Blavity Inc. brought its AFROTECH Executive conference to 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge on Friday. The lineup included powerhouse speakers such as the first Black woman CEO in the Fortune 500, Ursula Burns; Fortune 500 board director and lead director of Rocket Lab, Merline Saintil; strategist and advisor, Latraviette Smith-Wilson and inaugural president of the Black Economic Alliance Foundation (BEAF), Samantha Tweedy.
The March AFROTECH Executive honored the women and allies making an impact in corporations and as entrepreneurs. The first panel centered around a conversation about “Women in the Boardroom,” and how companies have reacted and changed over the past two years. The Black women who’ve been appointed to take a seat in the boardrooms discussed how Black leadership positively affects employees and consumers as well as what it is like to be the literal face of change in the new workplace. The “Black Women Navigating Wealth” panel explored how Black women have become one of the most highly-educated demographics in our country, as well as the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs, despite being excluded from the financial sector for generations. The panel also shared how to use that earning power to create new generations of wealth.
“We’re proud to continue hosting impactful events and gathering record-breaking numbers of Black tech innovators and founders since our first-ever AFROTECH Conference in 2016,” said Morgan DeBaun, Founder of AFROTECH and CEO of Blavity Inc. “Our Brooklyn event gives us the opportunity to focus on celebrating and empowering the Black women who are changing the face of boardrooms and C-suites across the country and influencing younger generations.”
The Brooklyn event is the second in a series that is an extension of the well-known AFROTECH Conference and the upcoming AFROTECH World Metaverse. AFROTECH Executive draws attendees from C-level executives and board directors to venture capitalists and angel investors, tech moguls, and startup founders with the shared goal of building a strong Black tech community. The exclusive experience allows executives to connect with one another through curated networking opportunities and panels.