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September 21, 2012

13th Annual Rainbow PUSH/CEF GAES to include U.S. Department of Labor’s Jay Williams

13th Annual Rainbow PUSH/CEF Global Automotive & Energy Summit to feature U.S. Department of Labor’s Jay Williams, Executive Director of Auto Recovery for Communities and Workers

Focus on Economic Parity with “One Voice, One Goal” Agenda

DETROIT, Mich., September 19, 2012 – Join Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund as they convene the 13th Annual Global Automotive & Energy Summit October 2-4, 2012 at the MGM Grand Detroit Hotel in Detroit. This year’s theme, “Economic Parity: One Voice, One Goal,” will discuss leveling the playing field for minority firms to do business with automotive and energy companies.

“When the playing field is level and the rules are public, and the goals are clear everybody wins ",” said Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., president and founder of Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “Rainbow PUSH is proud to be in the forefront of championing the effort to ensure that minority suppliers are part of the automotive industry’s recovery. This enables them to spread their economic impact within their respective communities.”

Some of the industry’s most coveted automotive stakeholders will take part in informative panel discussions about business, supplier diversity, advertising and marketing, technology innovations, collaborations and women in the automotive and energy industries.  Featured panels include:



business luncheon panel discussion, “Recovery and Localization:  Opportunities for Economic Parity,” will feature North American Automotive Leaders who share their views on future opportunities within the automotive and energy industries. Confirmed panelists include Steve St. Angelo, VP of Manufacturing, Toyota Motors Engineering & Manufacturing, N.A. and Tom Shoupe, president of Honda of America Manufacturing-Alabama among others.  The panel will be moderated by Peter Brown, Automotive News publisher and Editorial Director.


The summit kicks off with pre activities featuring an Automotive Career Day where High School and College Students will gain exposure to career fields in the automotive industry from auto designers, dealers, public relations and marketing professionals, technology and safety engineers while at the same time expanding their vision of what they can become during the “College Student Outreach” Assembly.  This event begins on Tuesday October 2, 2012 at 9:00 A.M at Cass Technical High School. Native Detroiter and nationally known financial expert, Gail Perry-Mason will be the career day panel moderator. 


National sponsors to date include General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Toyota. 


For more information regarding conference registration and discounted hotel rates visit, or call 313 842-3883.  Twitter handle: #GAES2012


To apply for press credentials please email Pernell Potter at

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Media Contact(s):                Cheryl Hudson, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), (248) 423-9205, ext 223

                                                Pernell Potter, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), (248) 423-9205, ext 223                    

                                                John Graves, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), (313) 674-0304