Agenda Archive - Roadmap to Billions

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6 pm - 9 pm

2024-05-16 All

Kick Off the Roadmap to Billions in Style! Join us at the vibrant TimeOut Market New York, 55 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Dive into an evening of inspiring conversations and form lasting connections with the Black Women Talk Tech team and fellow innovators. While food and drinks are on your own, the opportunities to network are endless. Don’t miss out on the start of something big!

Open To All

Day 1 – May 17

9:30 am -10:10 am

2024-05-17 All

Welcome - Day 1 Remarks

To Be Announced

10:15 am- 10:45 am

2024-05-17 All

Building a Sustainable Funding Path: Strategies for Startups

Ensuring access to the right capital is critical for startup success. This workshop presents a comparative analysis of various funding mechanisms. We'll break down the pros and cons of loans, accelerators, and venture capital. Learn how to craft a compelling case for investment & secure resources for your venture's long-term success.

Kange Kaneene, Richard Odior, Ashlee Wisdom, Nelly Yusupova

10:50 am - 11:20 am

2024-05-17 All

The Art of Customer Success in Tech

This panel discussion dives into the art of cultivating thriving customer relationships in the tech industry. Hear tech leaders share their insights on crafting exceptional customer experiences, fostering loyalty, and implementing winning retention strategies. This session is designed to empower attendees to transform their customer base into a powerful engine for growth.

Chantel George, Andrew Frazier Jr., Nikki Porcher

11:25 am - 12:05 pm

2024-05-17 All

Next Level Career Moves: Rising through the ranks

This interactive roundtable cracks the code for navigating the hiring process, equipping you with strategies for both technical and non-technical roles for mid-senior level career professionals. Join industry experts for a candid discussion on what recruiters look for, how to showcase your skills, and land your dream tech job.

Rachel Serwetz, Kerry-Ann Lewis, Kaylie Mazza

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm

2024-05-17 All

Optimizing Efficiency: AI-Powered Strategies for the Productive Entrepreneur

This workshop equips you with the knowledge and skills to leverage AI tools to their full potential. Get ready to optimize your workflow, boost your performance, and stay ahead of the curve.

Ben Yurcisin, LaToya Christian, Kimberly Gray, James Francis, Kameka Dempsey

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm

2024-05-17 All

Building Products that Break Through: The Art of Product Development

This workshop equips you to transform your innovative ideas into groundbreaking products. Navigate the journey from initial concept to market leader, diving deep into product development, achieving market fit, and crafting winning strategies. Learn practical strategies to refine your concept, validate its potential, and build a product that users love.

Lajuanda M. Asemota, Alexandra Raymond, Nadine Shelton, Jae Henderson

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm

2024-05-17 All

Effective Go to Market Strategies for Tech Startups

This session equips founders/startups with the knowledge and tools to develop and execute winning go-to-market (GTM) strategies specifically tailored for SaaS and tech products. Learn how to identify your ideal customer, craft a powerful value proposition, and navigate the launch process for explosive growth. Walk away ready to confidently navigate the market and achieve explosive growth for your tech venture.l customer, craft a powerful value proposition, and navigate the launch process for explosive growth. Walk away ready to confidently navigate the market and achieve explosive growth for your tech venture.

Gary J. Nix, Candace Mitchell Harris, Brianne Garrett

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

2024-05-17 All

Decode the Code: Acing the Technical Interview

Land your dream tech job with confidence! This interactive workshop equips you with the skills and strategies to conquer technical interviews. We'll break down the technical interview into manageable steps, equip you with problem-solving strategies, and help you translate your coding skills into clear, confident communication.This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to confidently navigate the technical interview and land their dream tech job.

Lorie Johnson, Meloni Boatswain, Nyamekye Wilson

4:05 pm - 4:25 pm

2024-05-17 All

EXIM Bank Presentation

To Be Announced

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

2024-05-17 All

Pitch Competition

To Be Announced

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

2024-05-17 All

Music & Networking

Open To All

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

2024-05-17 All

HBCU Celebration

Roadmap to Billions brings you "HBCU Celebration,” an electrifying networking party set to light up the Brooklyn Navy Yard from 6:00 PM to midnight! Get ready to mingle, unwind, and enjoy a night filled with surprises. Delight in tasty food and drinks, groove to the thrilling live band and step show performances by talents from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and don’t miss the chance to meet our surprise celebrity guest, and music by DJ Kid CAPRI! It’s more than just a party—it’s a full experience designed to help you build lasting connections in a fun and vibrant atmosphere. Mark your calendar and be part of this unforgettable night. Let’s create better together!

Open To All

Day 2 – May 18

10:15 am - 10:45 am

2024-05-18 All

Breathe, Stretch, Bawse Up: Renew Your Focus for Billions

To Be Announced

10:50 am - 11:30 am

2024-05-18 All

Recruiting Insights for Tech Newbies

This interactive roundtable cracks the code for navigating the hiring process, equipping you with strategies for both technical and non-technical roles for entry level professionals. Join industry experts for a candid discussion on what recruiters look for, how to showcase your skills, and land your dream tech job.

Joliz Cedeño, Danie Moses, Nicole Pierre-Louis, Micah Kimberly

10:50 am - 11:30 am

2024-05-18 All

Cybersecurity Tips to Secure The Bag

Building a billion-dollar tech empire requires a rock-solid foundation. This workshop equips you with knowledge and tools to fortify their businesses against cyber threats. Explore encryption strategies, data protection best practices, and building a secure online presence. Walk away with the knowledge to build your tech empire with confidence, knowing your crown jewels (data) are safeguarded.

Amy Mushahwar, Majgan Samimy

11:35 am -12:15 pm

2024-05-18 All

From Disrupt to Deliver: Big Tech Energy for Untapped Markets

Go beyond the usual suspects. This workshop dives into the vast potential of overlooked tech markets like manufacturing, government contracts, and supply chains. Discover how Big Tech companies are leveraging these hidden gems and learn how to adapt their strategies for your own growth. This workshop equips you with the strategies and insights to conquer new territories and propel your business to the next level.

Donnell Baird, Brian Laung Aoeah, Chante Harris, Cynthia Overton

11:35 am - 12:15 pm

2024-05-18 All

EmpowerHER: Black Women in Technology Leadership

This session explores the unique journey of Black women in tech leadership. We'll delve into navigating challenges, fostering allyship, and building a fulfilling career path. Gain insights, share experiences, and leave empowered to shape the future of tech.

Tasha Youngblood Brown, Minerva Phifer, Brenda Darden Wilkerson, Allie Joy Tsahey, Nicolle McCarty

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

2024-05-18 All

Hack Your Resume: Insider Tips & Tricks

Join us for a dynamic workshop where we'll dive deep into the art of crafting a killer resume that gets you noticed by top tech companies.

Led by seasoned industry professionals, this workshop will uncover insider tips and tricks to make your resume stand out from the crowd. From formatting hacks to keyword optimization strategies, we'll equip you with the tools you need to land your dream job.

Jarrett Albritton, Dino Anagbogu, Jamesha Littles, Keshia Walker

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

2024-05-18 All

What Investors Really Want: Masterclass in Investor Expectations

This masterclass peels back the layers of investor decision-making. Gain a strategic understanding of the key criteria venture capitalists and angel investors prioritize when evaluating tech startups. This session equips you with actionable insights to refine your pitch and confidently navigate the funding landscape.

Esosa Ighodaro, Waverly Middleton, Stephanie Fowler

2:35 pm - 3:15 pm

2024-05-18 All

Building Your A-Team: Strategies for Founders & Managers

Founding a startup or leading a team? This session dives deep into building effective teams, no matter your stage. Learn how to define your ideal candidate profile and craft a compelling vision to attract top talent. We'll explore best practices for sourcing, screening, and onboarding, ensuring your team aligns with your goals and drives long-term success. Founders will gain insights on building a founding team, while managers will discover strategies for building a high-performing unit within an established company.

Kim Blue, Prathan Powell, Judy Jackson

2:35 pm - 3:15 pm

2024-05-18 All

Boss Mamas, Zen Minds: Fostering Mental Wellness While Building Your Empire

You can't pour from an empty cup.

This workshop is your roadmap to becoming a boss mama with zen vibes. We'll explore practical strategies for prioritizing your mental wellness, fostering resilience, and building a support system that empowers you to reach your full potential. Discover effective strategies for managing stress, combating burnout, and creating healthy habits that fit your busy schedule. Whether you're a working mom, a stay-at-home mom, or somewhere in between, this workshop offers a supportive space to prioritize your well-being and thrive in the dynamic world of tech.

Nijiama Smalls, Kimberly Seals Allen, Esosa Ighodaro

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm

2024-05-18 All

Saturday Afternoon: Founder Fireside chat

Esosa Ighodaro, Jennifer L. Williams

Day 3 – May 19

11:00 am - 7:00 pm

2024-05-19 All

RTB After Party Brunch

Roadmap to Billions features an unmissable After Party Brunch! Join us on May 19th from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM at:


Panda 39
54 West 39th St NY, NY 10018.


Enjoy the vibrant beats of Mad Russian, DJ Commish, and Dingle Liz.

Please note, this event is sold separately. Secure your spot by choosing one of the following ticket options:

  • Brunch Ticket (entry + brunch): $48
  • Just Vibes Ticket (entry only): $20

Don’t miss out on this perfect blend of brunch and beats to wrap up an incredible event!

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Day 3 – May 19