The National Board of the ROCKS Inc. announced earlier in February that Career Communications Group CEO Tyrone Taborn will be receiving the Honorary Rock of the Year award in April. As the founding chair of the BEYA STEM Conference, Taborn’s role is part of the ROCKS effort to promote its commitment to mentoring.
“My selection by the Rocks as 2020 Honorary Rock of the Year is one of the greatest acknowledgments of my life,” Taborn wrote in an email. “You are one of the greatest Army groups of our lifetime.”
The ROCKS organization is comprised of active duty, reserve, retired, Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets, former commissioned officers of the U.S. Armed Forces, widows and widowers of deceased members, and other uniformed services.
As CEO and publisher of Career Communications Group, the company behind Black Engineer magazine’s BEYA Conference, Taborn has been actively involved in the BEYA Stars and Stripes Mentoring event, which has been held during the three-day conference for more than a decade.
Both the BEYA Stars and Stripes Pre-Dinner Mentoring and the Sustained Mentoring program seek to bolster young people’s interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and the careers and opportunities that exist in those fields. The mentors share the realities of working in STEM careers, salary information, courses to take in college, ways to finance college and more.
The Pre-Dinner Mentoring Program at the BEYA STEM Conference began in 2011 with about a hundred students and mentors. The event, which runs concurrently with the three-day BEYA Conference, now brings together more than 400 students from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia and 200 mentors. The Stars and Stripes program mentors, many of whom are retirees, are former high-ranking officials—admirals, generals and members of the Senior Executive Service. BEYA Stars and Stripe mentors also arrange for speakers at the schools and often participate in career or STEM day events. Schools in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as in Philadelphia, are involved in the program.
The Stars & Stripes program is an integral part of the BEYA Conference, produced by Career Communications Group, publisher of Black Engineer magazine. The Black History Month Tribute to the nation’s warriors is one of the highlights at BEYA, attracting defense industry CEOs, service chiefs, and senior Department of Defense leaders. Stars and Stripes honor active and retired African American admirals, generals and members of the SES.
Marking 15 years of Stars & Stripes tradition, the most recent Veterans edition of Black Engineer magazine features top generals and admirals, members of the federal senior executive service (SES), and career trends in the defense industry. Each year the featured service of the Stars & Stripes event alternates between the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and National Guard Bureau. The featured service is determined on a rotating basis.
Taborn will be honored at the 2020 ROCKS Spring Gala on Sat, April 4.
The ROCKS recognizes members who in serving the community are the embodiment of the organization‘s motto: Concern, Dedication and Professionalism by presenting deserving recipients with the ROCK of the Year and the Honorary ROCK of the Year awards.