Black women dominate every space they enter. Therefore, it’s only right that we continue to uplift, support, and equip them with the keys that they need to win.

To take things beyond just highlighting women across the AfroTech platform during Women’s History Month, the brand took things a bit further and ended March with a bang. The AfroTech Executive Brooklyn event was a one-day, in-person leadership summit dedicated to addressing the lack of representation in boardrooms across America, the wage difference that women are up against, and the actions that need to be put into motion to lead more Black women to the wealth that they more than deserve.

Held in Brooklyn, at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge on March 25, the experience included sessions from boss women like Ursula Burns, the first Black woman CEO in the Fortune 500; Merline Saintill, Fortune 500 board director and lead director of Rocket Lab; Heather Hiles, entrepreneur, technologist, and investor; Samantha Tweedy, the inaugural president of the Black Economic Alliance Foundation; and Latraviette Smith-Wilson, the Chief Marketing & Equity Officer at Horizon Media.

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The day of celebrating the powerful forces we call “Black women” was kicked off by hosts Will Lucas — AfroTech Brand Manger — and Micah Kimberley — Assistant Managing Editor of — followed by a lunch that provided the perfect time to network.


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To discuss the new era of Women In The Boardroom and how to navigate your way into those rooms and claim a seat a the table, Hiles had a raw conversation with both Saintill and Burns. All three of them set the tone as, from there, it became apparent that all of the women came prepared to serve straight-up realness.

From there, Morgan DeBaun — Founder of AfroTech and CEO of Blavity Inc. — led a discussion with Smith-Wilson and Tweedy, where all three women seamlessly provided a safe space for a conversation surrounding Black Women Navigating To Wealth. What’s more, attendees were also offered the chance to get up close and personal through Q&A sessions. The day ended on a high note thanks to a performance by Brooklyn-based violinist Mapy and a DJ set from Vashtie.

Last week’s event was the second in a series that continues the legacy of the acclaimed AfroTech Conference with a vision of empowering tech innovators, those in C-Suite positions and beyond, as well as encouraging and inspiring the next generation. Up next in the AfroTech Executive series? Washington D.C. But before that, meet us in the metaverse on April 13-14 at AfroTech World for programming and activations centered around recruitment, networking, and more. 

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