Thursday, October 23, 2014

Diversity challenged Silicon Valley: Magic Johnson says "Call me"

The Assist Man
Magic, former basketball super-star and hugely successful businessman, has offered Silicon Valley his assistance in closing the diversity gap.

Silicon listen up: Magic has a PhD in assists making.

Magic, famous for his no-look pass and running the original LA Laker "Show Time" offense, eagerly stated he could be the bridge for qualified African-Americans/Latinos and high tech companies like Microsoft, Apple, Google and Yahoo.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — One of the most pressing issues facing Silicon Valley is the diversity gap.
Former NBA great turned businessman Earvin "Magic" Johnson says he has the solution to the severe shortage of blacks and Hispanics in high-tech: Just give him a call.

As one of the highest-profile business owners in the African-American community, Johnson has worked with many companies on jobs outreach. And now he's offering to lend Silicon Valley a hand.

"I've been doing this for over 35 years," Johnson told USA TODAY in an exclusive interview. "I've done this for other big corporations as well: Best Buy, Aetna, on and on. I know how to do it. They just need to give me a call. If they're looking for talent, give me a call. If they are looking for companies to partner with, give me a call."  read entire story and watch the video

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