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June 15-17, 2022

Join more than 2,500 tech founders, investors, professionals, and enthusiasts virtually and IRL for our 6th Annual Roadmap to Billions!

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“If you are a Black woman founder or aspiring founder, this conference is a must-go.”
What Makes This Conference Different?
Blended IRL & Virtual Conference experiences
What Makes This Conference Different?
Live interactions with titans of industry
What Makes This Conference Different?
Dynamic roadmap to your goals and growth
What Makes This Conference Different?
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About Roadmap to Billions

Roadmap to Billions returns IRL to Brooklyn, NY June 15th – 17th.

Kickoff your Juneteenth Weekend with Black Women Talk Tech and 2,000 founders at the Brooklyn Navy Yard! Join us for the only annual tech conference created exclusively by Black women founders for Black female founders and their supporters.

A conference built from the perspective of women, the goal is to showcase the brilliance of Black women in tech, create a stage for our experiences, foster deep connections, and create real funding opportunities. We believe in learning from those who are paving the way. Through their successes, (and failures), gain insight and valuable lessons to inspire and guide you on your path to success.

Join investors, tech evangelists, and founders who are just starting out and those who have been in the game for years at the largest gathering of black women tech founders in the world.

Host Hotel – Sheraton Brooklyn New York

With 50,000 square feet of space, you already know we’re pulling out all the stops for you at Roadmap to Billions. You’ll be blown away by picturesque views overlooking Downtown Brooklyn and have your edges snatched by the content we’re bringing you live and direct this year. Come ready with lots of paper, a backup pen to your backup and make sure your devices are charged. We’re making sure the information you leave with will have you ready-to-launch.

Your ticket gives you access to

It’s our 6th year and we’ve

pulled out all the stops.

Roadmap to Billions 2022 is designed for you, by women like you. Full of exciting, engaging, and enlightening experiences, you’ll leave the conference feeling powerful, motivated and ready to take the next steps on your journey.

4 CONTENT TRACKS

4 KEYNOTE SESSIONS

EXPERT SPEAKERS

25K CASH PRIZES

LIVE CROWD

FUNDING

MEETUPS & BREAKOUTS
RECRUITING
& MUCH MORE!

Agenda

Leadership

DAY 1

8:00 am - 9:00 am

2022-06-16 All

Red Bull DJ

N/A

9:00 am - 9:10 am

2022-06-16 All

Opening Remarks

Esosa Ighodaro Johnson, Regina Gwynn

9:10 am - 9:35 am

2022-06-16 All

Keynote: Master Your Mind and Empower Your Thoughts to Achieve Business Success

Carla Harris, Regina Gwynn

11:05 am - 11:45 am

2022-06-16 Founders

Ted Talk: How to Structure Your Startup's Marketing Team

To successfully scale your business, you need more than just a Social Media Manager. Marketing roles are often the last to be hired and the budget first to cut. This session will teach you how to structure your marketing team, work with freelancers, and turn up or down your marketing spend appropriately.

Gabrielle Deculus

11:45 am - 12:35 pm

2022-06-16 All

LUNCH (on your own)

Visit the Food Truck Alley + Activations + Red Bull DJ

N/A

12:35 pm - 1:15 pm

2022-06-16 All

Creating an Ecosystem of Support and Breaking Down Barriers to Economic Opportunities sponsored by Paypal

Andrea Donkor

1:15 pm - 1:55 pm

2022-06-16 All

Panel: IRL and URL

Take advantage of the metaverse using events! Entrepreneurs are utilizing Meta to maximize IRL and URL engagement. Learn from founders who are blending IRL and URL to participate in Web 3.0.

Tahira White, Kezia Williams

2:55 pm - 3:25 pm

2022-06-16 All

Sponsor Spotlight: Bank of America

N/A

3:25 pm - 4:05 pm

2022-06-16 Founders

Round Table: No CTO, No Problem: Launch Differently

You don't have to have a CTO to launch a tech company! In 2022, there are more ways than ever to launch your startup- you can use no code, offshore developers, or white labeling. Listen to these founders share their experiences launching differently.

Daniel Smith, Spencer Charles, Sheena Collier, Jordana Wright

4:05 pm - 4:45 pm

2022-06-16 Investors

Panel: Black Women Fund Managers: The ABCs of Managing a Fund

27% of Black-led VC funds have launched in the last two years. Black women who start their own funds have a very different journey than our less melanated counterparts, to put it lightly. In this conversation, we explore how Black women fund managers access capital, craft their thesis, and the unique opportunities and strategies they create as fund managers. Also, as Black women, the way we run our funds is drastically different than an A16z or Kleiner Perkins as a result of the systemic barriers

N/A, Mandy Bynum McLaughlin, Candice Brackeen, LaKiesha Landrum Pierre

4:05 pm - 4:45 pm

2022-06-16 Investors

Round Table: How do you become an angel investor?

A casual discussion with four investors on
building their syndicate.

N/A

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

2022-06-16 All

Networking Happy Hour

N/A

DAY 2

8:00 am - 9:00 am

2022-06-17 All

Red Bull DJ

N/A

9:00 am - 9:10 am

2022-06-17 All

Opening Remarks

Welcome Back! How has the landscape changed since we last connected IRL?

Esosa Ighodaro Johnson, Regina Gwynn

9:10 am - 9:50 am

2022-06-17 All

Keynote: Tech Founder Success Story

N/A

9:50 am - 10:00 am

2022-06-17 All

Do You Know the Silent Killer of Black Women? Hosted by BreastCancer.org

Ricki Fairley

10:45 am - 11:25 am

2022-06-17 All

Operate Your Business to Scale - Hosted by Intuit

Managing and Growing Your Business | What are the Pain Points and how can you take a Strategic Approach to Solve Them

Shani Boston

11:25 am - 12:05 pm

2022-06-17 Founders

Ted Talk: What You Need to Know about CannaTech

Cannabis has evolved! Make sure you're up to date on the newest regulations and policies from state to state.

Jordan Coleman, Keisha Reed

11:25 am - 12:05 pm

2022-06-17 Professionals

Round Table: The Future of Tech: Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg, Intuit, Bank of America, Hinge

Future Tech Roles, Growth Seen in Space, Metaverse, How Diversity plays a role, Opportunities at their respective firms…etc.

N/A

12:05 pm - 12:50 pm

2022-06-17 All

LUNCH (on your own)

Visit the Food Truck Alley + Activations + Red Bull DJ

N/A

12:50 pm - 1:30 pm

2022-06-17 All

Building Blocks to Launch a Tech Startup - Hosted by AARP

According to startup statistics for 2021, January 2020 experienced the highest number of searches for "how to start a business". Entrepreneurship is a journey, not a destination. Meet the startup founders who will share the building blocks to entrepreneurship. Once you have an idea, where do you go next? Learn what resources, programs, and funding might be available to early stage founders. MelX is building a platform to help the next generation of business owners learn the fundamentals, such solutions can be key to driving a ripple effect on prosperity. Trameter has unlocked a solution to make travel affordable, frictionless to book. They are developing promising solutions that will lead them on the pathway to billions.

Sheila Collins, Darsha Ham, Victoria Polk

1:30 pm - 2:10 pm

2022-06-17 Founders

Panel: The Founder CTO: Success in the Tech Journey

What does it take to be a great CTO? These CTO leaders share their journey to make it to the top. Listen in to learn what every startup CTO needs to know to found a successful startup.

Dee Tuck, Lisa Godwin, Emmanuella Michel

1:30 pm - 2:10 pm

2022-06-17 All

Tech Careers in Government: Making Impact Every Day - Hosted by GSA/TTS

Want to use your tech talent for good and help the public every single day? Your tech skills can translate into massive impact for public good. Consider growing your career in government innovation–often called civic tech! Developers, data scientists, product managers, researchers, strategists, designers, and entrepreneurs like you can work within government to tackle our nation’s biggest challenges: and we need you! Join leaders from Technology Transformation Services (TTS), a tech and innovation branch of the federal government, as they share how and why they are building careers and community in civic tech. Bonus: we’re always hiring, visit us at our booth or at https://join.tts.gsa.gov/

Malaika Carpenter, Natasha Bansgopaul, Jessyka Castillo

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm

2022-06-17 All

Pathways to Power: How Cities can support Black Women Owned Businesses

Contracts between government and businesses can accomplish what neither side can do alone. But they also contain innumerable pitfalls. This panel explains what it takes to create an effective public-private partnership and how they can be used for innovation and capacity building.

How the city has created pathways for effective- public-private partnerships for Black-women owned businesses.

Kenneth Ebie, Lindsay S. Greene, Priscilla Kwak, Saloni Sharma

2:55 pm - 3:25 pm

2022-06-17 All

Real Founders, Real Stories: Fireside Chat with Microsoft for Startups

Join two founders to share their Roadmap to Billions and explore what tangible resources can be used to propel their growth. Powered by Microsoft for Startups.

Kobi Wu, Bakari Brock, Tiffany Dufu

3:25 pm - 4:40 pm

2022-06-17 All

Pitch Competition

N/A

5:05 pm - 5:15 pm

2022-06-17 All

Tech Trailblazer Award

N/A

6:00 pm - 6:25 pm

2022-06-17 All

Closing Toast + Entertainment

N/A

Product + Technology

DAY 1

8:00 am - 9:00 am

2022-06-16 All

Red Bull DJ

N/A

9:00 am - 9:10 am

2022-06-16 All

Opening Remarks

Esosa Ighodaro Johnson, Regina Gwynn

9:10 am - 9:35 am

2022-06-16 All

Keynote: Master Your Mind and Empower Your Thoughts to Achieve Business Success

Carla Harris, Regina Gwynn

9:35 am - 10:20 am

2022-06-16 All

Keynote: Leveraging Future Opportunity Today

Hear about building companies for the future of tech. Taking advantage of new opportunities to build growth companies with exciting technology that will be mainstream in the future.

Jewel Burks Solomon

10:25 am - 11:05 am

2022-06-16 Founders

Ted Talk: Tokens, NFTs, Metaverses. What Exactly is Web 3?

Everyone's talking Web 3, NFTs, and metaverse, but what is it really, and what does it have to do with your business? Kezia 'Professor Kez' Williams will break it down for you. Learn how to take advantage of the business opportunities available for founders.

Kezia Williams

10:25 am - 11:05 am

2022-06-16 Investors

How We Break into Venture

Venture capital as an asset class is a largely untapped opportunity for the
Black community. However, being a VC isn’t the only way for Black
women to break into venture. In this panel, we will dive into all the ways
Black women can begin investing in venture.

Jerrod Hill, Brooke Daniels, Mandy Bynum McLaughlin, Christian McKenzie

11:45 am - 12:35 pm

All

LUNCH (on your own)

Visit the Food Truck Alley + Activations + Red Bull DJ

N/A

12:35 pm - 1:15 pm

2022-06-16 All

Creating an Ecosystem of Support and Breaking Down Barriers to Economic Opportunities sponsored by Paypal

Andrea Donkor

2:55 pm - 3:25 pm

2022-06-16 All

Sponsor Spotlight: Bank of America

N/A

4:05 pm - 4:45 pm

2022-06-16 Investors

Panel: Black Women Fund Managers: The ABCs of Managing a Fund

27% of Black-led VC funds have launched in the last two years. Black women who start their own funds have a very different journey than our less melanated counterparts, to put it lightly. In this conversation, we explore how Black women fund managers access capital, craft their thesis, and the unique opportunities and strategies they create as fund managers. Also, as Black women, the way we run our funds is drastically different than an A16z or Kleiner Perkins as a result of the systemic barriers

N/A

4:05 pm - 4:45 pm

2022-06-16 Founders

Panel: Web 3 Startups (Blockchain, NFT, Metaverse)

Hear from founders building companies in Web 3.0 today. Blockchain, Metaverse, NFT’s these founders are building companies that take advantage of the growing Web 3.0 space.

Amber Allen, Anade Davis

5:30 pm - 6:10 pm

2022-06-16 All

Keynote: Fireside Chat with Tanya Van Court of Goalsetter Sponsored by Mastercard

Tanya Van Court, Rashida Bobb

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

2022-06-16 All

Networking Happy Hour

N/A

DAY 2

8:00 am - 9:00 am

2022-06-17 All

Red Bull DJ

N/A

9:00 am - 9:10 am

2022-06-17 All

Opening Remarks

Regina Gwynn, Esosa Ighodaro Johnson

9:10 am - 9:50 am

2022-06-17 All

Keynote: Tech Founder Success Story

N/A

9:50 am - 10:00 am

2022-06-17 All

Do You Know the Silent Killer of Black Women? Hosted by BreastCancer.org

Ricki Fairley

10:45 am - 11:25 am

2022-06-17 All

Panel: Building a Product-based Startup or Scalable Business

Are you a product business? Get advice from founders about what they have learned and how they are growing their companies.

Baiyinah Brookins

10:45 am - 11:25 am

2022-06-17 All

Operate Your Business to Scale - Hosted by Intuit

Managing and Growing Your Business | What are the Pain Points and how can you take a Strategic Approach to Solve Them

Shani Boston

11:25 am - 12:05 pm

2022-06-17 Founders

Round Table: Dealing with tech job trauma, healing from a toxic workplace

Putting the humanity back into tech. Learn how to manage when you run into the inevitable stressful situation.

Vanessa Vining, Fran Harris, Karina Bernacki, Netta Jenkins

11:25 am - 12:05 pm

2022-06-17 Professionals

Round Table: The Future of Tech: Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg, Intuit, Bank of America, Hinge

Future Tech Roles, Growth Seen in Space, Metaverse, How Diversity plays a role, Opportunities at their respective firms…etc.

N/A

12:05 pm - 12:50 pm

2022-06-17 All

LUNCH (on your own)

Visit the Food Truck Alley + Activations + Red Bull DJ

N/A

12:50 pm - 1:30 pm

2022-06-17 All

Building Blocks to Launch a Tech Startup - Hosted by AARP

According to startup statistics for 2021, January 2020 experienced the highest number of searches for “how to start a business.” Entrepreneurship is a journey and not a destination.   Meet the startup founders who will share their building blocks to entrepreneurship.  Once you have an idea, where do you go next? Learn what resources , programs, and funding might be available to early stage founders.  MelX is building a platform to help the next generation of business owners learn the fundamentals, such solutions can be key for driving a ripple effect on prosperity.   Trameter has unlocked a solution to make  affordable travel, frictionless to book. They are developing promising solutions that will lead them on the pathway to billions. 

Sheila Collins, Darsha Ham, Victoria Polk

1:30 pm - 2:10 pm

2022-06-17 All

Tech Careers in Government: Making Impact Every Day - Hosted by GSA/TTS

Want to use your tech talent for good and help the public every single day? Your tech skills can translate into massive impact for public good. Consider growing your career in government innovation–often called civic tech! Developers, data scientists, product managers, researchers, strategists, designers, and entrepreneurs like you can work within government to tackle our nation’s biggest challenges: and we need you! Join leaders from Technology Transformation Services (TTS), a tech and innovation branch of the federal government, as they share how and why they are building careers and community in civic tech. Bonus: we’re always hiring, visit us at our booth or at https://join.tts.gsa.gov/

Malaika Carpenter, Natasha Bansgopaul, Jessyka Castillo

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm

2022-06-17 Founders

Ted Talk: How to Build a Two-Sided Marketplace

Building a dual-sided marketplace or platform can be a challenge. Learn from these founders about how they started and the lessons they learned.

Tope Mitchell, Tiffany Kelly

2:55 pm - 3:25 pm

2022-06-17 All

Real Founders, Real Stories: Fireside Chat with Microsoft for Startups

Join two founders share their Roadmap to Billions and explore what tangible resources can be used to propel their growth. Powered by Microsoft for Startups.

Kobi Wu, Bakari Brock, Tiffany Dufu

3:25 pm - 4:40 pm

2022-06-17 All

Pitch Competition

Brian Brackeen, Rashida Bobb, Ralonda Johnson, Dr. Angela Jackson

5:05 pm - 5:15 pm

2022-06-17 All

Tech Trailblazer Award

N/A

6:00 pm - 6:25 pm

2022-06-17 All

Closing Toast + Entertainment

N/A

Finance + Operations

DAY 1

8:00 am - 9:00 am

2022-06-16 All

Red Bull DJ

N/A

9:00 am - 9:10 am

2022-06-16 All

Opening Remarks

Welcome to Day 1! What's in store for BWTT

Regina Gwynn, Esosa Ighodaro Johnson

9:10 am - 9:35 am

2022-06-17 All

Keynote: Master Your Mind and Empower Your Thoughts to Achieve Business Success

Carla Harris, Regina Gwynn

10:25 am - 11:05 am

2022-06-16 All

Fireside Chat: Me and My Investor: A Startup Story

Choosing whether or not you take on VC funding or investment is one of the most essential decisions you will make as a founder. The experience can be overwhelmingly positive...or it could not be. Hear from this founder-investor pair who did it right and discover what considerations went into making this match and findings they've learned along the way.

Isoken Igbinedion, Evan Hamilton

11:05 am - 11:45 pm

2022-06-16 All

The Investor Perspective on Revenue vs. Growth

A discussion with investors from across the spectrum sharing the pros and cons of the revenue vs growth models. There are two side of the house when it come to investment. There is__ and venture cap.
What are the pros and cons of each model and how do you make them work for you?--

Giselle Melo, Chad Harris

11:45 pm - 12:35 pm

2022-06-16 All

Lunch

N/A

1:15 pm - 1:55 pm

2022-06-16 All

Panel: IRL and URL

Take advantage of the metaverse using events! Entrepreneurs are utilizing Meta to maximize IRL and URL engagement. Learn from founders who are blending IRL and URL to participate in Web 3.0.

Tahira White, Kezia Williams

2:05 pm - 2:50 pm

2022-06-16 All

Keynote Panel: The Future Innovation Investments of the Federal Government

The federal government has launched a plethora of new funding opportunities for tech founders. Learn about grants and opportunities across multiple departments that could help you launch your next big idea.

Janis Bowdler, Eileen Chant

2:55 pm - 3:25 pm

2022-06-16 All

Sponsor Spotlight: Bank of America

N/A

3:25 pm - 4:05 pm

2022-06-16 Investors

Panel: Investment Opportunities in Africa and the Caribbean

Panel discussion with investors who invest in Africa and the Caribbean. Why, how, and the current market landscape.

Ekwi Nwabuzor, Victoria Kennedy

4:05 pm - 4:45 pm

2022-06-16 Investors

Panel: Black Women Fund Managers: The ABCs of Managing a Fund

27% of Black-led VC funds have launched in the last two years. Black women who start their own funds have a very different journey than our less melanated counterparts, to put it lightly. In this conversation, we explore how Black women fund managers access capital, craft their thesis and the unique opportunities and strategies they create as fund managers. Also, as Black women, the way we run our funds is drastically different than an A16z or Kleiner Perkins as a results of the systemic barriers

Mandy Bynum McLaughlin, Candice Brackeen

4:05 pm - 4:45 pm

2022-06-16 Investors

Round Table: How do you become an angel investor?

A casual discussion with four investors on
building their syndicate.

N/A

11:05 am - 11:45 am

2022-06-16 Founders

Panel: Investor's Perspective: Founder, Are you ready to fundraise?


We know the importance of raising money to build and scale the business, but how do we know when we're ready. This expert panel of investors will share key factors you should consider before kicking off your seed round.

Tonna Obaze, Ashley Aydin, Veronica Parks

2:25 pm - 2:50 pm

2022-06-16 All

Women Entrepreneurs: Financial Wellness Conversations All Business Owners Need to Have. Hosted by Morgan Stanley

Tasha García, Gerty Simon, Arielle Washington, Jeffery Kennerly

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

2022-06-16 All

Networking Happy Hour

N/A

DAY 2

8:00 am - 9:00 am

2022-06-17 All

Red Bull DJ

N/A

9:00 am - 9:10 am

2022-06-17 All

Opening Remarks

Welcome to Back! How has the landscape changed since we last connected IRL?

Regina Gwynn, Esosa Ighodaro Johnson

9:50 am - 10:00 am

2022-06-17 All

Do You Know the Silent Killer of Black Women? Hosted by BreastCancer.org

Ricki Fairley

10:00 am - 10:40 am

2022-06-17 All

Panel: NFTs: How to Assess Value

Are you confused about NFT's? It's okay! It's a really hard ecosystem. to understand. In this conversation we will debunk myths about NTFs so you can understand which investments to look out for and which ones to avoid.

Florcy Morisset, Cameron Wadley, Tessa Lefall

10:45 am - 11:25 am

2022-06-17 All

Operate Your Business to Scale - Hosted by Intuit

Managing and Growing Your Business | What are the Pain Points and how can you take a Strategic Approach to Solving Them

Shani Boston

11:25 am - 12:05 pm

2022-06-17 Professionals

Round Table: The Future of Tech: Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg, Intuit, Bank of America, Hinge

Future Tech Roles, Growth Seen in Space, Metaverse, How Diversity play a role, Opportunities at their respective firms…etc.

N/A

12:05 pm - 12:50 pm

2022-06-17 All

LUNCH (on your own)

Visit the Food Truck Alley + Activations + Red Bull DJ

N/A

12:50 pm - 1:30 pm

2022-06-17 Professionals

Ted Talk: Billion Dollar Business Model

Are you behaving like your billions are on the way? Your unique business model is a combination of your past experiences and professional passion. Learn to always bring your best self and make sure that it aligns with those that you are partnering with.

David C. Williams

12:50 pm - 1:30 pm

2022-06-17 Founders

Panel: Empowering Networking that Elevates Collaborations & Partnerships

Networking is an issue of access and an issue of value creation. Are you aware enough about what you are trying to be networked into? Once you're in the room, do you know what you would want to exchange?

Building a company takes a village.

Enovia Bedford, Crystal Berger, Carolyn Li

12:50 pm - 1:30 pm

2022-06-17 All

Building Blocks to Launch a Tech Startup - Hosted by AARP

According to startup statistics for 2021, January 2020 experienced the highest number of searches for “how to start a business.” Entrepreneurship is a journey and not a destination. Meet the startup founders who will share their building blocks to entrepreneurship. Once you have an idea, where do you go next? Learn what resources , programs, and funding might be available to early stage founders. MelX is building a platform to help the next generation of business owners learn the fundamentals, such solutions can be key for driving a ripple effect on prosperity. Trameter has unlocked a solution to make affordable travel, frictionless to book. They are developing promising solutions that will lead them on the pathway to billions.

Sheila Collins, Darsha Ham, Victoria Polk

1:30 pm - 2:10 pm

2022-06-17 All

Tech Careers in Government: Making Impact Every Day - Hosted by GSA/TTS

Want to use your tech talent for good and help the public every single day? Your tech skills can translate into massive impact for public good. Consider growing your career in government innovation–often called civic tech! Developers, data scientists, product managers, researchers, strategists, designers, and entrepreneurs like you can work within government to tackle our nation’s biggest challenges: and we need you! Join leaders from Technology Transformation Services (TTS), a tech and innovation branch of the federal government, as they share how and why they are building careers and community in civic tech. Bonus: we’re always hiring, visit us at our booth or at https://join.tts.gsa.gov/.

Malaika Carpenter, Natasha Bansgopaul, Jessyka Castillo

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm

2022-06-17 Professionals

Panel: Salary Negotiation

Time to get a raise? Listen to the experts share tips on how to confidently negotiate articulate your value and contributions.

Pearlie Oni, Netta Dobbins, Allie Joy

2:55 pm - 3:25 pm

2022-06-17 All

Real Founders, Real Stories: Fireside Chat with Microsoft for Startups

Join two founders share their Roadmap to Billions and explore what tangible resources can be used to propel their growth. Powered by Microsoft for Startups.

Kobi Wu, Bakari Brock, Tiffany Dufu

3:25 pm - 4:40 pm

2022-06-17 All

Pitch Competition

Brian Brackeen, Rashida Bobb, Ralonda Johnson, Dr. Angela Jackson

4:40 pm - 5:05 pm

2022-06-17 All

Empowering Black & Brown People Through Venture Capital with Broad St. Ventures

Ralonda Johnson, Sara Hood, Vanessa Perdomo, India Robinson

5:05 pm - 5:15 pm

2022-06-17 All

Tech Trailblazer Award

N/A

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

2022-06-17 All

Special Presentation by Black Women Talk Tech

N/A

6:00 pm - 6:25 pm

2022-06-17 All

CLOSING TOAST & ENTERTAINMENT

N/A

Culture + Marketing

DAY 1

8:00 am - 9:00 am

2022-06-16 All

Red Bull DJ

N/A

9:00 am - 9:10 am

2022-06-16 All

Opening Remarks

Regina Gwynn, Esosa Ighodaro Johnson

9:10 am - 9:35 am

2022-06-16 All

Keynote: Master Your Mind and Empower Your Thoughts to Achieve Business Success

Carla Harris, Regina Gwynn

11:45 am - 12:35 pm

2022-06-16 All

LUNCH (on your own)

Visit the Food Truck Alley + Activations + Red Bull DJ

N/A

12:35 pm - 1:15 pm

2022-06-16 All

Creating an Ecosystem of Support and Breaking Down Barriers to Economic Opportunities sponsored by Paypal

Andrea Donkor

2:05 pm - 2:50 pm

2022-06-16 All

Keynote Panel: The Future Innovation Investments of the Federal Government

The federal government has launched a plethora of new funding opportunities for tech founders. Learn about grants and opportunities across multiple departments that could help you launch your next big idea.

Janis Bowdler, Eileen Chant

2:55 pm - 3:25 pm

2022-06-16 All

Sponsor Spotlight: Bank of America

N/A

3:25 pm - 4:05 pm

2022-06-16 Founders

Ted Talk: Brand Yourself: The Ultimate PR Strategy

Everybody wants to build a brand and land major media coverage, but where do you start? What are the steps for bossing up in your business and pitching to the media to secure that coveted front page coverage? Pauleanna Reid, celebrity ghost writer and Forbes contributor leads this Ted Talk teaching you how to build influence, grow your business, and leverage PR.

Pauleanna Reid

4:05 pm - 4:45 pm

2022-06-16 Investors

Panel: Black Women Fund Managers: The ABCs of Managing a Fund

27% of Black-led VC funds have launched in the last two years.
Black women who start their own funds have a very different journey
than our less melanated counterparts, to put it lightly.
In this conversation, we explore how Black women fund managers
access capital, craft their thesis and the unique opportunities
and strategies they create as fund managers.
Also, as Black women, the way we run our funds is drastically different
than an A16z or Kleiner Perkins as a results of the systemic barriers

N/A

4:45 pm - 5:25 pm

2022-06-16 All

Ted Talk: Productivity and S.Y.S.T.E.M.s to Save Yourself Stress, Time, Energy, & Money!

Learn the mechanics of growth hacking. What is it? How do you do it? And why it is such a powerful way to grow a community for the long term. session on growth hacking in today's market

Connie S. Falls

6:00 pm -7:30 pm

2022-06-16 All

Networking Happy Hour

N/A

DAY 2

8:00 am - 9:00 am

2022-06-17 All

Red Bull DJ

N/A

9:00 am - 9:10 am

2022-06-17 All

Opening Remarks

Welcome to Back! How has the landscape changed since we last connected IRL?

Esosa Ighodaro Johnson, Regina Gwynn

9:50 am - 10:00 am

2022-06-17 All

Do You Know the Silent Killer of Black Women? Hosted by BreastCancer.org

Ricki Fairley

11:25 am - 12:05 pm

2022-06-17 All

Round Table: The Future of Tech: Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg, Intuit, Bank of America, Hinge

Future Tech Roles, Growth Seen in Space, Metaverse, How Diversity play a role, Opportunities at their respective firms…etc.

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12:05 pm - 12:50 pm

2022-06-17 All

LUNCH (on your own)

Visit the Food Truck Alley + Activations + Red Bull DJ

N/A

12:50 pm - 1:30 pm

2022-06-17 All

Building Blocks to Launch a Tech Startup - Hosted by AARP

According to startup statistics for 2021, January 2020 experienced the highest number of searches for “how to start a business.” Entrepreneurship is a journey and not a destination. Meet the startup founders who will share their building blocks to entrepreneurship. Once you have an idea, where do you go next? Learn what resources , programs, and funding might be available to early stage founders. MelX is building a platform to help the next generation of business owners learn the fundamentals, such solutions can be key for driving a ripple effect on prosperity. Trameter has unlocked a solution to make affordable travel, frictionless to book. They are developing promising solutions that will lead them on the pathway to billions.

Sheila Collins, Darsha Ham, Victoria Polk

1:30 pm - 2:10 pm

2022-06-17 All

Tech Careers in Government: Making Impact Every Day - Hosted by GSA/TTS

 Want to use your tech talent for good and help the public every single day? Your tech skills can translate into massive impact for public good. Consider growing your career in government innovation–often called civic tech! Developers, data scientists, product managers, researchers, strategists, designers, and entrepreneurs like you can work within government to tackle our nation’s biggest challenges: and we need you! Join leaders from Technology Transformation Services (TTS), a tech and innovation branch of the federal government, as they share how and why they are building careers and community in civic tech. Bonus: we’re always hiring, visit us at our booth or at https://join.tts.gsa.gov/

Malaika Carpenter, Natasha Bansgopaul, Jessyka Castillo

1:30 pm - 2:10 pm

2022-06-17 Professionals

Round Table: Marketing Yourself on LinkedIn

Over 66 million professionals use Linkden as a marketing tool to get a new job, new opportunity, and position themself. Learn how to work LinkedIn to land the dream role.

Lydia T. Blanco, Cinneah El-Amin, Aniesia Williams

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm

2022-06-17 All

Panel: Pathways to Power: How Cities can support Black Women Owned Businesses

Contracts between government and businesses can accomplish what neither side can do alone. But they also contain innumerable pitfalls. This panel explains what it takes to create an effective public-private partnership and how they can be used for innovation and capacity building.

How the city has created pathways for effective- public-private partnerships for Black-women owned businesses.

Kenneth Ebie, Lindsay S. Greene, Priscilla Kwak, Diana Franco

2:55 pm - 3:25 pm

2022-06-17 All

Real Founders, Real Stories: Fireside Chat with Microsoft for Startups

Join two founders to share their Roadmap to Billions and explore what tangible resources can be used to propel their growth. Powered by Microsoft for Startups.

Kobi Wu, Tiffany Dufu, Bakari Brock

3:25 pm - 4:40 pm

2022-06-17 All

Pitch Competition

Rashida Bobb, Brian Brackeen, Dr. Angela Jackson, Ralonda Johnson

5:05 pm - 5:15 pm

2022-06-17 All

Tech Trailblazer Award

N/A

6:00 pm - 6:25 pm

2022-06-17 All

Closing Toast + Entertainment

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Crypto Corner

DAY 2

10:00 am - 10:30 am

2022-06-17 All

The State of Cryptocurrency

How to take advantage of digital
currencies to grow your business;

Armando Juan Pantoja

10:30 am - 11:00 am

2022-06-17 All

Job Searching in Web 3.0

Learn the skills you need for Web 3.0 and where to get them.

Libryia Jones

11:00 am - 11:30 am

All

Defi-ning and Diversifying the Tech Space

How to take advantage of digital currencies to grow your business.

Vanessa Vining

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

All

WTF is a DAO?

DAO Assets are predicted to reach $1 Trillion over the next 10 years. Join us if you’re asking…

What the hell are DAOs?
Should I join one?
Should I invest in one?
How do I start one?
How do I evaluate DAO opportunities?

Tani Chambers

12:50 pm - 1:20 pm

All

Building the Metaverse

Tessa Lefall, Bianca J. Jackson

1:20 pm - 1:50 pm

All

Black Women in Web 3.0

Brenda Gentry, Imani Gentry, Wata Music

1:50 pm - 2:20 pm

2022-06-17 All

The New Web Order

 Panel discussion on the realities and opportunities in the fast moving fields of gaming, crypto, and Web 3.0 from subject matter experts who can share first had knowledge on trends in the field, challenges to understand, and ways to find opportunities be it as an employee, entrepreneur, or investor. 

Chris Walker, Taylor Shead, Layota Peterson

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm

2022-06-17 All

Freedom & Equity in Web 3.0

How can we build an equitable metaverse and what does that mean for our future?

Kelly Ifill, Stephanie Smellie, Christopher Lafayette

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Jewel Burks Solomon

Google for Startups

Kezia Williams

The Black upStart

Evan Hamilton

Upfront Ventures

Isoken Igbinedion

Parfait

Crystal Berger

EBO

Mandy Bynum McLaughlin

BLCK VC

David C. Williams
 

AT&T

Veronica Reaves

Maveron

Carla Harris

 Morgan Stanley

Kelly Ifill

Guava

Andrea Donkor
 

PayPal

Tahira White

19th and Park

Renita D Young

Bloomberg Black Business Beat

Janis Bowdler

US Department of the Treasury

Tonna Obaze

Harlem Capital

Enovia Bedford 

Vettdeck

Lisa G

You Are  Tech

Kenneth Ebie

NYC Dept of Small Business Services

Pauleanna Reid

WritersBlok

Connie S. Falls

Systems B.A.E.

Eunique Jones Gibson

Culture Brands

Cinneah El-Amin

Flynanced

Tiffany Kelly

Curastory

Amber Allen

Double A Labs

David Smith

Keepingly

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Shellye Archambeau

Former CEO, Board Director, Author

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Alex Hill

Home Cook & Recipe Developer

DJOliviaDope

DJ Olivia Dope

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Khadijah Adams

Founder of Khadijah Adams, LLC dba Girl Get That Money

JonFortt

Jon Fortt

Tech Check Anchor, CNBC

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Jazmyn W

Comedian & Content Creator

DanielleYoung

Danielle Young

Journalist, Producer, Content Queen

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Terrance Gaines

Tech Consultant

Kandi Burruss

Founder, Entrepreneur

With nearly three decades of experience under her belt, Kandi Burruss has remained one of music’s most steadfast and prolific songwriters. The Atlanta native has added a number of hats throughout her career, including businesswoman, entrepreneur, actress, TV personality and proud mother of four.

 

Burruss entered the music industry at age 14 when she co-founded the all-female R&B group Xscape. They’ve released three Platinum-selling albums (1993’s Hummin’ Comin’ at ‘Cha, 1995’s Off the Hook, 1998’s Traces of My Lipstick) and have sold over 7 million albums worldwide, while simultaneously putting Atlanta’s musical creativity and talent on the map. After achieving success with Xscape, the group members decided to take a hiatus to pursue various ventures. From there, Burruss solidified her legendary status in music as a songwriter, solo singer (she’s released her debut Hey Kandi… in 2000 and followed up with Kandi Koated in 2010), and producer.

 

Her credits include Destiny’s Child’s GRAMMY-nominated “Bills, Bills, Bills,” Pink’s “There You Go,” Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”, Ariana Grande’s “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored”, *NSYNC (“It Makes Me Ill), and TLC’s GRAMMY-winning “No Scrubs”. In 2000, she became the first woman to be honored with ASCAP’s Rhythm & Soul Music Award for Songwriter of the Year.

 

But Burruss had her eyes set on expanding her empire beyond an unpredictable music industry. “We started our career when I was 16 when we signed our deal with So So Def. My mom put this in my head: ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!’” Burruss recalls. “So I used to read all these books about finances. The main thing they always say is you need to have multiple sources of income in order to become and stay a millionaire.”

 

Since 2009 she’s starred in 12 seasons of Bravo’s pop culture juggernaut The Real Housewives of Atlanta, where she used the reality TV franchise to not only transform into a household name but to showcase her musical accolades as well as a platform to launch her ever-growing businesses.

 

“It’s more personal. Fans feel more connected. They’ve been able to see inside my life for the last ten years. Now, though, I do think that people learned to respect me for what I’ve done as a songwriter,” Burruss previously said of joining the series as an artist. “They’ve witnessed what I have written and produced for some of the other people on the show. From there, they figured out what else I have done, be it Xscape or TLC or other artists I’ve worked with.”

 

Burruss has since launched two restaurants with husband Todd Tucker (Old Lady Gang and Blaze Steak & Seafood Restaurant), made her Broadway debut in the long-running, Tony Award-winning revival of Chicago in 2018, landed a recurring role on Showtime’s acclaimed drama series The Chi in 2020 and scored her first feature film role in Lifetime’s Envy: A Seven Deadly Sins Story that is based on Bishop TD Jakes’ “Seven Deadly Sins” series of books.

 

As she continues to blossom as a businesswoman, Burruss’ love for music is never too far behind. In 2020, she won the third season of the Fox competition series The Masked Singer. And in 2021, Xscape participated in the Verzuz series alongside fellow popular ‘90s girl group SWV.

Mellody Hobson

Ariel Investments

A nationally recognized voice in financial literacy and an invaluable voice in boardrooms across America, Mellody, who began her career at Ariel Investments as an Intern, is now the firm's co- CEO and President. She is also chairman of the board of trustees of Ariel Investment Trust, the company's publicly traded mutual funds. In addition to Ariel, Hobson serves as the Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation, is a director at JPMorgan Chase, a past director of Estée Lauder Cos and DreamWorks Animation and is trustee for The Rockefeller Foundation.
Charles Hudson

Managing Partner & Founder, Precursor Venture

Charles Hudson is the Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures, an earlystage venture capital firm focused on investing in the first institutional round of investment for the most promising software and hardware companies. Prior to founding Precursor Ventures, Charles was a Partner at SoftTech VC. In this role, he focused on identifying investment opportunities in mobile infrastructure, mobile applications, and marketplaces. In addition to his investment activities, he supports SoftTech portfolio companies on business and corporate development matters. He was also the CoFounder and CEO of Bionic Panda Games, an Androidfocused mobile games startup based in San Francisco, CA.

Peggy Alford

EVP Global Sales, PayPal

As Executive Vice President, Global Sales, Peggy Alford leads all of PayPal’s Commercial, Customer Success and Go-to-Market teams worldwide. In this role, Peggy brings extensive experience leading high performing teams across product development, finance and growth strategy. 

 

Peggy has thrived throughout her career by building and leading experienced and diverse teams. She fosters a culture of collaboration that allows teams to develop scalable and effective solutions. 

 

Peggy has held numerous senior leadership roles at PayPal, including Senior Vice President, Core Markets; Senior Vice President of People Operations; Chief Operating Officer for Asia Pacific Region and Global Cross Border Trade; and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Americas Region. In March 2019, Peggy returned to PayPal after two years as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Operations at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropic organization.  

 

Prior to joining PayPal in 2011, Peggy worked at Rent.com, a national internet real estate listing service and former subsidiary of eBay Inc., where she served in positions of increasing responsibility, including President, General Manager and Chief Financial Officer.  

 

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) and Macerich (NYSE:MAC). 

 

Driven by her passion to help others succeed, Peggy serves as an advocate for children, women, and minorities. Peggy was an honoree at the 2018 Culture Shifting Awards which recognizes leaders and pioneers of diversity. 

 

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Dayton and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Timnit Gebru

Computer Scientist

Timnit Gebru is founder of the Distributed Artificial Intelligence Research (DAIR) Institute. Prior to that she was a co-lead of the Ethical AI research team at Google Brain, from which she was fired for raising issues of workplace discrimination. She received her PhD from the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and did a postdcast Microsoft Research, New York City in the FATE (Fairness Accountability Transparency and Ethics in AI) group, where she studied algorithmic bias and the ethical implications underlying projects aiming to gain insights from data. Timnit also co-founded Black in AI, a nonprofit that works to increase the presence, inclusion, visibility and health of Black people in the field of AI.

Shellye Archambeau
Former CEO, Board Director, Author

Coming soon …

Ayo Suber

UI Engineer and Design Technologist, Square

Ayo Suber is a UI Engineer and Design Technologist at Square, working with the Developers and APIs team.

 

Her passion for all things tech stems from her experience creating digital presences for small businesses, working at various tech companies, and creating art that integrates technology.

 

All of these things require different types of tech stacks, which is the basis for Tech Stack 101. Ayo enjoys making complex concepts as accessible as possible, and being a resource to increase our representation in tech. She is an avid traveler, writer, and arts advocate.

Shila Burney

Founder & Managing Partner, Zane Venture Fund

Shila Nieves Burney has spent a 20+ year professional career working closely with leading organizations and exceptional talents to create solutions that address disparities through investment in human capital. Her super-power is connecting!

 

After spending a year sourcing investors for a startup that culminated in a $5M term sheet, mentoring and advising founders of color, Shila was able to see first hand challenges diverse entrepreneurs face getting access to capital and the resources they needed to grow and scale their companies.

 

She founded ZANE Venture Fund, a seed fund that would invest in underrepresented founders with the goal of closing the funding gap and generating high returns for investors, thereby closing the gap to generational wealth, and Zane Access which provides early-stage companies led by diverse teams access to cross-functional experts, resources, best practices and customized content critical to accelerating growth.

Nichole Jordan

SVP Global Partner Success, Via Transportation

Nichole Jordan is the Senior Vice President, Global Partner Success at Via Transportation, Inc. Formerly, she was the Chief Operating Officer at Remix Software, which was acquired by Via in March 2021.

 

She currently manages executive account relationships and ensures customer satisfaction and retention for over 400 cities across five continents.

 

A dedicated customer advocate for over 15 years, Nichole previously led Customer Success for Fond, C3.ai and Contact Center Operations for Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E). At PG&E she amassed over ten years of experience in customer care, human resources and information technology. Nichole is an active volunteer and leader for several non-profit entities. She currently serves as the International Technology Chairman for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.®.

 

Nichole is a former president of the Twenty Pearls Foundation in Oakland. In her final year as president, the organization awarded over $25,000 in scholarships and grants to deserving students and organizations. She was initiated into the San Francisco chapter of the Links, Incorporated in 2016and served as President of the board of directors for the African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco from 2011-2016.

 

Nichole has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from U.C. Davis and an M.B.A. from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She was the first African-American female to matriculate in the Wharton West Executive MBA program. Her proudest accomplishments include receiving PG&E’s 2008 President’s Diversity Champion Award and launching the MBA Fellowship program at PG&E–which provides full tuition sponsorship for high potential employees.

 

In her free time, she actively volunteers with her sorority and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, wine tasting and reading. Nichole is also passionate about mentoring women of color and has served as an executive mentor for Sequoia Capital’s Ascent Mentoring program, designed to support emerging women leaders in tech.

Henry Bolden

Inclusive Recruiting Lead, Spotify

Leaders become great not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.”

 

As the global leader of inclusive recruiting and development at Spotify, Henry leverages his passion for people to develop strategies that educate, empower and ensure inclusion.

 

Prior to joining Spotify, Henry worked across talent acquisition and diversity, inclusion and belonging teams, industry sectors, and geographies to create spaces that invite, reward, and celebrate individual differences

Jon Fortt

Tech Check Anchor, CNBC

Jon Fortt is co-anchor of CNBC’s bi-coastal tech-focused program “TechCheck”. Previously, he co-anchored CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” and prior served as an on-air editor based at CNBC’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

 

Fortt joined CNBC as technology correspondent in July 2010, working from CNBC’s Silicon Valley bureau where he covered the companies, start-ups and trends that are driving innovation in the industry

Danielle Young

Journalist, Producer, Content Queen

Danielle Young is the content queen. You may know her from her candid and viral red carpet clips, her powerful sit-down interviews, from her way-too-funny and honest pop culture commentary, from her matter-of-fact opinion video series on The Grio, “Opinionated,” from her hilarious and Webby-honored “Judge of Characters” series videos from The Root, her often viral interview series, “Real Quick,” or what Forbes calls a viral hit show, “The Danielle Young Show.”


Before betting on herself and stepping out on her own, Danielle was a video producer, editor writer and host for ESSENCE, where her video series, “The OverExplainer” and “The OverExplainer Reacts” consistently over-performed. She broke down topics that matter to Black people (and everyone) and offered hilarious hot takes on the internet’s wildest moments, respectively.

 

Tanya Van Court

Founder & CEO, Goalsetter

Tanya Van Court is the Founder and CEO of Goalsetter. Goalsetter is a family saving, financial literacy and smart spending app that makes it easy for the whole family to go cashless and learn how to be money-smart. Goalsetter is Nickelodeon meets Fintech–it combines the best of Fintech companies like Acorns and CashApp with financial education and gaming that appeals to the whole family. As such, Goalsetter is the first money app for the whole family, giving kids-from cradle to graduation-healthy financial habits that will last a lifetime

Frank Valdivieso

President & CEO, Gryphon Consulting

Frank Valdivieso is the President & CEO of Gryphon Consulting. Gryphon Consulting is an Information Technology Services company specializing in helping small and medium-sized businesses and nonprofits deploy and leverage technology in their organizations.

 

Mr. Valdivieso is a Co-founder of the Black Channel Partner Alliance, an Advisory Board Member for Women In Cloud, and a member of Voices For Innovation.

Dr. Nashlie Sephus

Tech Evangelist, Amazon AI

Dr. Nashlie Sephus is the Tech Evangelist for Amazon AI focusing on fairness and identifying biases at AWS AI. She formerly led the Amazon Visual Search team as an Applied Scientist in Atlanta, which launched visual search for replacement parts on the Amazon Shopping app in June 2018. This technology was a result of former startup Partpic (Atlanta) being acquired by Amazon, for which she was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Prior to working at Partpic, she received her Ph.D. from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2014 and worked for a year with Exponent technical consulting firm in New York City. Her core research areas were digital signal processing, machine learning, and computer engineering. She received her B.S. in Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University (2007).

 

Dr. Sephus is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and a 2003 graduate of Murrah High School/Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex (APAC). She’s had several internships and research experiences worldwide with companies such as IBM, Delphi, University of California at Berkeley, GE Research Center, GE Energy, Miller Transporters, and Kwangwoon University in Seoul, South Korea. Recently, Dr. Sephus became founder and CEO of The Bean Path, a non-profit organization based in Jackson, MS, to sow technical expertise and bridge the tech gap in communities by hosting free tech office hours in local libraries, conducting youth coding workshops and giving away grants. She is also developing 12 acres of land in the downtown area deemed the Jackson Tech District for strengthening a community amongst the next generation of technologists.

 

Dr. Sephus has been featured in AJC, CBS kids’ show Mission Unstoppable, Black Enterprise, Ebony, Amazon Science, AWS re:Invent, Afrotech, Your First Million podcast, along with several others. She also serves on several startup and academic advisory boards along with mentoring others and investing in Atlanta-based startups. During her leisure time, she enjoys playing tennis, playing the piano, listening to music, bargain hunting, biking, and working on do-it-yourself (DIY) projects at home.

Alice Vilma

Managing Director in the Multicultural Client Strategy Group, Morgan Stanley

Alice Vilma is a Managing Director in the Multicultural Client Strategy Group at Morgan Stanley in New York City, where she strengthens Morgan Stanley’s connection to the multicultural business community through development and execution of commercial opportunities with corporate, government, institutional and individual clients. She is also Co-head of the Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab, an accelerator that invests in and supports tech and tech-enabled startups with a multicultural or woman founder.

 

Ms. Vilma has been with Morgan Stanley for nearly 15 years and has had different roles within the Firm, including Equity Capital Markets and Securitization. She has over 20 years of investment banking, capital markets, structured finance and investing experience, executing over $25Bn of securitization, structured finance and equity transactions. She graduated Cum Laude with a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Miami and received her MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Anthony Egbuniwe

Director of Global Partnerships – Public Sector & Education, Microsoft  

Anthony Egbuniwe is a Director at Microsoft leading the global public sector ISV partnership business. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology, Anthony started his career with Microsoft where he put down roots and established himself as a data science expert. He then returned to academia at Southern Methodist University where he’s currently earning his Masters of Science in Data Science. 

 

In his current role as Director of Global Partnership, Anthony uses his mastery of the data science industry to support both government and enterprise corporations in building technical vision, solution development, and data-driven and revenue-generating strategy. His focus is on laying down the groundwork for the data-driven technology industry by providing businesses and individuals a clearer understanding of how and why data drives better business strategy. 


Anthony is at the forefront of global business strategy, at a time when data is being used by global government agencies to allow for better decisions for citizens. His vast knowledge of business strategy, strong command of the digital marketplace, and boundless passion for data is what he brings to elevate Microsoft’s global partnerships on a daily. 

Marcus Glover

Co-founder and Managing Director, Lockstep Ventures

Marcus Glover is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Lockstep Ventures, a venture capital firm that seeks to address issues that perpetuate racial inequality in the U.S. 

 

Marcus has a mission to reimagine equity for Black America and is dedicated to investing and advising Black and women-led companies that are often overlooked, underfunded and underserved. As a leader of Lockstep Ventures, he has turned his passion into meaningful change while also inspiring and empowering a systematic shift in tandem with delivering investor returns. 

 

In addition to his work with Lockstep Ventures, Marcus serves on the National Board of Directors of Defy Ventures, which advocates for criminal justice reform and lowering recidivism by building on incarcerated men and women’s natural talents through entrepreneurship business ownership. Marcus also serves on the Time 100 Advisory Board.

Nakaiya Turk 

Corporate Marketer & Youtuber

Nakaiya Turk is a corporate marketer & Youtuber with roots in Knoxville, Tennessee. After graduating from Spelman in 2012 with a Mathematics degree, she began her professional career at Hewlett Packard Enterprise gaining expertise in data analytics and customer experience. In 2018, she enrolled at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School as a member of the MBA Class of 2020 receiving a full-tuition scholarship through the Consortium. Today, Nakaiya is a Marketing Manager at media powerhouse, Comcast, where she works on the strategy team helping to reach today’s cable and internet consumer. 

As a passion project, she is also the host of Kandid Kaiya, a YouTube talk show that highlights millennial black women on their different pathways to success; nearly all of her videos feature Spelman graduates and other HBCU graduates. As a career activist, Nakaiya hopes to empower young black women to go after their dreams while providing them with the tips and skills necessary to WIN! Thus, not only is she a young woman trailblazing through corporate America, she is also a blossoming talk show host.

She is a member of National Black MBA-Atlanta, she serves as the Young Alumnae Chair for the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College Atlanta Chapter, and she volunteers at Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta where she helps to further instill confidence and courage into young girls who are already “strong, smart, and bold!”

LaToya Moore

North America Partnership Lead, Facebook

LaToya started her tech journey by way of Amazon where she worked for the Amazon Fashion org and was a key stakeholder in the launch of the exclusive, invite-only Amazon Luxury Experience. From Amazon she made her way over to FB where she is currently focused on the growth and scale of SMB’s through leading North American partnerships for eCommerce.

 

While “being black in FAANG” is a competency that LaToya is well versed in, her true passion and purpose is helping women of color elevate their lives and career by empowering them to leverage their super powers to maximize their growth and earning potential. Through her work with Her Tech Unicorn (a career mentorship club for WOC) LaToya uses the insights and learnings that she’s gained from her experiences in FAANG to educate her community on tips, tricks, and practical steps they can take to increase their chances of breaking into tech and securing a high paying job that they love.



Sequoia Ramsey

President & CEO, Realistic Computing Inc.

Coming Soon…

Shante Frazier

WellCapped

Shante has spent most of her career as a data analyst and holds her MBA from NYU Stern and BA in Economics from Spelman College. Prior to WellCapped, she worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a consumer markets consultant and has worked with companies such as Amazon, Wayfair, and Progressive Insurance. 

Susan Akkad

Senior Vice President, Local and Cultural Innovation, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Susan Akkad is the Senior Vice President, Local and Cultural Innovation for The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. In her position she collaborates with the ELC’s 25+ brands and across geographies to develop and expand product and commercial innovation relevancy with global skins and cultures color, and Ageless consumers.

Susan began her career in cosmetics at Estée Lauder International in the Public Relations department in 1986. She left the company to work with her husband in his start-up design firm in the fashion industry based in New York and Paris. After spending almost 10 years in fashion, she returned to cosmetics as a Marketing Director at Lancôme. She rejoined The Estée Lauder Companies in 1999 on the Clinique brand. She was Clinique’s Vice President of Global Treatment Marketing, a position she held for six years. Following Clinique, she became Vice President of Global Marketing at Origins. Prior to her current role, Susan was Senior Vice President of Global Communications and Artist Relations at MAC, overseeing communications strategy for MAC Cosmetics and the MAC AIDS Fund.

Susan is a frequent speaker on the subject of Cultural Marketing, Relevancy and Innovation at industry events as well as at universities and business schools including Harvard University, MIT Sloan School of Management, Columbia Business School, University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. Susan was a keynote speaker at the Conde Nast International Luxury Conference in 2019.Susan has been profiled in Vogue, Essence,Moreand Jones. She was the 2012 recipient of the Business Achievement Award from the Black Retail Action Group (BRAG)and named one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s Top Women Executives in Advertising & Marketing in 2013 and 2016. In 2015, Susan was recognized by WWD Beauty Inc as one of the 50 Most Influential in the Multicultural Beauty Market. In 2010 and 2017, she was named one of Ebony’s “Power 100”.

Susan is a native Virginian and grew up near Charlottesville. She holds her undergraduate degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. She is on the Board of Governors of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW)and on the Board of Trustees of the East Hampton Library. She lives in East Hampton with her husband and Italian Greyhound.

Oksana Malysheva

Investor, Entrepreneur and Business Executive

Oksana Malysheva is an investor, entrepreneur and business executive based in Austin, TX.

 

She champions the development of innovative, sustainable, world-changing companies. Committed to igniting and fueling social innovation solutions, Dr. Malysheva’s mission is creating positive social change through education, technology and innovation.

 

Dr. Malysheva previously held top strategic roles at McKinsey and Motorola. Trained as a PhD physicist, Dr. Malysheva brings scientific inquisitiveness, lateral thinking and mastery of insight through data to all of her business endeavors.

 

Twitter: @Oksana_ATX



Jumoke K. Dada

Technologist and Social Entrepreneur

Jumoke K. Dada is best described as a visionary and techie whose sweet spot lies at the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, goodwill, and girl power.

 

As an experienced technologist and the principal of Signature RED, she provides technology consulting services to companies and creates tools for women with careers in technology. The Tech Women Network, an online platform for women with technical skills, and the annual HUE Tech Summit for women of color technologists are two of her creations. Presently, she serves as the project manager for the Making Space initiative and CyberBase to ensure that women and minorities are represented in the field of cybersecurity.

 

As an international speaker, Dada is passionate about empowering women and girls. Her mantra “No More Hidden Figures,” emphasizes her commitment to uplift, spotlight, and inspire those who work behind-the-scenes in STEM fields. She is a contributing writer for ForbesWomen where she covers diversity in tech. Additionally, her forthcoming podcast, Tech is Illmatic, will include music-infused stories about breaking into tech from other industries. 

 

Over the years, she has been recognized in the media for her innovative ideas, leadership skills, and community involvement. Dada holds a B.S. in Computer & Information Sciences, along with real estate and scrum master certifications. She is set to pursue her M.S. in Cybersecurity part-time at Georgia Tech in Fall ‘21.

 

To learn more about her work, visit her portfolio site dadaverse.org or follow her on Twitter @jumokedada.

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Regina Gwynn, Co-founder

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We have a unique understanding of the challenges Black women founders face and the advantages we bring in the industry. We’re here to identify, support and encourage Black women to build the next billion dollar business.

 

We’re unapologetic in our support because we believe Black is worth the investment. It’s time we are heard and seen because we know different perspectives bring new opportunities. We’re building community and profitable, scalable businesses for self-identified Black women in tech, together.

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