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Thursday, September 7 • 10:00am - 10:15am
Building and Protecting Black Tech Ecosystems

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Join us for a fireside chat with Kimberly Bryant. Kimberly is a renowned technology industry leader, visionary and founder of ASCEND Ventures. As the CEO of ASCEND Ventures, Kimberly is committed to creating opportunities for marginalized founders building impact-driven companies. With her flagship Black Innovation Lab, she cultivates and invests in a pipeline of leaders who use technology to make a societal impact while creating pathways to equity and generational wealth through entrepreneurship and ownership.

Before ASCEND Ventures, Kimberly founded Black Girls CODE, a social-change organization aimed at introducing girls of color aged 6-18 to technology and computer science, with a focus on entrepreneurship. Under her leadership, Black Girls CODE grew from a grassroots initiative to an international organization with chapters across the U.S. and South Africa and more than 100,000 students. Kimberly is dedicated to changing the face of technology by investing in opportunities for women, girls and all, using technology as a lever for progress.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Rachel

Holly Rachel

Executive Director, Freeman Incubation and Innovation Center
Holly Rachel is a seasoned executive, educator and entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience. Rachel began her career at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as a special agent. During her three year tenure, she also held roles as a forensic scientist and data analyst.In... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Bryant

Kimberly Bryant

Founder and CEO, Ascend Ventures
Kimberly is a renowned technology industry leader, visionary and founder of ASCEND Ventures. As the CEO of ASCEND Ventures, Kimberly is committed to creating opportunities for marginalized founders building impact-driven companies. With her flagship Black Innovation Lab, she cultivates... Read More →
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Stephanie Wade

CEO, 492 Vance
Stephanie is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at 492 Vance, LLC. She is responsible for strategic oversight, operations, and development management efforts for the company. She is passionate about historical properties and reinvigorating their legacy while creating more lasting... Read More →


Thursday September 7, 2023 10:00am - 10:15am CDT
JW Marriott Nashville - Symphony Ballroom