January 22, 2021


DETROIT, Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The automotive industry will pause during the pandemic to discuss the status of the industry through a diversity lens at the 21st Annual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit, an initiative of Citizenship Education Fund on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. After three consecutive years of more than 17 million automobiles sold annually, the auto industry is recalibrating with post-covid solutions. 

This year’s Summit will commence with Reverend Jesse Jackson, president and founder of Rainbow Push, giving opening remarks.  More than 1,000 automotive executives, entrepreneurs, suppliers, dealers, manufacturers, government officials and consumers will participate virtually in the automotive industry’s premier event for African Americans and other minorities. 

This year’s theme, “Moving the Economic Needle Towards Equality,” will focus on the segue to equal opportunities for African American suppliers, dealers and professionals. Experts will provide the virtual attendees with “real-time” data that will prepare businesses with opportunities in the automotive industry. 

Although the auto industry has been disrupted by the virus, the mission of the Summit remains tenable.  “We will continue to shine the light on the inequities in the auto industry while strengthening the relationships with African Americans companies and automakers, ” said Jackson. “During the last 21 years, Rainbow PUSH has altered the business modality of several automakers through the rankings of the Rainbow PUSH Automotive Diversity Scorecard.  We will continue our advocacy to make America a more perfect union.” 

Since the pandemic has been so disruptive, the Scorecard was not issued in 2020, but it will resume in 2021.

About Rainbow PUSH: The Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project encourages and engenders the full and equitable participation of minorities in the growth and well-being of the global automotive industry. By creating meaningful awareness, fostering knowledge and understanding, and facilitating functional partnerships and healthy collaborations, the Automotive Project enables minorities to participate fully in employment, procurement, marketing, advertising, dealer development and board membership opportunities in the industry.

For more information, please visit https://automotiveproject.org.
21st Annual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit
Event Highlights:

Vice Presidents of Global Purchasing
Jonathan Jennings – Vice President, Global Commodity and Supplier Technical Assistance, Ford Motor Company
Shilpan Amin – Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, General Motors
Robert Young – Group Vice President, Purchasing, Supplier Engineering Development & Cost Planning, Toyota Motor North America

State of Black Businesses 
Adrienne Trimble, President & CEO, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
Damon Lester, President, National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD)
Dr. Ken Harris, President and CEO, National Business League (NBL)

Chief Diversity Officers 
Ken Barrett – Global Chief Diversity Officer, General Motors
Lottie Holland – Head of Talent, Acquisition, Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement, FCA North America 
Yvette Hunsicker – Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and the Office of Inclusion & Diversity, Honda North America, Inc.

Rainbow PUSH will also recognize its college scholarship recipients, led by General Motors Scholars, Toyota Fellows and KIA Ambassadors.  Moreover, Suburu of America has announced its partnership with Rainbow PUSH


Summit & Expo Postponed to August 24-26, 2020

The 10th annual Green Transportation Summit & Expo (GTSE) is the region’s premier clean transportation mecca. This year’s conference breaks into new space with the inclusion of the U.S. EPA’s West Coast Collaborative Partner’s Meeting focusing on heavy-duty diesel reductions in major fleets across the continent. This year’s GTSE offers invaluable fleet technician training and general educational opportunities with information-packed sessions and seminars tailored to fleets and clean transportation stakeholders from the Pacific Northwest and across the country. Our GTSE maintains its staple fleet-focus as the intersection of policy, technology, practice and the future of mobility with a regional focus but using a national lens.

GTSE routinely boasts the strongest gathering of fleet professionals in the clean fuels industry, with half the conference attendees representing fleet management, operations, and maintenance from corporate, municipal and private fleets. The GTSE situates clean transportation stakeholders and advocates directly in front of influencer’s, decision-makers, and on-the-ground movers and shakers who are working to reduce emissions and lower costs for tomorrow’s transportation.

The West Coast Collaborative Partners Meeting is an ambitious and innovative public-private partnership between all levels of government, academia, environmental groups, and some of the largest private-sector fleets from across the continent. The Collaborative works together to reduce diesel emissions, and advance clean air technologies and practices along the West Coast of North America. Today’s Collaborative is led by U.S. EPA Regions 9 and Region 10.

GTSE 2019

ADA Compliance
The Green Transportation Summit and Expo fully supports the rights to equal access to the Summit offerings by persons with special needs or disabilities. If you require assistance to participate fully in this event, please inform us about those needs.

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