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Transform Series: Steps Toward Social Justice: Access, Opportunity, Growth
November 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Episode Three. Steps Toward Social Justice: Access, Opportunity, & Growth
Technology is a key component to achieving equity among racial and income equality. And while this has always been true, it is even more critical as the world shifts to digital. Massachusetts is home to not only one of the best public educations systems in the country, it is also home to the best healthcare system. Yet, attaining these essential rights requires access to affordable broadband and devices such as computers and tablets, something that COVID-19 has exposed as out of reach for many.
And while the region can boast of having the greatest number of bachelorette degree holders, we also have the greatest income gap of any state with minorities being the most negatively impacted. It is disappointing, though not surprising then that the representation of Black and Latinx tech workers in tech, one of the largest and highest salaried industries in the state, is only 5% and 7% respectively.
On our next episode of Transform, we will take on the very complex issues of guaranteeing access, providing opportunity, and ensuring a pathway towards growth for underrepresented minorities, from early education all the way to the boardroom. Our guests will reach beyond the tech sector and share ways in which they are tackling social justice through their research and reporting on the socio-economic impediment brought about by lack of access to broadband, educational opportunities, mentorship programs, and capital investments to create and grow minority-owned companies.
Host: Yogesh Gupta, CEO, Progress
- Michelle Bailey, GVP & GM, IDC Research Fellow and IDC BuyerView and Social Impact Research
- Jim Heppelmann, CEO, PTC
- Greg Shell, Managing Director, Double Impact, Bain Capital and a part of the core leadership of the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund
Thank you to our Social Justice Underwriters