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Jibril Sulaiman

Jibril Sulaiman has been an entrepreneur for 17 years. He has owned several small businesses and grew his previous tech company to #484 on the 2016 Inc 5000 list. Jibril and his family are recent transplants to the Atlanta area. He’s established a home at Techsquare Labs, in midtown Atlanta, as the central headquarters for Spendwith and is part of the inaugural cohort for Ascend 2020 ATL pre-accelerator program. His company, Spendwith was also recently accepted as a portfolio company at ATDC Atlanta.Continue reading

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Craig Lewis

Craig is the Founder and Chief Entrepreneur Officer of Gig Wage, a venture capital backed, tech startup, that builds modern payment tools for the future where you can pay your independent contractors in seconds. Prior to Gig Wage, Craig was the the Chief Strategy Officer at Kairos, a venture backed facial recognition/ Emotion Detection startup. Kairos is a NewMe Accelerator alum and a 500 Startups/Kapor Capital portfolio company and was voted one the Top 20 Startups by the WallStreet Journal.

Kairos was also a part of the first ever Morgan Stanley’s Multicultural Innovation Lab. As an entrepreneur, Craig has sold over $10M of payroll and payroll related software to date.

He also played professional basketball in Europe, is the Author of “The Sport of Sales” and a Husband & Father to 4 beautiful young girls. Continue reading

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Aubrey Blanche

Aubrey Blanche is the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Atlassian. There, she works with teams across the business to provide greater opportunities for everyone to join Atlassian and do the best work of their lives there. Her work spans the talent lifecycle from increasing access to technical education for underrepresented minorities through recruiting, retention, and advancement of all Atlassians. She relies heavily on empirical social science in her work, and has developed a new team-level paradigm for external diversity reporting. She believes that leading with empathy is the key to driving meaningful, sustainable change and creating highly effective teams.

In all areas of her work, she seeks to design effective interventions, programs, and talent practices that create equal opportunities for all Atlassians, and for the global tech industry. She is heavily involved in multiple industry groups seeking to define new standards for company transparency, reporting, and investment in diversity & inclusion. She is an advisor to SheStarts, a Sydney-based accelerator focused exclusively on supporting female founders, BeVisible, and Joonko. She is the co-founder of Sycamore, a community aiming to fix the VC funding gap for underrepresented founders. Continue reading

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Sabah Pervez

Sabah Pervez is a senior program manager at Catalyst @ Health 2.0. She holds a BS in neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin and an MHA/MBA from the University of Houston- Clear Lake. Among her various projects at Health 2.0, she leads the efforts for Health 2.0’s Diversity Mentorship Program, TECHquality. TECHquality provides an opportunity for underrepresented innovators (or innovators-to-be) to be matched with leaders in the health tech field, to help guide and support the innovators in their health tech endeavors. You can reach Sabah on Twitter @sabahpervez. Continue reading

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Lisa Talia Moretti

Lisa Talia Moretti is an award-winning digital sociologist and strategist with 12 years experience. Lisa works in London as the Director of Emerging Technology at social impact agency, Skating Panda. Over the last decade, she’s studied the relationship between technology, brands and people for businesses like Adobe, The Olympic Foundation, Hyatt Hotels, Dulux, Starwood Hotels, IKEA, seventeen magazine and National Geographic. During this time, Lisa has also presented keynotes and run workshops to audiences from a wide range of business and cultural backgrounds on the impact, opportunities and challenges of technology. Lisa’s research collaborations with Goldsmiths College and IpSoft, Adobe, Mindshare and Rackspace on virtual reality, augmented reality, wearable technology and virtual assistants have gained international coverage with CNN, BBC, Fast Company, Campaign, Techcrunch, Forbes and others.

She is also a qualified yoga teacher and is fluent in emoji.
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Elena Valetine

Workplace storyteller, #HRAgainstLame movement builder, and Design Researcher, Elena spends her days leading the team at Skill Scout to bring jobs to life on video. Every workplace has a story to tell about the team, skills, environment, and output. Elena helps tell those stories to attract the right candidates for the job, and showcase candidates’ skills. As CEO, Elena wears many hats, but really geeks out on new media (360, VR, POV videos, silent storytelling), partnerships, and building Skill Scout’s diverse workforce!Continue reading

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Kasey Bayne

Kasey Bayne is the Director of Marketing at Olark live chat, the most beautiful and effective way to talk to your customers for sales and support. With over a decade of marketing experience, Kasey’s spent time building marketing and sales channels at FreshBooks, Kashoo, and other companies across Canada and the US. Passionate about helping small businesses be successful, Kasey was awarded the CPA Practice Advisor Top 40 Under 40 award in 2011 and 2012. When not at the office, Kasey can be found training for her next half marathon in gorgeous Vancouver, outside with a good book, or off to the airport for her next travel adventure. Continue reading

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David Johnson

David  Johnson is a long time IT procurement professional currently leading the IT procurement function for a multinational business to business events organization.  He has an MBA in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management and was awarded the Certified Technology Procurement Executive by ICN. He is currently taking courses towards his Doctoral degree in business.  David has worked in IT Procurement almost exclusively over the past 22 years and has had numerous roles in many different sectors.  He is a father to a young son, an aspiring writer, and a New York sports fanatic. David is currently leading multiple programs around creating alacrity within the procurement process as well as standardizing a new supplier relationship management paradigm in his current organization.  David Johnson lives in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Continue reading

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Andrew Phillips

Andrew Phillips has been inspired with technology since he was 14 years old and received his first computer. It’s no surprise he attended Western CT State University and graduated from their MIS program. After graduation, he went to work for one of the top financial software companies in the world and acquired skills in Desktop Support, Network configuration and customer service. After leaving in 2015, he worked for two other firms sharpening his IT skills and now leads a full Desktop Support team creating business continuity plans for clients. Continue reading

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Shaniqua Shawn Davis

Shaniqua (Shawn) Davis is a digital marketing and technology enthusiast with an eye for detail that spans beyond the norms of conventional digital relations. A Detroit native, Shaniqua learned early on to use innovative techniques to gain both experience and significant opportunities for advancement. Shaniqua relocated from Detroit to Chicago, IL where she worked in the competitive marketing industry, building contacts before deciding to leave the field and pursue entrepreneurship full time. Davis launched the job referral website Noirefy in June of 2016. She sought to connect qualified job seekers of color with top tier companies. As someone who had experienced discrimination based on her name alone, Davis wanted to implement a network to connect those individuals with jobs that promote diverse workplaces and cultures. Continue reading