A Knock at Midnight: Brittany K. Barnett and Sharanda Jones

I remember the day in July 2015 when Chani Wiggins insisted we read a Washington Post article chronicling the life of Sharanda Jones who was serving life without parole for a first time drug offense. Chani was so compelled that we had a role to play in helping in Sharanda’s clemency petition. She immediately reached Read more about A Knock at Midnight: Brittany K. Barnett and Sharanda Jones[…]

My Granddaddy, Stepfather, and Da 5 Bloods

My granddaddy and stepfather never talked about their time in the military. My granddaddy’s obituary doesn’t even mention it. My stepfather’s obituary mentions the year he enlisted and the year he was discharged, nothing more. The benefit of time helps me recognize that while John Lewis was being bludgeoned crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge and Read more about My Granddaddy, Stepfather, and Da 5 Bloods[…]

James Baldwin

Photo from this week’s Washington Post magazine feature. James Baldwin, as always, nails it. ~ “I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” Notes of a Native Son, 1955

CTA Selects First Two Recipients of $10 Million Investment

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced the selection of the first two funds it will invest in as part of CTA’s $10 million commitment to venture firms and funds that invest in women, people of color and other underrepresented entrepreneurs – Harlem Capital Partners and SoGal Ventures. Harlem Capital Partners is a New York-based minority-owned early-stage venture Read more about CTA Selects First Two Recipients of $10 Million Investment[…]

CTA Advances STEM Learning by Supporting the Boys & Girls Club

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington (BGCGW) to strengthen STEM learning and career development in the Washington DC metro area. The collaboration will help local students better understand the career opportunities the tech field offers and learn the skills they’ll need in the workforce of today Read more about CTA Advances STEM Learning by Supporting the Boys & Girls Club[…]

Hear from the Women who Lead CES and CTA on International Women’s Day

To honor Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we asked some of our remarkable female leaders to reflect on their journeys that led them to where they are today and give advice to the next generation of female professionals. Who do you admire most and why? Alternatively, who have been your role models? What Read more about Hear from the Women who Lead CES and CTA on International Women’s Day[…]

Congress Pays Attention to Diversity in the Tech Industry

This week, the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce holds a hearing on inclusion in the technology sector. We commend the subcommittee for turning their attention to this critical topic. A more diverse workforce means better representation in the development of products and, ultimately, how well they’ll improve Read more about Congress Pays Attention to Diversity in the Tech Industry[…]

CTA Makes Commitment to Underrepresented Founders

For the technology industry to continue to evolve and grow, there needs to be equal access to venture funding for women-led and women-founded startups. According to data from Pitchbook, all-women teams in the U.S. received just $1.9 billion of the $85 billion total invested by venture capitalists last year, which is equal to about 2.2 Read more about CTA Makes Commitment to Underrepresented Founders[…]