An easy way to find inspiration from successful underrepresented individuals that are crushing it in their industry.

Having someone to look up to that looks like you gives you hope. I wanted to share that feeling of excitement and empowerment with other people who are underrepresented. 

 

 
 

Jason Mayden

@jasonsmayden

🥇 2018 @reddotaward_productdesign
⚡️ CEO + Co-Founder @superheroic
⛰ Co-Founder @trilliconvalley
✍🏾 Fmr. @nike @jumpman23 @stanfordgsb

Mayden is the CEO and Co-Founder of Super Heroic Inc. a business focused on creating quality play performance product, technology and services for elementary school aged children and families. He also designs shoes for MJ,Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Derek Jeter, and Michael Jordan.

 

Mandela SH Dixon

@mandelash

CEO @FounderGym‬ 👩🏽‍💻
📸As seen in Forbes, Wired magazine, TechCrunch
🎤Speaker at Google, Facebook, Uber

She is the Founder/CEO of FounderGym, an online training center for underrepresented founders who want to build successful tech startups‬. She's been in Forbes, Wired magazine, and. TechCrunch. Also a speaker at Google, Facebook, Uber.

 

Kezia Williams

@keziamw

CEO @TheBlackupstart‬ 👩🏽‍💻

As CEO of the Black upstart, She leads a team of talented professionals to train early stage African-American entrepreneurs interested in starting job creating, bankable small businesses. To date we have trained nearly 200 small business creators in Washington, DC; Brooklyn, NY; Raleigh, NC; Durham, NC and Baltimore, Maryland and engaged a network of over 66,000 African-American creatives, entrepreneurs and innovators via our social media platforms. Forty-one percent (41%) of our program graduates are still in business, 50% of them are employers.

 

Jessica Matthews

@jessomatt

Fndr & CEO, Uncharted Power.                        Chairman, Harlem Tech

Jessica O. Matthews is a Nigerian-American inventor, CEO and venture capitalist. She is the co-founder of Uncharted Power, which made Soccket, a soccer ball that can be used as a power generator

 

Lonnie Johnson

Inventor of the SuperSoaker

Lonnie George Johnson is an American inventor and engineer who holds more than 120 patents. He is the inventor of the Super Soaker water gun, which has been among the world's bestselling toys every year since its release.

 

 

Zim Ugochukwu

@zimism

Founder, Travel Noire (sold in 2017)

Zim is founder & former Chief Executive Officer of Travel Noire, an award-winning boutique travel company. Travel Noire reach over 2MM travelers a month & their goal is to change the way we view international travelers, forever. In 2017, Travel Noire was acquired by Blavity.

 

Everette Taylor

@everette

Founder of Popsocial

Everette founded social media marketing software company PopSocial, which in its first year reported more than $2 million in revenue. Clients include Anheuser-Busch, Microsoft and Hint Water. Also has served as CMO of rental-car delivery startup Skurt and is founder of marketing agency MilliSense, with clients such as Microsoft, NASA and Miller Lite.

 

Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, created specialized hair products for African-American hair and was one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire.

 

 

Morgan Debaun

@morgandebaun

CEO, @blavityinc // Creator @mrozeessentials 

Morgan has influenced the way Black millennials get their news and continues to redefine what Black media can look like as she builds a digital empire. She's made it possible for young thinkers and innovators from multiple industries to connect with one another by hosting summits such as the EmpowerHer and AfroTech.

 

Rodney Willams

@rodneybwilliams

Founder & CEO of @LISNR.                                         Co-foudner of @SoLoFunds

In 2012 Rodney created LISNR around the core premise that sound can do more. The single insight that sound can be leveraged as a conduit for wide-scale connections everywhere. More specifically, using sound to connect more people and devices in ways that had never existed before.

 

 

Tara Reed

@tarareed_

👑 CEO @appswithoutcode

With previous experience working in marketing at Google, Foursquare, and Microsoft. After that experience, Tara launched Kollecto, an app for affordable art collecting, which I built without writing a single line of code. Her success with Kollecto led to a TEDx talk on helping other entrepreneurs build their own apps without code. After the TEDx talk, She was inspired to share her experience and knowledge with others who had great ideas, but weren’t technically inclined. She started Apps Without Code to do just that. 

 

John Henry

@johnhenrystyle

💵 Partner, @HarlemCapital 
🎧 Podcast, @GimletMedia@WashingtonPost

At 18 John left college to pursue what became his first company, an on-demand laundry service. John quickly carved a niche out in Film and Television Production, handling wardrobe for clients such as Boardwalk Empire, Law & Order: SVU, Power and more. Within just two years of launching Mobile City, the company was successfully acquired.  Afterwards, John cofounded a non-profit incubator, Cofound Harlem, with a mission to incubate over 100 companies north of 96th street in New York City.

 

Karen Okonkwo

@karenokonkwo

⭐️Inc 30 Under 30 2018
👩🏾‍💻Co Founder of @TONL
👠Founder of @buildingbridgesbrunch

In August 2017, Okonkwo collaborated with Joshua Kissi, a New York-based photographer and co-founder of the creative agency Street Etiquette to launch TONL. TONL, strives to transform the idea of stock photography by displaying images of diverse people and their stories around the world.