Biography: Tyrone D.
Tyrone D. Taborn is
publisher, chairman and CEO of Career Communications Group. CCG is a
minority-owned media services company, which connects top technology talent to
employers that have the potential to fulfill their career goals. Over
more than a quarter of a century, CCG has built strong, lasting partnerships
with America’s top companies, government agencies, and educational institutions
through its magazines, the Internet, and conferences that promote achievements
of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Taborn is founder of the Foundation for Educational Development, which aims to
raise awareness of technology literacy in minority communities across America.
The foundation’s programs-Black Family Technology Awareness Week, La
Familia Technology Awareness Week, and The Native American Family Technology
Journey-aim to bring families into the digital age through computer literacy
Taborn is a regular contributor to technology columns that appear in major
print media. He was a contributing author to "Learning Race and
Ethnicity, Youth and Digital Media,” funded by the MacArthur Foundation and
published by MIT Press. He also wrote "Closing The Racial Digital
Divide,” one of ten essays that plot a course for African Americans in "The
Covenant With Black America” (Third World Press) the 2006 New York Times
bestseller compiled by PBS-TV’s Tavis Smiley. Taborn has appeared on
several prime-time television shows.
His current board affiliations include Women Legislators of Maryland
Foundation, Inc., Baltimore Partners for Enhanced Learning, Maryland Black
Caucus Foundation, Inc., Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE),
and the Granville Academy. He is also a member of The National
Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Maryland Governor, Martin O’Malley, and the state’s Legislative Black Caucus
honored Taborn with a 2008 Living History Award in Engineering, Science, and
Innovation. Taborn was recognized for outstanding contributions to his
field and the State of Maryland. He was one of three individuals to
receive the award.
Historymakers.com has recognized Taborn as an influential, historical figure
who has had significant accomplishments that impact the African American community.
In 2003, he received the Hispanic Engineer of the Year Chairman’s Award
from HENACC, and in 2005, he received the Baltimore Marketing Association’s
Business Person of the Year Award.
His other accolades include a Mercedes Benz Visionary Award and an Internet and
Technology Leaders Award from Sprint and MOBE IT. Editors of
blackmoney.com and SoulofTechnology.net, who sponsor the Most Important African
Americans in Technology Awards, named him one of the "50 Most Important Blacks
in Technology.” And Congressman Major R. Owens (D-NY) presented Taborn
with a Congressional Black Caucus Honor as a Pioneer in Publishing.
With roots in both the Latino and black communities, Taborn, who grew up in Los
Angeles, California, attended college at Cornell University in Ithaca, New
York. At Cornell, Taborn majored in government. Also, while at
Cornell, he held membership in the Senior Honor Society "Quill and Dagger” and
was one of 32 academic scholars honored with membership in the prestigious Telluride
Association. He served as the first LBJ (Lyndon B. Johnson) Congressional
Intern in the office of the late Congressman Julian C. Dixon in 1978.
Taborn holds honorary degrees from Morgan State University and the University
of Maryland Eastern Shore and a Bachelor of Science degree from Johns Hopkins