Rev. Jesse Jackson will preach inclusion in the heart of Silicon Valley on Wednesday.
The civil rights leader is bringing together 25 high-tech companies to brainstorm strategies to increase participation of minorities in the industry.
Recent reports from top technology companies show their work forces are mostly white and Asian men.
Jackson is calling on technology companies to set concrete goals and timetables.
His Rainbow PUSH Coalition also plans to release diversity score cards on tech companies in January.
“There is much more work to be done to meet the challenge of transforming the tech industry to resemble the America it depends upon for talent and customers,” Jackson said.
Intel is hosting the event to help drive change, said Rosalind Hudnell, Intel’s vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer.
“We want to lead because we think it’s important,” Hudnell said. “The ability to get great talent and build great products will be compromised if we don’t get better at this.”
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SOURCE: USA Today