete (@Oprah, @serenawilliams, @Beyonce, @LenaWaithe — my favs!) to be on the cover. I never could have imagined this 3 yrs ago🤭 SO grateful. https://t.co/KInpR6TRxr

https://t.co/NgpDKxFeGF is back up! 🌈

LGBT people are 3x more likely to be incarcerated and more likely to experience sexual abuse, harassment, & solitary confinement. Ending the abuse and exploitation of prison workers is a critical issue for the LGBT community. We support today's nationwide strike.

We believe we need to decolonize dating and create a space where all folks are treated with respect. Do you? We also made these chill shirts, get the message out there!

can't stop thinking about what a tremendous honor it's been to have experienced the magnitude and vision of aretha, in whatever way, during our lifetimes

I just learned Aretha and I have the same Sun and Moon. Going to light a candle and incense for her tonight.

“you got to disturb the peace when you can’t get no peace.”

-Aretha Franklin, Aries sun, Cancer moon, Scorpio Rising

Backstage Capital has uplifted so many creative folks reimagining our world. I'm consistently thankful to be among great, kind people I've met through Backstage & other VC's who have believed in @ThurstHQ - as we strive for safer spaces for the queer community #Backstage100

Rest in love + light Aretha, from Brooklyn 💙