Rainbow Push Honors Legends and Emerging Leaders

DETROIT, MI – The Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project, an initiative of the Citizenship Education Fund (CEF), will convene its 14thAnnual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit, October 2-3, 2013, at the MGM Grand Detroit Meeting & Events Center, 1777 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48226. This year’s theme, “Economic Parity: Driving The Plan For Success,” addresses the release of the Rainbow PUSH Diversity Automotive Scorecard.

The Rainbow PUSH/CEF Global Automotive Summit provides viable solutions in an industry that is still recovering from significant economic downturns. The Summit’s ultimate goal is to bring inclusive strategies to the forefront of the global business landscape as an endeavor to identify, sustain and grow ethnic suppliers, dealers, media outlets, advertising agencies and firms that provide professional services.

Summit conversations will include community and industry leaders discussing The Assault on Diversity at the Leadership Town Hall Breakfast. As the automotive industry bounces back and reaches unprecedented growth rates and profitability, African American automotive suppliers and dealers have dwindled to an alarming rate. Automotive leaders will also Speak on Diversity: The Business Case during the Business & Education Awards Luncheon. The Summit will conclude by recognizing living legends and emerging leaders in the automotive industry.

“We will continue to celebrate diversity within the automotive industry by recognizing companies whose business model embodies inclusion. However, we will also highlight those companies that resist diversity,” said Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., president and founder of Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “Minority consumers support automotive companies with more than 22 percent of new vehicle purchases, yet some companies’ diversity plans continue to lag woefully. This is unacceptable.”

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