NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The T.D. Jakes Foundation, a global nonprofit that focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education, workforce preparedness and job training to create greater diversity and inclusion, and gender equity, in traditionally underrepresented fields, recently hosted its first roundtable, inviting business and educational leaders to take part in a lively discussion as part of the launch of both the foundation and its in-house think tank.
Hosted in partnership with the Brooklyn STEAM Center, an innovative career and technical training hub for 11th and 12th grade students located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the roundtable included the foundation's founder T.D. Jakes and its president and CEO Hattie Hill, as well as educators and representatives from for-profit, technology-focused businesses and educational nonprofits.
"Technology is taking over, and our community is being marginalized," Chairman Jakes said. "I am convinced that you cannot be what you do not see. I don't find many young people in our community aspiring to these jobs because they simply don't see them. Fortunately, many business leaders are looking to be part of the solution—and we want to be the bridge that connects them to communities in need of resources."