Beyond the Usual, Passive DEI Efforts in Tech

Blog: Building Bridges - Tesla Gigafactory 1, STEM and Northern Nevada

Manny Becerra as a child

February 2017

While we've been laser-focused on building "The Machine that Builds the Machine" in the Great Basin Desert (East of Sparks and Reno, Nevada), we've also been cultivating workforce development and outreach relationships with higher education and vocational institutions, STE(A)M organizations and leaders in the surrounding communities—both urban and rural.

One of the main intentions driving our efforts is to fulfill our educational and workforce commitment(s) to Nevada's diverse communities in parallel with Tesla's vision. We're taking a strategic, interdependent and collaborative approach in frontloading some of the needed preparation for getting individuals in the Nevada communities well-prepared for career pathways in STEM, including incredible opportunities at Tesla Gigafactory 1 and, in general, for careers of the future.

I can't share much more at this time, however, I can share that on a personal level this opportunity has been another rewarding experience for me to be a part of at Tesla; it digs further into my educational and community background and passion, while leveraging my experience at Tesla in product, software engineering and operational leadership.

This educational and workforce development outreach work is bound to be beneficial not just for Tesla, but the wide array of talented and diverse people of Nevada.



Manny Becerra as a child

I operate from a place of compassion, possibility and imagination. My work and efforts share a common goal: create a better, sustainable and equitable world by building inclusive communities, products & experiences.