About This Issue: Evolving to Innovate - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

When it comes to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, women in particular aren’t given an equal platform to demonstrate their intellectual prowess. They are often subjugated to the No. 2 position, as French physicist and chemist Marie Curie was initially placed in her day, and rarely renowned as the team leader and innovator.

In November, I was invited to participate in a live online chat about women and technology sponsored by the Poynter Institute, a school that helps working journalists hone their craft. The purpose of the chat was to discuss the coverage of women by a popular tech driven magazine that controversially featured a woman’s cleavage on the cover to highlight the advancements in tissue regeneration for postmastectomy patients. After listening to the concerns about the coverage of women in STEM, I felt black enterprise should take a more investigative look at the achievements of black women in these respective fields.

Moving black America into the digital mainstream is an important goal here at black enterprise. It’s an area where we’re sadly underrepresented when you consider that African Americans comprise an insignificant percentage of founding staffs for Internet companies, and we earn just 2.6% and 4.14% of Ph.D.s in computer science and engineering, respectively.

In “Women in STEM,” we highlight five women who have attained unparalleled professional advancement, groundbreaking discoveries, and peer recognition. However, with all their successes, it’s their work beyond science and technology that distinguished them from the rest–their commitment to encouraging more people of color to enter their fields is inspiring the next generation of African Americans to pursue the sciences. For example, as a member of Blacks in Gaming, computer animator Lisette Titre helped launch a mentoring program for middle school students in Oakland, California, and chemical oceanographer Ashanti Johnson runs the Institute for Broadening Participation to help minorities achieve their academic and career goals.

The technology and innovation theme runs through other stories in this issue. In “Let Us Upgrade You,” we highlight tech upgrades that small businesses need to make in order to stay competitive. This includes tips from our experts on how to utilize cloud storage solutions, quick response codes, smartphones, and customer relationship management (CRM) databases. The Money department also takes a look at online and mobile tools for better investment returns, and Tech features new gadgets to propel your business and your career ahead of the competition.

Because the technology landscape is evolving quickly, ignoring the call to innovate can mean extinction. Think of this issue as your roadmap to survival.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.

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