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Episode 65: Camp Equity - Alex La Torre & Mandy Bynum McLaughlin
Episode 6528th February 2022 • Break The Chains, Find Your Flame • Steven Opalenik
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Mandy Bynum Mc Laughlin (she/her):

Mandy is an entrepreneur, investor, and founder of The Race Equ(al)ity Project, a mission-driven innovation studio that builds solutions to drive approachable, transparent, and actionable accountability for equity, inclusion, and social responsibility.

Mandy is a well-known thought leader and influencer within the Silicon Valley tech/startup ecosystem and partners with high-scale growth companies to design strategies for equity, inclusion, and social responsibility. She is a board member and advisor for early-stage startups in the future-of-work technology space.

In 2020, Mandy co-founded The Race Equ(al)ity Project with Dion McKenzie to design a comprehensive Index for companies to measure and benchmark their diversity, equity, and inclusion practices. The Race Equ(al)ity Index has helped teams throughout tech as a tool to hold their leadership team accountable for funding and resourcing important changes within their organization.

Prior to Camp Equity, Mandy served as the organization’s Chair of the Board. Throughout the last 18 months, she has seen how Camp Equity has changed the lives of hundreds of students by using age-appropriate language and frameworks to change their view of social justice, anti-racism, and how they become active participants in dismantling the structures that perpetuate inequities and white supremacy in our society. Moreover how many campers transformed the perspective of their parents/caregivers, and immediate friend groups. She is thrilled to be serving as the organization’s interim CEO as the organization grows!

Alex La Torre (she/her):

Alex La Torre is a queer, bilingual teaching artist, administrator, and advocate. She was born in Lima, Perú and immigrated to the US as a child. She attended Boston College where she studied Secondary Education, English, and Educational Theatre. Alex spent three years teaching, creating, and supervising programs in McCarter Theatre Center’s Education Department working with students of all ages in a variety of school districts in central New Jersey. Her work has consisted of centering the arts, theatre, and storytelling in the classroom as a way to help students express their voices and tell their own stories. Before joining Camp Equity, Alex freelanced as a project coordinator, working with organizations such as the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. Alex spends her free time singing, playing her ukulele, and listening to podcasts.