One Young World x BUILD Series | 5 August, NYC

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One Young World x BUILD Series

Date & time: Monday 5 August. 5:30 - 8:00pm

Where: BUILD STUDIO | 692 Broadway, NYC

For the second year in a row, One Young World is hosting a session at BUILD Series NYC - a live interview series streamed to millions. Join us to watch the session live in the studio. We'll also be hosting drinks at The Library afterwards.


What is BUILD?

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BUILD is a live interview series like no other—a chance for fans to sit inches away from some of today’s biggest names in entertainment, tech, fashion and business as they share the stories behind their projects and passions. Guests have included: Christian Bale, Lena Dunham, John Legend, Pharrell, Amy Poehler, Spike Lee, Will Ferrell, and many others. Every conversation yields insights, inspiration and plenty of surprises as moderators and audience members ask questions.

Last year, OYW hosted a morning session focused on sustainable & ethical fashion with Robbie Myers, former EIC at ELLE and Sarah Slutsky, celebrity stylist, as well as an evening session featuring 4 OYW Ambassadors working across various issue areas. You can check out a recap of OYW's 2018 BUILD sessions here.

About the event:

In line with One Young World's 2019 Education Plenary Theme, this BUILD Series session will explore the question, 'does the future of learning need to be reimagined?' Advancements in technology need to bridge the widening education gap as traditional methods of teaching and learning are proving to be outdated. How can we leverage new approaches to ensure inclusive and equitable access to education and opportunity are possible in our changing world? 

Speakers include:

  • Dr Tarika Barrett, COO of Girls Who Code
  • Justina Nixon-Saintil, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Verizon
  • Ousmane Ba. Campaigner & OYW Ambassador, Guinea

Please arrive between 5:30 and 5:50pm - the session will start promptly at 6:00pm and because of the setup, you will not be able to enter the studio once the session has begun. 

To give back to the community, we will be running a book drive to support one of Verizon's local education initiatives.

Want to come by at 5:00pm? You can check out a session and live performance from John Butler Trio.

After the BUILD event, we will head to The Library for happy hour. Address: 425 Lafayette St

Support the Book Drive:

Verizon has chosen one of their NYC Verizon Innovative Learning schools to receive donations of books for their middle school students (ages 10-14).

Check out the Top 100 Middle School Must-Reads to get an idea of what you could bring. 

Please do bring along as many books as you wish!


Contact Coordinating Ambassador for USA 1, Scott Lehman: [email protected]


Dr Tarika Barrett. COO, Girls Who Code

Dr. Tarika Barrett currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at Girls Who Code, an international non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology by inspiring, educating and equipping young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. In her role as COO, Tarika oversees the organization's free Summer Immersion Program and after-school Clubs Program, which have reached 90,000 girls across the United States, in addition to the International Expansion, Alumni Programming, and People & Culture teams.

Tarika also serves on the board of CSforALL, an organization committed to making high-quality computer science an integral part of the educational experience of all K-12 students and teachers and to support student pathways to college and career success. She also sits on the board of Eskolta, a nonprofit dedicated to helping urban public schools re-engage at-risk teenagers.

Previously, Tarika worked as the Chief Program Officer at iMentor, leading the organization’s programmatic efforts to build mentoring relationships that support students from low-income communities in graduating high school and succeeding in college. Prior to iMentor, she worked in the Office of Postsecondary Readiness at the New York City Department of Education overseeing options for students significantly off-track academically, as well as developing new schools models including the Academy for Software Engineering. Tarika’s previous experience includes serving as Deputy Network Leader of the Brooklyn-Staten Island Network of New Visions for Public Schools, designing and implementing research and program evaluations for New York University’s Center for Research on Teaching and Learning, teaching high school students, and working as a political organizer. A graduate of Brooklyn College, Tarika has an M.A. in deaf education from Columbia Teachers College and a Ph.D. in teaching and learning from New York University.

Tarika lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

Justina Nixon-Saintil. Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Verizon

Justina Nixon-Saintil is the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Verizon.  In this role, Justina leads the strategy, development, implementation and measurement of Verizon’s philanthropic initiatives. Her specific area of focus is on designing and launching innovative technology-infused programs in under-resourced communities to close the digital divide and prepare students to be college and career ready. 

Under her leadership, programs such as Verizon Innovative Learning schools, Verizon Innovative App Challenge, Verizon 5G EdTech Challenge, among many others were created and scaled to reach, engage, and impact millions of students.  Justina is especially proud of the STEM programs developed in partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Community Colleges that focus on minority males and rural girls, groups under-represented in tech fields.

In 2018, Justina led the creation of a strategic 3-year plan that resulted in a multi-year $300M commitment to scale Verizon Innovative Learning and bring 5G access and related education content to schools across the country. 

Justina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University at Buffalo and her Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.  Justina is on the board of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, is an Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow and was recently recognized by City & State CSR as a Responsible 100.