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Elected Officials Honor Community Builders in Technology at Texas Black Expo Elected Officials’ Luncheon

The 10th annual Summer Celebration produced by the Texas Black Expo, the largest African American urban festival in the state, is an annual destination event for regional tourists, local guests and members of the statewide corporate community. One of the most highly-anticipated events for the corporate community this year is the 2nd annual Texas Black Expo Elected Officials’ Luncheon co-hosted by the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and presented by America’s Natural Gas Alliance, Lane Staffing, and Enterprise.

This event, to be held Friday, June 21st at the Hilton Americas Hotel, is designed to recognize those making significant contributions to our community in the field of technology.

At the event, the Texas Black Expo will bestow “Community Builder Award” honors upon Walter Ulrich of the Houston Technology Center and upon Roosevelt Weeks of the Houston Public Library. As President and CEO, Walter Ulrich leads the Houston Technology Center (HTC), which was named by Forbes as one of ten technology incubators changing the world. The HTC is the nexus of entrepreneurship in the Houston region and provides in-depth management guidance, business planning assistance, introductions to capital providers, entrepreneurial education and a wide array of services to emerging technology client companies.

As Deputy Director for Houston Public Library, Roosevelt Weeks oversees policies, leadership development and employee relations and is passionate about improving technology, literacy and education both inside and outside of the classroom in order to ensure a future workforce capable of the complex critical thinking necessary to succeed in an ever-changing competitive market.

The event will bestow Poindexter Award honors upon Jason Walker, Vice President of HR Operations at BMC Software. BMC’s employees make focused strides in bridging the digital divide through such projects that have included have included partnering with the Houston Women’s Home to provide computer literacy training sessions and working with Big Brothers Big Sisters on a mentoring program that brings 4th graders to the BMC campus to demonstrate how technology makes positive impacts in our daily lives.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Beth Tracy, Manager of Corporate Affairs at IBM, who is also well-accomplished in connecting technology to the community. Tracy helps to implement IBM’s Corporate Citizenship programs and is deeply involved with many of Houston’s most essential not-for-profits. For example, one IBM program contributes the time and expertise of IBM’s top experts from different business units and geographies, putting them on the ground for three weeks to work closely with city leaders and deliver recommendations on how to make the city smarter and more effective. Houston Mayor Annise Parker sought assistance from IBM as the City investigated opportunities to connect school-aged students to services that strengthen families and schools, including provision of some public services online, making relevant data on programs, services and resources more readily available, and strengthening collaborations between the Houston Independent School District and other partners.

The Texas Black Expo Elected Officials’ Luncheon will be held on Friday, June 21st at the Hilton Americas Hotel. Registration for the ticketed event will begin at 12 PM and the luncheon will begin at 12:30 PM. Tickets for the event may be acquired at

Other corporate events featured during the weekend include a VIP Corporate Reception at the Four Seasons Hotel, and a Corporate Breakfast, Business Development Conference and Diversity Career Fair held at the Hilton Americas Hotel. For more information on corporate events, please visit

The Texas Black Expo Juneteenth Summer Celebration will be held June 21 – 23, 2013 at the George R. Brown Convention Center (Hall A). The event provides an opportunity for business owners on all levels to network and display their goods and services to a diverse audience. Further, the Texas Black Expo will offer FREE Expo admission to all guests at the Expo tradeshow and thus anticipates more than 15,000 attendees throughout the course of the weekend.

Expo activities will include a “Living Strong” health and wellness pavilion with free screenings, a real estate forum, a college fair and youth summit, fashion shows, a hair show, a Naturalista event, Diva Dialogue featuring Sybil Wilkes, a Saturday Old School Hip-Hop and R&B Concert at Discovery Green, a dynamic Sunday gospel explosion, and MORE! For more details on Events and Activities, visit

The Texas Black Expo is a popular business and consumer regional event attracting thousands in recent years to Houston, a business-friendly city recognized as one of the country’s top five markets for African Americans to live, work, and own their own business. The Texas Black Expo’s Juneteenth Summer Celebration is the largest African American consumer marketing tradeshow and urban festival in the state.

The Texas Black Expo encourages our neighbors around the state of Texas and Louisiana to visit Houston and the Texas Black Expo. For vendor and visitor information, links to official hotels, and tickets, please visit


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