SISTEM one-on-one with Dr. Tyrone D. Taborn, Chairman & CEO of Career Communications Group, Publisher of US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine, Women of Color magazine and Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology magazine.
 
  
 
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SISTEM one-on-one with Dr. Tyrone D. Taborn, Chairman & CEO of Career Communications Group, Publisher of US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine, Women of Color magazine and Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology magazine.

Tyrone Taborn

Tyrone D. Taborn is publisher, chairman and CEO of Career Communications Group. CCG is a minority-owned media services company, which connects top technology talent to employers that have the potential to fulfill their career goals. Over more than a quarter of a century, CCG has built strong, lasting partnerships with America’s top companies, government agencies, and educational institutions through its magazines, the Internet, and conferences that promote achievements of minorities in science, techno-logy, engineering, and mathematics. Taborn is founder of the Foundation for Educational Development, which aims to raise awareness of technology literacy in minority communities across America. The foundation’s programs-Black Family Technology Awareness Week, La Familia Technology Awareness Week, and The Native American Family Technology Journey-aim to bring families into the digital age through computer literacy workshops. Taborn is a regular contributor to technology columns that appear in major print media. He was a contributing author to “Learning Race and Ethnicity, Youth and Digital Media,” funded by the MacArthur Foundation and published by MIT Press. He also wrote “Closing The Racial Digital Divide,” one of ten essays that plot a course for African 
Americans in "The Covenant With Black America" (Third World Press) the 2006 New York Times bestseller compiled by PBS-TV’s Tavis Smiley. Taborn has appeared on several prime-time television shows. His current and past board affiliations include Women Legislators of Maryland Foundation, Inc., Baltimore Partners for Enhanced Learning, Maryland Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE), and the Granville Academy. He is also a member of The National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Maryland Governor, Martin O’Malley, and the state’s Legislative Black Caucus honored Taborn with a 2008 Living History Award in Engineering, Science, and Innovation. Taborn was recognized for outstanding contributions to his field and the State of Maryland. He was one of three individuals to receive the award. Historymakers.com has recognized Taborn as an influential, historical figure who has had significant accomplishments that impact the African American community. In 2003, he received the Hispanic Engineer of the Year Chairman’s Award from HENACC, and in 2005, he received the Baltimore Marketing Association’s Business Person of the Year Award. His other accolades include a Mercedes Benz Visionary Award and an Internet and Technology Leaders Award from Sprint and MOBE IT. Editors of blackmoney.com and SoulofTechnology.net, who sponsor the Most Important African Americans in Technology Awards, named him one of the “50 Most Important Blacks in Technology.” And Congressman Major R. Owens (D-NY) presented Taborn with a Congressional Black Caucus Honor as a Pioneer in Publishing.With roots in both the Latino and black communities, Taborn, who grew up in Los Angeles, California, attended college at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. At Cornell, Taborn majored in government. Also, while at Cornell, he held membership in the Senior Honor Society “Quill and Dagger” and was one of 32 academic scholars honored with membership in the prestigious Telluride Association. He served as the first LBJ (Lyndon B. Johnson) Congressional Intern in the office of the late Congressman Julian C. Dixon in 1978.Taborn holds honorary degrees from Morgan State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a Bachelor of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Q: Please tell us about yourself, what inspired you to choose your career path and what challenges did you face and overcome.

Taborn: I chose to become a publisher of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) media to promote literacy and raise awareness of science, technology, engineering and math in underrepresented communities.

Like any other entrepreneur I faced difficult obstacles, however I have received a great amount of support from the community and top STEM organizations that, over the years, have developed great relationships with Career Communications Group, including our publications and conferences.

Q: Can you tell us about Career Communications Group's effort in STEM particularly in regards to its magazines: US Black Engineer & Information Technology, Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology, and Women of Color? Also, tell us about the need, function and importance of such publications.

Taborn: Career Communications Group publishes three magazines, including Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology, Women of Color and US Black Engineer and Information Technology.

Each magazine caters to its respective audience, providing profiles of top STEM companies and employers, as well as articles on new STEM improvements. These publications are essential because they are motivational and informative to students and professionals who need to see what other people in their field are accomplishing. Our magazines provide directories of opportunities, so that our readers are informed and up to date on the happenings of the STEM industry.

Q: Can you share a few words about the upcoming Women of Color STEM conference in October 2015?

Taborn: In October, we will celebrate 20 years of the Women of Color STEM Conference. This conference is a global multicultural event that recognizes the incredible achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Women of Color STEM Conference offers women the opportunity to network with each other, gain professional development experiences, and become a mentor or mentee.

We’ve found that many women and students attend our conference to bond and share experiences with other woman in the industry. Many women are minorities in their organizations, so it is important to them that they are able to come to the conference to gain motivation when they feel like giving up or facing difficult career choices.

Q: In your estimation, what are the critical steps educational policymakers should undertake to bridge the scientific and technological gap in America and to increase the number of African-Americans, Latinos and Native Americans in STEM studies, careers and businesses?

Taborn: There are several critical steps educational policymakers should undertake to bridge the scientific and technological gap in America to increase diversity in STEM, starting with becoming more involved in communities where people of color are the minority. It is important to go directly in these communities to hold conversations and show students or professionals the opportunities in STEM. More internship and practical experiences should be offered to people of color and promoted to these groups. Lastly, it is imperative to develop strategies to create more financial assistance such as scholarships and grants to these groups.


Q: Finally, what advice do you have for students of diverse backgrounds who want to emulate you and follow your footsteps?

Taborn:I would recommend for students of underrepresented communities follow their dreams and pursue careers in STEM-related fields. There is a great need for diversity in these industries. It is important to study the accomplishments and the path of successful underrepresented STEM trailblazers who have broken barriers to get where they are. The same goes for professionals in the field. I would advise staying motivated and taking the opportunity to sit on professional development seminars to enhance your work ethic and career.

 
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