Tyrone Taborn, Career Communications Group CEO and Chief Content Officer (standing far right in above photo), was at the first annual Global Leadership Forum (GLF) Technology Summit held April 6 in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
Career Communications Group (CCG) is one of three partnership organizations that have joined with Missouri-based World Wide Technology, Inc. to create, nurture, and grow a global coalition to increase the number of technologists in the American workforce.
“Career Communications Group’s philanthropic arm, Foundation for Education Development, Inc. (FEDI), supports Global Leadership Forum’s mission and is committed to working with GLF to transform the futures of currently underrepresented youth through STEM education and career opportunities,” said CCG CEO Tyrone Taborn.
The Global Leadership Forum (GLF) announced its launch and mission at the National Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) Conference in 2015.
“The Global leadership Forum’s mission is to unite and empower diverse talent to enable innovation,” said Jim Kavanaugh, who co-founded World Wide Technology with David Steward (standing far left in photo) and serves as the company’s CEO. “The mission is to inspire and ignite untapped potential in the global community.”
“We have formed a coalition of the best organizations and institutions in the country with a proven track record of educating, developing STEM talent,” Kavanaugh said.
World Wide Technology (WWT), which has grown from a small product reseller into a technology solution provider with over 4,000 employees, launched the GLF collaboration with the Information Technology Senior Management Forum, which prepares next generation technology leaders; Black Data Processing Associates, a pioneer in technology training for minority IT professionals and high school students; and CGG’s Foundation for Educational Development, which was founded in 1993 to promote career opportunities in technology to historically underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.
According to the GLF, America now ranks 27 in math achievement out of the top 35 countries. The USA stands at 20 for science achievement and is ranked 17 in the world for educational performance.
The GLF plans to act as a unifying force among technical and non-technical organizations such as the National Black MBA Association and others. They also plan to champion state-of-the-art programs that enable educational excellence, entrepreneurial leadership, and Board membership, measure return on investment and report the impact on the combined goals and objectives of the forum and its partners.
The theme for GLF’s first annual “Global Leadership Forum Technology Summit” was “Educate to Action”.
The 2017 Summit held in Maryland Heights, Missouri, brought together leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) from Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, technology startup community, information technology companies, educators, foundation leaders, public policy makers and government officials to discuss solutions to the leading challenges contributing to the disparities in multicultural talent in STEAM-related fields.
The Summit featured keynote addresses from leading technology figures and higher education demographics expert, plenary sessions with technology luminaries, as well as announcements from the Global Leadership Forum regarding making commitments in STEAM multicultural talent.