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Honoring African Americans of yesterday and today whose achievements have shaped American history

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Black Employee Leadership Council (BELC) and Black Employee Network (BEN) are proud to sponsor the 9th Annual HPE Black History Month celebration.  The theme of this years celebration is Hidden Figures.  Throughout the month of February, HPE will recognize unsung African Americans of yesterday and today whose achievements have shaped American history.

2017 HPE Black History Month event2017 HPE Black History Month event

 

John Hope Bryant, CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group VenturesJohn Hope Bryant, CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Ventures

A global webcast in honor of Black History Month will be held at our corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, California.  The keynote speaker is John Hope Bryant, CEO of Operation HOPE Inc and the Bryant Group Ventures.  We invite you to join us in person for this exciting event or to join the global webcast.  

 

 

 

 

 

Individuals being honored are:

 

Female African-American mathematician, Katherine JohnsonFemale African-American mathematician, Katherine Johnson

KATHERINE JOHNSON - Female African-American mathematician who contributed to the United States aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA.

 



 




 One of the first black technologists, Frank GreeneOne of the first black technologists, Frank GreeneDR. FRANK GREENE - A pioneering Silicon Valley technologist.  Hailed as one of the first black technologists.  He removed countless barriers for Blacks in technology and business and expanded opportunities in those fields for young people.  His was a co-founder of NewVista Capital which has funded over 26 start-up IT companies founded and headed by people of color and women.

 



 


The "Godfather of Silicon Valley" - Roy Clay, Sr.The "Godfather of Silicon Valley" - Roy Clay, Sr.

ROY CLAY SR. - Known as the Godfather of Silicon Valley.  He was a key figure in the development of Silicon Valley including the development of HP's computer divisions and led the team that engineering HP's entrance into the computer market

 



 




1st physician to perform open heart surgery in the USA, Daniel Hale Williams.  In addition, he opened the first hospital with a racially integrated staff.1st physician to perform open heart surgery in the USA, Daniel Hale Williams. In addition, he opened the first hospital with a racially integrated staff.

DANIEL HALE WILLIAMS - Was one of the first physicians to perform open heart surgery in the US and founded Provident Hopsital and Training School for Nurses, the first hospital with a nursing and intern program that had a racially integrated staff. 

 



 




American Inventor and engineer who hold more than 80 patents including the Super Soaker water gun, Lonnie Johnson.American Inventor and engineer who hold more than 80 patents including the Super Soaker water gun, Lonnie Johnson.

LONNIE JOHNSON -  American inventor and engineer who holds more than 80 patents.  He was the inventor of  both the Super Soaker water gun and nerf guns.  While in the Air Force he worked on the stealth bomber program and later worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab for the Galileo mission to Jupiter.  More recently, he teamed up with scientists to develop a method of transforming heat into electricity to make green energy more affordable.

 

 



 



You are all invited to participate in person at the Palo Alto Headquarters or via webcast. This will be a great opportunity to engage virtually or in person with a great panel of keynote speakers.

Join HPE 9th Black History Month Webcast by registering at http://hpe.to/6006DRnZi

 


About the author Brittany Woodard, HPE Black Employee Network leader - Roseville, CABrittany Woodard, HPE Black Employee Network leader - Roseville, CA
Brittany Woodard is a former student athlete who currently works as a Product Line Manager with Aruba Networks.  She is the Chair of the HPE Black Employee Network in Roseville, California.

Stay connected to Brittany on LinkedIn and for more information about our Culture vist HPE Diversity and Inlcusion site. 

 

 

 

 

 

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