I’m A Son of Charleston

    I was hurt, like millions around the country, by the senseless,  brutal and tragic killings this week of 9 church members attending Bible Study at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina by a 21 year old white male bent on creating a race war. For many it opened centuries-old racial woundsContinue reading “I’m A Son of Charleston”

A Strong Finish at Home

      Last week I enjoyed a wonderful experience celebrating survivors and remembering those lost to breast cancer at the Susan Komen Race for the Cure in Washington, DC. Saturday I completed the twofer by running the KomenDetroit race. Where The DC event was more of a communal celebration Detroit was more commemorative and personal. ReturningContinue reading “A Strong Finish at Home”

In Memory of a Champion

   Today, on Mother’s Day weekend, thousands of Breast Cancer Survivors, their supporter, family and friends as well as those who have been impacted by this terrible disease ran, walked, danced and celebrated in support of a cure in Washington, DC. I am a relative newcomer to this annual event in the city in whichContinue reading “In Memory of a Champion”

The Fire This Time

“Guess they are burning B’more down” – The Wire Yesterday as the nation and world watched, peaceful protests earlier in the day gave way to violent riots ushering in chaos and destruction, literally in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of Baltimore police. On CNN’s coverage, Wolf Blitzer continuously stated that itContinue reading “The Fire This Time”

Selma: A(nother) Defining Moment

The Congressional Delegation with Rep. John Lewis(front center) Author (top center-blue) “So it was at Lexington and Concord. So it was a century ago at Appomattox. So it was last week in Selma, Alabama” – President Lyndon B. Johnson, March 15, 1965 I had the pleasure of catching an early screening of the movie SelmaContinue reading “Selma: A(nother) Defining Moment”

A Moment We Can’t Miss

In the wake, both figuratively and literally of a stream of events that have demonstrated a very disturbing view of the intersection of law and justice with regards to the deaths of numerous African-American males in this country among others, we as a society again are having a conversation about race, diversity and justice. WhileContinue reading “A Moment We Can’t Miss”

Why Congress Should Address Silicon Valley’s Lack of Diversity

The immigration debate has once again taken center stage on Capitol Hill following President Obama’s executive action. While Congress should engage and help find bipartisan solutions to the many facets of immigration reform, one easy place to start is an area of clear consensus – the need for more skilled workers in the fields ofContinue reading “Why Congress Should Address Silicon Valley’s Lack of Diversity”

Diversity: A Broad View

Much has been written about and is available about the lack of diversity within the tech field, particularly at  larger social media firms and product companies such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Apple and others. Much has also been written about proposed causes for these diversity gaps, positing everything from systematic problems such as talent gapsContinue reading “Diversity: A Broad View”

A Short Life With An Eternal Impact

“All you can take with you, is that which you’ve given away” -from It’s A Wonderful Life After an emotional couple of weeks I felt compelled to update my previous blog about Jawhar. We were honored to be able to visit him once again, to celebrate his 19th birthday, a day that the doctors didn’tContinue reading “A Short Life With An Eternal Impact”