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Black Women Talk Tech's 5th Annual Roadmap To Billions Was An Event Unlike Any Other! (14924 hits)

Black Women Talk Tech Founders Regina Gwynn and Esosa Ighodaro-Johnson hosted their annual conference live in studio on August 12-13, 2021. The event was produced by 19th & Park, a creative execution agency that brings ideas to life through video, social and experiential events. The exclusive, customized 2-day live virtual gathering was done via Hop.in for audiences around the world to join.

The conference was built from the perspective of Black women to empower other black women, who statistically have become the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the United States. The objective was to network and open doors to these leaders that are driving innovation around the world within untapped markets to unlock billion-dollar opportunities. The power-packed conference included over 2,500 investors, tech evangelists, and Black female founders in the tech world.

In addition, there were live virtual tech activations with big brands, including Microsoft, PayPal, Goldman Sachs, Netflix, Amazon, Intuit, JP Morgan Chase, and Sephora. Recruiters were on site actively scouting new faces for potential job openings within the virtual rooms. Networking was done within each breakout session and live chat all throughout the conference.

* Kandi Burruss-Tucker, Businesswoman, TV Personality on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
* Mellody Hobson, Chairwoman of Starbucks Corporation and co-CEO of Ariel Investments
* Dr. Toyin Ajayi, founder of Cityblock Health
* Songe LaRon and Dave Salvant, founders of Squire
* Peggy Alford, Executive Vice President, Global Sales at PayPal, and Board Member at Facebook and Macerich
* Margaret Anadu Partner, Global Head of Sustainability and Impact and Goldman Sachs
* Aurora James, Creative Director and Entrepreneur, Founder of The 15 Percent Pledge
* Dawn ****son-Akpoghene, Serial Entrepreneur and Inventor, Founder of Popcom

******* Additional Speakers:
* Timnit Gebru, Founder of Blacks in AI, Computer Scientist
* Charles Hudson, Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures
* Shila Nieves Burney, General Partner at Zane Fund
* Marla Blow, President and COO of Skoll Foundation
* Henry Bolden, Manager, Inclusive Recruiting Strategy, Spotify
* Nii Addy CMO of Philo
* Khadijah Adams, Canna - Tech Investor, Co-Creator The GreenStreet
* Netta Dobbins, CEO of Mimconnect

Black Women Talk Tech partnered with the global leader in prestige beauty, Estée Lauder Companies Inc., and world known tech giant Google to present the pinnacle event of the conference, the Pitch Competition which awarded over $50,000 in cash and prizes. This year’s winners were as follows:

- First Place: Mandë Halford Co-Founder/ CFO of Killer Snails, LLC
- Second Place: Tiffany Townsend Founder of Ship Black, LLC
- Third Place: Shante Frazier Founder/ CEO of Well Capped

To keep the momentum going and party flowing, DJ Olivia Dope gave live sessions spinning hits from today and yesterday that kept the virtual dance floor packed. Comedian Jazmyn W. closed out the final evening with skits that were funny and relatable across the board.

“Black Women Talk Tech has helped our organization find two portfolio companies for venture capital investment and we look forward to making more.”
- Candice Matthews Brackeen, Lightship Capital

Sponsors Included:
Presenting Sponsor Microsoft, Motley Fool Ventures, The Estée Lauder Companies, Amazon Web Services, Republic, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Mastercard, First Round Capital, Pitchbook and the Kapor Center, Netflix, Roku, Visa, Davis Wright Tremaine, Google, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, AWS, Balsamiq, Sephora, Shipt, PayPal, SamsungNEXT, Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg, Technology Transformation Services, Lockstep Ventures, Lowenstein Sadler, Happy Money, PWC, Intuit, Concrete Rose, and AARP Innovation Labs.

Community And Media Partners:
Blackprint Meredith, Cheddar News, For(bes) The Culture, The Grio, Her Agenda, Hire Black, #BTP, Hire Black, Fundr, Blacks In Technology Foundation, Growth Founder, Render (ATL), Techqueria, XRC Labs, Black Girl Ventures, EnrichHer, Macon Black Tech, Digital Undivided, IFundWomen, Podcast Laundry, Black Women In Media, Luminary, Black Tech Pipeline, Represented Foundation, Sista Black Women In Tech, Be Nimble, Co. and UMU Igbo Unite.

About Black Women Talk Tech:
Black Women Talk Tech (BWTT) is a collective of black women tech founders who have a unique understanding of the challenges black women startup owners face in the industry, but most importantly they understand the contribution of these innovators. The organization seeks to identify, support, and encourage black women to build the next billion-dollar business. BWTT has chapters in Atlanta, Georgia, New York City, and San Francisco. To learn more please visit www.blackwomentalktech.com. Follow BWTT on social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

About 19th and Park:
19th and Park is a creative execution agency owned and operated by Black women. Serving as a brand's in-house partner, 19th and Park capabilities span from concept to execution working hand in hand to provide digital marketing strategy, media strategy, talent procurement, content, and event production. To learn more please visit www.19parkinc.com Follow 19th and Park on Instagram.
Posted By: Reginald Culpepper
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