Rev. Jesse Jackson: Why Diversity in Tech Matters

Hosted by Social Media Week

wednesday, February 25, 2015

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

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Civic rights leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is tackling diversity at notoriously homogenous tech giants such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and eBay to publish reports detailing their employee demographics, encouraging them to be transparent about their workforce diversity and most importantly, fix it by find new ways to create inclusion.

Now, the former presidential candidate is bringing his message to Social Media Week New York and why diversity is instrumental to creating the best environment for the growth of these companies and why we need to imagine the future of technology being the best it can be, where all are included and nobody is left behind.

Interviewing Reverend Jackson will be Anil Dash, who is cofounder and CEO of ThinkUp, a new app that offers deeper insights into our social networks. Dash is also cofounder of Activate, the consultancy which defines strategy for the most important companies in technology and media. Described as a “blogging pioneer” by the New Yorker, he has published his blog Dashes.com continuously since 1999, earning recognition as a Webby honoree. In 2013, Time named @anildash one of the best accounts on Twitter, and some of its half million followers agree.

Event Location



Social Media Week

Rev. Jesse Jackson: Why Diversity in Tech Matters

February 25, 2015 - 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Hosted by Social Media Week




Anil Dash

Anil Dash

CEO, ThinkUp

Rev. Jesse Jackson

Rev. Jesse Jackson

Founder and President, Rainbow PUSH Coalition