Business

On the Move: KPMG’s New Diversity Chief, Michele Meyer-Shipp

By: BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

In August, Michele Meyer-Shipp was named Chief Diversity Officer at KPMG. KPMG is one of the world’s largest auditing companies along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The Amsterdam-based company employs 189,000 people and provides professional services in the areas of financial audit, taxes, and advisory. According to a press...

Profiles of Principled Entrepreneurship: The Gathering Spot Transforms Black Businesses and Communities

By: Derek T. Dingle

A core tenet of the Market-Based Management framework developed by Charles G. Koch, CEO of one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations, Principled Entrepreneurship focuses on companies that emphasize value creation, innovation, self-determination, and integrity to drive long-term success while developing products and services to help people improve their lives. As...

Meet Nike’s New Diversity and Inclusion Executive

By: BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

Nike has appointed Tamika Curry Smith as its new VP of Diversity and Inclusion. Here is an excerpt from the official announcement sent via email: Tamika Curry Smith [has joined] the Diversity & Inclusion team as Nike’s VP, Global Diversity & Inclusion. She [is] responsible for leading a global team across...

American Airlines Appoints Black Executive to Prominent Technology Role

By: BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

American Airlines recently announced the appointment of Steven Graves as vice president of Enterprise Technology Services. According to a press release on the matter, Graves will be responsible for IT operations, network, end-user computing, telecommunications, and vendor management. Also from the announcement: Since he joined American earlier this year, Steven...

Here’s How to Bring Your Big Idea to Market on the Government’s Dime

By: Jeffrey McKinney

Black innovators, inventors, and industrialists can get help this week converting their ideas into marketplace products at a five-city tour being offered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency. The MBDA InVision Tour starts in Atlanta on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6-7. It will include stops in...

Voice Security Company Raises $90 Million in Series D Funding

By: Sequoia Blodgett

Pindrop, the leader in voice security and authentication, recently announced that it has closed $90 million in Series D funding led by Vitruvian Partners. Other new strategic investors include Allegion Ventures, Cross Creek, Dimension Data, Singapore-based EDBI, and Goldman Sachs. Existing investors — CapitalG, IVP, Andreessen Horowitz, GV (formerly Google...

Cardi B’s Producer, Other Top Producers, Host Music Beat Auction

By: Sequoia Blodgett

We’ve heard of silent auctions, but this is a new one. Top producers in music have gotten together to host a private Beat Auction giving the opportunity to upcoming and established music professionals to acquire high-quality compositions that are not easily accessible otherwise. Some of these producers include Zaytoven, one...

Why TEDx Delthorne Women Proudly Featured Speakers of Color

By: Jeff Shuford

Traditionally, there has always been a lack of diversity regarding speaking conferences throughout the country, which has effectively suffocated the voices of people of color nationwide. However, TEDx Delthorne Women, held on Friday, Nov. 30 at the Torrance Redondo Marriott, was on a mission to give a voice to the...

Three-City Tour Highlights Artists of Color and Innovators

By: BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

On Dec. 5, Salute Life presents The Unplug Art Experience. The event, which is part of a three-city tour highlighting and for artists of color, will be held in Miami at the WeWork Brickell City Centre. From Salute Life’s website: The Unplug Art Experience is more than an exhibition – we are a...