Ten Black Business Leaders You Should Know About

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We're shining the light on the talented Black business leaders we're honored to work with and the lessons they share about effective leadership, overcoming adversity, corporate culture, business strategy, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and other topics. 

Here are speakers who share their impactful stories of perseverance and achievement with audiences worldwide, and are leading conversations on the future of business. 

Jessica O. Matthews

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Innovator and CEO, Uncharted

Jessica O. Matthews is a young inventor breaking race and gender barriers as one of the leaders of our country’s tech-driven infrastructural revolution. Called the “Elon Musk of kinetic energy,” She is the founder of a game-changing company that helps cities reduce the cost of their infrastructure to be truly smart, sustainable, and equitable for all. Jessica shares how she’s changing the renewable energy game and ways audiences can develop a disruptor’s mindset, spark reinvention, and foster equitable innovation, while embracing differences and recognizing that challenges can give birth to solutions.

Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall

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Life Sciences Leader, Former EVP, Chief Medical Advisor, & Chief Patient Officer at Pfizer, Inc.

Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall's people-centered approach to decision-making served as the driving force in reshaping the culture everywhere she has been. She provides a firsthand account of why leaders should have a plan in place for diversity, equity, and inclusion, shares how deep customer insights can be used to advance your organization, and discusses the importance of showing equanimity under duress and pushing through adversity.

Dr. Tarika Barrett

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CEO, Girls Who Code

With a career dedicated to addressing inequities in education and helping young women of all backgrounds succeed, Dr. Tarika Barrett is at the forefront of expanding the pipeline of women entering tech and removing the obstacles that stand in the way of them reaching their full potential. As the CEO of Girls Who Code, an international non-profit organization disrupting the tech industry and transforming perceptions of what a programmer can look like, she spearheads initiatives aimed at closing the gender gap in technology by inspiring, educating, and equipping young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

Reggie Fils-Aimé

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Former President and COO of Nintendo of America Inc.

As the first American and African American to hold this position, Reggie Fils-Aimé draws from his legendary career revitalizing brands and reshaping industries to share his next generation principles for leadership and innovation, which include intellectual curiosity, courage in decision-making, and irrefutable integrity — all of which are vital for thriving in this age of unprecedented disruption and beyond.

Ginny Clarke

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Former Director, Executive Recruiting at Google and Holistic Leadership Strategist

Ginny Clarke draws from her decades of experience advising the highest levels of corporate America on creating more conscious workplaces and brings that same expertise to her talks. In no holds barred discussions, she reveals the root causes of leadership problems that lead to a lack of diversity in organizations and shares her five-dimensional approach to true leadership, while inspiring groups to take the action needed to establish a stronger, more mindful culture. 

Jessie Hayes-Stallings

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Beauty Industry Leader, Founder & CEO of Skinphorea Facial Bar, and Creator of RevitalizeU Skincare Line,

Jessie Hayes-Stallings capitalized on a gap in the beauty market to create a best-in-class facial spa experience for the on-the-go client that is making waves in the beauty industry. Often the only woman or African American in a room full of decision-makers, she draws from her experience disrupting the beauty industry to share how to effectively pitch your business, set your business up for early-stage success, overcome self-doubt, and develop an entrepreneurial mindset to stand out from the competition and tackle any challenge.

Shellye Archambeau

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One of Silicon Valley’s First African American Female CEOs

Named by Business Insider as one of the “Most Influential African Americans in Technology,” In her talks and her book, Unapologetically Ambitious, Archambeau shares her story of overcoming the odds to achieve success, along with actionable strategies to take risks, break barriers, and create success on your own terms.

James D. White

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Former Chair, President, and CEO of Jamba Juice and Transformational Leader

James D. White has revitalized some of the world’s leading brands by igniting cultural revolutions rooted in antiracist leadership, sharing his experiences as a Black executive who “never had one promotion based on potential.” He shares how to acknowledge unconscious biases in the workplace, work together to overcome challenges, and instill a sense of purpose to empower an engaged and inspired organization.

Daymond John

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Founder of FUBU and Star of Shark Tank

Daymond John founded and built the iconic FUBU clothing empire and is recognized nationwide as one of the “sharks” on ABC’s hit entrepreneurial business show Shark Tank. He is a charismatic presenter whose keynote topics include achieving your goals, marketing and business strategies, rethinking your personal brand for success, and driving the change you want to see in the world.

Carla Harris

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Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley

Carl Harris draws from more than 30-years-experience on Wall Street to impart “Carla’s Pearls,” nuggets of wisdom hard-earned throughout her long and impressive career. As a leading speaker on motivation, success, and exceeding expectations, she shares powerful lessons on intentional leadership and strategies for getting ahead as an individual and an organization – exploring the concepts of performance currency vs. leadership currency and how influential leaders manage and create change.

 

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