Launched in 2015, in partnership with theREGISTRYBayArea.com, “40 Under 40: Tech Diversity – Silicon Valley” is a unique recognition of the outstanding achievements of 40 diverse leaders from underrepresented ethnicities, under the age of 40, in the Innovation Economy.
With a heightened focus in the tech industry to embed diversity into their companies, services and products, as well as their working practices, “40 under 40: Tech Diversity-Silicon Valley” was designed to highlight the underrepresented role models and achievements of the wide range of people who make the tech industry brilliant. Specific goals of the recognition program include:
Acknowledging tech industry progress and promise in advancing diversity
Facilitating networking and introductions among diverse tech professionals, hiring companies and tech investors
Inspiring future generations to pursue innovation and tech careers, regardless of socio-economic background
Inspiring tech companies and the industry at-large, to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion.
During the inaugural celebratory event hosted on September 16, 2015 at Airbnb headquarters in San Francisco and attended by more than 350 diverse professionals, a total of 40 awards were conferred upon individuals who were selected on the basis of their outstanding achievements; career success; volunteer and civic engagement; influence and impact; and honors and recognitions. Two special categories, the Silicon Icon and Game Changer, were awarded to Roy Clay, Sr., Founder and Former CEO, ROD-L Electronics, and Shellye Archambeau, CEO, Metric Stream, respectively.