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September 15, 2015 11:05 ET

Daxko to Host African American Business Council Panel on Diversity in Birmingham's Technology Sector

BIRMINGHAM, AL--(Marketwired - September 15, 2015) - Daxko will partner with the Birmingham Business Alliance's (BBA) African American Business Council (AABC) to host a distinguished panel of leaders from technology companies and community organizations to discuss diversity initiatives in Birmingham's technology sector.

"As technology becomes a bigger part of every business, the demand for technical talent has grown," said April Benetollo, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Daxko. "Unfortunately, the pipeline of qualified candidates has not kept pace, and the pipeline for minority candidates is particularly low." Daxko has offered to host the BBA's September meeting of the AABC in order to bring together thought leaders on how to encourage more minorities to pursue careers in technology.

"Our objective is for the panel to share their ideas on how the AABC and these companies can align with existing programs, build relationships, and form new collaborative partnerships to get Birmingham area students and young adults on a path to rewarding careers in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics," said Victor Brown, Vice President of Minority Business and Small Business Development for the BBA.

Panelists include: Dr. Abidin Yildirim, Director of Outreach for UAB School of Engineering; Jennifer H. Skjellum, President, TechBirmingham & Runtime Computing Solutions; Quiwintre Frye, Teen Program and Eureka! Teen Achievement Manager, Girls Inc.; Dr. Corinne E. Augelli-Szafran, Ph.D. and Director, Chemistry Department, Drug Discovery Division, Southern Research; Benjamin Owusu, Ph.D. Candidate and Graduate Biomedical Sciences at UAB/Graduate Research Assistant, Southern Research; Dr. Spencer Horn, Director of Academic and Strategic Initiatives, Birmingham City Schools; Martha Underwood, Director of Delivery Services, Calladius Cloud; Jameela Belyeu Pickens, Customer Intelligence Project Manager, Alabama Power; and Patricia T. Osborne, PHR, Talent & Culture -- HR Business Partner, Senior Vice President, BBVA Compass. The panel will be moderated by April Benetollo from Daxko.

About Daxko
Birmingham-based Daxko provides mission-critical software and services to member-based nonprofits to help them do more with less, grow their constituency, drive involvement, and remain relevant in their community. Daxko is a multi-year award winner for Great Places to Work, and has more than 150 team members in Birmingham. To learn more, visit

About BBA's African American Business Council
BBA's African American Business Council meets monthly to network, share business information and formulate solutions to business challenges in the Birmingham region. The mission of the African American Business Council (AABC) is to help the African American business community grow and prosper. To learn more, visit

About the Birmingham Business Alliance
The Birmingham Business Alliance is a dynamic advocate, unifying voice and a constant catalyst for economic development and business prosperity in the seven-county Birmingham Region. The BBA leads the region's economic development efforts by creating a unified forum for business and community leaders; capitalizing on the region's strengths; aggressively marketing the region; and cultivating a world-class workforce. To learn more, visit

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