Month: July 2016

2016 Top 50 Multicultural Leaders

The National Diversity Council has announced the 2016 Top 50 Multicultural Leaders in Technology, a definitive list of the most prominent leaders in the industry. They have reached the top of their profession and are effective leaders in their organization. They drive change, innovate and inspire others to succeed while contributing to business growth. “Through the Top 50 Multicultural Leaders in Technology website, my hope is to specifically recognize the achievements of people of color who are breaking barriers and setting high standards for themselves and others,” said National Diversity Council Founder & Chairman Dennis Kennedy. The Top 50...

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Out of the Comfort Zone

It’s Important Minority Owned Organizations – Leap Out of The Comfort Zone Minority Owned organizations tend to wait on contracts, go after RFP’s, and then wait for the results.  These are barriers that can hold you back. How often have you listened as someone rationalized his or her mishandling of a business problem by externalizing its source: “I can’t meet my projections because . . .,” “They won’t do business with a company of my size” or “the margins are too low”? Closer scrutiny almost always reveals the source of the problem to be internal, stemming from the persons...

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M.E.N. Incorporated

Young men in the Houston area have a unique opportunity to be mentored regardless of their sexual orientation or background, thanks to the work of M.E.N. Inc. or Mentoring, Educating, and Nurturing Incorporated. The organization is the brainchild of partners Justin D. Pitts and Desmond Bertrand who took it upon themselves to fill a critical need they saw in the community. Since its founding in 2011, M.E.N. Inc. has grown steadily, providing year-round mentoring and social development programs in the Alief Independent School District (ISD) and Sunnyside community of Houston. Pitts, a licensed therapist, and Bertrand, executive director of...

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Lemonade Day

Thousands of young Houstonians from various socioeconomic backgrounds learned how to set goals, work hard, and achieve their business dreams at this year’s Houston Lemonade Day, held on Saturday, May 1, 2016. The event, founded by Michael Holthouse in the Houston area in 2007, is now held annually on the first Sunday in May in cities across the United States and the world. The primary objective of Lemonade Day is to empower youngsters ages 3-17 to take ownership of their futures. According to the organization’s website, Lemonade Day is an experiential learning opportunity that helps students to develop their...

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Hillary Clinton Plans Big on Tech

Presumptive Democratic nominee for President and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced a new initiative on innovation and technology that builds upon the foundations set by President Barack Obama. Among the pillars of this initiative is a renewed focus on supporting diversity in tech, including aiding budding entrepreneurs “who start social enterprises or new businesses in distressed communities the opportunity by potentially awarding forgiveness of up to $17,500 of their student loans after 5 years.” Ms. Clinton’s initiative centers on five main goals: Building the Tech Economy on Main Street Investing in World Class Digital Infrastructure Advancing...

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