Roadmap to Billions – RTB 2021

August 12-13, 2021

2-Day Live Virtual Experience

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“If you are a Black woman founder or aspiring founder, this conference is a must-go.”
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Blended IRL & Virtual Conference experiences
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Live interactions with titans of industry
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Dynamic roadmap to your goals and growth
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Our 2021

mission

A conference built from

the perspective of Black women.

Roadmap to Billions is brought to you by Black Women Talk Tech. This is the only tech conference created by Black female founders for Black female founders and their supporters, showcasing the brilliance of Black women building scalable companies, while building deep connections, and creating real funding opportunities. Here, we’ll gain insight and learn valuable lessons from those that are paving the way to success.

 

Join us and over 2,500 investors, tech evangelists, and founders for an exclusive virtual gathering of Black female founders in the tech world.

Agenda &

Activations

It’s our 5th year and we’ve

pulled out all the stops.

Roadmap to Billions 2021 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

5OK CASH PRIZES

TECH

AWARDS

MEETUPS & BREAKOUTS
RECRUITING
& MUCH MORE!

Leadership

Day 1

11:19 –

12:09 pm

TUNE-UPS (Workshop)

Building Your Boardroom

Location: Stage 2

Jovian Zayne, Shelly Archambeau, Kobi Wu Pasmore

In this workshop, we help you identify what you need in a co-pilot, who is best to compliment your skills, and how best to work together.

2:53 –

3:38 pm

DETOURS (Breakout)

The Art of Negotiating

Location: ‘Sessions’ area

You want the best customer, client or product deals? Learn the best strategies and tactical approaches to getting an offer that works.
DETOURS (Breakout)

Recruiting Roundtable (Entry-Mid Level)

Location: ‘Sessions’ area

Explore career opportunities in engineering and product development with Netflix & Happy Money!
DETOURS (Breakout)

Recruiting Roundtable (Senior-Level)

Location: ‘Sessions’ area

Are you seasoned in your career and looking to move to that next level? Learn what these top-tier companies are looking for and how they’re changing the face and the future of leadership in technology.

3:53 –

4:38 pm

DETOURS (Breakout)

The Art of Getting $h!t Done

Location: ‘Sessions’ Area

You’ve heard a lot about a tech stack, but what does your productivity stack look like? How can you reach the highest level of execution in your startup?

DETOURS (Breakout)

Real Talk: Tech Career Advice from the Pros

Location: ‘Sessions’ Area

 

Get the guidance you need to land your next job or advance your career – resume advice, networking best practices, interviewing tips, negotiation strategies and more.

DETOURS (Breakout)

Finding the Right Investors: Let’s Take the Mask Off (Pun Intended)

Location: ‘Sessions’ Area

 

 

How should Founders find the investors that will genuinely be interested in funding your business? How should you conduct your research, outreach and relationship building? Learn from active investors who already support black women entrepreneurs.

DETOURS (Breakout)

Sephora Accelerate Program

Location: ‘Sessions’ Area

During the segment, they will discuss the Sephora Accelerate Program and applicant information/benefits.

DETOURS (Breakout)

Recruiting Roundtable (Entry-Mid Level)

Location: ‘Sessions’ Area

Explore career opportunities in engineering and product development with Visa, Bloomberg, Morgan Stanley, Schultz, & Mimconnect!

DETOURS (Breakout)

Recruiting Roundtable (Senior- Level)

Location: ‘Sessions’ Area

Explore exciting career opportunities in strategy, engineering and more with Visa, Netflix, Happy Money, Intuit, & Tech Women Network!

Leadership

Day 2

10:12 –

10:57 am

PIT STOP (Keynote)

What Is Your Why?

Location: Main Stage

We all need a support system and like-minded individuals to join us on our quest to accomplish our goals. In this keynote, we showcase the steps and lessons used in better communicating your WHY and mission – with the hopes of building community and trust.

4:14 –

5:04 pm

TUNE-UPS (Workshop)

Growth Hacking Strategies That Expand Your Customer Base

Location: Stage 2

Peyton Dix, Khadijah Adams, Antonia Baker

We detail the keys to success through a conversational workshop that helps us expand our customer base and build communities around our goals and missions.

Product & Technology

Day 1

1:02 –

1:57 pm

TUNE-UPS (Workshops)

Leveling Up through Partnership

Location: Main Stage

During this discussion, Microsoft partners will share how they made the intentional decision to leverage the organization as their platform of choice to build their business. The group will share the “cheat codes” that helped them grow their business within a big tech organization.

2:01 –

2:46 pm

PIT STOP (Keynote)

The Path of The Unicorns

Location: ‘Sessions’ Area

We detail how a product engineer or tech founder figured out the keys to customer-driven growth – whether from kick starting growth by empowering new customers to share, to creating product viral loops that amplify and optimize these customer-led funnels.

2:53 –

3:38 pm

DETOURS (Breakout)

Don’t Fall in Love with Your Idea! Co-Create with Your Customer.

Location: ‘Sessions’ Area

The “Experiments” methodology in Microsoft’s Cloud + AI division has helped accelerate the development of customer centric products as teams engage with customers and partners to build products. In short, it’s a service that embodies a customer centric approach to Engineering: working with customers and partners before even a single line of code is written. It has helped grow our people to embody growth mindset, customer obsession, diversity and inclusiveness. “Experiments” is a lean and agile customer-centered development framework to enable hypothesis-driven learning from customer data through rapid experimentations. It draws inspiration from Lean Start-up, Design Thinking, and Agile, combining the best of each into an approach that works at the scale at Microsoft cloud teams as they develop solutions for customers. Teams using “Experiments” are focused on improving existing apps and services as well as developing greenfield solutions. In both situations, they connect directly with customers and/or partners to get rapid insights and feedback. Experiments can help you understand what you need to focus on and help you solve the most relevant pain points and problems customers have today.

3:53 –

4:38 pm

DETOURS (Breakout)

Sowing Seeds for AI Inclusion

Location: ‘Sessions’ Area

As both an AI technologist and an advocate for tech equity, Dr. Nashlie Sephus discusses her journey into her career along with her work in sowing seeds of AI Inclusion in the academic, corporate, startup, non-profit, and real-estate worlds. She believes companies such as Amazon have a responsibility to provide inclusive technology and shares strategies and change agents to achieve such.

DETOURS (Breakout)

Fintech in Focus: Forging Powerful Partnerships

Location: ‘Sessions’ Area

Join Dionne Gumbs, Founder & CEO, GenEQTY, and Salah Goss, North American Lead, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, as they discuss the power of forging strategic partnerships to drive a more inclusive global economy! In this discussion, the leaders will explore various topics, including the importance of leveraging data to make a difference, enterprises innovating for small businesses for economic impact, and why now more than ever the need for new thinking and innovation is important. Join Dionne and Salah for this engaging discussion at Black Women Talk Tech: Roadmap to Billions Conference and learn how you might put fintech into focus for a better tomorrow!

DETOURS (Breakout)

Getting Real about

Partnership

Location: ‘Sessions’ Area

 

 

Microsoft leaders and partners get real about what it takes to develop a successful partnership with the organization. Learn the cheat codes, the opportunities, and all that partnership with Microsoft entails.

 

Product & Technology

Day 2

4:14 – 

5:04 pm

TUNE-UPS (Workshop)

Tech Stack 101

Location: Main Stage

Ayo Suber

We detail how to decipher what tools you should invest in when it comes to building the various elements of your tech stack; a crucial step to finding success as a tech-based, tech-focused and/or tech-reliant company.

Finance & Operations

Day 1

10:28 –

11:13 am

PIT STOP (Keynote)

The Power In Equity

Location: Main Stage

Mellody Hobson, Esosa Ighodaro

We highlight how a founder, tech giant and/or business professional has found their power in equity – the paths taken to become more financially stable, what lessons have been learned in regards to how we connect with money overall, and what resources are available to our community that help us find security and support within the financial landscape.

11:19 –

12:09 pm

TUNE-UPS (Workshop)

How to Raise?

Location: Main Stage

Charles Hudson

We’ll highlight key financial We’ll highlight key financial information, details and personal experiences that you NEED TO KNOW to seek out and establish funding for your business.

2:53 –

3:38 pm

DETOURS (Breakout)

Your First Set of Legal Docs – Whaaaa????

Location: ‘Sessions’ Area

Your first term sheet. Your first cap table. Your first articles of incorporation. By Laws. Policies & Procedures. Do you really know what you’re doing? Maybe not, so dig into the details with the legal teams at Cooley, DWT & Lowenstein Sadler.
DETOURS (Breakout)
Modern Wealth: Inclusive Economic Prosperity

Location: ‘Sessions’ Area

Sponsor: AARP Innovation Labs

A new renaissance of opportunity is emerging. The attention on disparities is accelerating pathways for entrepreneurs to ignite market innovation in communities that are underserved. Meet the startup founders who are removing friction in financial services and education. They are developing promising interventions that are advancing the adoption of solutions to reduce wealth and income inequality. Such solutions can be key in driving a ripple effect on prosperity and modern wealth.


Moderator: Sheila Collins, AARP Innovation Labs
Panelist: Dr. Philip Hickman, Plabook Fonta Gilliam, Wellthi

DETOURS (Breakout)

Black Bitcoin Billionaires

Location: ‘Sessions’ Area

Everyone and their grandma is talking about Cryptocurrency. High risk, high reward, right? Possibly. Learn the real deal from the experts.
DETOURS (Breakout)

The VC Truth Serum: Redefining Your Goals, Growth, and Benchmarks for Success

Location: ‘Sessions’ Area

We explore our internal decision-making skills and provide key resources by answering the questions: What finance and operations should be in place before broadening your business plan and/or product offerings? What do we need to know about ourselves to better expand and delegate to find the support needed in our mission?

Finance & Operations

Day 2

11:03 –

11:53 am

TUNE-UPS (Workshop)

Special Presentation by Paypal

Location: Main Stage

Jon Fortt, Peggy Alford

12:51 –

1:41 pm

TUNE-UPS (Workshop)

Finding + Keeping the Right Hires

Location: Stage 2

Charli Penn, Marla Blow, Netta Dobbins, Henry Bolden

We detail what every leader needs to know about finding and keeping support systems that align with their goals. While not all attendees work in HR, EVERY professional needs to know how to communicate within a team, and create a company culture that best suits their mission.

Culture & Marketing

Day 1

2:53 –

3:38 pm

DETOURS (Breakout)

Building Community as a Marketing Strategy

Location: ‘Sessions’ Area

Customer acquisition works when you have customers O_O). Building a vibrant, engaged community with similar interests can be the key to seeding initial startup growth. Tall order? Not after learning inside tips from the geniuses behind Girl Trek!

3:53 –

4:38 pm

DETOURS (Breakout)

Making Nationwide Impact: Tech Careers in Government

Location: ‘Sessions’ Area

 

Want to address some of our nation’s biggest challenges? Your tech skills can translate into massive impact for public good. How? Consider growing your career in government innovation, often called civic tech! Developers, data scientists, product managers, researchers, strategists, designers, and entrepreneurs like you are working within government to tackle our nation’s biggest challenges. In this conversation, you’ll join leaders from Technology Transformation Services (TTS), a tech and innovation branch of the federal government, for a deep dive into how and why our speakers are building careers and community in civic tech.

Culture & Marketing

Day 2

11:03 –

11:53 pm

TUNE-UPS (Workshop)

The Keys to Storytelling

Location: Stage 2

Carolyn Pitt, Abiodun Johnson, Nii Addy, Nichole Jordan

We detail the do’s and don’t of using your own story along with your cultural and/or personal experiences in marketing and social strategies.

12:51 –

1:41 pm

TUNE-UPS (Workshop)

Deep Tech: Racial Bias in Coding

Timnit Gebru, Alex Hanna

An education on the discrimination that’s currently driving how we interact and are seen within technological landscape and who and how we combat the dangers of big tech to create a more inclusive world.

1:45 –

2:30 pm

PIT STOP (Keynote)

The New Disruption

Location: Main Stage

Regina Gwynn, Tanya Van Court

The media landscape has changed drastically, and we’ll highlight key leaders within the media, marketing, and/or entertainment industry who detail how they are disrupting old norms, creating more inclusive environments, and providing new perspectives for how to tell stories.

Entertainment

Day 1

9:45 –

10:00 am

Morning Inspiration

Location: Main Stage

Black Girl Magik

12:18 –

12:43 pm

Lunch Activity

Location: Main Stage

Alex Hill

12:28 –

12:43 pm

BWTT Awards

Location: Main Stage

The Advocate

12:43 –

12:58 pm

Live DJ

Location: Main Stage

DJ Olivia Dope

4:45 –

6:00 pm

Entertainment Night #1

Location: Main Stage

 

DJ Olivia Dope

Entertainment

Day 2

9:45 –

10:00 am

Morning Inspiration

Location: Main Stage

Black Girl Magik

12:02 –

12:12 pm

Lunch Activity

Location: Main Stage

Alex Hill

12:12 – 

12:32 pm

BWTT Awards

Location: Main Stage

The Tech Trailblazer

The Advocate

12:32 –

12:47 pm

Live DJ

Location: Main Stage

Featuring DJ Olivia Dope

3:06 –

4:12 pm

Pitch Competition

Location: Main Stage

Join us for our pitch competition, where the hottest startups compete for $50,000 in cash and prizes.

5:06 –

6:06 pm

Entertainment Night #2

Location: Main Stage

Comedian Jazmyn W

 

Speakers

Kandi Burruss - Entrepreneur, Actor and Songwriter

Kandi Burruss

Entrepreneur

MellodyHobson_purple
Mellody Hobson
Ariel Investments
Dr. Toyin Ajayi
Cityblock Health
Dave Salvant + Songe LaRon
SQUIRE Technologies

Charles Hudson

Managing Partner & Founder, Precursor Venture

PeggyAlford_purple

Peggy Alford

EVP Global Sales, PayPal

Antonia Baker
Head of Conversation & Interests Marketing, Twitter
TimnitGebru-purple

Timnit Gebru

Computer Scientist

Kobi Wu Pasmore
Founder & CEO, VisuWall Technologies

Jovian Zayne

Founder & CEO, OnPurpose Movement
NettaDobbins-wide
Netta Dobbins
CEO, Mimconnect
Carolyn Pitt
Founder & CEO, Productions.com
ShellyeArchambeau

Shellye Archambeau

Former CEO, Board Director, Author

AlexHill_purple

Alex Hill

Home Cook & Recipe Developer

DJOliviaDope

DJ Olivia Dope

KhadijahAdams_purple

Khadijah Adams

Founder of Khadijah Adams, LLC dba Girl Get That Money

Marla Blow

COO, Skoll Foundation

Samara Lynn

Tech Journalist, Editor

Shydeia Caldwell

Founder & CEO Black Girl Magik

AlexHanna_purple

Alex Hanna

Senior Research Scientist, Google

AyoSuber

Ayo Suber

UI Engineer and Design Technologist, Square

ShilaBurney-purple

Shila Burney

Founder & Managing Partner, Zane Venture Fund

AbiodunJohnson_Co-Founder GeoCloud

Abiodun Johnson

Co-Founder & CEO, GeoCloud

NiiMantse_purple

Nii Addy

CMO, Philo

NicholeBrown

Nichole Jordan

SVP Global Partner Success, Via Transportation

CharliPenn-purple

Charli Penn

Lifestyle Director, Essence

HenryBolden

Henry Bolden

Inclusive Recruiting Lead, Spotify

PeytonDix_purple

Peyton Dix

Social Strategist and Content Creator

JonFortt

Jon Fortt

Tech Check Anchor, CNBC

JazmynW_purple

Jazmyn W

Comedian & Content Creator

DanielleYoung

Danielle Young

Journalist, Producer, Content Queen

TerranceGaines_purple

Terrance Gaines

Tech Consultant

Tanya Van Court-Goalsetter Founder and CEO

Tanya Van Court

Founder & CEO, Goalsetter

Dr.-Philip-Hickman

Dr. Philip Hickman

Founder & CEO, Plabook

Fonta-Gilliam

Fonta Gilliam

CEO & Founder, wellthi

Roxie-Hill-2-scaled

Roxie Hill

Director, Global ISV Partner Development, Microsoft

Amie-Seisay

Amie Seisay

President & CEO, Seisay IT Solutions

Darrell-Booker

Darrell Booker 

Sponsor Speaker, Microsoft

Frank-Valdivieso

Frank Valdivieso

President & CEO, Gryphon Consulting

Nikki-Carter

Nikki Carter

Worldwide Modern Work & Security Tech Strategy Lead  

Regina-Johnson

Regina Johnson

Partner Inclusive Growth Strategy Lead 

Vikram-Jayaram

Vikram Jayaram

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

Tina-Williams-Koroma

Tina Williams-Koroma 

Founder of CyDeploy

Dr-Nashlie-Sephus

Dr. Nashlie Sephus

Tech Evangelist, Amazon AI

Dionne-Gumbs

Dionne Gumbs

CEO of GenEQTY

Josh-Chao

Joshua Chao

 VC Analyst, PitchBook

AliceVilmaheadshot

Alice Vilma

Managing Director in the Multicultural Client Strategy Group, Morgan Stanley

Walta-Nemariam

Walta Nemariam

Program Manager, Netflix

Ollen-Douglass

Ollen Douglass

Managing Director, Motley Fool Ventures

SheilaCollins-purple

Sheila Collins

Senior Advisor for Innovation Programming,  AARP

Adrienne Farr

Adrienne Farr

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AllysonFelix_purple

Allyson Felix

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Anthony Egbuniwe

Anthony Egbuniwe

Director of Global Partnerships – Public Sector & Education, Microsoft  

Cortney Wills_purple

Cortney Wills

Sonia Bailey

Sonia Bailey

Program Manager for Ethical Hacking Team, Visa

VelinciaJones-purple

Velincia Jones

Director of Technology Business Operations, Visa

DemetriaJohnson_PCHost

Demetria Johnson

Client Representative, PPLA Social & PR

DennisSchultz-purple

Dennis Schultz

Executive Director, Blacks In Technology Foundation

Stefanie Thomas

Stefanie Thomas

Early Stage Investor, Impact America Fund

KerrySchrader_purple

Kerry Schrader

ZondraRivers

Zondra Rivers

Risk Management Analyst, Visa

SalahGoss-purple

Salah Goss

Senior Vice President for Social Impact, Mastercard

GiaBoulos

Gia Boulos

Senior Manager of Recruitment and Talent, Happy Money

Marcus Glover_purple

Marcus Glover

Co-founder and Managing Director, Lockstep Ventures

GeorgieAnnGetton

Georgie-Ann Getton

CEO, GSD Solutions

AshleyOwens-purple

Ashley Owens

Senior IT Acquisition Expert, GSA/TSS

ShimiteObialo

Shimite Obialo

Venture Partner, Passbook Ventures

Nakaiya Turk-purple

Nakaiya Turk

Corporate Marketer & Youtuber

MargueritePresslyDavis

Marguerite Pressley Davis

Founder & CEO, Finance Savvy CEO

LaurenWashington-purple

Lauren Washington

Co-founder, Black Women Talk Tech

LaToya Moore

LaToya Elder-Moore

North America Partnership Lead, Facebook

JillianManus-purple

Jillian Manus

Managing Partner, Structure Capital

Sequoia Ramsey

Sequoia Ramsey

President & CEO, Realistic Computing Inc.

JessykaCastillo-purple

Jessyka Castillo

Cloud Strategist for cloud.gov, GSA/TSS

Lashanda Hodge

Lashanda Hodge

Acting Managing Director, GSA/TSS

NatashaBansgopaul-purple

Natasha Bansgopaul

Presidential Innovation Fellow at NIST, GSA/TSS

MeganGraham

Megan Graham

BarryGivens_PCJudge_purple

Barry Givens

TennilleWilliams

Tennille Williams

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JenniferDavidson-purple

Jennifer Davidson

COO of Data Strategy & Information Delivery

JadeLatson_PCJudge

Jade Latson

Program Manager, Mastercard, Start Path Partnerships

Jaida Vaught-purple

Jaida Vaught

Vice President of Fundraising, Blue State

Ekwutozia Nwabuzor

Ekwutozia Nwabuzor

TiaBradley-purple

Tia Bradley

Staff Program Manager, Intuit’s Talent Programs Organization

Tosh Ernest

Tosh Ernest

Rauvan Dulay-purple

Rauvan Dulay

Vice President of Global Merchandising Business Development & Strategy, Sephora

JotakaEaddy

Jotaka Eaddy

GloriaKimbwala-purple

Gloria Kimbwala

Customer Success, Gitcoin

MandëHolford_PCFinalist

Dr. Mandë Holford

Co-founder, Killer Snails LLC

JanJerryLee-purple

Jan Jerry Lee

TiffanyTownsend_PCFinalist

Tiffany Townsend

Ship Black

EjiroEnaohwo_PCFinalist_purple

Ejiro Enaohwo

CEO & Co-Founder, Toaste

ShanteFrazier_PCFinalist

Shante Frazier

WellCapped

SusanAkkad_PCJudge_purple

Susan Akkad

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

CandiceBrackeen_PCJudge

Candice Brackeen

Oksana Malysheva_purple

Oksana Malysheva

Investor, Entrepreneur and Business Executive

Margaret Anandu_advocateaward

Margaret Anandu

AuroraJames_gamechangeraward_purple

Aurora James

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Crystal-Ngoje

Crystal Ngoje

Founder, HAWAA

Jumoke-Dada-HUE

Jumoke K. Dada

Technologist and Social Entrepreneur

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.

Dr. Toyin Ajayi

Cityblock Health
Dr. Ajayi, board certified in family medicine, is Co-Founder and Chief Health Officer of Cityblock Health, the first tech-driven provider for communities with complex health and social needs–bringing better care to neighborhoods where it’s needed most. Prior to Cityblock, Dr. Ajayi served as Chief Medical Officer of Commonwealth Care Alliance, a nationally renowned integrated health plan and care delivery system for individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.
Dave Salvant + Songe LaRon
SQUIRE Technologies
Passionate and committed, President and Co-Founder Dave Salvant – alongside CEO and Co- Founder Songe LaRon, first conceptualized SQUIRE in 2014 as a business idea and the answer to a not so simple problem. Together, Songe and Dave have become a force to be reckoned with, by creating a robust and interactive software that has completely revamped the operations of the hair and beauty industry. Officially launched in 2015, SQUIRE is now a full-scale Y- combinator backed company that employs over 150 individuals and operates in over 40 major markets in the U.S. Canada, Australia and the UK.
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.

Antonia Baker

Head of Conversation & Interests Marketing, Twitter

Antonia Baker is the Head of Conversation and Interests Marketing at Twitter, charged with articulating the value of Twitter products to a global audience. Antonia previously held various marketing leadership roles at ViacomCBS, Food Network, AMC Networks, and Thomson Reuters, building a diverse background in brand marketing, creative advertising, digital strategy, and brand partnerships.  A first-generation Jamaican-American, she is passionate about mentorship, specifically committed to empowering the next generation of women of color to be fearless in the corporate world. Antonia holds a B.S. in Marketing from Manhattan College and currently resides in her beloved hometown of New York City.

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.

Kobi Wu Pasmore

Founder and CEO, VisuWall Technologies

Kobi Wu Pasmore is the founder and CEO of VisuWall Technologies, an ai-enabled platform that captures data from storefront windows to deliver traffic counts, consumer engagement, and biometric data in real time. A former music executive, Wu has over 20 years of marketing and advertising experience creating national and global consumer campaigns for brands like Spotify, Google, Yahoo!, Pepsi, Ciroc, RevoltTV, and more. Kobi has a B.A. Architecture from University of California at Berkeley, M.S. Construction Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. She lives in the Bronx, NY with her family and loves the beach, her Peloton and a good meal and laughter with friends.

Jovian Zayne

Founder & CEO, OnPurpose Movement

Jovian Zayne is an international speaker and certified leadership and professional development coach with years of experience in change management, global diversity and​ leadership development. She is the CEO and Founder of The OnPurpose Movement®, a firm committed to developing values- driven leaders through targeted coaching, public speaking and facilitated experiences. Her firm’s client list includes Google, Spotify, The New York Times, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Columbia University, Harvard University, The Aspen Institute, Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Records, and Teach For America to name a few.

 

In 2019 Jovian was named an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, and​ alongside notable individuals such as Tarana Burke, Serena Williams, and Lebron James, Jovian was named to the 2018 Root 100, an​ annual list of the most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45.

 

Jovian is an IGNITE leadership fellow at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School ​and an “Its all​ about Business” fellow at the Wake Forest Graduate School of Business.​ She is also a proud​ graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ​where she was the first​ African-American woman to be elected President. Jovian and her family enjoy a bi-coastal lifestyle, often between Los Angeles, and New York City, though she claims Winston-Salem, North Carolina as home.

Netta Dobbins
CEO, Mimconnect
A values-driven entrepreneur, Netta’s work equips diverse professionals with the support they need to persevere as they, too, pursue their passions. A natural community builder, she co-founded Mimconnect and grew it into the most engaged digital community and trusted resource hub for multicultural professionals. Mimconnect is an external support network that empowers those in marginalized communities to bring their whole selves to work, and has been featured in Ebony, Popsugar, Afrotech, BET, and more. Netta is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated and holds a Bachelors of Science in Communications from Middle Tennessee State University. When she’s not building safe spaces for POC to connect and grow, you can find Netta reading a good book, being her authentic self at public speaking engagements, and enjoying oat milk matcha lattes.
Carolyn Pitt
Founder & CEO, Productions.com

Carolyn Pitt is Founder and CEO of Productions.com, the job marketplace for production professionals that connects studios, music labels, and corporate brands to vetted local production talent.

 

Carolyn participated in two small business roundtables at the behest of the Biden- Harris campaign, and was recently recognized as a recipient of Google’s inaugural Black Founder Fund. She was also named 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year by Envolve Global.

 

Carolyn is an Intellectual Property and Entertainment Attorney with significant experience in Management Consulting, Strategy, and Business Development.  She previously practiced at Alston & Bird LLP and received her BS in Psychology from Vanderbilt University and her JD from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Shellye Archambeau
Former CEO, Board Director, Author

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Alex Hill
Home Cook & Recipe Developer

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DJ Olivia Dope

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Khadijah Adams
Founder of Khadijah Adams, LLC dba Girl Get That Money

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Marla Blow
COO, Skoll Foundation

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Samara Lynn
Tech Journalist, Editor

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Shydeia Caldwell
Co-Founder & CEO Black Girl Magik

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Alex Hanna

Senior Research Scientist, Google

Alex Hanna is a sociologist and senior research scientist working on the Ethical AI team at Google.

 

Her research centers on origins of the training data which form the informational infrastructure of AI and algorithmic fairness frameworks, and the way these datasets exacerbate racial, gender, and class inequality.

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.

Abiodun Johnson

Co-Founder & CEO, GeoCloud

Abiodun Johnson is a co-founder of GeoCloud, a location intelligence platform that solves location based and near-me area network problems through software applications. GeoCloud’s flagship product is uGeo which is a geo social network that allow users to engage with the community around them, receive alerts when relative products and services are near them, and stay up to date on what’s happening around them.


Prior to starting GeoCloud, Abiodun co founded COSIGN, a tech platform that allows brands to create, distribute and monetize visual content through social media influencers and brand advocates. He helped lead the COSIGN platform from concept to launch and raised over $1.4 million in seed funding.


Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Abiodun moved to Nigeria as a child and returned to the states at the age of six. His passion for technology started at a young age and brought him to New Hampshire, where he majored in Engineering Sciences at Dartmouth College.


Abiodun is a natural leader with an extensive background in tech, with more than a decade of experience building software products in artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital marketing, eCommerce and social commerce for B2B and B2C customers. In addition to his devotion to tech and entrepreneurship, Johnson is passionate about empowering others to achieve success. He currently resides in Manhattan, where he enjoys traveling and exploring different cultures, spending time with his family and practicing Muay Thai in his free time.

Nii Addy

CMO, Philo

Nii Mantse Addy is head of marketing for Philo. In this role he sets strategy aroundbrand, customer acquisition, retention and marketing partnerships for the subscription service. Nii helped steward Philo to exponential growth since the end of 2017 as part of the launch team.

 

Before Philo, Nii built his career at Comcast, leading marketing for an advertising supported streaming video initiative, and with Deloitte Digital as a marketing strategy consultant.

 

Nii earned an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a degree in economics from Swarthmore College

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.

Charli Penn

Lifestyle Director, Essence

Charli Penn is a nationally recognized digital journalist. She is presently the Relationships and Wellness Director for ESSENCE Magazine, the Webby-nominated host of Yes, Girl! podcast and The Solve Podcast.

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

Peyton Dix

Social Strategist and Content Creator

Peyton Dix is a social strategist and content curator. Dix led social strategy and audience engagement at InStyle Magazine as the Special Projects Editor and was the Head of Social at PAPER Magazine.

 

While at InStyle she has produced digital photoshoots, ideated multiple video series, and directed talents like Regina King, Kristen Stewart, Megan Fox, Sharon Stone, Mj Rodriguez and more. She also grew InStyle’s Instagram audience by 700K, increased pageviews from Instagram by 600%, and doubled engagement. Much of her work is focused on voice, growth, and providing platforms for marginalized communities.

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

Jazmyn W

Comedian & Content Creator

Stand Up Comedian, Content Creator, Host, Actress & Influencer. Her sense of humor is totally practical (and sometimes inappropriate) as she finds humor in awkward life moments, professional relationships and microaggressions. She says what Black Women & WOC are thinking.

 

Jazmyn, who quit a career working in tech in Silicon Valley, has a total reach of 1.4 Million across TikTok, Instagram, YouTube & Snapchat!

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.

 

Terrance Gaines

Tech Consultant

Terrance Gaines is an IT professional, consultant, and personal technology specialist in Atlanta, GA with over 20 years of experience in helping businesses large and small, leverage technology for growth.

 

Driven by the motto, “Technology shouldn’t change how you do things, it should make you better at the things you do,” his mission is to teach entrepreneurs and individuals alike, how to benefit from technology and use it to simplify their lives.

 

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

Dr. Philip Hickman

Founder & CEO, Plabook

Dr. Philip Hickman is a transformational leader in K-12 education and educational technology. Dr. Hickman is an AASA Nationally Certified Superintendent and continues to be a leading authority presenting at many of the top Ed Tech and Personalized Learning conferences in the nation.

 

Previously, a United States Department of Education Technology National Ambassador and International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) digital transformational leader award winner-​ he leads the development and growth of multiple education-tech products.

 

Most currently, as the Founder & CEO of Plabook, an innovative reading technology that uses artificial intelligence, natural language processing and speech recognition to help children learn to read.

 

Dr. Hickman’s innovative leadership, personalized learning and emotional IQ methods are exemplified in his three books: Stop Dribbling Footballs, Execution By Firing Squad: Effective Leadership When You’re The Target, and eMOTIVES: The Truth Behind Student Behavior.

 

Also, as a serial social entrepeneur, Dr Hickman’s most notable accomplishment is being the co-founder of a multimillion dollar non profit coding academy WeCodeKC. A K-12 coding program and adult workforce ready platform  resulting in a 100% job placement rate after successful completion of the Coding Program.

 

Dr. Hickman graduated with honors obtaining 5 graduate degrees and a Doctorate. 



Fonta Gilliam

Founder & CEO, wellthi

Fonta Gilliam is the CEO and Founder of wellthi, a fintech company based in Washington, DC. Ms. Gilliam has over 10 years of development finance experience working in the United States, Africa, and Asia as a U.S. Diplomat and a management consultant in Deloitte’s Emerging Markets Practice. 

 

Over the course of her career, she led numerous White House and U.S. State Department initiatives, including launching two of the U.S. Government’s first women’s business centers in Africa and designing innovative financing facilities to unlock capital for women and small businesses in the United States, Kenya, Morocco, Zambia, Nigeria, South Korea, and China. In 2016, she was awarded the U.S. State Department’s prestigious Franklin Award for her tireless work to support economic empowerment and financial inclusion initiatives in Africa.


Ms. Gilliam has a Master of Arts in economic development from
American University’s School of International Studies (SIS) and a Bachelor
of Arts in political science and economics from Howard University.
wellthi has been featured in Forbes, the Washington Business Journal,
Nationswell and the American Banker. Learn more about wellthi by visiting
www.wellthiapp.com.

Roxie Hill

Director, Global ISV Partner Development, Microsoft

Roxie has worked at Microsoft for the last 18 years, first as an intern via the Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship program, then as a Full-Time employee. As the Director, Global Partnerships, Roxie manages one of the largest Global Supply Chain partnerships in the world for Microsoft. She also helps to lead executive, industry, and sales global partnerships for top ISV organizations. During her time at Microsoft, Roxie has been awarded several awards for outstanding performance, including three prestigious Microsoft Circle of Excellence Awards, and the highest Microsoft honor – the Microsoft Founder’s Award. 

Education has always been important to Roxie. 

 

In addition to obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University, she also has two Master’s Degrees (an MBA and a MS in CIS) from Johns Hopkins University. Roxie had several mentors who were critical to her success, so giving back is extremely important to her. She has shared her background / story with over 500 hundred middle and high school children in the DC area over the last 18 months, is an active board member of the PTA and NAACP Parent Leadership council, and has helped to raise over $50, 000 for local schools and national non-profit organizations in the past 18 months. 

 

Roxie was recently named as one of Washington, DC’s top 40 under 40 by Washington Business Journal, and as 100 Under 50 Executive Leaders by Diversity MBA Magazine due her impact in Technology and her extensive Non-Profit work. Roxie is an outspoken advocate for inclusion and empowerment of women and minorities in STEM fields, and share’s her experience as a Woman and Minority in STEM, a SME at helping organizations grow their business through Cloud transformation, and the high’s and low’s of being a working Mother in Corporate America at different conferences throughout the world.

Amie Seisay

President & CEO, Seisay IT Solutions

The owner of Seisay IT Solutions, Amie Seisay has 18 years of experience in the IT field, working in numerous professional environments. Amie’s credentials include both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Computer Science.

 

Through the years, Amie has broadened her professional experience and technical expertise through her work with a number of small, mid, and large-size businesses, creating web-based applications, especially SharePoint and Office 365. It was through this work that Amie discovered her true passion: to work one-on-one with clients to understand their specific needs and develop customized technology and IT solutions to improve their business processes.

 

As a result, Amie decided to formalize her consulting services as a Microsoft Partner under the moniker Seisay IT Solutions in order to provide web application-based consulting and training tailored to her client’s needs.

 

“We help companies work more efficiently using Microsoft products such as Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and various apps in Microsoft 365. We also help companies build their public presence through website development”.

Darrell Booker 

Sponsor Speaker, Microsoft

Meet Darrell your “techie’s favorite techie” who leads one of Microsoft’s most important racial equity commitments, the Nonprofit Tech Acceleration of Black and African American Communities.  

 

It’s not merely his 25 years in tech that he brings to this role that’s important but instead his unconventional path that is at the heart of true community engagement. Darrell created this national program designed at leveling the tech playing field for nonprofits serving our most underserved communities.

 

Prior to leading this program, Darrell served in a advisor role helping the world’s largest nonprofits such as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, American Cancer Society and the Salvation Army on their digital transformation to the cloud. 

 

Darrell has served in CIO and CTO roles in the past leading teams of developers in nonprofit as well as other industries such as automotive and banking.  Darrell also has an entrepreneurial spirit, co-founding a tech startup for the fitness industry used in hundreds of gyms across the U.S. and Canada. 

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.

Nikki Carter

Worldwide Modern Work & Security Tech Strategy Lead  

Nikkia T. Carter is a Microsoft strategist, solutions developer, consultant, and speaker specializing in Office 365, SharePoint, and related technology.  Nikkia is the Worldwide Modern Work & Security Tech Strategy Lead at Microsoft. Modern Work covers Office 365, Microsoft Teams, Windows, SharePoint, Office, and Security and Compliance.

 

Nikkia has a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and a Master’s in IT Project Management and is a CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer. In 2001, Nikkia started her career as an applications  developer then added in intranet development. In 2009, Nikkia changed her technology focus to SharePoint, later adding in Office 365 and related technology.

 

Nikkia has run a Microsoft Partner company for almost 7 years then sold her company and worked for 2 other Microsoft Partners. She has worked with clients in the government, DoD, commercial, and non-profit spaces. Nikkia obtained a Microsoft MVP status in Office Apps and Services in 2019 shortly before joining Microsoft.

 

She is an accomplished speaker and has spoken at and organized technical and non-technical events. She has authored two video courses on Office 365, has coauthored Mastering Office 365 Administration, and has authored Office 365 End User Guide. She served as President of SharePoint User Group of DC, as a board member of the IAMCP (International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners) DC chapter, as a taskforce member of Microsoft’s VFI (Voices for Innovation), and as a board member for Microsoft Partner Action Council for Microsoft’s Inspire Conference. 

Regina Johnson

Partner Inclusive Growth Strategy Lead 

Regina is the Strategy Lead for the Microsoft Black and African American Partner Growth Initiative, stemming from a commitment made in June 2020 by CEO Satya Nadella to address racial injustice in various ways. The Initiative focuses on increasing representation within the Microsoft Partner Network and tech business enablement. The Microsoft Partner Network is a hub of people, resources, and offerings brought together to give businesses that become “partners” everything they need to build and deliver successful solutions for their customers. The Initiative works to level the playing field by providing access to resources and generate sustainable economic growth for Black and African American-owned tech companies.

 

Regina believes that providing access to information and resources is critical and has carried this mission throughout various roles in project management, Human Resources, federal contracting, local government, and business development. She recently collaborated with community and government stakeholders as they sought to create equitable economic development solutions and expand access to capital for minority-owned businesses. She has a Master of Policy Management from Georgetown University and a passion for collaborating with others to create systemic change.

Management (MPM) from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. 

 

Vikram Jayaram

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

Vikram Jayaram started his career in Microsoft’s SQL Server Support providing consulting services to Enterprise and SMB customers. He then transitioned to product management in the Windows developer ecosystem, working closely with developers and ISVs. It was during these years, he discovered his passion for being a customer and partner advocate.

 

He has been running the Experiments program since 2016 for Microsoft’s Cloud division. His team helps teach and operationalize these customer-centric problem solving practices across Engineering.

 

Vikram identifies as African-Indian: he was born in Bengaluru, India and raised in Kitwe in the Copperbelt province of Zambia.  

Tina Williams-Koroma

Founder of CyDeploy

Tina C. Williams-Koroma, Esq., CISSP, PMP, is a serial entrepreneur, and most recently, Founder of CyDeploy (https://cydeploy.com). She is a Maryland licensed attorney and possesses a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), a MS in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a JD from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.  This cybersecurity expert is extremely community-minded, having

partnered with local institutions and contributed to several boards:

Tina Williams-Koroma started her career at Lockheed Martin as a software developer in the Information Systems Leadership Development Program. Her last position at Lockheed was a Corporate Internal Auditor in the Business Leadership Development Program.

 

A driven leader and cybersecurity expert, Tina Williams-Koroma transitioned from Lockheed to Unisys, where she graduated from the Leadership Excellence Acceleration Program (LEAP) and served in several technical, management, and leadership capacities, including her last position as an Engagement Manager in the Justice, Courts, and Corrections practice. Throughout her time at Unisys, Ms. Williams-Koroma provided cybersecurity architecture, engineering, testing, risk management, and several other related services to Federal clients in the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, and the State of New York.

 

After several years with Unisys, Ms. Williams-Koroma transitioned to a small business, and as Vice President of its Civilian Division, led the Division to experience exponential growth in clients, staff, and revenue. Ms. Williams-Koroma continued to provide direct client support in the form of cybersecurity consulting, but largely focused on business development, capture management, and division growth.

 

This cybersecurity leader also provided legal research support to the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and the Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security during her part-time law school tenure, while working full-time.

 

Tina Williams-Koroma is excited about her entrepreneurial ventures, looks forward to continued growth, as she continues to equip the next generation of cybersecurity experts by supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) education initiatives.

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.

Dionne Gumbs

CEO of GenEQTY

Dionne Gumbs is a complex problem solver, growth strategist and business expansion leader with deep roots in  finance. As CEO of GenEQTY, a cloud-based financial technology platform, her entrepreneurial instincts and clarity of vision have positioned her to stand at the forefront of fast-moving financial innovations.

 

For over twenty years, her experience and leadership have been focused on developing and delivering complex business services and solutions, providing outstanding client service, and driving profitable revenue growth across the banking and financial services sector. Specifically, as a Senior Vice President at Bank of America’s Private Bank, in addition to
being the lead advisor to clients, she held a leadership appointed role in the Mid-Atlantic, building out the region’s market expansion strategy for a new core business vertical including technology startups, high-growth companies, pre-IPO firms, and family businesses.

 

Her ability to transform strategic plans into workable solutions and benchmarks performance against key operational targets and goals resulted in business opportunities with revenues above $100M, a shift in business strategy to redevelop products, revamp marketing for specific segments, and projected pipeline growth of over 35%.

 

An accomplished and decisive Vice President, Dionne added to the bottom line, achieved operational efficiencies, and reduced costs for multi-billion-dollar technology, media, and asset management clients at JP Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank. Driven to achieve goals through teamwork, collaboration, and relationship management in a complex matrixed organization, she expanded the coverage model across three new markets on the West Coast and Pacific Northwest.

 


Dionne is a growth-centric visionary with deep domain expertise in financial services along with direct functional expertise and outstanding results in sales, product management, and strategy, and a passion for social impact. She is currently a member of the 2018 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a competitive executive leadership program created by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in partnership with the Presidential Centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson.

 

Dionne earned her M.B.A. from Columbia University and her B.A. in Political Science and Economics from The University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Division I varsity athlete. She later obtained a post-bac degree in Accounting from the Wharton School. A recognized thought leader, her work has been highlighted in Wharton Magazine, The Business Journal, Bank Beat Magazine, Bush’s Institute The Catalyst Magazine. She has spoken to audiences, including Yum Brands International, and has been featured on podcasts discussing leadership, inclusive finance, and equity.

 

Dionne was recently recognized as one of the Twin Cities Notable Leaders in Finance and received the Emerging Business Owner of the Year Award
from the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-MN).
Dionne is a member of the Advisory Board for Epiq Advisors, an asset management firm in Minneapolis, MN. She also actively serves on the Boards of Social Venture Partners MN and the Center for Economic Inclusion. A former collegiate athlete Dionne is also on the Women’s Final Four Advisory Council and serves on the Equity Assurance
Committee.

 

She is a founding member and fundraising lead, spearheading a coach’s endowment as part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Track & Field Sports Board, and is a part of the Trustees Council of Penn Women’s
Athletic Committee. Dionne also commits her time to mission-driven startups and entrepreneurs as Executive in Residence at Lunar Startups and Columbia University’s Tamer School for Social Enterprise. A native New Yorker, Dionne currently resides in the Twin Cities with her husband and two children.

Joshua Chao

 VC Analyst, PitchBook

Joshua Chao is a VC Analyst at PitchBook, where he covers the biotechnology & pharmaceuticals industry. He also produces thematic analyst notes on life sciences, fund managers, and market ecosystems and contributes to quarterly venture reports. Prior to joining PitchBook, Chao was a venture coach at Blackstone LaunchPad, where he advised startups and supported entrepreneurship and innovation programs, and a fellow at Flagship Pioneering, where he was part of a team of entrepreneurial scientists developing first-in-class biotechnology ventures. 

 

Chao holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University and a doctorate in regenerative medicine from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is based in PitchBook’s Seattle office. 



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.

Walta Nemariam

Program Manager, Netflix

Over the last five years, Walta Nemariam has worn many hats to help grow and build diverse engineering teams across Netflix. From working as a recruiter and an ERG leader to managing strategic partnerships with external organizations, her passion for building inclusive and diverse teams is evident in everything she does. She currently works as a program manager on the Inclusion Recruiting Programs team and partners directly with Talent Acquisition leaders to develop, manage, and support efforts that lend to increase pipeline representation and inclusive hiring.

Ollen Douglass

Managing Director, Motley Fool Ventures

Ollen Douglass is the Managing Director of Motley Fool Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund.  The $150 million fund invests in “tech-enabled” start-ups – those deploying technology as a strategic asset to increase scale, efficiency, or access in large, growing markets. Before launching the fund, he was the chief financial officer of The Motley Fool Holdings.

 

Ollen is an active investor, serves on the board of several for-profit and non-profit organizations, and advises and supports organizations focused on expanding economic opportunities. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore.

Sheila Collins

Senior Advisor for Innovation Programming,  AARP

Sheila serves as a Senior Advisor for Innovation Programming at AARP Innovation Labs. This accelerator works with start-ups, investors, and industry leaders to bring forth disruptive technology to fulfill the organization’s mission of empowering people to choose how they live as they age. She is an angel investor and advocate for FemTech solutions and wealth building opportunities for BIPOC founders. 

 

Sheila is a native of Brooklyn, NY and now resides in Washington, DC.  Sheila earned her MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. 

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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. 

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Sonia Bailey

Program Manager for Ethical Hacking Team, Visa

Sonia Bailey is a Program Manager for Visa’s Ethical Hacking Team and has been in the Cybersecurity industry for 9 years.  

 

Sonia is an experienced Program Manager who has benefited from a diverse career in a number of radically different industries from Electrician to Policy Analyst.  Using an interesting skill of understanding the flow of electricity through a home; Sonia can mentally diagram the flow of a process before its written.  She has leveraged her technical and non-technical experience to hone a skill set needed for program management in a cybersecurity field.  She is a PMP certified Project Manager and currently working to complete her CISSP and CompTIA Security+ . 

Velincia Jones

Director of Technology Business Operations, Visa

Velincia is a Director of Technology Business Operations, leading a team of Business Analysts who establish multi-year financial efficiency programs in support of a $1.2B annual budget.  In addition, Velincia has developed a Tech Vendor Engagement program designed to build relationships with multiple levels of leadership, driving Tech-focused conversations and regular touchpoints.  Velincia operates under the tenant that fostering collaboration with cross-organizational teams provides exposure to other areas of the business, allowing expansion of scope and engagement across the organization.

 

Her motivation stems from relationship building, negotiations, and leading teams to overcome business challenges to positively affect stakeholders. Mentorships have afforded Velincia the opportunity to engage, support, and help develop young professionals to navigate the corporate environment and build their brand. Velincia also serves as a mentor to women early in their careers to help navigate through corporate culture.

 

Prior to joining Visa, Velincia spend 12 years in Procurement and Supply Chain, working in various roles for Applied Materials and Dell Technologies.  She has worked on developing procurement strategies, cost models, supplier roadmaps for Technology products, communication strategies, and managing materials spend across top tier vendors in a global landscape.

 

Velincia holds a dual Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Communications Studies and Sociology, an MBA from St. Edward’s University, and a Master’s of Communications Management from USC. Outside of work, Velincia enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 kids, traveling, and interior design.

Demetria Johnson

Client Representative, PPLA Social & PR

Demi Janell is a triple threat who was born in California but grew up primarily in North Carolina. After completion of high school at the age of 16, she was offered many grants and scholarships to attend various universities, but decided to stay close to home and attend an HBCU, Fayetteville State University, to enrich her both mentally and culturally before venturing out in life on her own. She began an undergraduate program that focused on Biology to veer her towards a concentration in Medicine for her goal of becoming a pediatrician. It was towards the beginning of her junior year that she auditioned for her first play, got cast in a lead role, and forever changed her direction in life. Demi acquired her BofA from FSU and continued studying writing and improvisational theater at the world famous Groundlings after moving to Los Angeles.


Demi has appeared in film, television, commercial and music videos on the local and national level. Demi is also no stranger to the world of hosting, whether it was on the red carpet or alongside a cohost on the coach. Demi has interviewed A-List celebrities, musicians, and athletes such as Halle Berry, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom, Carson Kressley, RuPaul Charles, Miranda Kerr, Holly Robinson-Peete, Larry Fitzgerald, and many more.

 

Demi parlayed her talents in the entertainment world and as a high level executive in the hospitality industry to seamlessly transition into the field of Public Relations. At PPLA Social & PR, she represents clients that are well known producers, physicians, and fitness influencers.

 

Between acting, hosting, singing, and networking, you can find Demi volunteering and advocating for social justice and equality. She believes we should all use our platforms and voices to promote diversity and change, no matter where we are in life. “Sometimes our biggest test can become our greatest testimony.”

Dennis Schultz

Executive Director, Blacks In Technology Foundation

Dennis Schultz is a technology, sales and marketing executive.

 

Consultative marketing and sales specialist with strong understanding of supply chain, corporate cloud and on premise Information Technology, mobile communications, digital signage, enterprise storage, and hyper-converged datacenter operations. Possesses excellent oral and written skills, able to handle several projects simultaneously, and effectively present complex technical issues. Operates with a strong sense of urgency and thrives in a fast paced environment. Fascinated by social responsibility, entrepreneurship, mobile communications, social media, big data, and technology. 

Stefanie Thomas

Early Stage Investor, Impact America Fund

Stefanie can often be found working at the intersection of inclusive economies, innovation, and capital accessibility.

 

Along the way, Stefanie has started organizations, led multi-faceted projects, and built incredible networks. As someone who enjoys connecting with people and expanding her perspective, she is always up for ideating on a new concept or exploring an alternative way to think about the world.

 

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. ”

 

— Maya Angelou

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Zondra Rivers

Risk Management Analyst, Visa

Zonda Rivers began her career in financial services with the Federal Reserve Bank, managing teams through the integral processes of payments and transaction exchanges. As a Risk Management Analyst for Visa, she supports clients in auditory compliance and technical writing. Zonda has over 20 years’ experience navigating the complex and detailed guidelines set forth by the payment industry and those established by national and international banking regulations. Her documents provide directions to pinpoint standardized and business individualized policies, client SLA protocols, and compliance standards.

 

Zonda also has a passion for diversity and inclusion. Her belief is that “we must never lose our quench to learn and understand”. This is a personal and ongoing journey, with the endeavor to build an environment of true acceptance, while continuing to find ways to celebrate the differences each person brings into the world. She serves as Co-Lead for Visa’s Black Employees ERG, supporting initiatives that enhance the representation, recruitment, and retention of the underrepresented. Excited to open the minds of young people, she is an advocate for volunteering and inspiring through mentorship. She is the mentor chair for the Visa Speakers Circle TM club and has received several accommodations for her services and commitments, including the Dollar for Doers grant to support favored charities.

 

In her downtime, Zonda loves being with her family, shoe shopping, traveling, lunch outings with friends, and sinking into a good mystery novel. She enjoys living in Colorado but will proudly boast on the beauty and spectaculars of her hometown – Detroit, MI. She holds an MBA in Business Management.

Salah Goss

Senior Vice President for Social Impact, Mastercard

Salah Goss is a financial inclusion expert specializing in harnessing digital solutions for social impact. She was recently named, Senior Vice President for Social Impact at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth leading North America-based programs focused on financial inclusion, racial equity, and small business growth. Previously, she was Senior Vice President at Mastercard running international markets for financial inclusion at the base of the economic pyramid.

 

Her previous roles at Mastercard also include Head of the Mastercard Lab for Financial Inclusion in Nairobi where she oversaw technology innovation  and product development  focused on developing markets; and Vice President, Global Products and Solutions where she partnered with the development community, NGOs and governments to design payments and financial services products that foster financial inclusion and address wider economic development challenges. Salah has contributed to multiple patents, representing her contribution to the development of innovative digital solutions while at Mastercard.

 

Salah previously worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where she focused on financial inclusion through innovative business models for mobile-enabled financial products. Prior to The Gates Foundation, Salah worked as a financial analyst at Sanabel Microfinance Network of Arab Countries in Cairo, Egypt. While in West Africa, she led the establishment of the West Africa Regional Office of the Soros Open Society Foundation based in Dakar, Senegal. Early in her career, she worked for the United States Department of Commerce as a Partnership Specialist where she received an award for outstanding performance.

 

Salah has authored numerous articles, including an article on financial inclusion featured in the World Economic Forum, “The Mobile Financial Services Development Report 2011”. In 2007, Salah was recognized as a National Security and Education Program David L. Boren Fellow and in 2016 Salah became a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  Most recently, in 2019, Salah was awarded the Outstanding Corporate Social Intrapreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum and Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. 

 

Salah is a member of the board of directors for Root Capital and Global Advisory Board for Planned Parenthood International.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and US Foreign Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree from The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. 

Gia Boulos

Senior Manager of Recruitment and Talent, Happy Money

As Happy Money’s Senior Manager of Recruitment and Talent, Gia Boulos is designing a new form of work experience where everyone can come to work as themselves.  Since joining the company in 2019, she’s personally hired over 130 people and her team has hired over 250— all with the goal of spreading the Happy Money Movement by helping transform people’s relationship with money.  Having been raised in between two contrasting cultures, the U.S. and Greece, her passion revolves around helping those who may seem different fit in and have their voices heard.

 

Drawing on her prior roles at well-known technology companies, Honey and Tinder, Gia’s helped build diversity, equity, and inclusion practices into companies’ DNA.  She is currently enrolled in her Masters with Boston University, completed her Bachelors at Clemson University, and is based in Savannah, Georgia.



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.

Georgie-Ann Getton

CEO, GSD Solutions

Georgie-Ann Getton is a NY-based tech ecosystem trailblazer. She is an Execution Expert, mom of 2, and CEO of GSD Solutions, a business development agency she founded in 2019. Georgie is also a multimedia content creator, author, and thought leader through her personal brand GSD with Georgie. Georgie is passionate about educating people on entrepreneurship, resourcefulness, and getting shit done. 



Ashley Owens

Senior IT Acquisition Expert, GSA/TSS

As a senior IT Acquisition expert I seek to evangelize modern procurement practices and agile concepts concerning the strategies, policies, and procedures pertaining to a myriad of digital technology services and products. Priding myself on “real talk” to clients regarding IT procurement, I promote 1102s being the “tip of the spear” in IT transformation.

Shimite Obialo

Venture Partner, Passbook Ventures

Shimite Obialo is an investor, entrepreneur, business advisor, attorney and public speaker. She is founder of the Suites, an exclusive business community helping executives and entrepreneurs of color, access the right connections, coaching and capital to scale their businesses. She is also a Venture Partner at Passbook Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm investing in the future of commerce creating market access for the next generation of internet users. Shimite has seven years of experience as a corporate finance attorney in New York City structuring million and billion-dollar M&A and venture capital financing transactions at corporate firms Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer and Lowenstein Sandler and as General Counsel of a private equity fund, Trident. 

 

Shimite is an experienced public speaker, having moderated and served on panels at Columbia Business School, Yale School of Management, Spotify / PayPal and Shea Moisture. Shimite completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University and earned her Juris Doctor at Columbia Law School. When she is not working, Shimite is committed to the community in which she lives and works. In particular, she focuses her attention on diversity and empowerment and cultural heritage, and serves as secretary of the CGFO Foundation, a nonprofit focused on educating women and girls in rural Nigeria.



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!”

Marguerite Pressley Davis

Founder & CEO, Finance Savvy CEO

Marguerite, top ranked business financial strategist, is the Founder & CEO of Finance Savvy CEO (www.financesavvyceo.com) and the creator of Your Profit Playbook™ – the leading business financial planning creation & implementation program for entrepreneurs. She is a former Goldman Sachs financial analyst and Mergers & Acquisitions consultant, receiving her MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. Named Atlanta’s 40 Under 40 by Atlanta Business Chronicle, Marguerite also is an accredited angel investor, and co-author of “Girl Power Uncensored” with her chapter “From Wall Street To Helping Main Street”.

 

Passionate about financial empowerment, Marguerite created the EdTech-FinTech platform, Finance Savvy CEO to help close the gender & racial wealth gap through focusing on profitable entrepreneurship and improved business financial literacy. Through its’ programming and members only access, Finance Savvy CEO supports business owners to increase the financial health of their business, build their financial confidence, and intentionally create long term organic financial sustainability.

Lauren Washington

Co-founder, Black Women Talk Tech

Lauren is the cofounder of Black Women Talk Tech, Talk Tech Association and Fundr.

 

Founded in 2017, Black Women Talk Tech’s mission is to help black women create the next billion dollar business. In a few years, it became the largest conference for black women founders and spun off to Black Men Talk Tech in 2019. It extended its mission by creating a non-profit, Talk Tech Association, which has since grown to local cities chapters around the world.

 

Given her experiences with fundraising and hearing stories from the hundreds of women she’s worked with, Lauren created Fundr in 2019, a platform that automates seed investing by creating portfolios of vetted startups for angel investors.

 

Her companies have won multiple awards including 43North, the largest global business competition and the Advanced Imaging Society’s Distinguished Leadership Award. She has been featured in The New York Times, Elle, Inc and Black Enterprise and has been listed as a top female entrepreneur in CIO Magazine, Essence Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine.

 

Lauren started her career as a special education teacher with Teach for America and went on to develop marketing and data strategy for over 100 global companies. She started her entrepreneurial journey with her first company, KeepUp, a social listening platform.

 

She has her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. She is on the board of advisors for SXSW Pitch and is the board chair of Talk Tech Association.

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.



Jillian Manus

Managing Partner, Structure Capital

Jillian Manus is an experienced banking and media executive, a technology investor and entrepreneur. She is Managing Partner of an early stage Silicon Valley venture fund, Structure Capital. Branded “Architects of the Zero Waste Economy” they invest in underutilized assets and excess capacity.

 

Ms. Manus serves on numerous boards including: Stanford University Digital Health board, Stanford University School of Medicine Board of Fellows, Advisory Board of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center Board of Directors, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and Communities in Schools. Ms. Manus was named one of the top 25 early-stage Female Investors by Business Insider in 2021.

 

Prior to Structure Capital, Ms. Manus was Founder of Broad Strategy, Manus Media and Global Goal Sports Management. She served as Co- Director of TMT for Credit Suisse Zurich, and Director of Development for Universal and Warner Bros and Associate Publisher of the national publication Upside, reporting on the financial strategies of the technology industry.

 

As a frequent global public speaker, Ms. Manus provides business and political commentary in the media, primarily on CNBC’s Squawk Alley and Bloomberg Business news. She also co-hosts Spotify’s Media’s business podcast “The Pitch.”

 

Ms. Manus attended The University of Oxford & NYU, where she served on the Board of Trustees. Throughout her careers, she has been a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity, frequently speaking on the topic of “Investing in Values, not Just Valuations.”

Sequoia Ramsey

President & CEO, Realistic Computing Inc.

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Jessyka Castillo

Cloud Strategist for cloud.gov, GSA/TSS

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Acting Managing Director, GSA/TSS

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Presidential Innovation Fellow at NIST, GSA/TSS

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Jennifer Davidson

COO of Data Strategy & Information Delivery

Jennifer recently joined the team as the COO of Data Strategy & Information Delivery and will actively help drive key strategic programs and initiatives such as the E*TRADE core integration.

 

Jennifer has 15+ years of experience in increasingly responsible roles within the Financial Services industry.  In her most recent position at BNY Mellon, Jennifer led a team in the data solutions group that was integral for several large scale strategic data initiatives including tools and capabilities.    Key focus areas have ranged from designing and implementing enterprise data quality/associated metrics, building out a data catalog, and ongoing efforts of identifying and executing on opportunities to either streamline, consolidate, reduce, or retire applications/utilities in an effort to both establish standards and reduce cost.

 

Prior to BNY, Jennifer led the program management function and buildout of the securities master (golden source) at JPM Chase, and ensured it was fit for purpose globally (across international and private wealth management groups).  She also developed key partnerships with functional areas such as legal, compliance, risk, tax, and other authoritative groups for production consent.




Jade Latson

Start Path Program Coordinator, Mastercard

As Start Path Program Coordinator, Jade works cross-functionally amongst internal and external industry partners to drive the future of fintech innovation. Start Path is Mastercard’s fintech engagement program – enabling cutting-edge startups the opportunity to grow and scale globally. With a passion for accelerating innovation, Jade brings marketing, startup engagement, management and business development skills to the Start Path team. She combines these relevant passions to identify strategic win-win opportunities, and forge strong relationships between Mastercard’s portfolio of startups and corporate members.

 

During her time on the Start Path team, Jade supported the launch of two new Start Path programming tracks dedicated to early-stage crypto and underrepresented-founded fintechs. Prior to joining the Start Path team, Jade was a member of Mastercard’s accelerated innovation vertical, The Foundry. In this role, Jade aided partners in amplifying their technological impact through an agile and creative approach to experiential marketing, employee innovation, programming, and product innovation.

Jade holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations with a minor in International Relations as well as Diplomacy and a Masters degree in Public Relations from Seton Hall University.



Jaida Vaught

Vice President of Fundraising, Blue State

Jaida is a mission-focused marketer, dedicating her work towards elevating brands and social causes, while creating and curating meaningful content that inspires the hearts and minds of global audiences. As Vice President of Fundraising for Blue State, Jaida leads strategy and supports nonprofit partners like Planned Parenthood, UNICEF, and Mercy Corps. 

 

Prior to her newly appointed role with Blue State, Jaida served as Chief of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships for GirlTrek, the nation’s largest health advocacy organization for Black women, where she was responsible for innovating, defining, and driving GirlTrek’s brand, marketing strategy, and strategic partnerships. 

 

Since joining GirlTrek in April 2019, Jaida has helped exponentially grow the movement from 150,000 to over 1 million members through strong lead generation and live-streaming campaigns. 

 

Before GirlTrek, Jaida served as Director of Direct Marketing at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she managed creative and media investments across all direct response television and digital programs. In addition, Jaida has global brand management and advertising agency experience. She received her Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from Loyola University Chicago. 

 

Jaida rarely goes anywhere without her running shoes, and embodies health, wellness, and self-care. Having run two marathons and countless 10k races, Jaida believes the best way to see the world is to run it.



Ekwutozia Nwabuzor

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Tia Bradley

Staff Program Manager, Intuit’s Talent Programs Organization

Tia Bradley is a Staff Program Manager for Intuit’s Talent Programs organization. As a Black Queer woman, Tia has an unwavering commitment to ensure she is a transformative force in driving diversity, equity and inclusion. She is the chair of the Intuit Plano campus’ Black employee resource group, African Ancestry Network (IAAN), and was selected to join the Racial Equity Advancement Leadership (REAL) team, chartered by Inuit’s CEO to design enterprise-wide equity, diversity, and inclusion strategies. In addition, Tia joined the Board of Directors for Impact Ventures, a nonprofit whose mission “is to empower talented, yet under-estimated Women and Communities of Color to build generational wealth through inclusive entrepreneurship, community wealth building, and integrated capital.” She continues to actively pursue and promote opportunities that ensure the protection and advancement of underserved communities.

Tosh Ernest

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Rauvan Dulay

Vice President of Global Merchandising Business Development & Strategy, Sephora

Rauvan Dulay is the Vice President of Global Merchandising Business Development & Strategy at Sephora. In her role, Rauvan drives Sephora’s global approach to curating the most differentiated and sought-after product assortment across Makeup, Skincare, Fragrance and Hair. A passionate and innovative leader, Rauvan focuses on brand incubation and building meaningful strategies for brands to grow at Sephora.

 

Rauvan and her team have spearheaded various merchandising and brand initiatives for clients such as the 2021 Sephora Accelerate Program, which is dedicated solely to founders of color, the curated brand experiences at SEPHORiA, the retailer’s annual immersive beauty gathering, as well as helping bring more brands into Sephora’s Color iQ shade matching offering. In her nine years at Sephora, Rauvan has held a variety of positions across business development and merchandising. She currently resides in Seattle with her family.

 

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Gloria Kimbwala

Customer Success, Gitcoin

Gloria Kimbwala has dedicated the last 15 years of her career to creating an inclusive culture in technology around the globe. She believes that the best innovation happens when people can be their most authentic self and bring their unique perspective to technology. Great people make great technology and greatness can come from anywhere!

Dr. Mandë Holford

Co-founder, Killer Snails LLC

Dr. Mandë Holford is a scientist whose research from mollusks to medicine examines venoms and venomous animals as agents of change and innovation in evolution and in manipulating cellular physiology in pain and cancer.

 

She is a cofounder of Killer Snails, LLC an award winning EdTech company that uses XR, digital, and tabletop games to bring science out of the lab and into classrooms, living rooms, and boardrooms. Using games and extreme creatures of nature, like snails that eat fish, Killer Snails fuels curiosity to create lifelong learners that love science. Mandë has received several honors including being named a 2020 Sustainability Pioneer and 2015 New Champion Young Scientist by the World Economic Forum, elected a fellow of the  California Academy of Sciences , recipient of the prestigious Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, an National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and honored as a Breakthrough Women in Science by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and NPR’s Science Friday.

 

She is an Associate Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry at City University of New York (CUNY) Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center, with scientific appointments at the American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medicine. Mandë obtained her PhD from The Rockefeller University.

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Tiffany Townsend

Ship Black

Tiffany is a retired Postmaster from USPS. In the spring of 2019 she opened a Postal Store. Since then, she has had the opportunity to serve and educate small business owners in the product fulfillment and shipping areas. She has also helped birth Ship Black; Businesses Learning And Collaborating for Knowledge. Since then, she has formed a non-profit to serve her community–Pack-N-Pour, an organization for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum to learn job skills and become employable. She also serves as President of Parents In Power Non-Profit. Today she serves several e-commerce businesses in the Houston area allowing them scalability and growth. 

Ejiro Enaohwo

CEO & Co-Founder, Toaste

Ejiro Enaohwo is a 28-year-old, Nigerian-American entrepreneur based in New York City. She is the CEO/Co-Founder of Toaste, a content-first marketplace for beauty, wellness, and personal care products, driven by black and multi-cultural reviews.

 

Prior to launching Toaste, Ejiro worked in international marketing as a Product Manager at Sony Music. Before Sony, she was a Marketing Manager at Meredith Corporations (formerly Time Inc.) – where she implemented digital programs and strategies to integrate advertisers and influencers across portfolio brands.

 

Before joining Time Inc, Ejiro executed partnerships with Spotify, NYU, and The United Nations through Music Moves Africa, an organization she founded in 2016. Ejiro holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Communications from Penn State University. 

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.