Blacks in Tech:Initial Thoughts/Review

Blacks in Tech is a group that helps cultivate a community amongst African Americans within the Tech space as well bring about important conversations on diversity and inclusivity in the Tech industry. I had the opportunity to attend a lecture and open discussion about “Branding in the New World”. It was given by CJ Johnson Jr. an award-winning Brand Consultant, Influencer, and Creator of Project: Ignite. During his discussion he dived into the trends and direction that branding and marketing are taking in this day and age.

Saying No & Behaving No

My kid is a year and a half old. She is accumulating language at a startling rate. A few weeks ago, she started saying “no.” No has quickly become her favorite word. She uses it to mean everything from “I’d prefer to have sugar, please,” to “get that toothbrush away from me.” Sometimes she really means no, but when she really really means it, she doesn’t say the word. She behaves no by turning her head, or, worse, swatting the offending thing away.

When There is a Skills Gap, Industry Needs to Fix It

A number of industries are going through a skills gap crisis - or are looking down the barrel of one.  In manufacturing, an aging workforce means that in the next 10 years retirement will free up 3.5 million jobs - and because of the skills gap, 2 million of them will likely go unfilled.

This scenario is not limited to manufacturing and yet the root cause is the same.  These industries have not managed their workforce pipeline with a long term plan.

Jobs in the Software Industry Aren't Just for Programmers

As anyone who has read a blog post from me over the past two years knows, I am passionate about creating jobs in the software industry.  Over 5 million manufactuering jobs have been lost in the United States alone since the year 2000 and no industry since has been able to keep pace with the creation of middle-income jobs needed to offset this massive loss.

A Time for Movements

We've written in the past about how to select an ethical software vendor, and our commitment to our customers.  Every good vendor should have a code of ethics that center around customer success.  Not only is it good for long term business, but it attracts team members who really care about the work they do, and the people they do it for.

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