Marlin G. Williams
Assistant Vice President for Economic Development, Wayne State University
Chief Program Officer, TechTown Detroit
Founder, Sisters Code
Marlin G. Williams has over 20 years’ experience as a Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer for two Fortune 500 organizations, Speaker, Media Contributor, Deputy Chief Information Officer and Technology Entrepreneur.
Currently serving as the Assistant Vice President for Economic Development at Wayne State University and Chief Program Officer at TechTown Detroit, Marlin oversees the entrepreneurship programs housed in the university’s Office of Economic Development and the tech and neighborhood business support programs at TechTown, with a focus on more closely integrating programs at both organizations.
Marlin began her tech career as a coder at Compuware, where her passion for inspiring women and people of color to join the technology field gained notice. She quickly rose to become Compuware’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and has also served as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Fiat Chrysler and Deputy CIO for the city of Detroit. At the city, Marlin led her team to successfully develop the City’s first e-government initiative, and spearheaded a collaboration across 10 agencies to support the technology and infrastructure for Super Bowl XL.
Williams is also founder of Sisters Code, which educates, empowers and entices women ages 25–85 to explore the world of coding and technology. She speaks nationally on issues related to diversity and tech and is a graduate of Wayne State University.