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๐Ÿ”— WJLA-TV Channel 7 Covers Mission Fulfilled 2030's Technology to Manhood Lecture Series

Without skipping a beat, we launched our inaugural program, the "Technology to Manhood Lecture Series." This program is more than just an event; it's a groundbreaking convergence of Black Men in Tech and boys, coming together to craft solutions to solve our own community problems.


๐Ÿ”— Congratulations to Leon Burns and Open Technology Group for Receiving the Silver Anthem DEI Employee Volunteer Team & Leadership Award

The OTG Inc. DEIB in Black Tech initiative leveraged small businesses to foster equity through internal DEIB actions, pay scale growth, and expert consultations. Our approach propelled tech careers and externally, sponsored STEM programs and mental health support for marginalized communities, spanning grade school to college.


๐Ÿ”— Leon Burns Donates $100K In Student DEIB Tech Scholarships

Hampton, VA โ€” Leon Burns, President and CEO of Open Technology Group, is proud to announce a significant milestone in his ongoing journey of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) in the field of technology, with a $100,000 scholarship commitment to students in the James T. George School of Business at his alma mater Hampton University.


๐Ÿ”— 7 ways diversity and inclusion help teams perform better

Leon Burns, president and CEO at Open Technology Group has worked hard to develop a diverse team and seen huge benefits from it. โ€œFor my field, for people who look like me, walls have been put up to keep us out. Typically, IT is only 15% black and 21% women. Weโ€™ve constructed our team so that we have 95% minority races and 37% women.โ€


๐Ÿ”— Accessibility and Belonging: Cornerstones of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Belonging is particularly essential in educational and workplace settings. A sense of belonging has been shown to boost motivation, engagement, and overall well-being. When individuals feel like they belong, they are more likely to thrive and contribute fully to their communities and organizations. Accessibility and belonging are not separate entities. They intersect and reinforce each other.


๐Ÿ”— United for a Cure: Leon Burns and Open Technology Group at Breathe Deep TOGETHER

Through initiatives like breaking down barriers for African American youth in the IT field, producing the YouTube series โ€œBlack Mental Health Matters,โ€ promoting diversity, equity, and inclusiveness, and co-chairing an annual fundraising event for LUNGevity Foundation, Leon continues his fatherโ€™sโ€”Leon Burns Jr.โ€™sโ€”dedication to going above and beyond, and doing it with enthusiasm.


๐Ÿ”— 6 Entrepreneurs Share How Their Organization is Addressing DEIB

In a rapidly evolving world, the success of any organization is intricately woven with its commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB). As the driving forces behind your ventures, you understand that embracing these principles isn't just a moral imperative, but a strategic necessity. In this dynamic landscape, where innovation knows no bounds and customers seek authentic connections, your organization's approach to DEIB stands as a testament to its values and aspirations.

We asked business leaders, entrepreneurs, and business owners about how their organization is addressing DEIB and here are the responses.

๐Ÿ”— Technology is Pushing DEI Initiatives in Government

Technology helping to increase diversity, inclusion and equity in Corporate America seems like a given. Still, there are those who would rather ignore data that shows the benefits of practicing equality when hiring. For Hampton University alum, Leon Burns, implementing data modules has allowed him and his team to successfully help prove variation strategies for government contract bids. What does this all mean?

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They come from different cities and backgrounds, but no matter their many differences, this years members of the newly inducted Forty Under 40 Class of 2019 are collectively leading the way in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors and are doing so while strengthening the heritage of their beloved alma mater Hampton University.