Two years ago, the Latino Institute for Corporate Inclusion (“LICI”) completed its study into the challenges and impediments encountered by Latinos and African Americans pursuing careers in the Tech sector in California, and published its report, “Information communications Technologies Study,” that same year.
In 2016, the First-Ever White House Demo Day was organized to showcase women and minority founders and leaders in tech. The event, along with President Obama’s call for action, sparked some major tech companies to announce new diversity initiatives. Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon have committed to improving their recruitment and hiring of women and minorities.
Recently, more than 700 Latino ICT industry professionals, academicians, Silicon Valley corporate representatives and executives, venture capitalists, ICT students and CBOs attended the LICI’s first annual Latino Tech Summit in Silicon Valley. With it, the event solidified LICI’s pivotal role in advocating on behalf of Latino tech professionals and entrepreneurs in California.