Reverend Jesse Jackson set to meet with local technology leaders, pastors and grassroots advocates
Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.; is set to arrive in Portland, Oregon November 29, 2014 to meet with local diversity Tech leaders, Pastors and community grass roots leaders to discuss his national initiatives regarding the lack of Tech diversity
Reverend Jesse Jackson set to meet with local technology leaders, pastors and grassroots advocates in Portland, Oregon.
November 26, 2014 – Portland, Oregon- Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.; is set to arrive in Portland, Oregon November 29, 2014 to meet with local diversity Tech leaders, Pastors and community grass roots leaders to discuss his national initiatives regarding the lack of Tech diversity and also address national issues affecting the local community.
According to a Rainbow PUSH Coalition survey, there are just six (6) Blacks and three (3) Latinos among the 307 total c-suite executive leaders of 22 technology companies surveyed. Seven companies have no Blacks or Latinos in their top leadership, including Amazon, Facebook, Intuit, and LinkedIn. Two companies, Groupon the Comcast, have no women in their top leadership ranks.
The virtual exclusion of Blacks and Latinos in the c-suites, extends to the boards of directors of the technology industry. 3 Blacks and 1 Hispanic among the 189 total board members of the 20 technology companies surveyed. Eleven of the companies have no people of color on their boards, including Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, eBay, Google among others.
Rainbow PUSH’s survey showed that just three companies – Microsoft, Oracle, and Salesforce have a Black or Latino on their Board. In contrast, the telecom company Verizon, has three African Americans on its board.
There are just 36 women among the 189 total board members of the 20 companies surveyed. PUSH is also seeking fairness in C-Suites, contract and compliance in EEOC, startups and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Reverend Jackson will continue to PUSH for diversity in Silicon Valley. Following the vibrant and provocative USA Today forum at Stanford November 6, Rainbow PUSH is organizing a “next steps for tech” forum on December 10 in Silicon Valley to continue its push for concrete goals, targets and timetables to measure diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. Portland is a crucial stop to gather additional information and collaborate with local leaders in this field.
He said, “Rainbow PUSH is breaking new ground to change the face of technology. Diversifying the technology industry is this era’s civil rights challenge. Inclusion leads to growth – when there is growth everybody wins. We want to make sure Portland, Oregon is on the map when it comes to diversification.
For additional information regarding Jackson’s Tech Diversity Initiatives visit: http://rainbowpush.org/
The local Portland Oregon schedule:
Saturday November 29, 2014
Meeting- Local Diversity Technology leaders
Sunday, November 30, 2014
8:00 A.M - Breakfast Meeting with Local Pastors and Grass roots community leaders (location TBA)
10:00AM - Press Conference (local media) – Emmanuel Temple
11:00 AM - Rev. Jackson speaks to community at Emmanuel Temple morning worship service