RTB 2022 - Roadmap to Billions

May 18-20, 2023

Join more than 1,500 tech founders, investors, professionals, and enthusiasts for our 7th Annual Roadmap to Billions!

Pitch Competition Applications are Open! 
Register now to enter for a chance win $25K

“If you are a Black woman founder or aspiring founder, this conference is a must-go.”
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Blended IRL & Virtual Year-Round 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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Snag a Job To Fund Your Startup
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About Roadmap to Billions

Roadmap to Billions  2023 returns to Brooklyn, NY May 18th – 20th.

Come kick it with Black Women Talk Tech and 1,500 founders at the Brooklyn Navy Yard! Join us for the only annual tech conference created exclusively by Black women founders for Black female founders and their supporters.

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

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

Host Hotel – Sheraton Brooklyn New York

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

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It’s our 7th year and we’re only getting better.

Roadmap to Billions 2023 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.









Day 0

DAY Day 0

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!

Open To All

Ticket TYpes

Founders/Aspiring Founders

Join us IRL!

Join us Online

Aspiring Founders

Upgrade to VIP for Membership Access + a Swag Bag

Investors/Aspiring Investors

Join us IRL!

Join us Online

Aspiring Investors

Upgrade to VIP for Membership Access + a Swag Bag


Join us IRL!

Tech Enthusiasts



2022 Speakers

Kezia Williams

The Black upStart

Isoken Igbinedion


Evan Hamilton

Upfront Ventures

Carla Harris

 Morgan Stanley

Mandy Bynum McLaughlin


Connie S. Falls

Systems B.A.E.

Janis Bowdler

US Department of the Treasury

Tonna Obaze

Harlem Capital

David C. Williams


Enovia Bedford


Veronica Parks


Crystal Berger


Renita D. Young

Bloomberg Black Business Beat

Kenneth Ebie

NYC Dept of Small Business Services

Pauleanna Reid


Amber Allen

Double A Labs

Lisa G.

You Are Tech

Cinneah El-Amin


Tiffany Kelly


Tahira White

19th and Park

Eunique Jones Gibson

Culture Brands

David Smith


Andrea Donkor


Kelly Ifill



Shellye Archambeau

Former CEO, Board Director, Author


Alex Hill

Home Cook & Recipe Developer


DJ Olivia Dope


Khadijah Adams

Founder of Khadijah Adams, LLC dba Girl Get That Money


Jon Fortt

Tech Check Anchor, CNBC


Jazmyn W

Comedian & Content Creator


Danielle Young

Journalist, Producer, Content Queen


Terrance Gaines

Tech Consultant

Kandi Burruss

Founder, Entrepreneur

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Mellody Hobson

Ariel Investments

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

Managing Partner & Founder, Precursor Venture

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

Peggy Alford

EVP Global Sales, PayPal

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Timnit Gebru

Computer Scientist

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

Shellye Archambeau
Former CEO, Board Director, Author

Coming soon …

Ayo Suber

UI Engineer and Design Technologist, Square

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


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


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

Shila Burney

Founder & Managing Partner, Zane Venture Fund

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


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


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

Nichole Jordan

SVP Global Partner Success, Via Transportation

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


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


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


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


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


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

Henry Bolden

Inclusive Recruiting Lead, Spotify

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


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


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

Jon Fortt

Tech Check Anchor, CNBC

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


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

Danielle Young

Journalist, Producer, Content Queen

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

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


Tanya Van Court

Founder & CEO, Goalsetter

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

Frank Valdivieso

President & CEO, Gryphon Consulting

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


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

Dr. Nashlie Sephus

Tech Evangelist, Amazon AI

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


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


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

Alice Vilma

Managing Director in the Multicultural Client Strategy Group, Morgan Stanley

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


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

Anthony Egbuniwe

Director of Global Partnerships – Public Sector & Education, Microsoft  

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


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

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

Marcus Glover

Co-founder and Managing Director, Lockstep Ventures

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


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


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

Nakaiya Turk 

Corporate Marketer & Youtuber

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

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

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

LaToya Moore

North America Partnership Lead, Facebook

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


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

Sequoia Ramsey

President & CEO, Realistic Computing Inc.

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Shante Frazier


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

Susan Akkad

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

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

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

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

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

Oksana Malysheva

Investor, Entrepreneur and Business Executive

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


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


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


Twitter: @Oksana_ATX

Jumoke K. Dada

Technologist and Social Entrepreneur

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


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


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


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


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


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