Win your chance for a tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture with museum board member, business and technology pioneer Rodney Adkins!
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
Rodney Adkins is President of 3RAM Group LLC, a privately held company specializing in capital investments, business consulting services and property management. Formerly, Rodney was Senior Vice President of IBM, having served in that position from 2007 until 2014. Rodney is the company’s first African American Senior Vice President and corporate officer.
Rodney was a leading innovator in solutions ranging from mobile devices to the world's largest supercomputers. Rodney's major contributions included helping to develop the Personal Computer industry, launching the IBM ThinkPad mobile PC, leading IBM's POWER business to become the dominant player in the UNIX market and helping to pioneer what became IBM's portfolio of Smarter Planet solutions. Rodney was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2005, which is one of the highest national recognitions for the engineering profession.
Rodney's life story is archived in The History Makers and he is a lifetime member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). In 2001, NSBE recognized Rodney with the Golden Torch Award for Lifetime Achievement in Industry. In 2002, Fortune magazine named Rodney one of the 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America.
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