By Larry K. Williams, TAG president and CEO

As many of you know, TAG recently launched our Bridge Builders initiative to help close the diversity gap throughout the state of Georgia. Our mission is to bring the technology and business communities together to drive change regarding social justice and equity.

As such, I’m excited to announce that we have brought Dr. Loretta Daniels onto the team as the new director of our Bridge Builders program. Dr. Daniels is an expert in organizational leadership, diversity, equity and inclusion, conflict management, communication, and leadership coaching. In addition, she specializes in organizational leadership and cultural competency.

Starting August 1st, Dr. Daniels will be responsible for driving programs and partnerships to connect our members and partners with entrepreneurs and tech professionals from underrepresented groups in our workforce. She will help Bridge Builders enhance workforce development across Georgia’s technology community in order to enhance equitable access, regardless of race or ethnicity.

In addition, Michael Sullivan – TAG Social Justice & Equity Co-Chair – and I collaborated earlier this week on a joint op-ed in the Atlanta Journal Constitution to shed light on the importance of nurturing black tech talent in Georgia. Although much has been done to bridge the racial gap in our state, much work remains to be done. As one of the largest technology associations in the U.S. and the world, TAG has a responsibility to help local black professionals participate fully in the state’s growing economy.

Together with our growing list of investors, including Arketi, Collective Insights, Comcast Business, Deluxe, eHire, Honeywell, NCR, Southern Company, AFLAC, and Fleetcor, TAG launched Bridge Builders to create an equitable technology workforce more representative of Georgia’s population. I look forward to seeing the progress we make towards our goals.

You can learn more about TAG’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and access the full article, here.