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Global Leadership Forum (GLF), a coalition of organizations whose collective missions will increase the number of technologists in the pipeline, announces their list of GLF Superstars in the upcoming issue of US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine.

The 2018 list includes entrepreneurs, C-level executives and innovators, chosen by representatives from GLF partner organizations: Information Technology Senior Management Forum, the Black Data Processing Associates, NPower, NAF, Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWise), Career Communications Group’s Foundation for Educational Development, and World Wide Technology, Inc.

The 2018 GLF Superstars were selected because of their passion for closing the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) achievement gap, and their commitment to exemplify the values of GLF by promoting access to programs that produce diverse talent and foster entrepreneurialism, improve graduation rates in STEM, and enhance leadership skills and technology industry competencies.

84% of working professionals currently in science and engineering jobs in the U.S.A. are white or Asian males. Leveraging the nation’s talent pool will not only close this gap, it will also lead to an increase in innovation.

“You can’t be what you don’t see,” said Kendall Norris, the chief executive officer for the Global Leadership Forum. “For elementary students, providing imagery to pique their interest in STEM is key. I’ve found as I talk to educators, community activists, the story resonates very well. We expect to create leaders who in turn create more leaders and are able to transform the communities from which they come.”

Through the member organizations, GLF offers many programs such as Vision 2020, the IT Institute, Student IT Education & Scholarships, Internships and Career Placement, which all aim to increase the number of diverse college graduates and professionals who are prepared to meet the growing demand for STEM disciplines. Meeting this need will ensure that our nation has the highest proportion of workforce-ready resources by 2020.

The full list of GLF Superstars can be found below.

Hugh Campbell

Shayna Atkins
Product Manager, Agile Coach
AtkCo, Inc.

Tim Atwell
ATM Technology Executive
Bank of America

Erika Jefferson
President and Founder
Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE)

Denise Russell Fleming
Vice President of Information Technology
The Boeing Company

Norma B. Clayton
Retired Boeing Executive
The Boeing Company

Ted Colbert
Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Information Technology & Data Analytics
The Boeing Company

Brittney N. Smith
Senior Consultant
Booz Allen Hamilton

Eric Price
VP, Recruitment and Training
Career Communications Group, Inc.

Tyrone “Doc T” Taborn
Chief Content Officer and CEO
Career Communications Group, Inc.

Jeff Stovall
Chief Information Officer
City of Charlotte

JD Hoye
National Academy Foundation (NAF)

Michael Palmer
Vice President – Chief Information Security Officer
National Football League

Bertina Ceccarelli
Chief Executive Officer

Robert Vaughn
Executive Director

Earl Newsome
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Praxair, Inc.

Fern Johnson
Sr. Director/Chief Information Officer, Global Procurement and Logistics
PepsiCo, Inc.

Namita Tirath
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Pyramid Consulting, Inc.

Christopher Gray

Martin Davis
Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President
Southern Company Services, Inc

Greg Morrison
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Cox Entertainment

Jerome Oglesby
Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer
Deloitte LLP

Larry Quinlan
Global Chief Information Officer
Deloitte LLP

Terry Morris
National BDPA President & Director IT
Eli Lilly

Fumbi Chima
Chief Information Officer
Fox Network Group

Indea Snorden
Business Transformation Leader, Program and Product Manager, Change Management Consultant
The GCM Group

Gwendolyn Boyd
Engineer, STEM Advocate
Higher Education and Civic Leader, Public Speaker

Viola Maxwell-Thompson
President and CEO
Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF)

Latoya Fox
Founder, Chief Design Formulator
La Fox Skin Solutions Inc.

Michelle Greene
Vice President of Information Systems
Masco Corporation

Michael Sullivan
Vice President of Technology, Gas Technology Solutions
Southern Company

Valerie Patton
Senior Vice President – Inclusion and Talent Attraction Executive Director
St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative

Vanessa A. Harris
Vanessa A. Harris PE Consulting

David Segura
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Juanita Logan
Director, Corporate Development
World Wide Technology

About US Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine

US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, a Career Communications Group, Inc. publication, offers a blueprint for continued growth and success in STEM fields by highlighting progress and people at all stages of the STEM pipeline—from the college student taking his first engineering courses to the senior executive managing the projects that will change the ways we live. For more information about US Black Engineer Magazine, visit www.blackengineer.com

About Global Leadership Forum (GLF)

The Global Leadership Forum (GLF) formally launched in early 2015, but its partners have been in existence for an average of 30 years. GLF was designed by collaborative efforts of partners in the Information Technology Senior Management Forum, the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), Career Communications Group’s Foundation for Educational Development, and World Wide Technology, Inc. GLF serves as a collective voice and unifying force amongst the participating organizations. For more information about GLF, visit https://www.glfnow.org/.


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