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August 13, 2013

14th Annual Automotive Summit Press Release

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACTS: Acquanetta Pierce Glass
August 13, 2013 313.530.0909
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John A. Graves
313.674.0304
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Rainbow PUSH Seeks Economic Parity in Automotive Industry
14th Annual Rainbow PUSH/CEF Global Automotive Summit to Convene in October
DETROIT, MI – The Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project, an initiative of the Citizenship Education Fund 
(CEF), will convene its 14thAnnual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit, October 2-3, 2013, at the 
MGM Grand Detroit Meeting & Events Center, 1777 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48226. This year’s theme, 
“Economic Parity: Driving The Plan For Success,” addresses the release of the Rainbow PUSH Diversity 
Automotive Scorecard.
The Rainbow PUSH/CEF Global Automotive Summit provides viable solutions in an industry that is still 
recovering from significant economic downturns. The Summit’s ultimate goal is to bring inclusive 
strategies to the forefront of the global business landscape as an endeavor to identify, sustain and 
grow ethnic suppliers, dealers, media outlets, advertising agencies and firms that provide professional 
services.
Summit conversations will include community and industry leaders discussing The Assault on Diversity at 
the Leadership Town Hall Breakfast. As the automotive industry bounces back and reaches
unprecedented growth rates and profitability, African American automotive suppliers and dealers have
dwindled to an alarming rate. Automotive leaders will also Speak on Diversity: The Business Case during 
the Business & Education Awards Luncheon. The Summit will conclude by recognizing living legends and 
emerging leaders in the automotive industry.
“We will continue to celebrate diversity within the automotive industry by recognizing companies whose 
business model embodies inclusion. However, we will also highlight those companies that resist 
diversity,” said Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., president and founder of Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “Minority 
consumers support automotive companies with more than 22 percent of new vehicle purchases, yet 
some companies’ diversity plans continue to lag woefully. This is unacceptable.”
-- more --In January 2013, the Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project released an Automotive Diversity Scorecard to 
provide a snapshot of each manufacturer’s success of building and sustaining diversity and inclusion. 
The Automotive Diversity Scorecard is the basis for the establishment of unbiased diversity standards
that will be presented at this year’s Summit.
The Summit sponsors include (but are not limited to) Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Toyota
Motor Sales USA, Chrysler Group, Honda, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Subaru and Volkswagen.
For more information about registration for the 14th Annual Rainbow PUSH/CEF Global Automotive 
Summit visit http://www.rainbowpush.org. The Early Bird discounted registration for the Summit ends 
August 30th
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The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending and expanding civil 
rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The organization is headquartered at 930 E. 
50th Street in Chicago. For more information about the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, please visit 
www.rainbowpush.org or call 773.373.3366.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACTS: Acquanetta Pierce Glass

August 13, 2013 313.530.0909

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

John A. Graves

313.674.0304

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Rainbow PUSH Seeks Economic Parity in Automotive Industry

14th Annual Rainbow PUSH/CEF Global Automotive Summit to Convene in October

DETROIT, MI – The Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project, an initiative of the Citizenship Education Fund 

(CEF), will convene its 14thAnnual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit, October 2-3, 2013, at the 

MGM Grand Detroit Meeting & Events Center, 1777 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48226. This year’s theme, 

“Economic Parity: Driving The Plan For Success,” addresses the release of the Rainbow PUSH Diversity 

Automotive Scorecard.

The Rainbow PUSH/CEF Global Automotive Summit provides viable solutions in an industry that is still 

recovering from significant economic downturns. The Summit’s ultimate goal is to bring inclusive 

strategies to the forefront of the global business landscape as an endeavor to identify, sustain and 

grow ethnic suppliers, dealers, media outlets, advertising agencies and firms that provide professional 

services.

Summit conversations will include community and industry leaders discussing The Assault on Diversity at 

the Leadership Town Hall Breakfast. As the automotive industry bounces back and reaches

unprecedented growth rates and profitability, African American automotive suppliers and dealers have

dwindled to an alarming rate. Automotive leaders will also Speak on Diversity: The Business Case during 

the Business & Education Awards Luncheon. The Summit will conclude by recognizing living legends and 

emerging leaders in the automotive industry.

“We will continue to celebrate diversity within the automotive industry by recognizing companies whose 

business model embodies inclusion. However, we will also highlight those companies that resist 

diversity,” said Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., president and founder of Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “Minority 

consumers support automotive companies with more than 22 percent of new vehicle purchases, yet 

some companies’ diversity plans continue to lag woefully. This is unacceptable.”

-- more --In January 2013, the Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project released an Automotive Diversity Scorecard to 

provide a snapshot of each manufacturer’s success of building and sustaining diversity and inclusion. 

The Automotive Diversity Scorecard is the basis for the establishment of unbiased diversity standards

that will be presented at this year’s Summit.

The Summit sponsors include (but are not limited to) Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Toyota

Motor Sales USA, Chrysler Group, Honda, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Subaru and Volkswagen.

For more information about registration for the 14th Annual Rainbow PUSH/CEF Global Automotive 

Summit visit http://www.rainbowpush.org. The Early Bird discounted registration for the Summit ends 

August 30th

###

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending and expanding civil 

rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The organization is headquartered at 930 E. 

50th Street in Chicago. For more information about the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, please visit 

www.rainbowpush.org or call 773.373.3366.