CBC Members Head to the Valley
Congressional Black Caucus Members Barbara Lee (D-CA), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), and Maxine Waters (D-CA) are heading to Silicon Valley today to push the titans of tech on increasing workforce diversity. The members will meet with several companies in the region to specifically ask how companies can better recruit and retain Black employees in tech, who make up less than 3% of employees at 21 of the top tech companies. The group is looking for an update on how tech companies are doing since the CBC created the taskforce Tech2020 in 2015 to increase Black representation at all levels of tech employment, from board members to engineers. "The tech industry has created extraordinary wealth and opportunity, but a growing number of communities and Black employees are being left out of the growth," Butterfield said in a statement. As part of this trip, the CBC members will also unveil five principles they've compiled for building a more diverse workforce. The delegation will visit tech campuses and meet with groups of Black employees from various tech companies hosted at Airbnb’s offices. This time around, the lawmakers won’t be meeting with Facebook, Twitter, Uber, and Lyft, among others the delegation visited on their trip last year. They’re, instead, interested in speaking with payments companies like Square and PayPal because they want to see how these companies can better support Black entrepreneurs who run small businesses. More here.