Powerhouse entrepreneurs Byron Allen, Nick Cannon, Wayne Brady and John Hope Bryant will be among the speakers appearing at the annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit, Nov. 12 – 13 — the first time ever as a virtual conference experience. In partnership with host sponsor Nationwide, the event will expand its reach and impact as the premiere national event dedicated to success of Black entrepreneurs and the growth, profitability and scalability of Black-owned businesses.
Moreover, Black Enterprise will introduce new elements to the event—including live chats with speakers and experts, and an interactive Business Opportunity Showcase—maximizing real-time engagement, coaching, mentorship and networking opportunities for participants and attendees.
The Entrepreneurs Summit will take place on an engagement-driven, content-rich platform with sessions, workshops, and coaching designed to provide attendees with vital instruction and inspiration as well as expand their business network to position their company to access an array of opportunities. Whether operating a B-to-C enterprise or B-to-B company, attendees will discover how to achieve higher levels of success at the nation’s largest gathering of emerging and established African American businesses.
The relevance and urgency of the Entrepreneurs Summit is heightened by the unique challenges presented by the health and economic crises of the global coronavirus pandemic, America’s racial reckoning and a renewed sense of urgency around investing in black entrepreneurship and building black wealth.
Cannon, entertainer and founder of NCREDIBLE Entertainment; Brady, award -winning, singer/songwriter, entertainer and improvisor; Allen, chairman, and CEO, Allen Media Group; and Bryant, Chairman & CEO, Operation HOPE will offer their entrepreneurial journeys and strategic insights in a series of fireside chats.
Other speakers include Lick You Silly Pet Products, CEO Barbara Clarke Ruiz; Founders First Capital Partners, CEO Kim Folsom; ACE Petroleum founder and CEO Moses Shepherd; Amazon Web Services; Startup Marketing Leader Denise Quashie; Nationwide Retirement Institute Vice President Kristi Martin Rodriguez; The/Studio Technologies Founder Joseph Heller; Grace Eleyae, CEO of Grace Eleyae, Inc.; Sherlaender “Lani” Phillips, Vice President, Channel Sales at Microsoft Corp; Jehan Crump-Gibson, Managing Partner, Great Lakes Legal Group PLLC; and Ted Archer, Executive Director, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Other sessions and highlights of the Entrepreneurs Summit:
- Investing in Racial Equity: Will Corporate America Level the Playing Field for Black Business
- Building Wealth as You Build Your Business
- Stay Ready: Preparing for Any Crisis
- Securing Your Supply Chain
- Making E-Commerce Easier
- Capitalizing from Cultural Currency and Social Influence
- Getting Your Slice of the Procurement Pie
- Power Up! Partner to Innovate and Grow Your Tech Business
- …. And More!
The Entrepreneurs Summit will leverage a powerful cadre of the nation’s most insightful and innovative entrepreneurs and founders—including those ranked among the BE 100s, the nation’s largest black-owned businesses. Results-driven panels and one-on-one keynote sessions with entrepreneurs and business leaders will empower, inspire, and equip attendees with the tools, resources, and connections to achieve launch, profitability and scale for their businesses.
“The Entrepreneurs Summit Virtual Experience will feature all of the most enduring and valued elements of the premiere national event for black entrepreneurs, founders and business owners,” says Black Enterprise President and CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. “We are excited about our ability to use our new and unique virtual conferencing platform to reach and engage more Black entrepreneurs than ever before. The COVID-19 economic environment is both fraught with challenges and rich with opportunity, and the Entrepreneurs Summit Virtual Experience is designed for those who want to be ready for both.”
In addition to Entrepreneurs Summit Host sponsor Nationwide, Presenting sponsors include J.P. Morgan Wealth Management; Platinum sponsor includes: Microsoft; Corporate sponsors include Amazon Web Services, Comcast, FedEx, Remy Martin and Walmart.