All Star Code recently launched its inaugural Ambassador program made up of renowned executives and start-up founders. With the program, business leaders use their unique experiences and expertise to further expand All Star Code’s mission to create economic opportunity for young men of color by teaching them the skills and mindset they need to become entrepreneurs.
The Ambassadors include: Ken Chenault, retired CEO and chairman of American Express; Gerald Chertavian, founder and CEO of Year Up; commentator Van Jones; Jessica Lessin, founder and CEO of The Information; Loida Lewis, Chair and CEO of TLC Beatrice, LLC; Sheila Lirio Marcelo, founder, chairwoman and CEO of Care.com; Robert F. Smith, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners; and Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation.
“I firmly believe that one of the biggest issues in our society today continues to be diversity and inclusion,” said former CEO and chairman of American Express Ken Chenault. “All Star Code is doing an excellent job preparing the next generation of young men of color with an entrepreneurial mindset and the tools they need to succeed in the tech industry. I am proud to be involved with this organization and look forward to serving as an Ambassador to All Star Code in 2019.”
“I am incredibly excited to welcome this outstanding group of Ambassadors to All Star Code as we work together to establish a pipeline of talented and ambitious young entrepreneurs,” said Christina Lewis, founder and CEO of All Star Code .
“These business leaders will not only serve as role models to our students, but also improve our national exposure, ultimately helping us reach a national alumni network of 10,000 future leaders by 2022.”
All Star Code is a nonprofit organization creating economic opportunity for young men of color by helping them develop the tools they need to succeed in a technological world.