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Reflecting on Black History Month


Honoring Trailblazers in Technology & Business

To celebrate Black History month this year, we’ve highlighted the remarkable journeys of Katherine Johnson, Roy L. Clay, Sr., Ursula Burns, Tristan Walker, and Dr. Ayanna Howard. These are just a few of the innovators who have made significant contributions to technology and business by breaking barriers and paving the way for future generations.

In case you missed our social media posts outlining their incredible stories, we’ve compiled them here to serve as inspiration for creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive future for all.

Katherine Johnson: A Pioneer of the Final Frontier

At just 18 years old, Katherine Johnson graduated with highest honors from West Virginia State College, overcoming racial barriers to pursue her passion for mathematics. Her groundbreaking work at NASA’s Langley laboratory played a pivotal role in some of the most iconic moments of the space race, including the Apollo 11 moon landing. Katherine’s story was featured in the 2016 Academy Award-Winning film, “Hidden Figures,” further solidifying a legacy that continues to inspire generations to reach for the stars.

Roy L. Clay, Sr.: A Leader in Tech and Diversity Advocacy

Roy L. Clay, Sr.’s journey from Kinloch, Missouri, to defying racial barriers as one of the first black students to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from St. Louis University, to establishing HP’s computer development division, is a testament to his unwavering determination and sheer brilliance. As the first African American to lead the Palo Alto City Council, Roy’s impact extended far beyond the realm of technology. His advocacy for diversity and inclusion paved the way for future generations of black engineers and entrepreneurs, leaving an indelible mark on the tech industry and his community.

Ursula Burns: Breaking Boundaries in Corporate America

Ursula Burns shattered glass ceilings and defied expectations as the first African American woman to lead a Fortune 500 company. Her tenure as CEO of Xerox was marked by innovation, resilience, and a steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion. Ursula’s journey from intern to corporate trailblazer serves as a powerful reminder of the transformative power of perseverance and commitment.

Tristan Walker: Championing Diversity in Entrepreneurship

Tristan Walker’s entrepreneurial spirit and visionary leadership have redefined the landscape of consumer goods and technology. As the founder of Walker & Company Brands, Tristan has created products that meet the unique needs of people of color while advocating for diversity and inclusion in the business world. His dedication to empowering underrepresented minorities in tech serves as an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs everywhere.

Dr. Ayanna Howard: Pushing the Boundaries of Robotics and AI

Dr. Ayanna Howard’s pioneering work in robotics and artificial intelligence has pushed the boundaries of what is possible in technology. From her groundbreaking research at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to her advocacy for STEM education, Dr. Howard has inspired countless individuals to pursue careers in tech and engineering. Her legacy serves as a beacon of hope for a more inclusive and equitable future in technology.


As Black History Month comes to a close, we not only honor the achievements of these trailblazing individuals but also recognize the ongoing struggle for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech industry and beyond. Their legacies, and many others, serve as inspiration to continue pushing boundaries, challenging norms, and striving for excellence in all that we do. By celebrating the contributions of black innovators and advocating for greater representation and opportunity for all, we can create a more inclusive and equitable future for generations to come.