Thank you for attending the Rainbow PUSH/CEF Global Automotive Summit in Detroit.
This year's event was a success and filled with robust and thought-provoking conversations about how best to fortify ethnic minority participation in the global automotive industry.
The event kicked off with our Leadership Breakfast discussion featuring a one-on-one conversation between Rev. Jackson and Brian Smith, chief operating officer with Hyundai Motor America. Mr. Smith spoke about the ways in which Hyundai is helping ethnic minority suppliers gain better opportunities in procurement, as well as how the automaker is positioned to meet the demand of the growing autonomous vehicle and mobility sectors of the industry.
Separate panel discussions in the areas of minority dealerships, human resources, professional services and advertising and marketing also took place. Additionally, the Vice Presidents of Global Purchasing panel featured purchasing executives from Honda North America, Nissan North America, and FCA US LLC. The panel this year also included three Tier 1 MBE automotive suppliers as co-panelists, each sharing with the gathered audience their experience working in the industry.
The Business and Education Luncheon included a discussion between Rev. Jackson and the chancellor of Wayne County Community College District, Dr. Curtis Ivery. Their conversation focused on Rainbow PUSH's Automotive Mobility Collaborative Partnership with the school. The partnership will seek to open the door further to include people of color in the mobility workforce by training and empowering a diverse generation of Wayne County residents in the future.
The Business and Education Luncheon also featured the General Motors Scholars program in which the automaker presented scholarships to 21 deserving students.