Google and Rainbow PUSH host diversity panel

LOS ANGELES – The Rainbow PUSH Coalition partnered with Google to present the “Dream Makers, Risk Takers and Money Makers: Diversity and Inclusion in Tech Forum” at Google’s headquarters in Los Angeles. This forum is part of an ongoing program designed to identify ways to open access and create pathways for people of color into the technology industry, as well as increase the level of diversity in Silicon Valley and beyond. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Google executives were on hand to discuss the efforts of Rainbow PUSH, along with a panel of esteemed technology executives who explored the best ways to increase diversity and innovation in technology.

Participants included Malik Ducard, global head of family & learning, YouTube; Navarrow Wright, founder, The Close the Divide Project; Jamaal Finkley, president, Black Tree TV; Pierre Johnson, executive director, Peggy Beatrice Foundation; Kelly Redmond, executive director, Impact Media & Entertainment Coalition; and Sheila Marmon, founder and CEO, Mirror Digital.

Glenda Gill, executive director of Rainbow PUSH, and Chris Genteel, head of diversity markets & supplier diversity for Google, opened the forum by introducing the partnership.

“Our goal is to bring unheard voices front and center. We are the conduits to get you heard,” Gill said.

Genteel added,”Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it accessible. With Rainbow PUSH, our mission is to make that information accessible to all.”

The main discussion began with a panel led by Navarrow Wright, who moderated the executive panel examining the opportunities and challenges minorities face in technology. Taking advantage of those opportunities, the executives agreed, will lead to great progress and diversification in technological industries. Each panelist gave insight into how the rapidly changing nature of technology and the spread of information will allow people of any color to gain a foothold in the industry and monetize their efforts.

VENICE, CA - JUNE 30:  Founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. speaks onstage during Push Tech 2020 Los Angeles Forum: Dream Makers, Risk Takers and Money Makers at Google Los Angeles Office on June 30, 2015 in Venice, California.  (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Rev. Jesse L. Jackson; Sr.

VENICE, CA – JUNE 30: Founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. speaks onstage during Push Tech 2020 Los Angeles Forum: Dream Makers, Risk Takers and Money Makers at Google Los Angeles Office on June 30, 2015 in Venice, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Rev. Jesse L. Jackson; Sr.

Following the panel, Wright sat down for a fireside chat with Grammy-winning gospel singer/songwriter Erica Campbell to discuss launching and growing her YouTube channel and content creation.

“If you are trying to reach people, social media is a great way to find out if you have. Each [YouTube] subscriber is not just a number for me. They are a person who is interested in what I am doing,” said Campbell.

The event culminated with a discussion between Ducard and Jackson, founder and president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition. about the goals of the Push Tech 2020 initiative and solutions that support diversity in technology and beyond.

“Google has something the community needs: advanced technology. The community has something Google needs: market, money, tele-location. Together, we can make a great impact. This is the age of advance science technology. We intend to have, in a thousand churches, tech centers so that children can do apps and codes and learn financial literacy and stock market gain,” said Jackson.

With an audience full of emerging entertainment and technology executives, event panelists and speakers provided valuable insight on diversifying the technology field, including taking advantage of expanding platforms and resources and monetizing efforts at every opportunity.

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