ROADMAP TO BILLIONS

Conference 2018

FEBRUARY 28- MARCH 1, 2018

Black Women Talk Tech’s 2nd annual conference is focused on tearing down roadblocks and promoting #blackgirlmagic in the tech industry. It will include two full days of expert panels and workshops, keynotes, a $10,000 pitch competition, founder showcases, performances, celebrations and much more!

The first day is made for black women founders, giving them the blueprint of how to build a billion dollar company. Attendees will connect one-on-one with investors, listen to workshops tailored to their business and have exclusive opportunities to promote their companies to the media. This day is invite or application only.

The second day of the conference is giving our black female founders the spotlight. If you’re interested in starting a business, want to support black women founders or want to learn more about the tech industry, this day is for you.  Attendees will get unique content, tons of swag and the opportunity to networks with incredible people. And we’re celebrating our strides and accomplishments in tech, so don’t forget to buy your ticket to the after party!

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SCHEDULE

Day 1

February 28, 2018

8:30-9:00am

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

Black Women Talk Tech Staff

9:00-9:15am

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

Host: Sequoia Blogdett
Welcome by Laura Clayton McDonnell

9:15-10am

MORNING KEYNOTE: BUILDING WEALTH AS AN ENTREPRENEUR

Rich Dennis
Interviewed by Kim Weisul

10-10:45am

BUILDING ROCKETSHIPS: THE REALITY OF SCALING

Kelechi Anyadiegwu
Juanita Lott
Chrissa McFarlane
Moderated by Jessica Collins

11-11:45am

RAISING A MILLION DOLLARS WORKSHOP

Samira Salman

11:45am-12:30pm

FINDING PRODUCT/MARKET FIT: DISTRACTION OR PIVOT?

Barbara Bickham
Dawn Dickson
Tereza Nemessanyi
Moderated by Kwadwo Nyarko

12:30-1:45pm

INVESTOR & ADVISOR NETWORKING LUNCH

Various Investors, Incubators and Accelerators

1:45-2:30pm

MANAGING THE MENTAL HEALTH ROLLERCOASTER

Tonya Ladipo

2:30-3:15pm

CREATING A COMPELLING BRAND STORY

Rakia Reynolds
in conversation with Jennifer Usdan McBride

3:30-4:15pm

THE COMPANY YOU KEEP: FOUNDER RELATIONSHIPS

Denise Hamilton
Candace Mitchell
Alicia Thomas
Moderated by Danielle Skeen

4:30-5:30pm

EVENING KEYNOTE

Tonya Lewis Lee
Interviewed by Judith Jacques

Day 2

March 1, 2018

9:00-9:15am

REGISTRATION & WELCOME

Welcome by Chris Lwanga

9:15-10am

MORNING KEYNOTE

Jean Brownhill
Interviewed by Jenna Wortham

10:15-11am

TECH TRANSFER: TECH’S BEST KEPT SECRET

Janeya Griffin
Karina Montilla Edmonds
Mande Holford
Rick Shindell
Moderated by Julius Maina

11:15-11:45am

BLACK GIRL MAGIC TALKS: SHOWCASING OUR EXPERTISE

3 Chosen Founders: will it be you?

12-12:45pm

INTERSECTIONALITY IN TECH: THE IGNORED DIVERSITY

Sarah Kunst
Lauren Maillian
Jasmine Greenaway
Moderated by Chana Ewing

1-2pm

LUNCH & TECH TRAILBLAZER AWARD

Musical Guest: DELLA$IE

2-2:45pm

THE REALITY OF REALITY TV PITCH SHOWS

Brandon Andrews
Chuck Pettid
Alicia Syrett
Moderated by Regina Wallace-Jones

3-4pm

$10,000 PITCH COMPETITION

6 Finalists, 3 Winners: will it be you?
Introduction by Angel Rich
Prizes presented by Candice Matthews

4:15-5pm

EVENING KEYNOTE

Heather Hiles
Interviewed by Sandra Bookman

5:30-8pm

AFTER PARTY

The Fishbowl at Dream Midtown
Hosted by: Junae Brown & Kim Chanel

SPEAKERS

Are you ready? Our dynamic list of speakers will keep it real and tell you all the secrets of building your billion dollar business and they have the track records prove it.

Jean Brownhill

bio

After earning an Architecture degree at The Cooper Union, Jean Brownhill spent a decade in design and construction, including in Global Architecture at Coach, where she won the Chairman’s Award for designing web platforms to streamline retail construction worldwide. After a challenging renovation of her own home, she saw the need for a free service to match people to vetted general contractors, providing support throughout the process.

Sweeten (as in “home, sweet home”) launched in 2011; the concept earned Jean a prestigious Loeb Fellowship from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

Today, Sweeten has nearly $900M of projects in the pipeline. The service has been called a “Renovation Game-Changer” by Domino, with Jean hailed as “The Contractor Whisperer “in New York Magazine as well as one of “The Most Innovative Women Founders in America” by Inc. Sweeten brings trust + transparency to the $300B+ residential renovation industry, allowing consumers to renovate fearlessly.

Just as Sweeten sets new standards for contractors, Jean is taking on traditional barriers for diversity and women in tech. She's a female founder disrupting a male-dominated industry. She’s the co-founder of the African American Student Union (AASU) at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, an organization supporting African Americans in architecture, real estate and urban planning. And she’s one of very few African-American female entrepreneurs to raise $1M+ in venture capital.

JEAN BROWNHILL

Sweeten
Founder & CEO

Richelieu Dennis

bio

Nubian Heritage’s co-founders Richelieu Dennis, Nyema Tubman and Mary Dennis created a brand that had a humble beginning over 20 years ago on the streets of Harlem. After graduating from renowned business school Babson College in 1991, Richelieu and Nyema were unable to return to their home country of Liberia due to civil war. Fresh out college and without jobs, the childhood friends partnered with Richelieu’s mother, Mary, to bring the healing traditions of African Black Soap and Shea Butter to the community they loved. Passionate about natural products with indigenous ingredients and the cultures they come from, they began handcrafting shea butter soaps and salves and sold them as street vendors. Guided by the legacy of ancient Nubia, the world's first melting pot, Richelieu sought to remix healing wisdom and culturally authentic practices into modern wellness solutions. In speaking with the community daily as a street vendor, he was able to answer the demand for healthy products that spoke to people's unique wellness needs.

Richelieu, Mary Dennis and Nyema founded parent company Sundial Brands and the Nubian Heritage brand was born. Grassroots efforts and strong word-of-mouth brought the collections to the attention of retailers, and products were soon available on shelves nationwide, including Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, Wegmans, Sprouts, Pharmaca and independent health food stores.

Believing in the power of commerce to change the world, Richelieu pioneered Sundial’s Community Commerce program. Since Shea Butter is central to the company’s products, it’s ethically sourced from seven women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana, and the brand works with over 700 women. An ethical wage premium is paid to these enterprising women, and Sundial aids in monitoring practices to ensure that the efficiency, health, profitability and quality of life is elevated for members of the coop. The women in Ghana become Sundial’s partners, not just suppliers, and with their rise in income, they experience greater health, access to education and the benefits of financial freedom.

Richelieu remains a pioneer in his research, testing and utilization of rare, raw materials from all over globe, as well as incorporating these ingredients into his skin and hair care formulations in culturally authentic ways. As an avid, constant gardener at his home and office, he continues to draw inspiration for his products from the many flowers and herbs he grows.

RICHELIEU DENNIS

Sundial Brands
Founder & CEO

Heather Hiles

bio

Heather Hiles is founder of the Hiles Fund and most recently the Deputy Director for Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Heather manages a team focused on higher education models and solutions. Prior to joining the foundation, Heather was founder and CEO of Pathbrite, the world’s leading Portfolio Learning Platform. Before founding Pathbrite, Heather built a solid career in education, workforce development, and finance spanning more than 20 years. A successful serial entrepreneur, her leadership experience includes positions as a founder or leader of several private and public-sector organizations, including: Commissioner for the San Francisco Unified School District; Executive Director of Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2); co-founder of EARN; and CEO of SFWorks, a nonprofit that transitions women from welfare into career. Heather received her B.A. from University of California at Berkeley in Economic Development and Ethnic Studies and holds an MBA from Yale University, with a concentration in Finance and Strategic Planning. She has served on the boards of Leadership Public Schools, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, and Communities United Against Violence (CUAV).

HEATHER HILES

The Hiles Fund
Founder

Tonya Lewis Lee

bio

Tonya Lewis Lee is an American film and television producer, author, entrepreneur and advocate for women and infant health. Since founding her production company, Madstone Company Inc. in 1998 she has been a constant fixture in media and business, founding Healthy You Now, a web platform for women’s health and Movita, an online organic vitamin company.

Lewis Lee also served as the spokesperson for A Healthy Baby Begins With You, an infant mortality awareness raising campaign out of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health from 2007 to 2013. Through the campaign she traveled the US speaking on issues of women’s health for the sake of their unborn children. She has published the children's book Please Baby Please and created content for Nickelodeon.

As a film and TV producer, in 2014 Lewis Lee founded ToniK Productions along with her partner Nikki Silver where they produce content for the entire family. Since its founding, ToniK has produced several projects including The Watsons Go To Birmingham which Lewis Lee wrote, The Giver, She's Gotta Have It, and MONSTER.

TONYA LEWIS LEE 

Movita & ToniK Productions
Founder

Brandon Andrews

bio

With Values Partnerships Brandon organizes casting events around the nation focused on bringing more diverse ideas and voices to ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank. He is also leading an effort to support entrepreneurs through developing a network of capital, skill-building, and other resources.

Brandon Andrews

Shark Tank/Values Partnerships
Serial Entrepreneur

Kelechi Anyadiegwu

bio

Kelechi Anyadiegwu is currently the Founder + CEO of multivendor African Design marketplace, Zuvaa. With a background in marketing and user experiencer technology, Kelechi created Zuvaa to to showcase the beauty and vibrancy of African culture and designs. The multivendor marketplace is home to over 50 of the best designers on the African continent. Since launching in 2014, Zuvaa has been featured in The New York Times, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine and Fast Company to name a few.

Kelechi has been recognized by Forbes Magazine has 30 Under 30 in the Retail & Ecommerce Category. Kelechi has also been recognized by Inc, CNN and Voices of America for her contributions.

Kelechi Anyadiegwue

Zuvaa
Founder & CEO

Barbara Bickham

bio

Barbara Bickham, CTO with extensive experience in Technology, Monetization,
Digital/Mobile and Entrepreneurship. Her current areas of expertise are in Internet of
Things, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence.
Barbara is currently a Fractional CTO for several companies and a team member for Hyperloop
Transportation Technologies (HTT). Previously, Ms. Bickham was the Director of Engineering
for Flexeye where she architected, designed and coded the 2014 Gartner Cool Vendor Award
Winning REST API for their IoT Platform eyehubiot.com.
Ms. Bickham founded TechGenii, Inc., a digital strategy company; Wilderforex.com, a Forex
Software company; and PCNLA an investment association connecting Southern California
businesses with venture funding.
She is on the Advisory Board of the MIND Institute, MindMusic and Yummy Society; a Mentor
for Springboard Enterprises, Stubbs Alderton PreCellerator, MakeInLA and VSEDC; and an EIR
for Bixel Exchange.
She holds degrees from University of Chicago, New Entrepreneurs Program, an MSCS from
West Coast University and a BACS from University of California, Berkeley.

Barbara Bickham

Startup Growth Advisors
CTO

Sequoia-Blogdett

bio

Sequoia Blodgett spent the bulk of her professional career as a producer/director, focused on music videos, commercials, and branded content, working with top pop artists and international brands.

Within the last few years, she moved to Silicon Valley and dove, head first, into the tech startup scene. She is currently the Silicon Valley, Tech Editor for Black Enterprise.

Sequoia Blogdett

Black Enterprise 
Tech Editor

Junae Brown

bio

Junae Brown is a young Marketing and Event Planning professional hailing from Harlem, New York. Passionate about Music and people from a very early age, and carefully guided by industry mentors in her teens, a career in it was inevitable. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in Music Business, she spent time further developing her experience at Sony Music at both Columbia Records and RCA Records. There she had the opportunity to work behind the scenes in various capacities on the projects of artists such as Beyonce, AC/DC, Chris Brown, Usher, J. Cole., T.I., A$AP Mob, Bryson Tiller, G- Eazy, Goldlink, and Jazmine Sullivan. Somewhere along the way her rebel spirit, out of the box marketing, and passion for people began to blend together and Browned 2 Perfection Agency was born.

Junae Brown

Browned 2 Perfection Agency
Founder

Kim Chanel

bio

Kim Chanel is an event marketing strategist who also uses her social media platform in a way that helps her connect with her audience specifically, through the use of engagement. With her most current position at a startup music streaming site by the name of Audiomack, Kim’s role as Manager of Events & Marketing is to curate events which not only brings awareness to the brand but to provide a memorable and fun experience for all attendees.

Early on, Kim Chanel first got her first start in music by interning for record labels such as, Def Jam in the Digital Marketing department, Atlantic Records, in the Video production department and lastly, Epic Records in the Urban Promotions department. Along with that, Kim Chanel has made an effort to build an organic social media platform, which connects with her growing audience through the continuous engagement. Kim Chanel’s eclectic taste in music and her authentic take on the art form brought her a following that has allowed her multiple opportunities. With her platform, she has been able to connect with music aficionados of all kinds from many parts of the world and organize events in various cites that appeal to her audience’s interests with her partner Junae Brown.

Kim Chanel holds B.A in Communications from Pace University New York City

Kim Chanel

Trappin for the 99 & 2000s
Founder

Laura Clayton McDonnell

bio

Laura A. Clayton McDonnell is the Vice President, Enterprise Commercial for the New York Region, responsible for leading a team of over 200 account relationship, technical solutions, and customer success professionals, supporting the digital transformation of key customers headquartered in the New York Region and driving stellar results including exceeding revenue and growth targets.

Laura is an executive with extensive sales management and legal experience in the information technology industry. Her most recent prior position was Senior Vice President, North America Sales at Aspect Software. Prior to that role, she was Vice President of Strategic Services at IBM and closed the first $200M+, 5-year long-term services transformational deal with a leading insurer/healthcare provider in Spanish South America.

She also was Vice President, Public Sector, West IMT, North America Group leading a $2.2B sales organization which supported the State and Local Government, Education, Healthcare and Life Sciences industries. In that capacity, she generated 11 out of 13 quarters of positive growth, holding or taking market share in all quarters except one. She also led the Smarter Cities/Smarter Planet and the North America Healthcare Growth Initiatives.

Laura’s prior IBM positions included Vice President, Services Business Development, S&D Communications Sector, Director & Senior Client Solutions Executive for Global Technology Services, and Director of Contracts & Negotiations for Global Business Development. Before joining IBM, she was Vice President of Business Development at Rational Software. Prior to Rational, Laura was at Sun Microsystems, Inc. where she held a variety of executive-level positions including Senior Director of Market Development and Strategic Planning, and General Counsel of the Consumer and Embedded Software Division. Prior to joining Sun, she was Managing Attorney for North American Sales at Cisco Systems, Inc. and a Senior Counsel at Apple Computer, Inc. Prior to Apple, Laura was in private corporate and securities law practice at a law firm in San Francisco.

Laura received her Bachelor of Science degree “with distinction” in International Business Administration at San Jose State University, her Masters in Business Administration degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley in Finance and International Business Administration, and her Juris Doctorate from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. At Boalt, she was awarded “Best Oral Argument” for First Year Moot Court, and served as Articles Editor for the International Tax and Business Lawyer Journal. She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and the State of California.

Laura has held leadership positions in community and business professional organizations. She has served as President of the Barristers Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and President of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Black MBA Association. Laura has been a member of the Development Council for the Haas School of Business, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Boalt Hall School of Law Alumni Association. She is a recipient of the 2008 YWCA of Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award (TWIN). Laura is a member of the Women’s Forum of New York, an Advisory Committee Member of the 92Y’s Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact, a member of the Board of Directors of the Metro NY Chapter of the USNC for United Nations Women, a member of the Women’s Leadership Council for the United Way of New York, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Intrepid Museum

Laura Clayton McDonnell

Microsoft
Vice President, Enterprise Commercial, New York Region

Jessica Collins

bio

Jessica is the Product Marketing Lead at Bumble. With a background in both user research and strategy, Jessica came to product management through a non-traditional route — empathy and studying how users connect with technology. As a Product Marketing Manager, she is committed to helping Bumble build and market the right products for the right customers. Before joining The Hive, Jessica led a product development team at Front Gate Tickets where she was focused on redefining the festival experience for promoters & fans through innovation, creativity, and technology.

Jessica Collins

Bumble
Product Marketing Lead

DELLA$IE

bio

DELLA$IE is a true renaissance woman. The New-York born Ghanaian singer — who left a successful career in marketing to pursue music — embodies what it means to be a polymath artist. She has honed her talent as a singer, song-writer, muse and public speaker working internationally. She knows the importance of having a strong work ethic, an even stronger vision, and a powerful message, “I want women everywhere to hear my music and feel inspired to be the powerful, beautiful, diverse, creators and innovators that we are. My music is all about confidence, self-love and self-expression within the context of afrofuturism.” Famous for her fashion sense and energetic stage shows, DELLA$IE is excited and proud to be supporting BWTT!

DELLA$IE

Singer & Songwriter

Dawn Dickson

bio

Dawn W. Dickson is a serial entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience in marketing and business development. She launched four successful cash flow positive companies since 2002, her most recent ventures Flat Out of Heels (rollable flats for women to get relief from painful heels) and Solutions Vending International (SVI) after identifying a need develop a software solution to make vending machines more intelligent.
Dawn has received numerous awards and accolades for her business savvy and pitching skills, including being awarded first place in the PowerMoves NOLA Big Break pitch competition and second place in the 2016 SBA InnovateHer Challenge. As an entrepreneur Dawn has been invited to speak on numerous panels and workshops and featured in countless media outlets including Forbes, Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, The Miami Herald, Ebony.com, Women’s World Daily, CNBC/Yahoo series ‘The Biz Fix’ with Marcus Lemonis, and MSNBC ‘Your Biz’ Elevator Pitch.
A recognized leader in entrepreneurship and digital marketing, Dawn is featured in Who’s Who in Black Columbus, Who Who’s in Black Atlanta, honored as one of Legacy Miami’s Top 40 Under 40 Leaders in South Florida, and listed among the ‘50 Young Visionary Women Leaders to Watch in 2015’ by Innov8tiv Magazine. Dawn received her B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Ray Miller Institute of Change and Leadership; A graduate of the United Way Project Diversity; a member of Miami Young Professionals Network; a member of the Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce; Likewise, she has been recognized for her involvement and commitment to sustain awareness about philanthropy by becoming an award recipient of the IUPUI Millennium Scholarship for Philanthropic Studies. Additionally, Dawn was selected to participate in some of the nation’s top accelerator programs for entrepreneurs including the NewME (San Francisco), Canopy Boulder (Boulder, Colorado) and Techstars (Los Angeles) and is recognized as one of the nation’s top entrepreneurs on the rise.

Dawn Dickson

PopCom
Founder & CEO

Chana Ewing

bio

A storyteller, digital strategist and entrepreneur, Chana Ginelle Ewing is the co-founder and CEO at Geenie, a self-development platform supporting Black women.

Beyond her work at Geenie, Chana founded littlebigGirl + CO, a NYC-based impact branding/marketing studio servicing non-profit, entertainment/media and technology clients. As a marketer committed to racial and social justice, she has worked with clients such as The Andrew Goodman Foundation, Netflix, Firelight Media and Discovery on new program piloting, documentary film releases and digital design and social media campaigns.

Chana’s interests lie at the intersection of innovation, women’s leadership and changemaking. She and her projects have been featured in blogs and online media properties including Forbes, MadameNoire, HerAgenda, Black Enterprise and UPTOWN. She frequently speaks on entrepreneurship, digital marketing and empowering women leaders and has participated on panels/talks at Social Media Week, Civic Hall, High School for Tourism and Hospitality (Bronx, NY), Pipeline Fellowship Conference, and 3 Day Startup.

Chana serves on the Millennial Advisory Committee of The Andrew Goodman Foundation and the Young Professionals Committee of 651 ARTS. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Chana Ginelle Ewing

Geenie
Cofounder & CEO

Jasmine Greenaway

bio

Jasmine is an NYC based developer and Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft. With words and code, she uses Azure to illustrate the awesome things developers can do with the cloud. Her 8 years of development experience has led her to different development environments and industries, such as in retail with Sears, gaming with Rockstar Games, and prior to Microsoft, .NET developer tooling as a software engineer at GitHub. She also teaches the basics of web development as an adjunct professor at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, NYC. Outside of work, she volunteers as a co-organizer at BrooklynJS, a monthly meetup held in the Cobble Hill area of Brooklyn, NYC. Aside from those responsibilities, you can find Jasmine advocating for remote work environments, easier access to technology for all, and a personal and familiar motivation of unifying and elevating other people of color in technology to tackle social issues in the workplace in STEM.

Jasmine Greenaway

Microsoft
Cloud Developer Advocate

Janeya Griffin

bio

Janeya Griffin is a HBCU STEM graduate from Grambling State University and a certified Entrepreneurial Technology Commercialization expert in Technology Transfer. She is adept at utilizing her innovative and detailed oriented skill set in an environment that supports moving technologies from mind to market. Applying out of the box thinking intertwined with her science and entrepreneurial skills she is able to help private industry, universities and government entities excel in successfully creating and implementing strategies for both licensing and the commercialization of new technologies.

Currently, the Lead Technology Transfer Specialist contractor for NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (NASA AFRC) Janeya focuses on licensing and management of the intellectual property portfolio in the Technology Transfer Office (TTO). Over the last 4 years, she has successfully aided in vetting over 100 technologies for both patentability and commercialization potential. She manages and coordinates the New Technology Review Committee (NTRC) which evaluates the potential to commercialize technology created at NASA. This process heavily involves interaction with a diverse set of NASA Inventors, PI’s, and Senior leadership. She also leads multiple outreach initiatives engaging and vetting potential licensees or key decision makers on behalf of NASA AFRC.

Prior to supporting NASA AFRC’s TTO, Ms. Griffin provided her commercialization expertise as an Integrated Technology Transfer (ITTN) Fellow/business consultant for the Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division’s Director of Technology Transfer, where she conducted technology assessments and recommended strategies serving as roadmaps to commercialization for several technologies within their Intellectual Property portfolio. During her time as an ITTN Fellow she also provided consulting expertise as a business analyst to Emerging Growth Enterprise, LLC and Innovation Economy Connect, where she advanced the commercialization of government born technologies. More specifically the National Institute of Health and the Federal Drug Administration.

Ms. Griffin was elected to the National Executive Board of the Federal Laboratory Consortium as a member at large in 2015. She holds a certification in Entrepreneurial Technology Commercialization from California State University- San Bernardino and two Bachelor of Science degrees in Criminal Justice and Chemistry with a concentration in Forensic Science from Grambling State University.

In 2013, the U.S. State Department, as part of its program in Economic Statecraft, sponsored Kim for an eight-day speaking tour of Belgium and The Netherlands, addressing entrepreneurs, women, and business. Before joining Inc., Kim was a senior editor at BusinessWeek, where she directed all coverage of small business and entrepreneurship and was the founding editor of a spin-off publication devoted to small business.

Janeya Griffin

NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
Lead Technology Transfer Specialist

Denise Hamilton

bio

Denise is the CEO and Founder of WatchHerWork.com and WatchHerWork.TV which are digital platforms for video based professional advice for women. Denise is a critical thinker and powerful communicator. Her 25 years of diverse experience working in Fortune 100 companies, large non-profits, educational institutions and her own entrepreneurial pursuits have made her a savvy, well rounded business leader who can thrive and excel in virtually any environment.

Denise is also the co-founder of my.harveyneeds.org which is platform she created to support the relief effort after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston. My.harveyneeds.org connects donors interested in donating directly to families in need.

Denise is a problem solver who lends her creativity to many non-profit organizations and initiatives in Houston and throughout the United States most recently contributing to the HeForShe campaign of the United Nations, the Rise School of Houston, Dress for Success, the Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce and many others. Denise cares deeply about the community and serves as a board member and community leader in numerous charitable and quasi-governmental organizations.

Denise is a gifted speaker and presents often on a number of topics including executive female leadership, professional growth and empowerment, education, and diversity.

You can find out more about her work with female leadership and empowerment at WatchHerWork.com.

Denise Hamilton

WatchHerWork
Founder & CEO

Mandë Holford

bio

Dr. Mandë Holford is an Associate Professor in Chemistry at Hunter College and CUNY-Graduate Center, with scientific appointments at the American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medicine. Her joint appointments reflect her Mollusks to Medicine interdisciplinary research, which combines chemistry and biology to discover, characterize, and deliver novel peptides from venomous marine snails as tools for manipulating cellular physiology in pain and cancer. She is a World Economic Forum New Champion Young Scientist and recipient of the prestigious Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and an NSF CAREER Award. Dr. Holford is actively involved in science education, advancing the public understanding of science, and science diplomacy. In this regard, she co-founded several initiatives including, KillerSnails.com, an award-winning learning games company that uses extreme creatures as a conduit to advance scientific teaching and learning, and RAISEW.org, an NSF project to increase women in science. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, the World Economic Forum Expert Network, and a AAAS Science &Technology Policy Fellow. Follow her on Twitter: @Scimaven or Email: mholford@hunter.cuny.edu

Mandë Holford

Hunter College, CUNY-Graduate Center
Associate Professor

Judith Jacques

bio

Judith Jacques holds 15 years of Event Production/Management experience as well as 10 years of Communications experience with a focus on Business development. She has planned and produced over 100+ high end events nationally and internationally.

In 2010, Ms. Jacques founded BLACK STREET. BLACK STREET was originally created as a digital platform to change the narrative of the Black community and its representation. The platform further aided in the destruction of stereotypes while educating within and outside communities that the Black community has more to offer to the world than sports and entertainment. We always have and will continue to do so in momentous ways. Soon after, the umbrella organization birthed the following subsidiaries:

BLACK CELEBRATION AWARDS Black tie awards ceremony honoring elite and celebrity individuals in 20 different industries. Also, within each industry a “People’s Choice” winner will be chosen. Totaling 40 honorees each ceremony. This ceremony is to be held every February during Black History Month.
BLACK WOMEN IN MEDIA BWIM is a platform created to recognize women of color who are innovators within the media realm. This initiative was also created as a platform for other Black women currently in the media industry to receive a wealth of information from those who have attained renowned success in their respective fields. BWIM will host an awards ceremony every March during Women’s History Month
BLACK CULINARY EXPO An expo for Black Culinarians to showcase their work along with reintroducing our culture within and outside our communities. This celebration will entail demos, competitions, panels, tastings, company features, and of course entertainment!
Ms. Jacques is known to make the impossible happen. She has honored and recognized hundreds of phenomenal and elite individuals such as:(but not limited): Isaiah Washington- Actor, Sheryl Lee Ralph- Actress & Singer, Beverly Bond- Founder of Black Girls Rock, Mikki Taylor- Author & Editor At Large of ESSENCE Magazine, Lauren Lake- Lawyer & TV Personality, Cheryl Wills- News Anchor & Talk Show Host, Michaela Angela Davis- Image Activist & Cultural Commentator, Demetria Lucas- Author & Journalist, Bevy Smith- TV & Radio Personality, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones- Head of Black Community Engagement at GOOGLE, Miko Branch- Co-Founder of Miss Jessie’s, Nicole Johnson- Emmy Winning Journalist.

Judith Jacques

Black Women in Media
Founder

Sarah Kunst

bio

2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 Award Winner and Cool Hunting Most Innovation Person. Founder of Proday.
Former VC. Contributing Editor at Marie Claire Magazine.

Sarah Kunst

Proday
Founder & CEO

Tonya Ladipo

bio

Tonya Ladipo, LCSW is the CEO of The Ladipo Group a company providing culturally informed counseling, coaching, and consulting services. She works with an incredible team of skilled coaches and therapists to provide virtual coaching for busy superwomen and in-person individual, couples, and family psychotherapy services. Additionally, Ms. Ladipo and her team conduct dynamic Cultural Competency workshops and training for companies and organizations committed to diversity and inclusion. As an engaging speaker, Ms. Ladipo has a passion for teaching busy women how to put themselves on their own to-do list. She was the keynote speaker for Villanova University’s Women of Color luncheon in May 2015 and received the Amazing Speaker Award from Advena World Conferences in 2016. She has been
featured on radio, television, and in magazines. When she’s not working Ms. Ladipo is playing with her daughters, spending time with her husband, or helping out at church.

Tonya Ladipo

The Ladipo Group
CEO

Juanita Lott

bio

Juanita Lott is the founder and former chair and CEO of Bridgestream Software, an enterprise software company that was sold to Oracle in 2007. Gartner recognized Bridgestream as one of the ‘cool vendors in security and privacy’, and Burton Group recognized Ms. Lott as ‘a pioneer’ in role based access management solutions.
Ms. Lott is an Investment Partner in the Portfolia Investment Fund and a former member of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives where she received the Forum’s Trailblazer Award in 2001, 2003 and 2004. She is a trustee alumna of Springboard Enterprises, a venture catalyst organization that provides support to women led businesses.
Ms. Lott works as an advisor and mentor to women entrepreneurs and is currently on the advisory board of Talent Sonar Software. She has been a presenter at Stanford’s MBA program on entrepreneurship from the perspective of women and is a contributor to Inc.com.
Ms. Lott has extensive operational expertise in global companies, particularly those undergoing rapid growth. She served as EVP and CHRO of Epicor Software where she focused on talent, leadership development, organizational and globalization strategies for this privately held ERP software business.
Ms. Lott also served as a member of Sybase’s executive team as the organization successfully transitioned from a pre-IPO company to over $1B in revenue.
She serves on the national board of College Spring, a non-profit supporting college readiness for underserved students.
Ms. Lott received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of California and her Master’s Degree from Mills College.

Juanita Lott

Bridgestream Software (now Oracle)
Former Founder & CEO/Investor

Chris Lwanga

bio

Mr. Lwanga is currently working on helping land the Africa strategy for his division at Microsoft; as well as leading a team that engages with partners from a community perspective. In addition, he leads a team focused on helping his engineering colleagues build next generation innovation in conjunction with customers and partners. Before that he headed up a team that worked with startups and ISV partners in the Cloud and Enterprise Division – ISVs that innovated on Windows Server, System Center and Azure. Prior to that he was responsible for the relationship between Microsoft and a few key partners for Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division (IBM, Cisco, Citrix and Ncomputing). In this capacity he was focused on delivering strategic technology collaboration between these partners and Microsoft. Prior to joining the Cloud and Enterprise Division, he was a Director in Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Group (UPG), where he was tasked with delivering mobile solutions to partners in emerging markets; in this capacity he also served on the board of Oxigen Services in India and handled another major partnership in sub-Saharan Africa with the Blue-Label investment group. Before joining UPG he was focused on delivering Windows Mobile solutions to 125 Mobile Operators around the world for Microsoft’s Windows Phone Business. Mr. Lwanga has over 26 years of experience primarily in the Startup, Government, Communications and Media & Entertainment areas. He started out his career working for the African Development Bank and has been at Microsoft for the last 17 years. He holds an MBA in International Management from the University of Dallas, a BS in Computer Engineering and a BS in Business Administration from LeTourneau University. He is fluent in French and English.

Chris Lwanga

Microsoft
Senior Director, Software Partnerships

Lauren Maillian

bio

Lauren Maillian is the Founder and CEO of LMB Group, a strategic marketing and brand advisory company; was a Founding Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners, an early stage venture firm focused on investments in mobile and consumer facing technology enabled companies; and is the author of the instant bestselling business memoir, The Path Redefined: Getting To the Top On Your Own Terms. Lauren’s passion for innovation-through-entrepreneurship and her unique ability to story-tell, brought her talents as an expert onto television as the Master Marketer and co-star of the startup focused docu-series, Quit Your Day Job, on Oxygen (NBCU). At age 19, Lauren cofounded a boutique winery that quickly became an internationally recognized award-winning wine brand, making her the youngest self-made winery owner in the country. She served as the Chief Operating Officer of the company from inception through the brand’s acquisition in 2011.

Lauren Maillian

Quit Your Day Job
Host
The Path Redefined: Getting To the Top On Your Own Terms
Author

Candice Matthews

bio

Bio coming soon!

Candice Matthews

Hillman Accelerator
CoFounder & Executive Director

Chrissa McFarlane

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Chrissa McFarlane is the CEO of Patientory, a global currency and population health management service that regulates and secures patient data, Named as one of the top women “leaving their mark on the medtech field” by Becker’s Hospital Review, Chrissa launched Patientory in December 2015 after seeing the need in the market for a more personalized and secure population health management solution.

Chrissa exudes creativity and is a high-performing strategic thinker and excellent team-builder. She’s an entrepreneur with a passion for creating cutting-edge healthcare products that transform the face of healthcare delivery in the US and abroad. She brings over 10 years in the healthcare industry conducting research and managing teams. She holds notable international published research in healthcare and has helped create breakthrough digital health companies that have provided services to companies such as Tumblr, Blue Apron, Casper and Meetup.

Her passion for health care began as early as high school, where she conducted microbiology research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and won top honors at the Otto Burgdorf Research Competition. Later at Cornell University, Chrissa worked with organizations such as the United States Department of Agriculture-Robert Holey Center for Agriculture and Health and Cayuga Medical Center. After teaching Math and Science for a year in an underserved community inside the Atlanta Public School system, Chrissa decided to pursue business school. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude from Cornell, and a Masters in Management from the Wake Forest University School of Business.

Chrissa resides in Atlanta and Tweets at @ChrissaTanelia.

Chrissa McFarlane

Patientory
CEO

Candace Mitchell

bio

Candace V. Mitchell is cofounder and CEO of Techturized Inc., a high
tech hair care company based in Atlanta, GA. Their first product,
Myavana, is a personalized hair care service that recommends
products and services based on scientific analysis of consumer’s hair
type and texture. She was recently named on WWD’s Top 50 Beauty
Innovators Under 40, 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the category of
Retail and E-Commerce, and BET’s Next In Class STEM Award
Winner. She graduated from Georgia Tech in 2011 with a B.S. in
Computer Science. Her company has been featured nationally on
CNN, Headline News, BuzzFeed, ‘The Real’ daytime talk show, Marie
Claire Magazine, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry show, ESSENCE
magazine, Ebony Magazine, Black Enterprise, and Business Insider.
The visionary entrepreneur is sparking innovation in the worlds of
beauty and technology as one of the first entrepreneurs chosen for the
Sephora Accelerate program. Candace also currently serves as
Entrepreneur-In-Residence for Ascend2020 Atlanta, a technology
startup and small business support ecosystem for minority-led
companies throughout Metropolitan Atlanta.

Candace Mitchell

Myavana
Cofounder & CEO

Karina Montilla Edmonds

bio

Karina Montilla Edmonds is a nationally recognized expert in the field of innovation, technology transfer, and commercialization. She has 20 years of experience working with the private sector, universities, and national laboratories across the country in the innovation space. Edmonds currently leads University Relations for Google Cloud AI/ML in Mountain View. Prior to this role, she served as Google Cloud University Relations Lead. Previously, Edmonds served as the Executive Director for Corporate Partnerships at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where she was responsible for implementing and managing an integrated strategy with the private sector and major federal government funding agencies.

Edmonds was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy as the first full-time Technology Transfer Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in April 2010. In that role, Edmonds was responsible for working with the DOE’s national laboratories to accelerate the advancement of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. She has also held positions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and TRW, Inc. (now Northrop Grumman). Edmonds has co-authored two patent applications in the area of noise reduction for the automotive environment.

Edmonds has been a long-standing advocate for the promotion of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, especially for underrepresented students and women. She has served as a member of the White House Speaker Bureau that promotes STEM careers to women and girls. Her advocacy for STEM spans several decades, including her role as a founding member and volunteer for Science is Fun Inc. while still an undergraduate at the University of Rhode Island (URI). She currently serves on the boards of the URI Foundation, ConnectEd California, and the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at University of California, Los Angeles.

She received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from URI, where she was inducted into its Engineering Hall of Fame in 2011 and was named a Distinguished Alumna in 2013. She holds an MS and PhD in Aeronautics with a minor in Materials Science from Caltech.

Karina Montilla Edmonds

Google
Google Cloud University Relations Lead

Tereza Nemessanyi

bio

Tereza Nemessanyi is Microsoft’s entrepreneur in residence in New York, helping high-growth startups go further and faster by leveraging the best of Microsoft technologies and channels. A seasoned media and technology entrepreneur and executive, Tereza’s breadth and depth of experience spans high-growth startups and the world's largest enterprises. Companies she has worked with, at senior levels, include PWC, IBM, The Walt Disney Company, Unilever, Symphony IRI, Interpublic Group, and the InterAmerican Development Bank (IADB). She was a ground-floor member of a startup team which IPO’d (CETV). She’s been named a Forbes ``Ten Female Entrepreneurs to Watch`` (2011) and a “Top 40 over 40” (2015). Tereza is a sought-after speaker (TED, SXSW) and blogger (Reuters, Huffington Post). She holds an MBA from The Wharton School. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.

Tereza Nemessanyi

Microsoft
Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Kwadwo Nyarko

bio

Kwadwo Nyarko is a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft responsible for championing and advancing Microsoft’s efforts to develop an ecosystem for startups in NYC. As an evangelist, Kwadwo engages the NYC startup and development communities in an effort to help them better understand, utilize, and leverage Microsoft’s vast array of resources, services, and connections. Before Microsoft, Kwadwo worked as a software engineer at Oracle, and at Shoobx, a Boston based startup. Kwadwo also co-founded and led his own Y-Combinator backed startup as CTO. Kwadwo loves technology and loves helping people. When he isn’t trying out the latest technologies or helping a startup, he’s usually working on projects that leverage technology to improve lives in Ghana.

Kwadwo Nyarko

Microsoft
Technical Evangelist

Chuck Pettid

bio

Chuck Pettid

Republic
Partner

Rakia Reynolds

bio

Coming soon!

Rakia Reynolds

Skai Blue Media
Founder & CEO

Angel Rich

bio

Creating an algorithm for the stock market to win Goldman Sachs Portfolio Challenge, selling her first marketing plan to Prudential, becoming a founding employee of FINRA, authoring the first ever African American Financial Experience study, inventing the top financial literacy product in the world, and being named the “Next Steve Jobs” by Forbes – all by age 30, Angel Rich has earned the title Wealth Pioneer.
In 2009, Rich became a Global Market Research Analyst for Prudential Financial. While there she conducted over 70 financial behavior studies including the Obama’s Veterans Initiative. During her final year at Prudential, she helped the company’s Annuities division grow from #16 in Service to #4, helping the company save $6 billlion.
After leaving, Rich founded The Wealth Factory with a mission to provide equal access to financial literacy across the world. Today her company designs WealthyLife financial literacy education technology games, gaining world-class recognition for their first product, CreditStacker. It has been coined the best financial literacy product in the country by The White House, Department of Education, and JP Morgan Chase. Google named it one of the Top 10 Apps in the world of 2017.
In early 2017, Rich also released her first book – The History of the Black Dollar – with the foreword written by Dr. Maya Rockeymoore. The book takes readers on an economic journey through history to depict the major milestones, historic figures and upcoming leaders.
Later that year, she was honored to be named Hamptonian of the Year and help found the Hampton University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute. She is also a proud member of the 2016 HBCU 30 Under 30, Hampton 40 Under 40 and Google Top 30 Black Female Founders.
In 2018, the United Nations named her one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the African Diaspora and one of four Icons.

Angel Rich

WealthyLife
Founder & CEO

Samira Salman

bio

Samira Salman is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Salman Solutions.
Since founding the company in 2008, she developed the firm’s proprietary
business-growth methodology and has executed numerous global deals in a
variety of asset classes including luxury and consumer goods, consumer tech,
sustainable tech, energy, and lifestyle brands. Samira's ability to blend strategic
vision with efficient execution positions her as a valued partner for high-growth
businesses, family offices, and high net worth individuals. Her specialties include
facilitating co-investment, raising capital, structuring organizations and deals,
improving operations, identifying underutilized assets, and increasing revenues.
Samira's training as a mergers and acquisitions tax attorney, formerly in-house at Shell Oil Company and
Vice-Chair of an ABA committee, provides the structural and technical detail of transactions that
dealmakers need in today’s dynamic business climate. Her business acumen combined with superb communication skills enable her to speak publicly on topics such as private equity, direct deals, and capital raising. She is an active leader in the women's leadership development and entrepreneurship ecosystem, serves in a management role as the COO of a single-family office, and is a member of several foundation and community boards. Samira has worked with notable organizations including JP Morgan, Fidelity, Stonehenge Capital, Shell Oil Company, KPMG, Deloitte, The Bush Foundation, The American Bar Association, Institutional Investor, and the United Nations. Samira received her education in the Middle East, Europe, and the US. She has an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Houston, and a JD and BS in international trade and finance with a minor in economics from Louisiana State University. She is licensed to practice law in Texas, Louisiana, and before the U.S. Tax Court. She spends her time in the New York Metro Area, the Gulf Coast, and Europe.

Samira Salman

Salman Solutions
Founder & CEO

Rick Shindell

bio

Rick Shindell, president of Zyn Systems, is a long time SBIR and federal technology transfer advocate. Rick has been providing support to the small business community and the 11 SBIR agencies for many years. He is the editor of the ``SBIR Insider`` newsletter and host of the SBIR Gateway web site.
Rick has provided support and outreach services to the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for 3 decades and has served as a consultant and proposal reviewer for many agencies including the Navy, SBA, and NSF.
In 2017, the Small Business Administration (SBA) honored Rick with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his ``extraordinary contribution to the SBIR program``. The Small Business Technology Council (SBTC) awarded Rick a Lifetime Achievement Award for SBIR Advocacy, and in 2006 the SBA presented him with a Tibbetts Award for excellence in SBIR.
Rick also enjoys doing SBIR and technology transfer outreach to the states, especially underserved states. In 2016 he was honored as a Fellow from the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation for advocacy services to small businesses in the state of Kentucky.

Rick Shindell

Zyn Systems
President

Danielle Skeen

bio

Marketer. Philanthropist. Entrepreneur. Speaker. Mentor. Danielle Skeen wears many hats and wears them well. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Danielle has always had an innate desire to and ability to connect with people. This coupled with her creative, strategic thinking and love of story telling, led her to several opportunities that allowed her to shine in Media, Marketing and Philanthropy.
Danielle prides herself on being a social entrepreneur and a motivational brand. Her background in Media and Communications and has allotted her multiple opportunities working in the radio and television industries both in Florida and New York alike. While working at major companies like Cumulus Broadcasting, MTV Networks and Bad Boy Entertainment Worldwide, she also started and hosted her own award-winning online radio show. Adding a bit of variety to her experience, Ms. Skeen has also worked in the non-profit sector. Following this, she spent nearly 4 years working at New York City-based agency, Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal & Partners (kbs+) in Account Management. Realizing that she had a passion for digital advertising, she left the agency in 2015 to take an opportunity at Microsoft in digital ad sales.
Outside of her professional life, Ms. Skeen enjoys traveling and has a passion for giving back. She has volunteered with several organizations and has made it her duty to empower and support those who are in need. This passion led to her launching her nonprofit organization, The Star Boutique; a charity-driven pop-up shop that supports teenage girls in New York City who are affected by homelessness. Founded in 2013, Danielle and her team has changed the lives of several hundreds of girls, and as been recognized on location and national media for her efforts.
Aside from empowering and mentoring young ladies via The Star Boutique, Danielle is a Public Speaker who gives lectures and workshops around the subjects of Empowerment, Brand Development and Philanthropy. Danielle is also a Career & Branding coach who works with emerging companies and individuals to help them discover their voice and make a powerful debut to their market. From colleges to corporations, Danielle is on a journey of spreading inspiration and empowerment. Danielle recently released her first mobile app, Caption-It! And is in the process of creating others.
Danielle is a proud graduate of Florida State University and currently resides in Harlem, New York.
Awards + Accolades
• NewsOne/McDonald’s 365 Black Campaign, “Community Hero”, 2013
• Kbs+ “Plus” Award Recipient, 2013
• ADCOLOR, “Rising Star” Award Recipient, 2014
• NY1 News, “New Yorker of the Week”, 2014
• AOL “Blue Monster” Award Recipient, 2015

Danielle Skeen

Microsoft
Account Manager – Bing

Alicia Syrett

bio

Alicia Syrett 

CNBC Power Pitch/Pantegrion Capital
Host/Founder & CEO

Alicia Thomas

bio

Alicia Thomas is the founder and CEO of Dibs Technology, a B2B pricing platform that is bringing true transparency to the health and wellness industry. California native, former developer turned director of data strategy for the City of New York, Alicia started Dibs in 2015 after her prior business, KiwiSweat, proved to be unscalable. Dibs uses data to maximize revenues for SMBs in real-time. Dibs strengthens the business-consumer relationship by providing complete transparency and facilitating even exchanges of value. Instead of dropping prices at the last minute, or offering secret discounts, Dibs prices every individual spot according to real-time demand. Customers are rewarded for actions that bring the business value (like booking early and often).

B.S. Math/Econ, Computer Science, UCLA
MBA Columbia University

Alicia lives in New York City with her husband and 2 kids.

Alicia Thomas

Dibs Technology
Founder & CEO

Jennifer Usdan Mcbride

bio

Jennifer Usdan McBride is the Director of Digital at J. Walter Thompson New York.
Jennifer oversees technology, innovation and software development for the New York office. Since joining JWT in 2015, she has been integral in helping the agency develop award winning work. She garnered 12 Cannes Lions in 2017, and 11 in 2016.
Jennifer has a passion for bringing digital content, technology and innovative campaigns to life. She has worked on notable campaigns for Google, Puma, Black Lives Matter, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft and many more. Her work has been recognized by Cannes Lions, One Show, Clio, Communication Arts, Effie, D&AD and the D&AD Impact Award, AICP Next Awards, Webbys, LIA, NY Festivals and the WPPed Cream award - recognizing the best work within the WPP network.
Jennifer is an outstanding creative thinker and believes that anything is possible. She brings an incredibly collaborative spirit as well as a sincerity and kindness to the projects she works on. Jennifer is a regular industry speaker, her favorite topics are the future of creativity and technology (“Educating Generation Hybrid” Cannes 2017), creativity and data (“Creatives take on the Analysts” Advertising week NY 2017), and emerging technology (“Branding in a VR/AR world”NYVR Expo 2017). She is also a guest lecturer at the New School in NYC.
Prior to working in advertising, Jennifer started her career in television, working on The Daily Show. She then moved on to become a series producer for MTV Networks and Discovery Networks. Following her passion for food and digital marketing, she founded her own company, publishing an innovative online restaurant guide along with multiple iOS applications and digital content campaigns. Jennifer lives in NYC with her husband and two young daughters who inspire her to learn something new everyday.

Jennifer Usdan McBride

J. Walter Thompson New York
Director of Digital

Regina Wallace Jones

bio

Regina Wallace-Jones is Chief of Staff and Head of Product Operations at eBay Inc. where she is responsible for scaling the organization's product operations to meet the growing demands of eBay's vast and growing Seller community.

Prior to joining eBay, Regina partnered with the Lean In Foundation to help launch Sheryl Sandberg's book, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will the Lead,” and continues to be a strong advocate for women in pursuit of their professional ambitions. Regina sits on the Board of Directors for Women Who Code and StreetCode Academy and is a patron of Black Girls Code, a non-profit designed to foster software development skills among girls. She also manages JRS Investment Group, an organization that funds early stage technology ventures.

Regina has served as President of the San Francisco-Peninsula Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for six years. In her capacity as president, she has successfully secured funding for and championed the chapters Delta Academy and GEMS programs, both designed to foster educational and social uplift among girls between the ages of 11-17.

As chair of the Board of Directors for the StreetCode Academy, Regina is responsible for driving the organization toward securing its annual $1M operating budget utilized expressly for the purpose of teaching individuals ages 6-106 in and around the city of East Palo Alto how to find strength in technology by developing coding and other technical skills.

Regina was recently appointed by Immediate Past Mayor, Larry Moody, to the Technical Advisory Committee advising JobTrain and Amazon on how to enter East Palo Alto with strength as an employer, focusing on assisting unemployed and underemployed residents with securing market friendly employment opportunities.

Regina is a big believer in lifting while she climbs and she is interested in supporting others, personally and professionally who believe the same.

Regina holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Masters from UCLA in Public Policy with Emphasis in Technology Policy.

Regina is married to Steffond Jones, a Sr. Software Engineer and Apple veteran. Together, they have two beautiful daughters, Addison and Jocelyn Jones.

Fun Fact:
And, Regina also has a love of camping! She says that really “roughing it” gives her the opportunity to get away and completely unplug from her electronic devices.

Regina Wallace Jones

eBay, Inc.
Chief of Staff, Head of Product Operations

Kim Weisul

bio

Kim Weisul is an award-winning writer, editor, and all-around media pro, speaking frequently on entrepreneurship and women and business. She is currently the Editor-at-Large for Inc magazine and Inc.com., where she shares her experience without giving up her byline: she writes columns and feature stories, mostly (but not exclusively) about women, business, and entrepreneurship. Kim mentors entrepreneurs through three accelerator programs: Springboard, Circular Board, and BIG.

In 2013, the U.S. State Department, as part of its program in Economic Statecraft, sponsored Kim for an eight-day speaking tour of Belgium and The Netherlands, addressing entrepreneurs, women, and business. Before joining Inc., Kim was a senior editor at BusinessWeek, where she directed all coverage of small business and entrepreneurship and was the founding editor of a spin-off publication devoted to small business.

Kim Weisul

Inc Magazine/Inc.com
Editor-at-Large

Charreah K. Jackson

bio

Charreah K. Jackson is an international speaker, coach and ESSENCE Senior Editor, empowering the brand's global audience of 13 million. Her informed point-of-view has been featured on CNN, The CW, ABC News, Fortune and TIME. Charreah is the author of Boss Bride: The Powerful Woman's Playbook for Love & Success out next year on St. Martin's Press.

As a certified family life educator and coach, Charreah speaks on tapping into our personal power for success including the Europe Dating Awards & Conference in Amsterdam, MegaFest and the Omega Institute’s Women and Power Conference headlined by Gloria Steinem. She provides workshops, corporate seminars and speeches and has served as a guest professor at her alma mater Howard University and the Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World. She has been a career coach and facilitator for Dress for Success, Uber and other clients. She is a board member for the Red Pump Project and was featured in the CDC's national HIV testing campaign The National Association of Professional Women named her a Woman of the Year.

Charreah has traveled the globe sharing a message of connection including events in London and Amsterdam. She earned a Hearst Award in journalism and has interviewed newsmakers such as Vice President Joe Biden, Kerry Washington and Hillary Clinton.

Charreah’s passion on the people in our lives is contagious. The Atlanta-native lives and loves in Harlem.

Charreah K. Jackson

Essence Magazine
Senior Editor

LOCATION

We’re proud to hold our conference at the New York City headquarters of our title sponsor, Microsoft. After party location to be announced.

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New York, NY 10036

TICKETS

This year we have tickets for founders, investors, founders-to-be and supporters of diversity in tech. We are excited to bring you two full days of of jam packed content and activities. This conference will have you inspired. #CanYouFeelTheMagic

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