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Step IT Up America launched in Atlanta

On Tuesday, November 19th, 2013, downtown Atlanta was buzzing with energy, as community leaders, politicians, celebrities and the business community gathered at the Ritz Carlton on Georgia's historic Peachtree Street for the Step IT Up America program launch. The keynote speakers at the launch were:

 

  • Carlos Gutierrez - Vice Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and
    Former US Secretary of Commerce

  • Willie L. Brown Jr. - Former Mayor of San Francisco

  • Judge Glenda A. Hatchett - Founder and CEO of Great Day Productions

  • Edie Fraser - CEO of STEMconnector and Senior Consultant to
    Diversified Search

  • Darryl Harvey - Manager for Global Diversity and Employee Rights for
    the Boeing Company

  • Linda Young - President of the National Women's Political Caucus.

 

Carlos Gutierrez had this to say about the Step IT Up America program: “We took on this challenge because it is irresistible.. because it is the kind of thing that is hard to say no to… you can see very clearly the benefits, and where it can lead.. and all the good it can do.”

Darryl Harvey spoke highly of Sajan and UST Global's visionary program, and its possible impact on America, especially with the changing demographics in our country. "What UST is doing to give back to the community - think about the impact of this program 10-20 years down the road.

"If UST brings 10,000 women, imagine the diamonds in the rough that are in the making. You may be bringing in a future CIO from the inner city."

Linda Young agreed with Harvey, and said that "Step IT Up America is such a generous, thoughtful and timely program, it will not only change the lives of those involved but is a call to other corporations to step it up."

Edie Fraser had this to say: "Step IT Up America is 'Do your Giving while you are Living.' This is a new commitment to all the girls in America. In the IT field, we thank UST for Stepping IT Up America."

Audience members reacted to the program's innovation and the commitment:

"I've been in corporate America for 15-years and I've never met a an African-American female in IT said one female attendee. I think it is wonderful what UST is doing, offering that [opportunity] to minority women."