Plenary IV: Ctrl, Alt, Delete: Shutting Down Tech’s Racial Gap

August 03, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
The Greater Columbus Convention Center // Union Station ABC

Sponsored By

Remarks: Senator Merkley

Moderator: Dr. Randal Pinkett, Chairman & CEO, BCT Partners

Brandon Andrews,
Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Gauge; Sr. Consultant; Consulting Producer for “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome
Angel Rich, Commissioner of Financial Literacy
Tiffany Dena Loftin, Director, Youth & College Division, NAACP
Ruben Harris, Co-Founder of Breaking into Startups
Allison Jones, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, Code2040
Will Lucas, Founder and CEO, A William Lucas Company (AWLCo); Founder/CEO, CREADIO

Sponsor: Georgia-Pacific

For as long as there has been a tech industry, black people have made significant contributions. We are not just buyers; we are also inventors! However, statistics reveal a very discouraging fact, which is minorities are depreciated in tech. This session will discuss why there is such a wide racial disparity gap in the tech profession and ways in which we can fix it. The technology industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and shutting down the exclusion of African-Americans is imperative.