The 20th Annual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit officially kicked off on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at Motor City Casino Hotel. Nissan North America sponsored a Welcome Reception which featured live music and a birthday cake presentation to Rev. Jackson. It also served as a networking opportunity for those in the automotive industry.
The Automotive Summit started in earnest on Friday, November 1, 2019 with the Leadership Breakfast Discussion. It featured General Motors executive Barry Engle. Mr. Engle talked about GM's approach to top-down management, while also discussing how the automaker plans to improve strategies for establishing and growing African American-owned Tier 1 auto suppliers.
Additionally, Mr. Engle accepted the Benchmark Award on GM's behalf for the company's commitment to Rainbow PUSH's Cool Kids Code program.
The Business and Education Fireside Chat included a conversation between Rev. Jackson, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and FCA North America COO Mark Stewart. It provided an opportunity for FCA North America leadership to discuss the ways in which the the company's ongoing business dealings in Detroit include African American-owned suppliers and African American city residents.
Rev. Jackson presented Mark Stewart and FCA North America with the Benchmark Award for the company's leadership in purchasing from minority suppliers and its world-class Tier II minority supplier program.
Panel discussions throughout the morning and afternoon focused on global purchasing, dealerships, advertising & marketing, professional services and human resources. Leaders and influencers from every discipline participated in these discussions, which focused on ways to bring about a more tolerant and inclusive automotive industry.
The Summit concluded with an Awards Reception, sponsored by Ford Motor Company, where we highlighted and celebrated Living Legends and Emerging Leaders in the automotive industry.