#CBCTech2020

The lack of African American representation in tech means that many of our best and brightest – the problem solvers, critical thinkers, and those that challenge conventional thinking – are not included, and America’s global competitiveness suffers as a result.
OVERVIEW

In May 2015, the Congressional Black Caucus launched CBC TECH 2020 to bring together the best minds in the tech, non-profit, education and public sectors to chart a path forward to increase African American inclusion at all levels of the technology industry. The lack of African American representation in tech means that many of our best and brightest – the problem solvers, critical thinkers, and those that challenge conventional thinking – are not included, and America’s global competitiveness suffers as a result. 


Principles


 

Focus Areas
 

CBC Tech 2020 Year in Review S.M.A.R.T. Investment Principles



TECH BOARD DIVERSITY 

Since the launch of CBC TECH 2020 in May of 2015, the following companies have added African Americans to their board of directors:


AirBNB – Kenneth I. Chenault

Former Chairman & CEO, American Express

Apple, Inc. – James A. Bell

Former Executive Vice President & CFO of Boeing Co

Facebook, Inc. – Kenneth I. Chenault

Former Chairman and CEO, American Express

HP Enterprise – Leslie A. Brun

CEO, Sarr Group, LLC

HP Enterprise – Pamela Carter

Former President of Cummins Distribution

HP, Inc. – Stacey Mobley

Former Senior Vice President, DuPont

HP, Inc. – Stacy Brown- Philpot

CEO, TaskRabbit

Twitter
– Debra Lee

Chairwoman & CEO, BET Networks

Uber – Ursula Burns

Former Chairwoman & CEO, Xerox, Corp

eBay – Adriane Brown

Advisor with Intellectual Ventures, LLC

Slack – Edith Cooper

Former Executive Vice President & Global Head of Human Capital, Goldman Sachs

Amazon – Rosalind Brewer

Chief Operating Officer, Starbucks & former CEO, Sam's Club


CBC DIVERSITY TASK FORCE TRIPS TO SILICON VALLEY

As a part of the CBC TECH 2020 five- year plan, members of the CBC Diversity Task force held meetings with the most influential tech executives in an effort to encourage them to implement diversity plans that place more African American in the tech pipeline. Below are articles following CBC visits to Silicon Valley:  

2018

“As the CBC Tech 2020 Task Force returns to Silicon Valley, our focus is expanding to encompass not only equity in the workforce, but also ensuring opportunity and inclusion for Black residents across our tech-driven economy.”

– Rep. Barbara Lee, Co-Chair, CBC Diversity Task Force

Medium: TECH Inclusion: Still No App for That
Washington Post: Black lawmakers visit Silicon Valley to press Apple, Twitter and other tech giants on diversity
Axios: Congressional Black Caucus: Big Tech is dawdling on diversity
Recode: Black lawmakers are impatient with tech’s lack of diversity and are threatening regulation to force the issue

The Verge: The Congressional Black Caucus says some Silicon Valley companies have ‘gone backwards’ on diversity

 

CBC Members, Reps. Gregory Meeks, Barbara Lee, G. K. Butterfield, and Maxine Waters, participate in a roundtable discussion at Merritt College, featuring leaders from various non-profits in the Bay area working to advance diversity and inclusion. May 2018.

2017

“Our goal for this trip is to encourage and partner with these organizations to implement a diversity plan that will place more African Americans in the tech pipeline.”

– Rep. G. K. Butterfield, Co-Chair, CBC Diversity Task Force

Medium: Tech Inclusion— There’s No App for That
Politico: Whose Boats is Tech Really Lifting?
Politico: CBC Livid Over Lack of Tech Diversity
The Hill: Black Lawmakers give Tech Sector Low Marks Amid Silicon Valley Trip

2015

“Increasing diversity and inclusion within the tech sector is not only a moral imperative, it’s good for business and vital to continue economic growth.”

– Rep. Barbara Lee, Co-Chair, CBC Diversity Task Force


Bloomberg: Diversifying the Tech Sector: Bay Area Organizations Meet with Congressional Black Caucus Leaders
CNN: Congressional Black Caucus to Talk Diversity with Silicon Valley Leaders
Politico: Black Caucus Brings Diversity Push to Silicon Valley  
Washington Post: Senate Poised to take up Cyber Bill, CBC Heads to Silicon Valley


CBC Members, Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, G. K. Butterfield, and Barbara Lee, meet with tech companies in Silicon Valley. 2015.

MEDIA

Featured: Increasing African American Inclusion in Tech 

CBC TECH Press Releases


CBC TECH RELATED BILLS

CBC TECH Related Bills


EVENTS & OUTREACH


DIVERSITY INCLUSION PLANS

The CBC understands that each company/ organization requires a unique approach to diversity inclusion. With this in mind, we are working with companies and organizations to adopt an inclusion plan that would outline specific, measurable steps that the company would take to increase recruitment and retention of African Americans in the industry. Below are plans that companies/ organizations have adopted.

  • American Association for Access, Equity & Diversity (AAED)
  • Blacks in Technology
  • Beeker
  • Career Communications Group, Inc.
  • Global Leadership Forum
  • Information Technology Senior Management Forum
  • Task Rabbit, Inc.

Inclusion plan template can be found here.


AFRICAN AMERICAN INCLUSION PLANS

CBC understands that each organization requires a unique approach to increasing African American inclusion. With this in mind, we are working with companies and organizations to adopt an African American Inclusion Plan that would outline specific, measurable steps that the company would take to increase recruitment and retention of African Americans in the industry. Below is a link to plans that organizations have adopted.

American Association for Access, Equity & Diversity (AAAED)

Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA)

Blacks in Technology

Bleeker

Career Communicatons Group, Inc

Global Leadership Forum

Information Technology Senior Management Forum


CBC DIVERSITY TASK FORCE MEMBERS


  • Rep. G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), Diversity Task Force Co-Chair
  • Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13), Diversity Task Force Co-Chair
  • Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-43)
  • Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-02)
  • Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
  • Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS-02)
  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
  • Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05)
  • Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08)
  • Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04)
  • Rep. Joyce Beatty (OH-03)
  • Rep. Dwight Evans (PA-02)

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