Tyrone D. Taborn is publisher, chairman, and CEO of Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG). A minority-owned media services company, CCG 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 (STEM). Taborn is the co-founder of the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM Conference and the Women of Color STEM Conference.
Taborn is also the 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 digital opportunities and digital skills to families through computer literacy workshops.
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 and past board affiliations include Morgan State Board of Regents, Women Legislators of Maryland Foundation, Inc., Baltimore Partners for Enhanced Learning, The Greater Baltimore Urban League, 2018 Baltimore County Transition Team, 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 his 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. In 2019, he received the National Science Board (NSB) Public Service Award, which honors individuals and groups that have made substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States. Taborn is one of the first African Americans to receive this award.
Other accolades include the Mercedes Benz Visionary Award, an Internet and Technology Leaders Award from Sprint and MOBE IT, and a National Society of Black Engineers Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award. The editors of blackmoney.com named him one of “Top 50 Most Important African Americans in Technology” in 2002.
Born on February 8th, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois, 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. Many years later, Congressman Major R. Owens (D-NY) presented Taborn with a Congressional Black Caucus Honor as a Pioneer in Publishing.
Taborn holds honorary degrees from Morgan State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a Bachelor of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University.