Power of Leadership brings focus to diversity in technology careers in Alabama

Power of Leadership brings focus to diversity in technology careers in Alabama
Journalist Soledad O'Brien, right, moderated the panel at the Power of Leadership luncheon. (Billy Brown / Alabama NewsCenter)

Alabama Power hosted its Power of Leadership luncheon today focusing on diversity in technology careers with a panel of experts moderated by journalist Soledad O’Brien.

O’Brien is producer and host of the weekly political news magazine “Matter of Fact,” and the panel discussed the challenges minorities face in securing technology careers and effective ways to develop a diverse workforce.

Highlights from Power of Leadership luncheon from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

The panel included:

  • Randall Woodfin, mayor of Birmingham
  • Angela Benton, founder and CEO of NewME Accelerator
  • Megan Rose Dickey, reporter with TechCrunch
  • Greg Greenlee, founder of Blacks in Technology, and
  • Chokwe Antar Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi.

Alabama Power also presented awards to those helping elevate the state through community engagement and advancing a technology-based economy through education and outreach.

The 2018 Power of Leadership honorees were:

  • Anthony Hood, UAB
  • Shegun Otulana, TheraNest
  • Charisse Stokes, Tidal IT Solutions.

You can watch the entire panel discussion below.

Alabama Power hosts the 2018 Power of Leadership luncheon from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

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