Executive Director, Urban Coders Guild
Mikeal Vaughn is the founder and Executive Director of Urban Coders Guild, a Tulsa-based nonprofit organization that provides web and mobile application development skills to underserved and under-resourced communities. After spending nearly two decades working in IT in the U.S. and Southeast Asia, Mikeal is a global industry veteran who knows well what it means to be one of the few Black faces in the workplace. He also knows that it takes more than tech skills to succeed in the ever changing STEM industry environment. He believes that tech skills and experience paired with soft skills training are vital but more can be done to ensure that young people of color or women thrive in STEM industry jobs. We must also be intentional in building strong ecosystems – communities of belonging – in which they learn and thrive. Mikeal equates this as a powerful means to combat the income inequality and wealth gap. Mikeal is a native Tulsan and graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. He is an advocate for education, human rights, and mental health awareness. When he’s not actively promoting Urban Coders Guild, Mikeal is an avid pop culture enthusiast who enjoys urban exploration, ethnic good, and Italian opera. He spent almost a decade living in Japan and speaks fluent Japanese. He holds a BA from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Temple University Japan.