About BWTT x Microsoft for Startups Founder Series
The BWTT x Microsoft for Startups Founder series is a listening tour bringing together 30 BWTT founders with the Microsoft Startup team for engaging conversations centered around the challenges and overall experiences founders face in building their early-stage businesses.
The purpose of this invite-only event is to curate a space for our founders and the Microsoft team to have a direct line of communication in an intimate setting that cultivates genuine conversations.
When: Tuesday, June 28th, 2022
Where: Kokomo, 65 Kent Ave. Brooklyn NY
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Networking – (6:30 pm)
Help yourself to beverages and appetizers as you kick off the night connecting with founders.
Welcome & Remarks – (7:00 pm)
Hear from our BWTT founders, Regina Gwynn and Esosa Ighodaro.
Founder Introductions – (7:30 pm)
Hear from founders about the top challenges they faced as early-stage entrepreneurs.
One-on-One Conversations – (8:15 pm)
Get the opportunity to have more direct, focused one-on-one conversations with individuals in the room.
Esosa Ighodaro Regina Gwynn Bakari Brock
Co-founder of Black Women Talk Tech, Esosa co-leads business strategy and strategic partnership development and leads the organization’s marketing endeavors. Esosa has more than 15 years of entrepreneurial experience and more than 12 years of marketing and operation experience as a serial entrepreneur and a former bank executive at Citigroup. She developed high-performing growth strategies and oversaw implementation for critical lines of business. Her achievements at her past companies led to several articles and past awards, including but not limited to being named 100 Most Powerful Women by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2019.
Regina Gwynn launched her first tech startup in 2014 with TresseNoire, a platform that empowers women of color to celebrate their textured hair with a personalized beauty routine that works. Co-founder of Black Women Talk Tech, Regina co-leads business strategy and strategic partnership development and leads sponsor relations. Regina started her career in the Product Development Executive Training program at Federated Department Stores (now Macy’s Inc.) and successfully launched three exclusive brands during her tenure. After graduating from the Kellogg School of Management with her MBA, Regina was a management consultant with the Monitor Group (now Monitor/Deloitte Consulting) and worked with clients within the beauty, media, and healthcare industries.
As Senior Director of Global Partnerships for Microsoft for Startups, Bakari solves complex business problems and adds lasting value to the company. In addition to overseeing relationships within Microsoft’s startup ecosystem, Bakari is also leading the organization’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts—a cause he believes is paramount for our industry. Before joining Microsoft, Bakari served as VP of Strategic Partnerships for Guideline. This fintech company provides 401K plans for small businesses, where he was involved in matters relating to revenue, strategy, and go-to-market concepts.