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Rainbow PUSH 16th  annual Automotive Summit set to convene hundreds in Detroit

(August 25, 2015) The Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project, an initiative of the Citizenship Education Fund, will hold its 16th Annual Global Automotive Summit on Friday, October 9th at the MGM Grand in Detroit, Michigan. The theme of this year's gathering is "Shifting Into High Gear: Commitment, Access and Accountability."

The Summit focuses on inclusion for ethnic minorities in the areas of supplier diversity, human resources, advertising and marketing, technology, professional services and dealers. It is the only national conference that focuses on the automotive industry for ethnic minorities.

Automotive CEO's and vice presidents, as well as business owners and consumers, will have the opportunity to discuss business issues that are relevant to the ethnic majority. "People of color represent money, market, talent and location. Inclusion is the key to growth, and when there is growth everybody wins," said Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., president and founder, Rainbow PUSH Coalition.
 
Over 500 automotive executives, entrepreneurs, suppliers, dealers, consumers, government and elected officials, automotive manufacturers, tech companies, advertising agencies, media outlets and others will join together to discuss strengthening and creating opportunities in the automotive industry for people of color.
 
"The auto manufacturers have maintained a one-sided relationship with minorities, viewing us as consumers rather than business partners. It is time for the auto manufacturers to shift gears and present benchmarked growth opportunities to all people of color," said Rev. Jackson. "Minority companies need a short-term plan for survival and long-term critical path to success with measurable goals, targets and timetables."
 
National sponsors for the Summit are: Ford, General Motors and Toyota. For more information about summit registration, hotel accommodations, or general information, visit www.automotiveproject.org.
 
The United States has one of the largest automotive markets in the world and is home to 13 auto manufacturers. The automotive industry is one of the world's most important economic sectors by revenue. However, when it comes to diversity and inclusion, the auto industry has a long way to go to achieve a diverse and inclusive work environment at all levels of the organizational structure; from dealerships to the C-suite to suppliers to employees.


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