The continued exclusion of such brilliance was one of the motivating factors in Rockeymoore’s founding of CGPS and why the nonprofit holds an annual summit aimed at highlighting the racial and gender wealth and opportunity gaps. Technology was the theme of this year’s event, Rockeymoore said, because it is a make or break industry; those who are in the loop will prosper and those who aren’t will be left further behind.
"This is the new game; technology is it. Yet the captains of industry … are gazing and looking away … the gazing continues in the 21st century,” she said.
The tech sector’s stance that it can’t find qualified women and people of color is a poor, unfounded excuse, Rockeymoore said, and she warned that without an “Inclusion Revolution” the industry would create an artificial intelligence and machine learning future that would mimic the isms of the real world.
“We are allowing ourselves to be relegated to life in a racist augmented reality … an AI-dominated world where the same old racist, sexist, classist, xenophobic, homophobia paradigms exist,” she said.
Dr. Rockeymoore chats with a Summit attendee.
The Inclusion Revolution has become a central part of CGPS’s mission. It advocates for a nation that respects all of her people and values the unique contributions and experiences they bring.
Rockeymoore said change must be demanded; it won’t be given freely.
“We need to change the paradigm and disrupt the system in a way that promotes diversity and inclusion for all,” she said.
Watch her impassioned address in its entirety.