Press Releases

June 30, 2014

Rainbow PUSH Announcement:  Google - doubling down on inclusion in technology industry

 

Rainbow PUSH Doubles Down On Commitment 
to Expanding African American Participation in the Tech Industry 
at 43rd Annual Conference in Chicago
Premier of New Technology Video “Face of Change”
Google VP David Drummond to receive Innovator Award
On Monday, June 30 Education Day
CHICAGO - The Rainbow PUSH Coalition announced critical new steps forward in their ongoing campaign to diversify the technology industry today at the Rainbow PUSH Annual Conference in Chicago.  Demonstrating the critical nexus of education, civil rights, and technology, Rainbow PUSH has teamed up with Google on a series of events throughout its 43rd Annual Conference on Monday the 30th that demonstrate ways that the industry and the community can work together to bring change quickly.
Rainbow Push and Google also announced on Monday that they will use the new Rainbow PUSH video as part of an upcoming joint PUSH-Google Community Empowerment and Education event in Atlanta in mid- August, aimed at engaging community and educational leaders, and forging a pipeline to the technology industry.
“We have a lot of work to do when it comes to diversity in our workforce,” said Google’s Drummond. "We’re committed to working with civic, community and education groups and leaders like Rev. Jackson to turn these gaps into new bridges of opportunity.”
Rev Jackson said “Google prides themselves on moonshot thinking and the technology industry writ large prides themselves on innovation. It’s time to harness that moonshot thinking and innovation towards closing the gap when it comes to minorities and technology.  We look forward to working together with Google and other tech companies across America to raise the employment of African Americans in technology to achieve parity with their consumer market and population, and to help spawn a new generation that will become the innovators, creators and tech leaders of tomorrow.  Inclusion is the key to growth. Working together we can create jobs, business opportunities, and generate positive community economic development in underserved communities across the nation.”
 
Volunteers from Google and other tech companies will spend Monday at the Conference hosting STEM training sessions, panels and a national Town Hall youth dialogue;
Rainbow PUSH will premiere its new video, “Face the Change: inspiring and connecting African Americans to Technology,” at the Push for Excellence Scholarship Dinner on Monday evening  as 100 students receive scholarship awards from the organization. This new video is designed to be used by corporate, religious and community leaders and educators across the country to inspire a new generation of tech leaders and motivate the industry to champion and executive effective inclusion and diversity strategies;
In addition, Rev. Jackson will present David Drummond, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, with the Rainbow PUSH Technology Innovator Award at the dinner
 

View the new Rainbow PUSH video, "Change the Face of Technology" on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6tDIXttcno&feature=youtu.be

See Rev. Jackson's remarks before Google's Annual Shareholder Meeting, May 13, 2014 at http://www.tubechop.com/watch/3245761.

 

Rainbow PUSH Doubles Down On Commitment 

to Expanding African American Participation in the Tech Industry 

at 43rd Annual Conference in Chicago

Premier of New Technology Video “Face of Change”

Google VP David Drummond to receive Innovator Award

On Monday, June 30 Education Day

CHICAGO - The Rainbow PUSH Coalition announced critical new steps forward in their ongoing campaign to diversify the technology industry today at the Rainbow PUSH Annual Conference in Chicago.  Demonstrating the critical nexus of education, civil rights, and technology, Rainbow PUSH has teamed up with Google on a series of events throughout its 43rd Annual Conference on Monday the 30th that demonstrate ways that the industry and the community can work together to bring change quickly.

 

Rainbow Push and Google also announced on Monday that they will use the new Rainbow PUSH video as part of an upcoming joint PUSH-Google Community Empowerment and Education event in Atlanta in mid- August, aimed at engaging community and educational leaders, and forging a pipeline to the technology industry.

 

“We have a lot of work to do when it comes to diversity in our workforce,” said Google’s Drummond. "We’re committed to working with civic, community and education groups and leaders like Rev. Jackson to turn these gaps into new bridges of opportunity.”

 

Rev Jackson said “Google prides themselves on moonshot thinking and the technology industry writ large prides themselves on innovation. It’s time to harness that moonshot thinking and innovation towards closing the gap when it comes to minorities and technology.  We look forward to working together with Google and other tech companies across America to raise the employment of African Americans in technology to achieve parity with their consumer market and population, and to help spawn a new generation that will become the innovators, creators and tech leaders of tomorrow.  Inclusion is the key to growth. Working together we can create jobs, business opportunities, and generate positive community economic development in underserved communities across the nation.”

 

Volunteers from Google and other tech companies will spend Monday at the Conference hosting STEM training sessions, panels and a national Town Hall youth dialogue;

 

Rainbow PUSH will premiere its new video, “Face the Change: inspiring and connecting African Americans to Technology,” (View the new Rainbow PUSH video, "Change the Face of Technology" on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6tDIXttcno&feature=youtu.be) at the Push for Excellence Scholarship Dinner on Monday evening  as 100 students receive scholarship awards from the organization. This new video is designed to be used by corporate, religious and community leaders and educators across the country to inspire a new generation of tech leaders and motivate the industry to champion and executive effective inclusion and diversity strategies;

 

In addition, Rev. Jackson will present David Drummond, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, with the Rainbow PUSH Technology Innovator Award at the dinner